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I've never had a baby this young (9w) in the cold weather. First, cold is relative because we're in Louisiana and today the high was 65 and the low is supposed to be 58. It's one of those days where it gets colder all day long and its rainy and dreary. We're already below the projected "low" though, because it's 53 outside right now and still dropping. The house is only 67 degrees with two windows open a crack and we try not to turn heat on until it's 62-65 in the house. I know some of you might be laughing right now, but this is cold(er) weather for us.

I'm not sure how to keep him warm enough with the cooler weather. Today I dressed him in a velour outfit with built-in feet and he seemed okay, but every time I pick him up, his hands and ears are cold to the touch (and nursing a cold handed baby is a whole other story!) and he's not been settling well today either. I got our big fuzzy stroller blanket out and wrapped him in that and he seemed a lot more comfortable, but I can't keep him wrapped in it all day. I finally gave in and closed the windows that were open and turned the heat onto 68 (it was 67 in the house), but that's not going to fly with DH or with our electric bill.

So, any tips on how to keep him warm enough without having to keep the heat on 70 degrees all winter?? Or is it unreasonable to think that I shouldn't have the heat on when the house is 67?

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The rule is generally to dress baby in one more layer than you're wearing. Although in the interest of full disclosure, I have one of those heater-babies who doesn't appreciate that rule. It sounds like yours would, though.

I guess I think the thermostat setting is probably a family decision. 68 is my personal comfort zone with a 9mo baby who crawls around on the cold hardwoods all day. We used to keep things chillier before he arrived.

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Babywearing is a great way to keep baby warm

When DD was born (January in Upstate NY), I mostly just kept a hat on her at all times - inside and outside. It made a lot of difference. At that age their heads are like 1/4 of their total size, so they lose a lot of heat that way. DD wore lots of hats Beyond that, they say one layer more than you would wear yourself. A baby that age doesn't have great circulation, so sometimes their hands can feel a little cold even when baby's not really cold. I was told to feel the back of their necks to see if they're actually cold. Good luck

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The rule is generally to dress baby in one more layer than you're wearing.
I think I have the opposite issue of you: I'm walking around the house in a nursing tank and very lightweight pajama pants. A velour sleeper with feet in it is what I'm wearing plus a layer, but maybe he needs a onesie or something underneath.

I do babywear, but not so much in the house anymore. And he hates hats. I've tried it . Maybe I'll keep working on the hat issue. And thanks for the back of the neck tip..I'll try that.

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If you're worried, keep a hat on 'em. But, like a PP said, one more layer than keeps you warm will keep baby warm. And like another PP said, wearing baby is a great way to share warmth.

Now the question is, what am I supposed to do when it's -40?

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Now the question is, what am I supposed to do when it's -40?
Get the H*!! out of Dodge! That's just way too cold! I told you some of you'd be laughing at me . Really, though, part of the problem with keeping him warm is that I'm just not used to having to keep anyone warm...it's a non issue around here.

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I always have my dd in one layer of wool/silk. When she was just a wee one, I dressed her in a wool/silk onesie, and then put her regular clothes over the onesie. Wool is such a great temperature-regulating fabric, and it is breathable. I also like how it doesn't need to be washed often. I only bought two onesies for dd. She could go a week or two before I bothered washing them.
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Get the H*!! out of Dodge! That's just way too cold! I told you some of you'd be laughing at me . Really, though, part of the problem with keeping him warm is that I'm just not used to having to keep anyone warm...it's a non issue around here.
Nah, I'm not laughing. I keep our house at a pretty steady temp whether it's 85 or -20 outside. I'm kind of a wuss.

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ds is my first post peak oil baby and i was very scared; with his siblings, i just cranked the thermostat and dealt with $200 heating bills for their first month of life.

I totally underestimated shared body heat. I took the adviceof a BTDT mama and put the naked baby in a fleece pouch sling on my naked body and put fleece bathrobe over both of us. I wound up letting the fire go out in our woodstove a lot because we just didn't need it.

You don't really need a babywearing jacket for a nine week old, just your old maternity jacket, dh's old jacket he never liked thecolour of, or an oversized jacket from the thrift store. you'll stay warmer if you keep the clothing that goes BETWEEN you and dc to a minimum (gown and diaper for dc, tank top or short sleeved T for you) and use the cozy fabrics for the outerwear that goes over you both.

i still have wood left over from last year.

i'm in northern CA so i don't need an amautik, but that is totally what i would do in -40 weather and there's enough info about them on that babywearer site that i sometimes wish i did.
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i'm in northern CA so i don't need an amautik, but that is totally what i would do in -40 weather and there's enough info about them on that babywearer site that i sometimes wish i did.
My old down parka is huuuuuuuuuuuge... DS fits inside it in his Moby and I can still zip it up. Then, he wears a hat and hood, and THEN I put a blanket over him. And that's how we go places (no roads = no warm cars to transfer him to).:giggle:

However, a family in the next village over recently lost their house and all their belongings in a fire, and the woman is the same size as me. I'm conflicted... I have a new down coat that DS doesn't fit inside. The old one was ten years old and ripped. Do I donate the old coat to the fire victims?

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My understanding is you shouldn't judge babies temp on hands - they're hands are naturally colder than the rest of them & cool down faster. It's more important how warm his body is. If you're worried his hands are cold you could put mittens on him. But honestly it doesn't sound that cold there to me to be overly worried. He's probably pretty happy - he should fuss or cry if it's uncomfortable.

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However, a family in the next village over recently lost their house and all their belongings in a fire, and the woman is the same size as me. I'm conflicted... I have a new down coat that DS doesn't fit inside. The old one was ten years old and ripped. Do I donate the old coat to the fire victims?
i hear you; my Suse Kindercoat will do me fine even when ds is too old to be worn, but i'm still having trouble donating my "perfectly good" prepreg L.L.Bean jacket that's a bit tight (and just "not as cool") for a 9 month old in a front carry and just taking up space in my closet.

It's probably underkill for the fire victims, so of course you *should* donate the new, too small coat and i should give the jacket that has been *my* jacket for six years to a Humboldt person-in-need and let it sink in that the babywearing jacket is *my* jacket for the *me* i am now!

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I have been dressing my 10 week old DD at night in a onesie and a nightgown and one or two receiving blankets.

I usually have my house around 66 degrees at night. It's been cold at night here, in the 30s.

I am so worried about SIDS and I worry that I might be overdressing her??
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DS2 is usually in a onesie, and a fuzzy feeted outfit, but it's a pretty light weight fuzzy. I'd be happier with something warmer/thicker, but he seems fine.

At night, because he's in bed with us, and I like blankets, he's in a onesie, and a longsleeved gown, but his legs and feet are bare. He seems quite comfy that way.

For this winter, I'll wear one peice fleece outfits on him with a long sleeved tee/snappi tee uinderneath. If it doesn't have feet, I'll oput thick socks on him. Our heat is set a 68 during the day and 66 at night, but it never feels warm enough to me! I'd be happy at about 72.

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Babywearing is a great way to keep baby warm
I've been wearing my baby to keep me warm. I've got terrible circulation & live in Canada... I'm FREEZING all the time. DD on the other hand is a little heat battery. It's like snuggling a soft little hot water bottle. Mmmm...

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When DD was born (January in Upstate NY), I mostly just kept a hat on her at all times - inside and outside. It made a lot of difference. At that age their heads are like 1/4 of their total size, so they lose a lot of heat that way. DD wore lots of hats <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Beyond that, they say one layer more than you would wear yourself. A baby that age doesn't have great circulation, so sometimes their hands can feel a little cold even when baby's not really cold. I was told to feel the back of their necks to see if they're actually cold. Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
I just moved to upstate ny, and am running into a horrible dilemma.
I am due in December, and I will have to continue walking my son to the bus stop each morning with the newborn. Is it safe to take a baby out in that insane weather?! ( I'm from florida lol) I'm too scared to leave baby two houses down while I stand at the corner with a baby monitor like my husband is suggesting.
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Don't do what your husband is suggesting.

In a stroller - yes, too cold. Bundled up, in a carrier against your body, maybe even a blanket around you both if needed- no problem. Just make baby gets enough air (like, not face smashed into you). Were in northern New England and DD went for a 30-60 min hike daily in her first winter, with my husband, after coming home in November.

Eskimos (or, to be more appropriate, Inuit people) have babies. They make it work. You can too, even without caribou fur.
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Mrsneyman, have you seen the baby wearing coats? It keeps baby in contact with your body, unlike wearing baby in a carrier with its own cover. You could also use a large coat or men's coat. With baby next to your chest and sharing your body heat, then both of you covered, it is a natural way to maintain body temperature. It is like a tent, holding in your heat.
Here is a photo, use hat or cover baby's head too:

http://thatbigmamaandherslings.blogspot.com/2011/12/all-set-for-winter.html

https://www.etsy.com/listing/60858404/maternity-coat-babywearing-coat-baby?ref
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