Updated December 2018
Regulating your body heat with a baby stuck to your body is quite tricky; there is a fine line between freezing and sauna-like.
Have you ever overheated when carrying your baby, then realized you couldn’t take your coat or jacket off without completely taking everything apart and starting over? Jeaah, me too. (Here, baby, lie down on the sidewalk while I take my jacket off.)
Top Baby Carrier Cover Recommendations
Check out these covers and jackets that can easily come on or off, as needed:
Universal Winter Baby Carrier Covers
The Bebamour cover has multiple uses; it can be used with any carrier type, and in the stroller as well. If the day turns warm, the side zippers can open to allow airflow and the detachable hoodie is reversible for use in front or back carry positions. It’s highly-rated and the price is great.
Designed to provide added warmth, this universal carrier cover is water-resistant and fleece lined. We love the self-storing hood and parent pockets which have access to baby. It’s also great for use with a car seat and stroller.
This versatile Pookie Poncho can be used in three different ways: as a carrier, stroller, and car-seat cover. It is the ultimate in winter warmth for baby, comes with two different hood attachments, and is safe for use while in the car.
P.S. many users have switched to this cover because the warmth and quality are much better (i.e., you get what you pay for).
Brand-Specific Winter Carrier Covers
This cover snaps at the shoulder straps of any Ergobaby carrier (although not intuitively, read the directions) and has a water-resistant outer shell and an inner fleece lining. Ideal for wind and mild winter days with baby facing in only.
Note that this cover is made for Ergobaby carriers, however, users have used it with other brands of carriers as well. Note also that this carrier has HUGE coverage – my (Melissa) 2 year old can fit in it 😉
*Also available in a rain cover for spring time.
Works with Lillebaby carriers only.
The Lillebaby Hygge Warming Carrier Cover is easy to use, easy to pack/store, and a great extra layer. That said, don’t expect it to take the place of your baby’s coat.
If you live somewhere where winter is REAL (Brittany writes from snowy Maine), it’s nice to have this on hand as an extra outer-layer over your baby’s snowsuit – it’s perfect for blocking wind and containing heat near your baby’s body. The Hygge Warming Cover is warm and cozy (it’s literally designed for snuggling!) but it’s no down sleeping bag. I find it most useful on days when it is seriously cold, or just plain windy.
I’ve also used it “off label” as a little car seat or stroller blanket (over the safety harness). I could actually see getting even more use out of this (weirdly) in the shoulder seasons, when we’re outside more and the temperatures are more moderate.
Bottom line: This is a functional, user-friendly cover, but it is essentially a throw-over blanket that operates as a surplus to your baby’s best winter gear, not a substitute.