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.)
Check out these baby carrier covers and jackets that can easily come on or off, as needed:
Universal Baby Carrier Covers for Winter
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, you can unzip the sides 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 also have access to baby. It’s great for use with a car seat and stroller, too.
This versatile Pookie Poncho can be used in three different ways: as a carrier, stroller, or 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 Baby Carrier Covers for Winter
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. Review coming soon!
I used this babywearing vest from B & Me with my second son, and it was quite possibly my favorite winter gear. I wore Leon a lot when he was an infant (hello, free hands to tend to my firstborn). In the the depth of winter, this fleece vest was the perfect accessory to keep baby and me warm. Simply put it on top of the baby carrier — it expands to make room for baby. Seriously genius! Plus, it also works for baby bumps, so if you plan on having another baby, you can repurpose it.