Snow will be here sooner than you think. We’ve already seen a few flakes flying through the air in Western New York.
There’s just something so magical about it, isn’t there? The peaceful quiet it brings, the crunch of feet trudging through deep drifts, the squeal of a delighted child reveling in the thrill of it all. Being outside in the cool air with the bright sun glinting off the dazzling white carpet around you is exhilarating.
And bringing along your little snow bunny only enhances the experience. Watching baby catch her breath in the crisp air, seeing the fluffy powder fall through her mittened hands and hearing her giggle as she slides down a hill snuggled safely in daddy’s arms makes your heart want to burst.
Getting baby out into the wintry weather requires a little forethought and a little extra time. Making sure baby is properly outfitted and comfortable makes the outing better for everyone.
Before you venture out, make sure it is not too windy and the temperature is above freezing. And before you don the snow clothes, layer up underneath. The general rule is one more layer than you are wearing, but be sure to watch baby closely for signs of discomfort.
Fussing is the primary clue that something is not right. Obviously, rosy cheeks are going to be present when going outside, but if the cheeks and back of the neck are hot and baby is fussy, she could be overheated. If your child is crying and her body is cold, she may need more layers.
Snow Clothes for Baby
Bunting - When we took our six month old snow shoeing for the first time, she had several layers under her fleece bunting. A fleece bunting is perfect for the baby that will be in a carrier or stroller for snow day excursions, but if baby is older and is going to be down in the snow, it’s better to get a waterproof bunting.
Hat – Having a cozy hat that fastens under the chin will keep it securely in place and keep the head and ears perfectly warm. A hooded sweatshirt or bunting can assist in keeping the hat in place.
Mittens – Fleece mittens inside the cuff of the bunting add an extra layer of comfort and warmth for baby. Slipping a waterproof pair of mittens over the bunting can keep the hands dry if baby is playing in the snow.
Booties – Not totally necessary if baby has a couple pairs of socks inside a bunting, but they may aid in keeping the socks in place and they add an extra layer of comfort.
Covers – Adding an extra layer on top of baby, whether in a carrier or stroller, can be just enough to keep baby from the crisp cool air. This weather cover that goes over the Ergo Baby adds extra warmth to keep baby snug. If you are using a stroller, this foot muff will be cozy and warm.
Get baby outfitted to welcome the new season so you can all enjoy snowy family adventures. From building a snow man in your yard to sledding or snow shoeing in the mountains, make memories to last a lifetime.
It’s important to remember not to have baby completely bundled in a car seat because the bulky clothes will not allow the harness to be tight enough. Keep baby in regular clothes and put blankets or a car seat cover like this one over the car seat.
Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.