Baby Wearing Coats & Jackets…waterproof and warm
Are you looking for the best baby wearing coats and jackets?
We’ve been spoilt this year in France as our summer basically lasted until the end of October (In Wales it’s pretty much Autumn by mid-June!). Summer ended abrubtly though and we went from shorts and a vest top to needing three layers and fluffy socks overnight.
So, it feels like a good time to share how we keep warm and dry while babywearing.
I spent a few weeks wearing my husband’s XL coat while baby wearing before finally giving in and buying one of the purpose made baby wearing jackets.
What a difference it made!
My neck and chest were no longer freezing and baby wasn’t cramped. We were both snug in our cosy cocoon.
There are a number of jackets, fleeces, covers and inserts available to buy. They can be pretty expensive but if you’ll be carrying for a few winters then it’s worth it. If not then we have some clever hacks and bargains to share with you.
How do baby wearing coats work?
Baby wearing coats are all designed differently so it’s important to make sure that you buy the right one to suit your carrying styles or styles.
Some work from maternity through to carrying infants, some allow you to carry children on your front and/or back while others will also allow for side carrying.
Some have a little hole for babies head to poke out and others have a simple zip panel that you undo slightly to allow baby enough space.
Maybe my boys just have big heads but I could not work out how to poke little ones head out through a smallish size hole 🤪
So, let’s take a look at some examples of baby wearing coats and jackets…
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Baby Wearing Fleece Jackets
front carrying | back carrying | side carrying | twin carrying
This baby wearing fleece jacket is versatile in that it’s designed to work with hip carriers as well as front and back carrying. It also comes with a spare insert panel incase you carry twins!
It should keep both parent and baby nice and warm as it’s made of 100% soft polyester fleece.
It’s advisable to choose a size or two smaller than your usual dress size as these jackets run more like men’s sizing. Although if you have long arms you may need the bigger size.
Personally during winter I’m usually grateful for a slightly looser fit as I can layer underneath.
To make room for baby just unzip the panel zips a little to allow for their head to pop out.
Smallshow Baby Wearing Fleece Jacket
This polar fleece jacket has several popular reviews. Can be worn over front carriers and slings.
The panel can be removed so that the jacket can be worn without baby.
Baby Wearing Waterproof Coats
If you live anywhere where it rains a lot then a babywearing rain jacket might be useful. I’ve shared two examples below…
Suse’s Kinder Deluxe Babywearing Coat
front carrying | back carrying | side carrying | twin carrying
This is apparently the first and only babywearing jacket on the market that will truly accommodate all carrying positions possible, even nursing. I’ve not checked that claim but it’s a nice coat!
It’s actually two coats…the water resistant breathable shell and the cuddly fleece insert. It has a little pocket between shell and zipper in shell, handy for car keys and money.
It’s designed to be used by men and women so check the sizing carefully before ordering. Women need to order a size or 2 smaller than they usually would.
It comes with a load of extras like patent and baby rain and winter hoods. There’s a handy bag to store it all in too.
This cost looks lovely and long which is great for babywearing as it totally covers babies legs and feet.
Waterproof Roocoat Baby Wearing Coat.
front carrying | back carrying | side carrying | waterproof
The RooCoat is designed to be worn like a normal coat when you front carry your child. When you back carry you just turn it around like a smock.
Let’s be honest, however much we love to babywear it can be a little awkward to do things like zipping up a coat! Unless your a yoga pro! This waterproof coat has a long pull cord that will help you to do up the zipper whether your front or back carrying.
If you’re worried that wearing a hooded coat back-to-front will look wierd and uncomfortable then they have thst covered! The hood is removable and they’ve included a neck zipper to give your neck some extra room if needed. There are also pockets on both sides! Handy for carrying odd socks, hotwheels, rocks and snotty tissues (surely I can’t be the only one!?)
Fun2BeMum Waterproof Coat
front carrying | back carrying| waterproof | twin carrying
This waterproof babywearing coat is made in the EU for babies and larger toddlers.
It boasts three removable inserts too so can be used for twins and as a maternity coat
Zip in panel for babywearing.
If you already own a coat that you love then check out these zip in panels. You just add them to your existing coat to make room for your baby bump or baby carrier. Take a look at some here.
Best Babywearing Rain Poncho
If you need something waterproof that’s quick and easy to throw over you and baby when it rains then a babywearing rain poncho might be what you need.
The Suse’s Kinder Rain Poncho is great for taking out with you to throw over your babywearing fleece jacket.
It works for both front and back carrying. It can even work for twins.
There are foldout hoods on both the front and the back to keep babies head dry.
Remember to take a look at our full bbaby wearing post.
Let me know which baby wearing coats and jackets you’d recommend this winter.
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