The colder months are well and truly upon us, which means it's time to start wrapping up when you go outdoors to exercise. But, as a new mother, this'll also mean that you'll need to know how to dress your baby to keep them warm and cosy. Here, Steve Cochrane from designer childrenswear retailer Childrenswardrobediscusses how to successfully dress your little ones for the winter.
The days are getting colder and while it can be tempting to cosy up in the house all day, it's important that you still go outdoors and get some fresh air. But, as a new mum, this'll likely mean having your baby in tow, too.
While you might be clued up on what you should be wearing yourself when the cold sets in, it'll also be crucial to know how to keep your little one warm and cosy when the weather is drizzly and miserable. Here, I'll be sharing my tips for dressing your baby in the colder months.
Layer their clothing It's a good idea to layer up your child's clothing in the colder months. While it can be tempting to pile on the chunky knitwear to keep them warm, this could actually result in them overheating as their body temperature adjusts when you go outdoors, which is equally as dangerous as them being too cold.
Instead, I would suggest you start off with a base thermal layer that's fitted to their body to keep draughts out, and then add thinner layers that are easily removable. You can leave their larger jumpers and coats till last. Doing this will mean you can adapt your child's clothing to their body temperature. For example, if you take a coffee break during your stroll in the park, you can take some of their layers off while you're indoors to prevent them from overheating.
Pick insulating fabrics It's also crucial that you lend some thought to the type of fabric your little one's clothes are made from. For their base layers, think wool or polyester, as these will keep them warm and comfortable, as well as wick away any moisture from drizzly weather. This could include anything from fleece-lined thermal tights to polyester tops.
Although babygrows made from cotton are a popular choice for many parents, you should avoid buying pure cotton versions, as these tend to be more porous. This means they can hold moisture and make your little one feel damp, which could result in them catching a chill if the weather outside is cold.
Choose warm accessories When the winter weather sets in, any exposed skin becomes vulnerable to the cold, meaning you'll also need to think about how you're going to keep your baby's head, ears, feet, neck, and hands warm. One of the easiest ways for your baby to lose heat is via their head, so I would recommend investing in a cosy knitted hat. This should be big enough to pull over their ears but shouldn't cover their eyes. Babygrows with inbuilt sections for your baby's hands and feet are great too, but you'll also want to buy some mittens and fleecy socks for when they're not wearing an all-in-one.
Even if they're wearing a zipped-up coat, I'd advise incorporating a soft scarf into their outfit. This will keep their neck warm and can also be tucked into the front of their coat to combat any draughts from the wind.
The best winter accessories will be made from wool, however, velour, acrylic, and cotton are also great for keeping your little one warm during your winter strolls.
Monitor their temperature Your baby's body temperature should be about 36.4°C but, when the weather is colder, it can be harder for them to maintain this (NHS). While it might not be possible to take their temperature with a thermometer when you're out and about, there are still some ways you can check that they're warm enough if you're not sure.
Take a quick pitstop inside your local café and feel your child's toes and belly. Their toes should feel on the cooler side, but they shouldn't feel icy cold. On the other hand, their belly should feel warm, as this shows your baby's body is able to regulate its temperature.
If your baby has warm toes and a warm belly, it indicates that they're too hot. Removing some of their clothes can help with this. However, if their belly is cold, it shows that they're unable to warm themselves and need some more layers.
Keeping your little one wrapped up is so important so, the next time you reach for the pram, make sure they're wearing the right clothing — and enough of it!