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What do I need for a winter baby?

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economymode Wed 10-Oct-12 21:18:17

Our first child was born in May, so not cold at all.

But, and this is probably a stupid question, what do I need to get for winter baby? Next one is due end of Jan, so mid-winter.

So far, I'm thinking

- nice and thick hat
- fleecy blanket/wrap thing for being out and about (like this
- lots of layers
and then I'm stuck. For example, what will I need for sleeping? Our firstborn didn't take to swaddling so was soon in a sleeping bag. But is swaddling better for winter babies, do you think? If so, what kind of blanket should I use? Just a normal cellular one? Do they need another blanket on top?

Sorry for sounding dense!

Any other tips welcome. I'm trying to use as much stuff as possible from first time round, but know that I do need to account for the seasons.

Thank you smile

sloshpot Thu 18-Oct-12 13:55:26

We love the Bug in a Rug, its has been a godsend in this changeable weather - means I can wrap my boy up, put him in the car seat and then just take the cover off if it gets warmer. It's also great for moving from car seat - buggy - sling - buggy. Brilliant idea!

sparky70 Sat 13-Oct-12 17:13:35

but in a rug? BUG in a rug. grin

sparky70 Sat 13-Oct-12 15:52:47

OMG! i just noticed the dad's thumb too! eek! v funny

anywho! the but in a rug is much lighter than a full on snowsuit so you dont get that bunching of fabric when trying to click them into the car seat.

found another link, no thumb just flowers :)

rogersmellyonthetelly Sat 13-Oct-12 10:38:15

Can I just point out that snow suits are great, but not ideal for use in an infant car seat. Manufacturers recommend that you use blankets instead over the top of the harness, or you can get the car seat footmuffs that are very toasty, and if you go inside you can just unzip the top part and not disturb baby.

ThunderboltKid Fri 12-Oct-12 21:57:33

Gibgerbreadlatte grin that is quite funny!

Gingerbreadlatte Fri 12-Oct-12 20:26:19

its probably just me and my dirty mind but it made me laugh. confused

Gingerbreadlatte Fri 12-Oct-12 20:22:05

This is great thread and good info re snow suits and getting too hot.
Will note that for my baby due in next 3 or 4 wks.

Re bug in a rug website. Very unfortunate positioning of the dads thumb in the picture grin grin

milkyjo Fri 12-Oct-12 16:38:46

Mothercare do sleepsuits with inbuilt foldover scratch mits which we used in the night for DS (December baby) as his hands were like ice blocks. Also John Lewis do fleece fabric sleepsuits which are gorgeous and nice and cosy for the cold days and nights. We used lots of layers and as soon as baby was big enough into a sleeping bag, we used 2.5 tog. Also not sure if it made a difference but we used thick flannelette brushed cotton sheets in the crib not the plain thin cotton ones.

sparky70 Fri 12-Oct-12 15:00:09

I am with you on the layers, the big snowsuits are fab for .. well .. snow! and we dont get lots of that do we?
i used the bug in a rug too , cos the lightweight fabric didn't create excessive heat, just warm enough. and being cocooned all the time meant quite calm and snug. and of course handy for the sling and car seat.

clickingtock Fri 12-Oct-12 08:59:23

DS was a Feb babe, the next one is due early new year so we are a winter family. Layers seem great but a bit of a pain for nappy changing.

Remember another thing - you! Your body heat is excellent for tiny baby. Wrap slings are a great way for you both to feel warm. I think my newborn will be living in a sling for a while so that I can give DS (3yo then) lots of attention.

I'm also a big fan of tights after a couple of months - for boys and girls - but didn't cotton onto tights early enough with DS.

Fleece is a gift to mums of newborns - washes really well, dries quickly and v warm.

Swaddling was wonderful for sleep. Baby won't overheat if you use natural materials like muslin or cotton and follow with a blanket. We moved onto grobags but I have a feeling they aren't recommended for v young babies. Need to check!

Good luck!

Startailoforangeandgold Fri 12-Oct-12 08:15:44

Ellan is right snowsuits don't work if you have a baby who hates being hot.

Despite being born in Jan DD1 scarcely ever wore a vest.

The second you got her in a shop or a car in a snowsuit she screamed. A cosy toes you could unzip and a light weight blanket you could fold down worked much better.

Northernlurkerisbehindyouboo Fri 12-Oct-12 08:01:46

I had a January baby in a house with no central heating. We co-slept. It was the only way!

BuntyCollocks Fri 12-Oct-12 07:52:55

I'll be investing in a morrck, thanks for the link! Might have to get the size 3 for DS as well!

Donner Thu 11-Oct-12 22:24:40

Oh and if you like the morrck wrap don't buy a 0-6 month one because the 6-18 one is perfectly suitable for a newborn and lasts longer

Donner Thu 11-Oct-12 22:22:09

These are great
Snow suits can be too bulky for car seats and if you're in and out of shops they can get too warm. I used this with a decent but not overly bulky jacket, I liked fleece lined cardigans.
Most grobags are 2.5 tog, 2tog are rare. At night my son had a short sleeved vest, full cotton sleep suit and 2.5tog gro bag but his room was always cosy.

We keep our heating on constant and control it with a thermostat set at 18 ish degrees. This keeps the house at an even temp and apparently is the most economical way to heat your house as you never have to heat it from cold and so it's never on for long. I don't like a hot bedroom so we have regulators on each radiator and our room is turned right down.

LimeLeafLizard Thu 11-Oct-12 21:30:32

ellangirl I have just ordered one of the car seat liners that you recommended... thanks!

economymode Thu 11-Oct-12 21:29:03

Wow, thank you! All useful stuff to read, much appreciated.

Craftyone Thu 11-Oct-12 21:13:34

Mittens can be a pain so if they keep coming off use socks. They work a treat and stay on.

Oh and another tip although not clothing related. If possibly keep your baby wipes on a radiator so it's not a cold shock on LOs bum, esp in the night!

Snowsuits are great and can be picked up and nearly new sales/charity shops really cheap (newborn whine the pooh one for £1.50!!)

I have long sleeve vests to go with any trousers, and short sleeve for under sleep suits.

A few cardigans and jackets again can be picked up very cheap.

Layers are great, you can get things called swaddle blankets which are very thin to swaddle in. (it's not that swaddling isn't recommended full stop, well it is but it's only to do with over heating, so make sure you don't swaddle in a huge thick blanket, but a few thin layers is fine) You can also get things called swaddle pods, which are very thin material, 1 layer, zip up, do the same job as swaddling but about as thick as a sleep suit. So you can then add a blanket over the top if needed and baby won't overheat.

I've also got a sheepskin liner for the car seat, in the hope this will be lovely and snuggly for LO.

BuntyCollocks Thu 11-Oct-12 20:33:13

DS was a January baby, and dd is due late December, so I'm clued up I think!

We had a snowsuit for out and about, although if they're in a car, they really just need clothes, a cardi, coat, and a blanket to snuggle into. If you have a cozy toes or a nest in your buggy, don't have them in a snowsuit as well or you'll boil them.

Hats. Short sleeved vests under babygrows and a cardi on top. If its really cold, socks under or over babygrows. You can also use scratch mitts as mittens.

I swaddled using the summer swaddle wraps, and will again. If it's really cold, a cellular blanket over the top of the swaddle loosely.

The key is layering. I'm not a fan of long sleeved vests, but I do love a cardigan.

LimeLeafLizard Thu 11-Oct-12 20:12:05

Great thread - just marking my place as I am expecting my first winter baby... this will also be our first girl after 3 boys so I am doubly confused about clothes!

Sirzy Thu 11-Oct-12 11:39:12

Swaddling is great!

I would say get 2 snowsuits. Otherwise you will find that the baby will be sick and you will need to go out while it's in the wash!

tinyshinyanddon Thu 11-Oct-12 11:36:42

I've been through new England winters with sept and nov babies so I know winter! Firstly yes I did swaddle. I use a brushed cotton blanket when they are little. I feel a cellular blanket would be too stetchy and bulky. It makes me sad to hear this backlash against swaddling because my babies loved it and would not sleep without it. On colder nights I would put a well tucked-in blanket over them too. Get a snowsuit/bunting/pramsuit with mittens and a hood. I used one of those foot muff car seat things with my first baby cos a friend gave it to me but be aware they are not endorsed by the car seat manufacturer so not recommended. I found blankets were more flexible anyway.

ellangirl Thu 11-Oct-12 10:46:04

You could. I never did though because it was hard to get baby sleeves sitting right (vest gets caught up inside sleepsuit sleeves). That might just be a pet peeve of mine though!

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