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How to Dress a Baby in Winter

How to Dress a Baby in Winter warm clothes

My baby girl was born in winter and one of the things I really struggled with navigating is dressing her for winter, so I thought I would share a few tips that I learnt along the way.

1. Layer Up Smartly

Layering is key to keeping your baby warm without overheating. Start with a soft, moisture-wicking base layer (like a cotton onesie), add a middle layer for insulation (such as a fleece or wool sweater), and finish with an outer layer to block wind and moisture (like a snowsuit or warm jacket).

2. Keep Extremities Warm

Babies lose a lot of heat through their heads, hands, and feet. Always make sure your baby has a snug hat, mittens, and thick socks or booties. For extra chilly days, consider using thermal socks and mittens with a fleece lining.

3. Choose the Right Fabrics

Opt for natural fibers like cotton, wool, and fleece, which are excellent insulators and gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin. Avoid synthetic fabrics that can cause sweating and irritation.

4. Monitor Room Temperature

When indoors, keep the room temperature comfortable, around 20-22°C. Dress your baby in layers that can be easily added or removed as needed. A sleep sack or wearable blanket can be a safe option to keep your baby warm while sleeping. We loved Love to Dream and for very cold situations a Snug Bag merino wool sleep bag.

5. Car Seat Safety

When traveling, avoid dressing your baby in bulky coats or snowsuits in the car seat as it can interfere with harness security. Instead, dress your baby in thin, warm layers and use a blanket or car seat cover for extra warmth once they are securely strapped in.

6. Check for Overheating

Babies can overheat quickly, especially when bundled up. Check your baby’s neck and back to ensure they are warm but not sweaty. If they seem too warm, remove a layer.

7. Protect from Wind and Moisture

Wind and moisture can make your baby feel colder. Ensure that outer layers are windproof and waterproof. When going out, use a stroller cover or blanket to shield your baby from the elements.

8. Don’t Forget the Sun

Even in winter, the sun’s rays can be strong. When outdoors, protect your baby’s delicate skin with a baby-safe sunscreen and use a hat that covers their face.


We hope these tips help you keep your baby warm and comfortable throughout the winter season. If you have any questions or need further advice, please don't hesitate to reach out to us

Stay warm and enjoy the winter wonderland with your little one!

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