Babywearing in summer and winter
The changing seasons present unique considerations when carrying your child. Whether warm or cold remember that each layer of wrap is like a layer of clothing.
In summer, you should:
- Opt for an airier wrap blend that is more loosely woven to promote air circulation
- Choose lighter clothing so you both keep cooler
- Go for single layer carries such as a kangaroo or a ruck sack
- Make sure you spread passes to keep you cooler
- Try to stay in the shade or use a UV protective umbrella or parasol
- Both wear hats
- Both keep regularly hydrated
- Use the tail of the wrap as a protective layer
- Wear sunscreen on exposed skin. Try to opt for one that is mineral based and does not contain Avobenzone or Parsol 1789 which can stain fabric.
In winter, you should:
- Choose a wrap that has a tighter weave and/or a thicker, warmer blend
- Go for double layer carries such as a front wrap cross carry or a double hammock
- Dress in layers that are easily removable. Items of clothing like “baby legs” which are woollen leg warmers are a great way of adding warm layers without the bulk
- Carry an umbrella for keeping the rain and snow from you both (and the wrap)
- Consider pre-tied carries if you are wrapping outside. That way your wrap won’t get wet in autumnal downpours.
- Explore the wide range of babywearing coats out there for keeping you both warm. If they aren’t your style then capes and shawls are a great option.