Must Have Winter Accessories for Baby

Winter Weather Guide for Babies

Ice skating. Long walks in the crisp air. Evenings curled up by the crackling fire. Winter can be a lot of fun. But no matter how much you may love the coldest season, there’s no denying it can be tough to handle when you have a baby.

If you’re chilly, you can easily slip on a sweater, choose your thickest socks, or dig out your favorite stocking cap. But dressing babies for the weather is a bit of a guessing game—are they too cold, warm enough, or on the verge of overheating? It’s not like they can tell you! You also have the added challenge of keeping little ones warm in the car seat (no puffy coats allowed!) and ensuring the dry winter air won’t chap that soft and sensitive skin.

Below, we’ve gathered our best tips for keeping your littlest family member warm, comfortable, and safe during winter.

MAINTAIN A COMFORTABLE BODY TEMPERATURE FOR THE BABY

When you’re dressing a baby for winter, layers are your friend. One popular rule of thumb you may have heard from seasoned moms and grandmas: Dress your baby as you dress yourself, but add one extra layer. For instance, if you’re wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, slip a long-sleeved onesie on your little one before you layer on pants and a sweatshirt.

If you’ll be spending time outside on a cold day, you’ll want to add even more layers. And don’t skimp on accessories. Warm socks, shoes, caps, and even mittens are a good idea if you’ll be out and about on cold days. But when you bundle up your baby, though you want to avoid cold necks and chins, remember to ensure she can still breathe easily.

Watch for clues that your baby is too warm or too cold. Do her fingers and toes feel cool to the touch? While it’s normal for extremities to be cooler than the rest of the body, they shouldn’t be icy. If her tummy or the nape of her neck is cold, you should definitely add layers and/or turn up the thermostat.

But remember it’s possible to be on the other end of the spectrum. If you bundle up for a cold day and then walk into a warm house, your baby can quickly become uncomfortably warm. Does your baby seem sweaty or flushed? Do you notice unusual fussing or irritability? Are his toes warm to the touch? Those factors can signal that your baby needs you to remove a layer or two of clothing.

KEEP BABY WARM (AND SAFE) ON THE GO

You probably know by now the dangers of bundling your baby in a puffy snowsuit or coat before you buckle him into the car seat. If an accident occurs, the coat can compress, leaving the car seat straps too loose to protect your child. But that doesn’t mean your baby needs to shiver all the way to Grandma’s house.

For starters, if your baby rides in an infant car seat, you should keep the portable carrier in the house. That way, it’s warm rather than icy cold when you’re buckling him in. And if your baby needs a little extra warmth, you have plenty of other options:

Blankets

A simple blanket can provide plenty of warmth on a car ride. Be sure to tuck the blanket around your baby after you buckle him rather than before.

Unisex Baby Mink and Sherpa Plush Blanket

Yoga Sprout Unisex Baby Mink and Sherpa Plush Blanket, Bear, One Size

Knit Baby Blanket 30 x 40 inches

mimixiong Baby Blanket Knit Toddler Blankets for Boys and Girls Blue Green 30 x 40 inches

Winter Hats

Keep your little ones’ ears warm and protected from the cold air with a fleece hat.

Winter Beanie Hat for Baby

Winter Beanie Hat for Baby Kids Toddler Infant Newborn, Earflap Cute Warm Fleece Lind Knit Cap for Boys Girls (Gray&Pink&White)

Baby Winter Hat Scarf Set

Baby Winter Hat and Mitten Set Infants Toddler Kids Winter Beanie Bear Hat Fleece Lined Hood Scarves Warm Earflap Caps (Khaki)

Sleep Sacks

It’s tempting to use blankets in a baby’s crib to keep them warm during winter but blankets (and pillows) pose a suffocation risk. Blankets can end up covering baby’s face and obstructing their airways. Instead, consider using a swaddle or wearable blanket or sleep sack with PJs underneath. This will keep your baby warm and comfortable, without having any loose bedding in the crib.

Minky Dot Baby Sleeping Sack, Quilted Winter Model

BABYINABAG Baby Sleeping Bag and Sack, Minky Dot, Quilted Winter Model, 2.5 Tog Very Warm for Infants and Toddlers

Burt’s Bees Baby Beekeeper Wearable Blanket 

Burt's Bees Baby unisex baby Beekeeper Blanket, 100% Organic Cotton, Swaddle Transition Sleeping Bag Wearable Blanket, Hello Moon, Medium US

Aftermarket Car Seat Covers

You can purchase specially designed car seat covers for cold weather. But be sure the one you choose doesn’t have a layer under your baby and does not cover her face, which can obstruct her breathing. Never buy homemade car seat covers, and always check to ensure the one you choose is approved by the manufacturer of the car seat.  

Cozy Cover Infant Car Seat Cover

Cozy Cover Infant Car Seat Cover (Charcoal) - The Industry Leading Infant Carrier Cover Trusted by Over 6 Million Moms Worldwide for Keeping Your Baby Cozy & Warm

Infant Car Canopy

Stretchy Baby Car Seat Covers for Boys Girls, Infant Car Canopy Spring Autumn Winter,Snug Warm Breathable Windproof, Adjustable Peep Window,Universal Fit,Forest Fox

Backward Coats

You may have seen this trick on social media: Simply buckle your little one in the car seat and then put his coat over him, slipping his arms through the armholes. It’s like a blanket with sleeves!

What about when you’re taking a walk? Tucking blankets around your baby (again, over the buckles rather than under) are a great way to keep her warm in the stroller. Many strollers work well with accessories:

Stroller Weather Shields

You can find weather shields designed to protect your baby from rain, wind, and snow. Some types are even designed to fit most strollers.

Rain Cover for Stroller

GOOVI Rain Cover for Stroller Universal Rain Guard with Elastic Band Nano Coating Waterproof Rainproof Windproof Breathable Warm Stroller Weather Shield-Blue

Stroller Rain Cover

Bemece Stroller Rain Cover Universal, Baby Travel Weather Shield, Windproof Waterproof, Protect from Dust Snow…

Stroller Bunting Bags

Specially designed bunting bags are a great way to keep smaller babies cozy on stroller rides.

Canopy Style Bunting Bag

JJ Cole Original Bundleme Bunting Bag, Canopy Style, Graphite

Cozy Fleece Stroller Footmuff

Yobee Universal Cozy Fleece Stroller Footmuff, Winter Outdoor Tour Waterproof Baby Sleeping Bag, Anti-Slip, Adaptable for Almost Stroller, Pram, Navy

 

Stroller Hand Muffs

Okay, this one’s for you mama. Sometimes gloves aren’t enough to keep your hands warm while you’re pushing your stroller in the cold weather. These cool stroller hand muffs snap onto the handlebar of your stroller to give you an added layer of warmth while you’re out and about!

Stroller Hand Muff

Stroller Hand Muff,Extra Thick Winter Waterproof Anti-Freeze Gloves Kids Baby Pram Stroller Accessory Hand Warmer (Black)

Stroll-and-Go Three-Season Hand Muff

Skip Hop Stroll-and-Go Three-Season Hand Muff, One Size, Heather Grey

Winter isn’t always easy when you have a baby. But with a little effort, you can keep the littlest member of your family warm and comfortable whether you’re snuggling on the couch or heading out on a road trip. Bonus—you won’t have to worry about sunburns!

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