Taking baby outside during the winter

Today the little guy and I went for our usual stroll downtown.  I try to get us outside at least five times a week for some fresh air and sunlight.  Something I always struggle with is how to dress him appropriately during these cold Chicago days.

During my first visit to the pediatrician, I asked her how to dress the little guy for outside trips. Her advice was to dress him in one more layer than I have on.  I used that rule to guide our first few trips outside, but during those first walks, he just wasn’t comfortable.  It wasn’t until our fifth trip out that I seemed to find the right combination of layers for him.

The first thing I consider when taking the little guy out for a walk is the temperature.  As a general rule, I won’t take him out unless it is at least 27 degrees (factoring in windchill).  Since 27 degrees borders on uncomfortable for me, I figure it is best to keep him indoors for anything lower than that.  Today was 35 degrees, making it a great day to take our usual three mile walk.

To get him ready for our walk I dressed him in his usual going out layers.  The first layer is usually a fleece onesie.  The next layer is his bear suit coverall.  This bear bodysuit is made of thick fleece, has a hoodie that does a good job covering his head, and has sleeves with mittens at the ends to keep his hands warm.  Once he is dressed in those layers, I put him in the stroller.  The stroller has a JJ Cole Bundle Me bunting bag.  It’s a great stroller accessory. Essentially, it is a  warm blanket with zippers on the sides to zip the little guy up and keep him toasty.  My friend jokingly named the bunting bag, “A baby Ugg”, which I think is hilarious.  The last step is to cover him with the plastic rain cover.  The rain cover shields him from the cold winds we Chicagoians are familiar with.  Once I’ve got all these components set, him and I are ready for our stroll outside.  Below are pictures of him at the different stages of getting ready.  The first image is the little guy in his “Let It Snow” onesie, in the second image he is in his bear fleece bodysuit, and in the final image, he looks a bit like a toy, wrapped in plastic while snug in the bunting bag.

Once we are outside, I make sure he isn’t too cold or too hot by checking his cheeks and forehead.  I usually do that after I have given us 10 minutes to adjust to the outside temperatures.  I then continue to check him every 10-15 minutes.  If he is too warm, I will unzip the bunting bag a bit,  if he is too cold, I either turn around to go home or I grab the extra swaddle blanket I have in the diaper bag and place that in between him and the bunting bag.   When we go inside, to keep him from overheating I quickly unzip the bunting bag and remove any blankets.  If we are going to be inside for a while, I sometimes also unzip his bear bodysuit.

For additional information on how to keep your baby warm in the winter, check out this babycenter article.

How do you dress your little one when going out during the winter?

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