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Carrying in Cold Weather
Can I carry my baby in this freezing weather?
It is important to consider safety in all things, and dressing warmly for winter while using a carrier is no exception. Snowsuits may be cute, snuggly and warm but they need to be used carefully.
Be aware of overheating: Being too hot can be a risk for SIDS. Protect your baby's extremities (feet, hands and head) rather than their middle.
Be aware of their airway: Too much fabric around the chest and back makes it hard to achieve a fully supported back or a tight enough carry, meaning that baby could slump, risking their airway. Be aware of your clothing too- scarves and cowls can block babies' faces.
Be aware of position: With bulky snowsuits, they can force limbs into a starfish type shape, rather than a hip healthy, deep seated position.
How to keep warm and safe
Lots of thin layers are much better than thick bulky ones.
There are baby carrying covers and special coats but there are also tricks, such as sliding a waterproof coat over the straps of a carrier.
Think about your footwear- will you be safe walking on ice or through snow. Plan your pathway carefully!