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How to Dress a Baby in Winter With Warm Clothes

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Booties, hats... winter babies get all the fun stuff.

Are you having a winter baby? Your newborn baby wardrobe is going to look a whole lot different to your bestie who had her baby in the middle of summer. From cute wool jumpers to lambskin booties, you can have a whole lot of fun dressing your baby in winter clothing. Keep reading for our ultimate guide on how to dress a newborn in winter and our favourite baby winter clothing.

What to consider when dressing a baby for winter?

Wondering how to dress baby in winter? You're not alone! When it comes to choosing winter baby clothes, there are a number of factors to consider including:

  • Material: Opt for breathable, organic materials where possible. Consider choosing TOG-rated materials too especially when it comes to newborn sleeping bags.
  • Comfort: Choose soft materials that feel warm and cosy against delicate baby skin.
  • Layers: Keep your baby warm in the winter by layering clothing.
  • Keeping their head and feet warm: Protect their extremities with a beanie and booties or a footed zip suit.

How many layers should a newborn wear?

When it comes to dressing newborns, it's always advised to layer their clothing to make sure they stay at the right temperature no matter where you are. If you layer up the clothing, you can easily remove a layer when you're inside and add a layer when you head outside together. The general rule is to dress your child in the same amount of layers as you, plus one extra layer. Be sure to pay close attention to the number of layers your child wears when sleeping to ensure they don't overheat. TOG-rated materials is our pick of sleeping clothing for this very reason.

What to avoid with baby winter outfits

The most important thing when it comes to winter newborn clothes is to make sure your child does not overheat. We don't want to scare you, but we'd be remiss not to talk about the fact that overheating is one of the biggest contributors to SIDS. For this reason, opt for TOG-rated materials and make sure you understand how they work. For example use the right TOG-rated sleep suit against the temperature of your baby nursery room to keep them at an optimal temperature all night long.

Best Baby Winter Clothes

1. Knotted Hats

Did you know that babies lose most of their body heat through their heads? That's why it's especially important to keep them warm with a cute beanie in the winter. Made from organic cotton, this cute hat includes an adjustable knot so it grows with your child.

Features of Knotted Hat:

  • Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton
  • Adjustable
  • Machine washable
  • Suitable for newborns

2. Zip Growsuits

When the cool weather comes you can't beat baby winter onesies. We love the onesies from Purebaby and Wilson and Frenchy as they're ultra comfy and cosy. Designed with everyday comfortable wear in mind, the suits are made from an organic cotton elastane blend for a soft and gentle touch against your baby’s skin. Featuring a two way zip, they ensure quick and easy dressing.

Features of Growsuits:

  • Made from organic cotton elastane
  • Two-way zip
  • Machine-washable

3. Booties

Winter babies need to keep their tootsies warm. Booties are easy and can be used without socks and are cute as a button. Practicaly and easy on the coldest days when you want to get out but keep them warm. The perfect newborn winter clothes accessory.

Features of Booties:

  • Handmade
  • Hand-wash only
  • Indoor wear only

4. Kimono Bodysuits

This too cute kimono bodysuit is another warm baby clothes staple to add to your shopping list. It features long raglan sleeves and a wrap-around style with a double layer at the front will keep your baby’s chest warm on a cold day. Made with 100% organic cotton, the fabric is super soft and breathable.

Features of Kimono Bodysuit:

  • Made from 100% organic cotton
  • Soft and breathable
  • Snap buttons

5. Soft Pants

Ideal for pulling on over little bodysuits to keep legs warm, but still easily accessible for nappy changes. Having a few of these means you can mix and match them with their bodysuits to make cute ensembles, and not have to do a total outfit change if they get dirty.

Features of Soft Pants:

  • Soft and breathable
  • Easy to pull on and off

6. Soft Knit Outerwear

Sort cardigans and jumpers a baby's best friend in winter (and yours), they are easy to add over growsuits and onsies and ensure baby stays nice and warm and comfortable enough to fall right to sleep, if they so wish (pretty please).

Features of Knits:

  • Soft and breathable
  • Look for side buttons or cardigans to make it easy to get over your baby's head