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Through the winter with DIDYMOS
Wearing babies in winter
I'm sure you know them too, the horror stories: Babies would get too cold in a baby wrap sling or carrier and it is much too dangerous to carry them in it in winter.
Fortunately, this is nonsense! Common sense tells us that babywearing in winter is much safer for babies than lying in a stroller. When you're carrying your baby, you not only have a much better view of him or her, but you even warm him or her with your body heat.
However, in this article we will tell you what you should pay attention to when carrying your baby in winter and which carriers, carrying methods, clothing and materials are particularly suitable in winter.
Which baby wrap sling and which baby carrier for winter?
Whether you prefer to use a baby wrap sling or a baby carrier is entirely up to you. Each of our DIDYMOS baby wrap slings and carriers is suitable for winter, so you don't have to buy anything extra. However, if you are expecting a winter baby, it may be worthwhile to pay attention to the material of the baby wrap or carrier when making your choice.
In winter, cloths made of warming materials such as:
You can learn more about the materials by clicking on their names.
It is also worth taking a look at the weight per unit area. Thicker cloths have a warmer effect than thinner cloths. All scarves with a basis weight of 220 g/m² and up are counted as thick.
Tying a sling in winter
In addition to the classic tying methods such as the Wrap Cross Carry or the Rucksack carry, multi-layer tying methods are particularly suitable in winter.
These include, for example:
You can access the tying instructions by clicking on the name.
Protecting babies from the cold in a baby wrap sling or baby carrier
If you want to carry your baby in winter, it is of significant importance to protect it from the freezing cold. Basically, there are two options in winter: either you wear your baby over your jacket or under your jacket.
If you decide to wear your baby over your own jacket, it is essential to wrap it up thickly, as if it were in a stroller. A woolen whale suit is particularly suitable here, as it is hardly bulky and has no air pockets that would be pressed together and thus lose their effect. Think about a cap and a scarf as well as shoes for your child. Attention: this way your child will no longer be protected by your own body heat!
We therefore recommend carrying your baby under your own jacket. Carrying jackets are wonderfully suitable for this. In this way you warm your child with your own body heat. Dress your baby as you would at home and additionally protect all areas that stick out of the carrier, the sling or the jacket. Specifically, this means:
- A warm hat
- A scarf or shawl
- Cuffs for the legs
- Warm socks or booties for the feet
Carrying jackets (systems)
Especially for small babies, sometimes even a wide jacket or a large coat is enough. More comfortable and flexible, however, can be done with carrying jackets or inserts.
In our store we offer a variety of different carrying jackets, with which you can comfortably carry your baby in front of the chest or on the back. The jackets have inserts that you can easily attach and remove with zippers, so you can wear them without baby or even during pregnancy. If you don't want to buy an extra jacket, there are also carrying inserts for already existing jackets as well as our BabyDos made of warming wool.
Do's and Don'ts in winter
- Carry your baby as close to your body as possible
- Make sure the airways are clear! Your child's nose and mouth must be free at all times and must not be covered by a jacket, scarf or cloth.
- In snowy or icy conditions (especially when carrying your baby on your back!), please wear good shoes with a winter winterized tread. We recommend spikes! You can also buy them in our store.
- Check the temperature of your child's neck regularly: if it feels wet, it is sweating and you can take off a layer of clothing. On the other hand, if it is cold, it must be warmed.
- Also check the temperature of the feet. They usually get cold first when your child is cold.
- Especially indoors, remember that the sling or carrier replaces a layer of clothing to prevent your child from overheating.
Is a sling or carrier too cold in winter?
So we can state: You can wear your child on cold winter days without worry. Babies do not get too cold when being carried, on the contrary, they even benefit from the body heat of the person carrying them.
Do you have more questions about carrying in winter?
Then simply join our DIDYMOS community on Facebook. Our Didyfans will be happy to answer them for you.