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post #21 of 32
i jsut wear a t-shirt and baby wears a vest, baby grow and a cardie and a hat and i put my coat over us both and wear a scalf to keep my neck warm. when it gets colder i will have to wear a cardi/sweeater myself and put DD in a coat.

Kiz
post #22 of 32
i think it somewhat depends on how long you spend outside at a time (like are you hiking through the woods, or running from car into store, etc.) and also how cold it gets where you live.

i just bought a wool babywearing poncho that i'm going to wear this winter as a maternity poncho. i like that it's easily used for either front or back carries, and that it's super easy to get on and off over me and child. but of course it's not what i'm going to use if we're going to be outside for any length of time - just not warm enough for that where we live. i saw some great directions for making a babywearing coat for back-carries on the DIY at thebabywearer.com and i'm going to definitely make one of those next year for when we're spending more time outside. i also own a long microfleece cape with a hood, and i've done front carriers in it. it is super warm because it's basically floor length, like wrapping a huge fleece blanket around both of us. my MIL made it for me.

there are also carriers that are going to keep your baby warmer in the winter, like some of the scandi mt's that are made with wool and corduroy, and babyhawk lined mt's with minkee which is nice and warm. babylegs are also nice for keeping those exposed legs warm, since their pants often ride up while in a carrier.
post #23 of 32
My son is 1yrs old, and I like to wear him on my back. I usually use mei tai because it's so easy to put on and it doesn't get too hot for him with all the clothes. If it gets really cold, I use fleece cover and/or poncho.
post #24 of 32
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Have you seen this? http://www.togetherbe.com/
It looks so cozy, I have to steel myself every time I go to the store that sells them locally.....I'm not sure I'm going to be able to resist once the colder weather hits!
I usually just wear dd on my front or hip and a big coat that will keep us both covered.
I totally want one of those now! That looks so snugly, and really practical.

This will be my first full winter with my baby, so I'm enjoying learning what all you pros have done
post #25 of 32
My preference was a thin, cool carrier that could be used indoors or out and in any season, and a coat big enough to fit over the two of us. Going out for a walk meant putting on our coat and baby's hat. Walking inside meant taking off the coat and hat and not having to worry about either of us overheating with a fleece carrier in an overheated store or home.

ETA: I did use a scarf around my own neck as well, as I couldn't fasten the coat around my chest or neck with a baby on my front.
post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by katemum View Post
Have you seen this? http://www.togetherbe.com/
It looks so cozy, I have to steel myself every time I go to the store that sells them locally.....I'm not sure I'm going to be able to resist once the colder weather hits!
I usually just wear dd on my front or hip and a big coat that will keep us both covered.
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my Nori Vest! I was coming on here to recommend it. On REALLY cold days i would throw my jacket on too, but normally it was warm enough for both of us, especially with a little baby whos legs are all covered. other then additonal babylegs i didn't even put a winter jacket on my baby with the Nori. it was so easy! (WITH ERGO)
post #27 of 32
I made sure to wear a stretchy v-neck tank top and then put a sweater over that so I could lift up my sweater and pull down my tank top from the top to nurse. I put a fleece over my Sleepy Wrap and zipped my son inside. If you only have a long sleeve v-neck on, then wear a scarf because the draft is something when the wind blows with a bare chest!
post #28 of 32
I live in Japan so I have a collection of *mama coats* all free/hand me downs. I do see a lot of covers for babywearing. They look like a podegi but it is just for covering up baby, like a blanket with straps and rings to thread the straps through. I have also seen just blankets tucked around the baby, just stuck in the space between you and baby. maybe not the option for the fashion minded

I did get some nice booties from Stonz for babe`s feet. We have used them a ton already, not so cold but they are so easy to slip on and do up the toggle, I just put right over babes bare feet and off we go. They don`t come off either.

Kathryn
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by jillian+1 View Post
I have a gigantic men's xl coat and I wear a ring sling under (a stretchy wrap would work too). I can take the baby on & off with my coat on, and I can zip the coat up over her.

But then, it doesn't get super cold here.
I do something similar. I am petite so I got the next size up in a regular. I just use my normal ring sling and put it on before I put my coat on. Granted it is not the perfect way to wear a sling, but it works and ds stayed warm all last winter and it gets to 0 a lot and is below 30 most of the time.
post #30 of 32
I carried DS in an Ergo in the front with Suse's Kinder Coat. I was a little disappointed in the quality of the coat and had to return it for a new one after a zipper busted. But I have to say that coat was a lifesaver last winter in New England. I was able to get out almost every day for a 4-mile walk. It just meant timing it right so that DS would nap so he would be all bundled up and not sticking his arms out. I also put him in a fleece bunting suit because his feet and hands would still get cold inside the coat.

Edited to add that they have improved the quality of the zippers on the coat now.
post #31 of 32
I wear DD in a mei tei and put my maternity coat on over top of us both. I can do it up most of the way and we keep each other pretty snug, so I'm careful not to overdress her. I will put a hat on her if it's really chilly though. We haven't had very cold weather yet, so I'm hoping this continues to work once it starts to get even cooler.
post #32 of 32
When my oldest was little I'd put her in a tummy to tummy or kangaroo carry in a fleece pouch and just wear my regular (LL Bean pea) coat open.

I bought a minkee lined mei tai not too long ago and have been eagerly waiting to use it with my younger DD . . . but it has been in the 70s. And she has decided she hates back carries. And I just plain don't do front carries with 36lb children.

So I might just use it with my older 32lb 4 y.o. daughter, lol, who still loves back carries. You just can't make this stuff up.

-V.
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