Must have winter baby essentials

Must Have Winter Baby Essentials

Winter is coming! Okay, so Game of Throne’s jokes aside, having a winter baby can mean very different things to having a baby in summer or spring or autumn. Winter babies will have extra needs, as it takes a whole lot more to keep a baby warm generally than it does to keep the cool, so to make this weather transition easier, it helps to know what essentials are worth investing in.

WINTER BABY ESSENTIALS WORTH INVESTING IN

While pregnancy during summer is probably a whole lot worse, winter with a newborn comes with it’s own challenges. Not only do you need to take extra steps to ensure your baby is warm enough at all times, but you also need to be mindful of your environment and your own personal needs as well. Because lets face it, breastfeeding in the middle of a winter night – that can be kind of awful!

So here are some must have winter baby essentials to help make your cold days a little easier:

Layers

Let’s start with the most basic baby essential – layers! Newborn babies do not have the ability to regulate their own temperature in the way that the rest of us can. This means taking extra precautions to keep them warm and one of the best ways to do this is through layering. Singlets, socks, wondersuits, mittens, swaddle wraps. Having a few layers also means you can remove one or more layers if the temperature suddenly rises, or when you are enjoying some lovely indoor heating.

Sleeping Bags/Swaddle Wraps

With cold comes added risks of suffocation, due to extra layers with things such as blankets and wraps, or even too loose clothing. To minimise these risks to your newborn, consider the use of sleeping bags or swaddle wraps, such as GroBags, that are designed to keep your baby warm in the place of traditional bunny rugs and blanket wraps. No chance of these becoming unraveled or tangled around your baby if they move about, so they are a great peace of mind purchase as well as very functional. There are different levels of warmth for different seasons too.

Easy Access Clothing

Babies hate being cold, which can be a challenge with the frequent dirty nappy changes they need and the undressing that goes with it. To minimise their distress and cold bottom, invest in baby clothes that have crotch openings to avoid having to undress your bub completely to change nappies. The less exposed skin, the happier the baby during the cool weather. Personally I’m a big fan of Bonds Wondersuits as they have zippers that open from top or bottom, so you only need to uncover the bottom half for nappy changes. Most of them also have built in sock and glove fold overs to keep little hands and feet warm, that can be folded back if not needed.

Baby Lotion

Cold weather can often bring with it all those annoying things like dry skin and scalp. Have a suitable baby lotion on hand to keep your baby’s skin moisturised and itch-free during the colder months. A moisturising baby bath and shampoo will also form part of your baby essentials.

Beanie

Keep those beautiful little heads warm with a cute little baby beanie. Make sure it is a good fit so it keeps the heat in as babies actually lose heat through their heads so this is an important part to keep covered from the elements. Especially if your little one is a little sparse on hair at the moment. Aim for a baby beanie that is firm fitting but not too tight. You don’t want something that may risk falling down over their face so nothing oversized.

For You

Winter baby must haves also mean considering what you’ve got on hand to keep you comfortable during the cool months with a newborn. If you are going to be breastfeeding, having suitable clothing to make your job easier is also essential. Invest in some easy access nursing tops that you can wear with your general wardrobe. Like baby, go with layering, that way it can be much easier to pop out the boob when you need to feed your baby, minimising the need to expose too much of your own skin to the elements as well. A comfortable mum is a happy mum and a happy mum helps make for a happy baby!

Heating

If it is really cold in your home or wherever you may be and you have access to it, heating systems can give you that extra reassurance. Central heating is a great way to keep the whole house warm during winter. Or if you want to keep your electricity costs low, consider just putting on the heat in the area you are bathing and changing your baby. We have a mini wall heater in each of our bathrooms that we use just in winter, or we bathed our babies in the portable baby bath in a room with a reverse cycle air conditioner so that there was no freezing cold and wet bodies coming out of the bath. And of course, get them dressed in those layers quickly! Take extra care to dry all the folds though!

While not essential in all climates, if you live in an extra cold place, you may want to consider a weather cover for your pram. They are breathable covers that block out rain and wind from your little one when travelling in the pram.

However for places without the extreme temperatures, a blanket is usually adequate to keep bub warm when out and about, over their usual layers. Or you can get some really cool pram inserts that are like sleeping bags for the waist and legs down. Keeps those little toes nice and toasty!

Having a winter baby also comes with it’s perks beyond the baby essential needs. An adorable little person you can snuggle to your heart’s content because everyone wants extra cuddles in winter. Plus there is none of that uncomfortable sweaty moments of holding your baby and having them stick to you like may be the case in summer.

Yet knowing what you need for winter newborn is going to make your life easier through the cold months with your beautiful new arrival. Worried about how much a baby will cost… don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be expensive either!

Do you have any winter baby essentials to recommend?

13 thoughts on “Must Have Winter Baby Essentials”

  1. Lauren @ Create Bake Make

    Those night feeds were certainly much more uncomfortable with our May baby when compared to our January baby! I found wearing a nursing singlet underneath my flannel pjs to be a great way of keeping as warm as possible while doing night feeds

    1. Oh yes! The temps have dropped here since bub was born, and she so far hates her cot at night so I’ve been sitting up in my dressing gown every night to keep warm between feeds lol

  2. Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum

    My #1 winter baby essential would be a warm baby sleeping bag … even if you don’t want to use it for night time sleeping, I have found it great for popping baby into for school drop offs and pick ups as it keeps her warm and snug without the need for a blanket or changing her clothes. You just need to make sure you get a travel one with the holes to pass the belt clip through.

    1. We haven’t tried the sleeping bags yet as our bub is so tiny that everything is swimming on her haha but I feel better about sleeping bags over swaddles. Easier, safer and like you say, the travel ones are so convenient.

  3. This is a great list – I had one Summer baby and one Winter one, and the Winter one had about double the amount of clothes in the first few months! I found breastfeeding in Winter to be a bit tricky, it’s hard to just pop out the minimum amount of boob and keep everything else warm!

    1. It totally is. Extra layers are so inconvenient with feeds lol and blankets & bulky bub clothes. They are snuggly bundles but feeding summer babies is easier.

  4. Luisa @ Looking for mama me

    Im 100% with you! I love sleeping bags otherwise my girl would squirm out of the blankets a wake up freezing every 30 minutes! Breastfeeding is my down fall, I have no clothes that can keep me warm while feeding, I try draping a blanket around us if I can :) Great tips!

    1. I’m finding a nursing top under my flanny pjs is doing the job with those late night feeds, but sometimes the dressing gown comes out too lol

  5. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    Great post! Oh, how I love a baby in a hoodie :) Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again this Friday!

  6. This is a great list, especially for those of us that don’t like to be confined inside just because there is a little chill in the air. Getting baby , and parents, out and about during the winter months, especially if you live in an area where winter isn’t bitterly cold, is great for everyone’s mood. Plus, I have found that a little walk in the cool air always helps the baby sleep a little longer and wake up more well rested. We have some reviews of strollers, travel systems and baby carriers at https://www.roamingmommy.com if you need any help choosing the best cold weather on-the-go equipment.
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