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How should I dress my baby in a sling?

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onedayimightforget Sun 06-Nov-16 12:36:54

We're going to the farm today and taking DD2 who is 4 months old and weighs around 11lb. I will have her in a stretchy wrap sling. What should I dress her in so she doesn't get too hot or too cold? I've not really been out with the sling since the weather turned colder. TIA.

SpotTheDuck Sun 06-Nov-16 12:51:16

Is she inside your coat or outside?

If inside obv she'll be kept warm by you so I'd go with indoor outfit plus hat.

If outside I'd go with a pram suit and hat/hood I thibk

SausageSoda Sun 06-Nov-16 14:12:59

I don't think pram suits are recommended for slings due to potential overheating even if they are outside the coat though I'm no expert.

My sling for my 4month old baby only arrived yesterday so have yet to use it but I'd be planning on having her in normal indoor clothes (which includes a long sleeve vest) plus cardigan and hat. Nothing that would leave ankles exposed like leggings and socks - I would put tights on under the leggings instead.

welshweasel Sun 06-Nov-16 18:37:22

Please don't ever use a pramsuit in a sling. Your baby will be fine in whatever they would wear indoors, plus maybe a hat and some socks/booties. Most wrap slings are 3 layers of material plus your body heat, they would roast in a pramsuit.

SpotTheDuck Sun 06-Nov-16 18:42:01

If the sling is outside the coat, the baby may need a pram suit - obv it's sensible to check their temperature occasionally, and you do need to make a judgment on what's best given your local temperature, wind chill, and how warm your baby generally is.

This is a useful site for advice (south London sling library):

welshweasel Sun 06-Nov-16 18:49:22

Perhaps for a ssc/buckle carrier but ni way would you need a pramsuit inside a stretchy wrap. My DS was born in January and he'd be in a vest, baby grow and fake ugg boots and after be too hot after we'd walked a fair distance. A pramsuit on a small baby is also likely to starfish them (stopping them having a proper m configuration where bum lower than knees).

Hedgeh0g Sun 06-Nov-16 18:55:32

It's the extremities you need to focus on, so hat and extra layers on feet/legs (arms are inside the stretchy). Leg warmers, moccasin-sock things, or extra socks. I find welly socks for toddlers good for babies in slings!

Portobelly Sun 06-Nov-16 19:00:52

My son was born in mid winter. I carried him daily in the sling until he was 12kg.
He wore indoor clothes and booties and hat.
I wrapped a pashmina etc around the sling. It could be layered up as required and removed when needed without disturbing him.

onedayimightforget Sun 06-Nov-16 19:13:48

Thanks everyone. I thought a pram suit would be too much in the sling but didn't know what would be a good alternative. I went with a vest, tights, socks, babygrow and a hat and I wore a long cardigan so I could wrap it around her if need be. The only problem was that when I then had to get her out to feed her she was cold so I had to put her little coat on.

Sweetpotatoaddict Sun 06-Nov-16 19:21:15

I was out with my 4 month old in an ergo sling today, she was wearing vest, long sleeved top, tights, leggings, and a kind of padded hoodie, hat, down bootees and mitts. Seemed to be a decent temperature as she sweats when too warm. I'm finding it hard to judge what's enough/ too much.
But do know that pram suits are a no no.

SpotTheDuck Sun 06-Nov-16 20:10:19

Pram suits are not a definite no no, it depends on the temperature, etc.

SausageSoda Wed 09-Nov-16 09:09:25

Surely the baby wouldn't be able to do the frog position properly in a pram suit Spot?

SpotTheDuck Wed 09-Nov-16 10:30:41

Depends on the suit and the sling really.

The page I linked to above has really good advice about dressing babies appropriately for the weather and positioning them correctly.

CarrotPuff Wed 09-Nov-16 18:33:23

I put DD in a star snug.

5minutestobed Wed 09-Nov-16 18:39:07

My ds is nearly six months and if we are going to be outside for long wears normal indoor clothes plus a jumper, hat and all in one fleece suit thing. Its not padded like a pram suit so its ok I think.

5minutestobed Wed 09-Nov-16 18:41:57


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