My first baby was born 13th September. A cold, Friday 13th September. Where we live Septembers are usually warm, a continuation of summer in a way. But a couple of days before our little one was born it suddenly became really chilly. I panicked and went out to buy some warmer clothes for bringing him home. I forgot about the mom part and I struggled with finding something worm but still comfortable enough for myself to wear since I only had summer maternity clothes. But still, that was fall. Now we’re having a winter baby. Freezing temperatures and all. This calls for some new gear and I am not forgetting about myself this time around.
Stroller winter bag
This is a must! For quick outings or when you know you are going to be somewhere inside soon, it’s much more convenient putting your baby into a winter bag instead of dressing him or her in a snowsuit. There is no need to dress and undress her, just have this handily placed in your stroller and put your baby in, dressed in her normal clothes. There you go, ready and out the door in minutes! We have the one pictured here, by Stokke, since we have an Xplory stroller. But most stroller manufacturers make their own versions.
No slip gloves
Unless you’re planning on splurging on a whole winter kit, you’re going to need a good pair of gloves. I walked around with the stroller a lot with our son and in the winter that takes a toll on your hands. But if you can’t hold the stroller firmly with them on, they’re pretty much useless. A touch-friendly finger or two would be an added bonus, obviously.
If you are going to be taking your baby out of the stroller while outside, a winter bag is not going to do it. They’re fine for use in the car, you can put the baby in the car seat together with the winter bag but as soon as you need him or her out or in the baby carrier, she is going to have to be dressed.
I really like this dotted one by Gap. I’m not usually into multicolored stuff but there’s just something about this snowsuit that brings a smile to my face.
Stroller cup holder
I wanted to get one of these during my first pregnancy but then never did. Since the majority of my maternity leave will be during winter this time, I’m investing in a cup holder for my stroller, so I can take some hot tea with me on our walks. I am a huge tea lover anyway so I will be using this well into the warmer months as well.
Again the one in the picture is for our Stokke stroller, but there’s a version for pretty much everybody.
Easy to put on boots
The first time I was pregnant, my last trimester was during summer. Which meant I could just put on a big dress, a pair of flip flops and that was it, problem solved. Now my biggest struggle is putting on socks and shoes. This gets even more difficult as my due date approaches and the temperatures drop. Soon I am going to have to transition to some kind of boots and those are usually even harder to put on than other shoes. I planned on buying a pair of Uggs. They seemed so soft and cozy and easy. Well, it turns out they’re pretty tight, at least at the beginning and as such pretty hard to put on. So the search continues.
Warm clothes for mom and baby
Don’t repeat my mistake and get some warm maternity clothes if you’re on the verge of changing seasons. If you were pregnant during winter already, you can use your pregnancy clothes for the first couple of months postpartum, but if not, you are going to be needing at least something to take you through the recovery weeks.
As far as the baby goes I have to say I love buying winter clothes for her! They’re all soft and plushy. Same goes for holiday clothes. If we had a newborn already I would go totally crazy on matching holiday pajamas and sweaters. I know, I know, but I can’t help myself.
Have a nice, cozy winter!!