7 Winter Tips for Keeping Baby Warm & Snug In A Car Seat or Stroller
Baby, it's cold outside! If you've got a little one to tote through the snow, ice, and frigid temps of winter, here are 7 tips for keeping your baby warm, safe and snug in the car seat or stroller.
Photo Credit: Lana Bambini
Tip 1: Skip the Bulky Coats
Thick, heavy coats or baby buntings may do a good job at keeping baby warm on frigid days, but when there is too much bulk between baby and the car seat’s straps and harness, it can pose a safety hazard in the event of a crash. According to safety warnings from Chicco, parents are advised to “Never use clothing or blankets that interfere with fastening or tightening the harness.”
If the puffy coat is out, then what’s in for winter warmth? “Dress your baby in thin, snug layers. For example, put on a long sleeved onesie, footie pants, and a thin sweater,” recommends the CarSeatLady.com. And don’t forget the hat! For for one of these layers, check out this snuggly merino wool bodysuit from Lana Bambini, complete with fitted hood.
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Tip 2: Use Blankets
Once baby is layered up and properly strapped in his car seat, use blankets to add additional warmth. As a mom who managed two very cold New England winters with infants, my preference is for knit blankets (like this wool/acrylic blend blanket set from Vanessa Knits) because they are sweater-like and have more give for tucking around Baby just the way you want. Once your car is warmed up, you may find that one blanket is enough to keep baby cozy. However, always keep extra blankets on hand in the car just in case you get stuck somewhere.
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Tip 3: Use A Winter Car Seat Cover
Is it teeth-chatteringly cold in your neck of the woods? When the temperatures drop, keeping baby warm may require a little extra help in the form a car seat cover that fits over the seat. When choosing one, look for covers that come with an elasticized edge for quick and simple installation, like this winter-friendly cover from Jolly Jumper that’s made from fleece-lined water repellent fabric. Since no part of the cover goes under the car seat’s straps or the harness, it won’t interfere in case of a sudden stop!
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Tip 4: Don't Forget the Feet!
Little feet have the tendency to kick blankets off as soon as they possibly can, so pay extra attention to keeping those tiny toes nice and warm with a cozy pair of sweet infant booties, like these baby blue boots from SmallForestShop on Etsy. They’re made from upcycling a wool blanket!
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Tip 5: Use A Car Seat Canopy
Keep baby out of drafts and away from all the sneezes and coughs of winter with a tented car seat canopy. Look for car seat drapes that are sturdily secured to the car seat and provide for ample ventilation, like this pretty car seat cover from Balboa Baby. When the weather is nice again, it doubles as a colorful play mat or blanket!
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Tip 6: Stroller Snuggle
When your baby is ready for the stroller, look for a cozy “footmuff” sack to help keep your baby toasty warm when you’re out and about, like this fleece-lined stroller sack from NomieBaby. It zips around your baby in sleek style and is made with water repellent material to keep the elements at bay.
Photo Credit: Maxi Cosi
Tip 7: Be Prepared For Any Kind of Weather
Snow, sleet, pelting rain… Mother Nature can really throw some curve balls our way come winter! For foul weather protection, an infant carrier rain shield (like this one from Maxi Cosi) helps to keep baby dry and protected from whatever wet stuff decides to fall from the sky.
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