In thinking my 7 month DD doesn't need a bloody coat?

(66 Posts)
BoohPear Sun 10-Nov-13 15:03:39

I put a cardigan on her to go between house/car etc and just add blankets/hat when she goes in the pram so she's not cold. My mum keeps insisting she must wear a coat but I just can't see the need.

AIBU? When would she wear it?!

kelda Sun 10-Nov-13 18:26:16

By 7 months, my babies were either crawling or at least very interested in the world around them, and wouldn't want to stay wrapped up in the pram all the time.

Mmmbacon Sun 10-Nov-13 18:44:34

Yadnbu, my guy must have got 5 costs as christmas presents as I never put him in a coat they all must have thought they needed to provide infer in order for me to see sense, I had a wallaboo instead, best foot muff, car seat cover ever, velcro easy access, double zips, popper hat, totally safe, transfer from car to house to buggy frame in seconds with no faffing about, 20 seconds of fiddling and baby was out of car seat and lying still snuggled up in pram, loved loved my wallaboo, and it was slightly.water repellant too do offered extra protection when you were trying to get car seat rain cover on or off

intitgrand Sun 10-Nov-13 19:37:06

Of course she needs a coat! She is 7 months old so presumably quite mobile.
what a lot of people forget is that you need layers underneathher body as well as on top.Just draping blankets over a baby in a carseat doesn't do that.

DD was 7mo at this time of year (3 years ago). We used to put her in a pramsuit, inside the cosytoes in the buggy. It wasn't as thick as a snowsuit, but plenty warm enough with the other layers we'd got for her.

In the car seat, she'd either have a little fleecy cardigan, or just blankets. The bucket shape of the car seat contained her body heat, so she'd always come out of it boiling. It got to the point where we'd be taking the blankets off her once the car had warmed up.

Coats were always very fiddly IMO, so I don't think YABU.

lola88 Sun 10-Nov-13 19:46:29

I always put a coat on DS if I need one so does he remember when you are walking with the pram the physical act of walking is heating you your baby is just sitting there. A coat makes much more sense to me than having to wrap him neck to toes in blankets DS has a snowsuit, a warm coat and a lighter coat for the car and various jumpers of diff thickness and wears diff things depending on where we are going today was a light jumper and light coat for the car and shopping.

5madthings Sun 10-Nov-13 20:28:11

my pushchair had bucket shaped seat. the cosytoes went underneath and up round the back of her head so very cosy and trapped the heat in. plus pushchair had a big hood to keep the wind off.

sometimes she put her arms out but if she had on vest (long sleeved) babygrow and cardigan or jumoer plus a hat she was fine in those in the cosytoes plus blankets. lovely and warm infact.

once they are walking and want to get down and walk then i had a coat for them. they had little fleece jackets or a fleece sleepsuit etc but no big thick style coats as they were either bundled up in oushchair or in a sling so had my bodyheat etc to keep them warm.

it depends where you live i guess, i am down south east and it doesnt get that cold. i dont use a car btw i walk everywhere.

My DS has several coats which he wears in his pram. His arms, shoulders and top half of his chest stock out so they need to be kept warm. We often take him out of his pram too so he can look around.

If he's just going from house to car to house though, I will just stick a cardi or little jacket on.

SaucyJack Sun 10-Nov-13 20:42:35

When are you using the pram, and how long for?

If it's just car park to supermarket/playgroup or what-have-you then YANBU. If you're spending significant amounts of time outside, then she definitely needs a coat.

Dogsmom Sun 10-Nov-13 21:12:04

Yanbu.
I bought my 8mo dd a coat thinking she'd need it but every time she's worn it she's gone bright red with heat.
I put her in a vest, tights, leggings and a long sleeved top and she's plenty warm enough.

intitgrand Sun 10-Nov-13 21:15:21

I bought my 8mo dd a coat thinking she'd need it but every time she's worn it she's gone bright red with heat.
What a strange argument , winter hasn't even started yet.

BoohPear Sun 10-Nov-13 21:15:33

She's not mobile at all lazy baby like her mum She's in her pram going round the shops mostly or going for a walk outside. (have to drive to get anywhere reasonable)

when out walking she has a long sleeved vest, long sleeved T-shirt or sleepsuit, hat, cardigan then blankets and cozy toes. The pram hood is quite deep. She's a hot bod and after giving her heat rash for a couple of days when she was newborn as I stuck to the "one more layer than you" rule I think I've gone more the other way!

I do always make sure her torso is warm though.

I will have a look at some warmer options tomorrow though and see about a pram suit or something similar for when we're walking or if I want to carry the little chunk.

AchyFox Sun 10-Nov-13 22:33:40

Well I guess Santa will be getting you her one whether you like it or not. grin

dietcokeandwine Sun 10-Nov-13 22:43:44

DS3 is 9 months and I would put a coat or pram suit on him in this weather. Your baby may not be that energetic now but give her a couple of months and that may change! No way would DS keep a cover over his torso now. He wants to wave his arms about and grab things!

Do you never take her out of the buggy when out and about? Don't you take her to the swings or anything like that? All mine loved the swings from about 6m onwards and in weather like this you'd definitely want a coat on them during park trips.

MrsGarlic Sun 10-Nov-13 23:05:17

My 10mo doesn't have a coat. Nor does he need one. He didn't have one last winter when he was born either.

If we are outside he's in a warm jumper in a very cosy pram with either a Morrck hoodie (way more practical than a coat for a non-walking baby IMO) or a cosytoes which covers his chest. Or in a sling, stealing my body heat. I don't let him crawl around outside!

He had a snowsuit last year and it was a PITA and we never used it. When he is walking we will get him a coat, until then, I don't see the need for him.

bumperella Sun 10-Nov-13 23:18:34

If LO is warm enough and not unduly restricted then all is well. It doesn't matter if they are kept warm by being in a sling, or by wearing several layers, or whatever else - so long as they are unrestricted, get fresh air and stay dry and warm then there's no issue.

likelytoasksillyquestions Mon 11-Nov-13 06:09:56

God, people get very het up about babies' suitable winter clothing.

DS was 7mo this time last year, and I think he was in his fleece snowsuit most days if in sling on my back, occasionally just a cardigan and thick socks if on my front cos I'd then pull my coat around him. But that was our only mode of transport, me walking for miles and miles.

I've always felt v confident guessing how much clothing he needs in a sling, but I'm utterly useless at guessing for the buggy. Non-issue at 7mo though as he was still total buggy-refuser at that point.

My DS has been given a coat but he will very rarely wear it. Makes more sense to me to layer him up, that way I can adjust what he's wearing depending on where we are. A thick coat is too much in the pram and shouldn't be worn in the car. Mine has vest, then long sleeved t short, then thin jumper, then a thick cardigan if he gets out to walk with me. He's 8 months.

SuperiorCat Mon 11-Nov-13 07:01:56

As an occasional wheelchair user, can I add that being immobile, makes it feel so much colder than the person that you are with who is moving around.

If I'm in my chair I need way more layers than everyone else.

Closest I can give to a baby PoV.

peanutMD Mon 11-Nov-13 07:14:53

My 8 month old doesn't own a coat.

We live in the Highlands and walk everywhere with either the pram or sling.

Thick cardigan or fleece over long sleeve vests and top works in sling and plus a furry buggysnuggle when in pram.

I am looking into the fleece pram suits though.

AmandaCooper Mon 11-Nov-13 07:18:55

It depends on whether we're going to see MIL. If we are then DS wears adorable little outfit with matching socks, plus coordinating jumper, coat, hat, mittens and foot mittens - as though ready for a sub zero Vogue cover shoot. If not, then he wears random vest, random not-for-best long sleeved top, random socks, blanket. Easy!

lagoonhaze Mon 11-Nov-13 07:21:35

My Dd had a fleece all in one or a fleece poncho . Both from Jo Jo maman bebe but second hand.

Often she didnt use them though as warm here in south west.

Seff Mon 11-Nov-13 08:16:49

Depends on the child. My DD has always been a hotter person than me and has always worn at least one layer less than me. She would scream if she was too hot as a baby.

As long as baby is warm enough, it doesn't really matter what they're wearing.

Cardigans are fine in the Autumn weather with blankets but from now onwards I find a snowsuit or warm jacket is really needed , I have a 7 month old girl. I also ha e woollen sheepskin booties for her feet for when she has coat on instead of snowsuit. I was always told babies should have on one more layer than adults.

SoftSheen Mon 11-Nov-13 09:35:04

Once it starts getting colder, I think she will need a warm jacket or a snowsuit for the pram. Even if the lower half of her body is covered with blankets, her arms/ top half of body will get cold.

soverylucky Mon 11-Nov-13 09:57:08

Snow suit in the pram on an outside walk. People forget when they are walking with a pram that a baby is lying still most of the time so won't be as warm as you are. The cold can come up the underside of the pram too iyswim. Having said that it is approaching the time of year where I physically wince when I see the little babies out in flimsy prams and pushchairs without hats or foot muffs etc.

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