Is Your Baby Cold? How to Dress Your Little One for the Cold Weather


In many regions, January, February, and March are the coldest months of the year. As a parent, it can be hard to tell just how many layers you should dress your baby in to ensure that they stay warm without getting overheated. Use the questions below to guide you as you plan baby’s outfits for the cold weather!

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Are you staying inside?

If you’re staying inside you can likely dress baby in an outfit similar to what you’re wearing. If you’re worried about your baby getting cold at room temperature, give their belly a feel. While baby’s hands and feet might feel cold to the touch, their core is a better indicator of whether they need another layer.

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Are you going outside?

If you’re going to be going outside in cold weather, you’ll likely need to dress baby in one more layer than you’re wearing. So, for example, if you’re wearing a long-sleeved shirt, a jacket, and a coat, your baby should do the same plus an extra onesie underneath. If you’re going outside for any length of time be sure that baby has on warm socks and shoes as well as a cozy pair of mittens.

Are they going to be riding in the car?

If you’re going to be taking your baby for a ride in the car, you’ll need to be sure that they aren’t wearing any bulky layers. Heavy coats or thick jackets are a major no-no in car seats as the extra bulk makes the seats straps much less effective. Consider carrying your baby to the car wrapped in a blanket and then putting on their outerwear when you arrive at your destination.

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Will they be exploring?

If your little one is mobile, they probably like to explore. If they’re going to be exploring their environment while they’re outside, consider dressing them in waterproof clothing to ensure they don’t end up with frozen knees after kneeling in the snow.


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Is Your Baby Cold? How to Dress Your Little One for the Cold Weather

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at ... More

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