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?!

Tee2072 Sun 10-Nov-13 15:05:23

Well she shouldn't wear a coat in her car seat anyway, so unless you're going to carry her out of the pram, I agree with you.

JemimaPuddle Sun 10-Nov-13 15:07:18

I'd put a coat on when she's in the pram but not to go from house to car.

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 10-Nov-13 15:08:04

She would wear it if you were carrying her. Or in a few months when she is toddling and it is unseasonably cold but the shops have decided that it is summer and all you want to buy is a t-shirt.

hettienne Sun 10-Nov-13 15:10:51

I guess if you never take her out of the pram outside then she doesn't need one. Is she lying flat in the pram still? Do you manage to keep her totally covered with blankets without her wriggling/kicking them off?

Mylovelyboy Sun 10-Nov-13 15:12:57

I thought all babies had coats in winter confused

I've just had the same conversation with an inlaw. I generally have my 3 month old in a sling under my coat.

Plenty warm enough in just a vest and sleepsuit. Cardigans for in the house and blankets in the car.

ThePinkOcelot Sun 10-Nov-13 15:14:41

I always put a coat on my dds in the winter.

JollySeriousGiant Sun 10-Nov-13 15:16:31

I quite like snow suits for the buggy, but my baby's still in the carrycot and with a blanket, the pram cover and a waterproof cover she's quite toasty enough.

BoohPear Sun 10-Nov-13 15:17:14

I get when she is toddling but not sat in the pram when blankets are better. Pram has its fleece lining in, she has cardigan,blankets and cozy toes which keeps everything in. She's upright, not laid flat. If I have to carry her I wrap a blanket round but this doesn't happen often as she's heavy!

I think it has now become cold enough to wear a coat tbh

hettienne Sun 10-Nov-13 15:19:12

I had a pram suit type thing for mine before he was walking so I didn't have to keep him in the pram all the time - he could be carried about or crawl around outside. We spend time outside though rather than just going from car to building.

DontmindifIdo Sun 10-Nov-13 15:56:27

I tend to put DD in a coat in the pram, because otherwise her arms get cold. She's now in the snowsuit thing and no blankets in the pram. Far easier than her kicking them off or wriggling out, but I don't drive everywhere, if you are a 'drive everywhere only walk short distances' type, then she'll be fine without, if you can keep her in the covers.

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 10-Nov-13 16:03:49

It's freezing up here at the moment, I wouldn't go out without a coat and a wooly jumper and warm boots, I'm in the North of Scotland though and there's snow on the hills.
If she's not outside much fair enough though

Mumof3xx Sun 10-Nov-13 16:05:18

My dd is 7 months, she has a coat but only wears it when in the pram, probably about 4 days a week

kelda Sun 10-Nov-13 16:07:56

I don't really understand how you get the blankets to stay on her when she's sat upright in a pram. My children always wanted to look around them and a snowsuit/coat would keep them far warmer at this age then a blanket that can be shrugged off.

5madthings Sun 10-Nov-13 16:08:43

when mine were little they didnt always wear coats. vest and clothes/sleepsuits, possibly tights under. a cardigan/jumper either knitted or fleece and then bundled up with blankets, cosy toes etc and these are much easier to remove/pull back when you go into shops etc, esp if they are asleep.

oh and a hat.

i often see little babies in snowsuits etc in shopping centres and i am so hot i have had to take off my coat, they musr be at risk of ovetheating and babies can overheat very quickly.

5madthings Sun 10-Nov-13 16:10:54

my cosy toes zips right up so just their head is peaking out, or i zip it lower deoending on temp and if its raining they have raincover which also traps heat.

i need to dig my cosytoes out for dd actually.

jeanmiguelfangio Sun 10-Nov-13 16:11:10

Mine has blankets, our buggy doesn't have a cosy toe. She has a coat on (well its a thick fleece ladybird jacket thing) and a hat and a babygro and vest. She is warm, except for her hands- she won't keep them in the blanket or keep mitts on...

I cannot fathom NOT buying a nice, warm coat for a baby outside in a pram in this cold.

MrsSpencerReid Sun 10-Nov-13 17:00:07

I got a coat for DS last winter, he wore it once an that time I had to take it off cos he got too got in his super footmuff!! I've got him one this year but that's mostly for nursery!

At 7 months I'd definitely put a child in a coat. Blankets can be thrown / kicked off and it's cold!

I have this dilemma all the time. we have coats but I would never use them in car seats but I feel negligent when dh and I have them on and 19mo and 2mo dont.

OutragedFromLeeds Sun 10-Nov-13 17:09:36

Does she never take her arms out? Or get out of the pram?

She only ever has her head poking out when she leaves the house?!

JollySeriousGiant Sun 10-Nov-13 18:24:43

I would expect my pre-crawling child to be either wrapped snugly in the pram or in the sling. I wouldn't take her out of those in this weather unless necessary.

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

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.

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!

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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