After suffering through 8 degrees days and getting about 9 inches of snow dumped on us, 40 degrees feels like a serious heatwave — I can go without seven layers of clothes! So it’s nice to get outside and air out our lethargic sweatpants wearing butts. Going to our local market is the perfect place to do this because we can also jam delicious food into our mouths — mmmmm, crab balls. Since the market is only on open for a few hours on weekends it always seems to be packed! My preferred method of maneuvering around the heavily crowded area is babywearing. Let’s face it, babywearing essentially is like having an 18 pound backpack strapped to your front that’s fidgety and has grabby little hands. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love babywearing: I’m at all times within perfect kissing reach of my daughter’s face, virtually hands free, and snugly close to my baby. However, sometimes I find it awkward to navigate about in a crowd — although I do find that hard all by myself without a little one attached to me. Overall, babywearing hands down, beats pushing a bulky and cumbersome stroller around a people filled area any day. I love pushing my stroller around the track at the park with my mommy friend but in a crowd of people I seriously get road rage. Babywearing in the winter time can be a bit tricky. It’s hard to wear a carrier or wrap over a bulky coat. If you choose to wear your carrier under your coat then there’s a frigid period of time where you’re standing outside in the bitter cold trying to put your carrier on and then your baby in the carrier. I choose to go with a warm but lightweight jacket that my carrier easily and conveniently fits right over. When it comes to the little one, having them in a puffy winter jacket in the carrier is not only unsafe but also uncomfortable for them and you! It’s best to dress them in warm layers and use some type of cover over the carrier for that extra warmth. Cold weather covers for baby carriers tend to be either super pricey or annoying to use. Being the savvy cheapskate that I am and also not liking the design of the cold weather covers on the market, I decided to create my own cover (as you can see in the picture above). Not only was my cover fun and relatively inexpensive to make, it’s super easy to use since I can put the cover on before putting my daughter in the carrier and it keeps my daughter toasty and snug as a bug in a rug.
Now for my uncomplicated and relaxed babywearing outfit
As I mentioned above, I like to go for a warm lightweight jacket and a fleece jacket is the perfect fit for when it’s wintry. My fleece jacket of choice is made by Calvin Klein Performance. This jacket is awesome because it has an oversized collar that when fully zipped it comes up to my nose. This type of collar keeps my neck super warm just like a scarf which is excellent since I find wearing a scarf while babywearing less than ideal. Speaking of neckwear, my new everyday necklace is a teething/nursing necklace. I made this all natural wood and cotton necklace due to the fact that there’s no way I could justify spending $28 on something that I could simply make myself. My daughter is infatuated with this necklace — actually she goes for any necklace. At least, this necklace is safe for her to chomp on and play with since she’s now in that terrible teething stage. I layered under my jacket and necklace a gray and white striped long sleeved t-shirt from Old Navy. I bought this shirt, along with many others, during an incredible 50% off sale. My jeans came from one of the cheapest consignment shops around, Mommy’s Lil Rascals. These petite straight fit Gap jeans only cost me a couple of dollars. Anytime I find a pair of jeans in my size that also happen to be a petite too I snatch them up like a crazed shopper on Black Friday. It’s so hard finding jeans that aren’t outrageously long. I sometimes wonder who companies are making their long legged jeans for. Never have I ever met a woman that’s a size 0 with 4 foot long legs. I’m starting to suspect companies of short shaming us lacking in height women. . . I digress. My Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag was a gift. I know what you’re saying, “Heather, in your last post you slammed using a diaper bag, what’s up with you using one now??”. Well, my astute friends, I normally don’t use the typical diaper bag but this bag is far from typical and perfect for babywearing. What makes this bag exceptional is that you can either wear it as a backpack (foolproof for babywearing) or as a messenger bag with the mere swapping around of straps. Moreover, I have a total soft spot for the black and white print with pop of red on this bag because it goes with everything — like my new Puma sneakers! Those sneakers are an early anniversary gift from my husband and I have been wearing them nonstop since I got them in the mail just a couple of days ago. He scored these $100 sneakers for $40 with free 3-day shipping just by scouring the web for some coupon codes — yeah, I trained him well. Sneakers are an easy go to when babywearing considering that you need something comfortable to wear when lugging around that extra poundage of baby. Even though, I choose to go for a more Sporty Spice look with my babywearing outfit that doesn’t mean that you can’t go for a Posh Spice look. . . maybe minus the stilettos for safety. If you’re interested in purchasing a cold weather cover for your baby carrier or a nursing/teething necklace check out my Etsy store 🙂 https://www.etsy.com/shop/HumblyHeather