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?!

monkeynuts123 Mon 11-Nov-13 10:07:00

Vest and sleepsuit and under your coat??? Baby will be freezing! I never understand these mums that trot about wrapped up warm in their scarfs, hats and coat and fur-lined boots and then baby is propped up in a frigging quinny in a cardigan and no socks with literally blue skin. I am always amazed when these same mums take them oout in spring in a summer dress and sandals. OP buy your baby a coat. Buy baby a fleece lined all in one, the sort of thing you get at jo jo maman, with no feet and buy it in a few months too big. Baby will be warm transitioning from car to house and out and about and it will keep baby warm when she kicks off blankets and keep her shoulders warm. When she is walking she can wear it with shoes because she won't be sitting under a blanket then. She will also need a hat and gloves, you know, like you.

peanutMD Mon 11-Nov-13 11:10:42

Babies only require an extra layer until 6 months as they are unable to regulate their temperature after this their bodies can maintain heat/cold as any other person can.

When a baby is in the sling under your coat you should actually dress them as you are so a vest, sleepsuit and a cardigan (with hat).is actually plenty as they get the heat from your body too and are more likely to overheat.

jellyboatsandpirates Mon 11-Nov-13 11:19:42

Don't know where abouts you are, but here (Oop North) it is absolutely freezing at the moment and definitely coat weather! I get that you don't really need one between house and car if that's all you're doing, but if baby's out and about in the pram then I'd definitely use one!
Brrr.

MiaowTheCat Mon 11-Nov-13 11:24:11

I would have my 7 month old in a not massively heavy but a coat nonetheless in this weather if out in the buggy for any length of time. Short trips when we're just ducking into a shop and she has a jumper on already I tend to whack a poncho on if needed.

If you're walking outside with her then you will need a coat soon. I think it's fairly mild at the moment (for November!) but the frosty winter weather will be hitting anytime soon. Just sitting in a pram isn't like walking which helps to keep you warm, they feel it more. Once winter set in mine were always in coats,hats, gloves, with blankets and a footmuff and I'm not the over-protective type.

ElbowPrincess Mon 11-Nov-13 11:29:06

If I had a 7 month old, yes they would be wearing a coat! It's freezing out there.

I agree they just need normal clothes if they are in a sling under the parent's coat, the sling is an extra layer plus they're technically wearing a coat. They would overheat otherwise. When just going in the car a cardigan/light jacket, a hat and a blanket are fine.

paperlantern Mon 11-Nov-13 11:35:36

I had a fleece poncho from jojomaman babe. easy enough to pop on and off but Nice and warm too.

buggies can be draughty things, prams less so one way or another I'd want a layer of warm next to the skin

ZombieMojaveWonderer Mon 11-Nov-13 11:39:41

I think in the pram and especially if she's sat upright she should have a coat on and the blanket over her legs. It gets cold quickly when you are sat still in a pram don't forget.

Of course she needs a coat! You can get baby coats from Asda for less than £10, stop being so tight.

peggyundercrackers Mon 11-Nov-13 12:33:21

YABU - my dd has 3 coats so we can change them over and do all the time. i couldnt see how she could be warm in a pram with just a blanket over her even with a cosy toes - babies cant really generate their own heat. she normally has a vest on, a long sleeve top, tights, shorts/trousers/skirt depending on what we decide to dress her in and shoes. she always always has a coat on when we go out, especially since its been frosty every day for the last 10 days or so - in fact now its frosty she has a cardiagan or thin fleece on under her coat but on top of her long sleeved top.

Until a baby can vocalise being hot or cold or put a blanket or jacket on then no they can't maintain their own body temperature .

MoominsYonisAreScary Mon 11-Nov-13 13:54:46

Ds4 9 months has a snow suit for on the school run. Its bloody freezing and he tends to kick blankets off/get his arms out of the cosy toes. We tend to be out of the house quite some time though as the toddler is a very slow walker

GoldenGytha Mon 11-Nov-13 14:37:05

My youngest DD is 20 now, and I'm trying to think back,

Pretty sure that when they were in the pram I just put a matinee jacket/cardigan over their clothes, usually a sleepsuit or dress and tights, and blankets over that.

When they were in the pushchair bit, I put them in coats or snowsuits, and used the cosytoes.

ThisWayForCrazy Mon 11-Nov-13 14:54:31

I would buy a coat, a blanket doesn't wrap round her arms and can be pushed away or kicked off.

NoComet Mon 11-Nov-13 15:15:25

DDs had a light weight fleece jacket, easy to wash and dry over night. If V cold I stuck a cardigan underneath.

Thick coats are hopeless, get dirty, don't dry, need taking off in the car and are too hot in shops.

Snow suits are even worse. DD1 would not wear one, she simply screamed unless it was -5°C.

Pushchair had a cosy toes and a blanket, so sleeping babies could be tucked up outside and quietly uncovered in shops.

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