Dressing your newborn in winter

At such a young age, your baby can’t communicate to you to let you know whether they’re too warm or too cold. But, as a parent, you want to do everything you can to make them as comfortable as possible. That’s why dressing your baby for winter can prove to be a little challenging at times.



Here are some tips on how best to dress your newborn in winter.


Layer up

Basic, yet effective, layering your newborn’s clothes is the best way to keep them warm and cosy. The point of layering is you can always undo or take off an extra layer if your baby starts to feel too warm.


The best fabrics

Choosing the right fabric can ensure your baby’s clothes fulfil their purpose of keeping them warm. During the winter months, clothes made from wool or polyester are good, while cotton isn’t always effective against the cold. Try to opt for clothes that won’t get wet – even if it’s not raining, the high amount of moisture in the air can make clothes damp in the winter.



When going outside with your baby in winter, it’s a good idea to give them extra protection against the cold by putting mittens and a hat on them. This can help to make them as warm and comfortable as they are indoors. Choose soft and cosy materials. Carrying a blanket will also mean you’re prepared should the temperature drop while you’re out and about.



It doesn’t need to be snowing for your little one to enjoy being wrapped up warm and snuggly in a snowsuit. As it covers them from head to toe, you’ll find you don’t need a hat and their feet will be lovely and toasty too.


Bedtime attire

Dressing your baby for sleep in the winter is just as important as making sure they’re dressed appropriately for going outside. While layers are good when you’re out and about, they should be avoided at bedtime for the risk of loose bedding moving around. Go for a babygrow with fitted feet, and a baby sleeping bag is always a good idea as they generally stay in place no matter how much your little one moves around in the night.


There are also ways you can check your baby’s body temperature if you’re unsure. Put your hands gently on their belly and if it feels cool to your hands, that may be a sign that they’re feeling cold, and feeling their feet and hands can also give you an indication of whether they’re cold or not.


Still confused? Take a look at this handy chart below.


This information is intended as guide only and may vary depending on your home environment. Always speak to your midwife or GP if you have concerns.


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