Autumn is a season of extremes, and working out what to wear, which woven wrap to choose and how to dress your baby from one day to the next can be a challenge! Here are some tips from the Firespiral team on how we wrap in autumn.
- At the start of autumn, layer up! – Remember that each layer of cloth in a carry acts like a layer of clothing too, so you can use a single layer carry in hotter weather, and add passes as it cools down. Pack a large cardigan that will fit over both you and your wrappee if the day starts out warm, as it may cool down quickly once the sun goes in.
- Choose a fibre blend that will work well for you in different temperatures. Merino blends are great for this. Due to its natural qualities and benefits, including breathability and insulating capacity, Merino wool has historically been used across different seasons. It has the unique ability to keep the wearer warm in cold temperatures and cool and fresh in the hottest climates. Merino is also hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for babies. Read more amazing facts about merino on this blog on merino.com, and find out about washing our easycare merino.
- Prepare for a shower or two! As a sling librarian, I often get asked about how to sling in the rain. My first recommendation is a good umbrella. I use a clear Fulton Birdcage umbrella – the shape means that it doesn’t blow inside out if it is windy, and it fits really nicely over the both of us. My second recommendation is a waterproof poncho which packs down nice and small. I have two of these, both cheap pac-a-mac ponchos which I have modified with a pair of scissors – in one case I have chopped off the hood and made a V shape to accommodate my wrappee’s head when I am back carrying (it was a 5 minute job but it works really well). The other is a pac-a-mac that is meant for hikers to wear over a large rucksack. I have modified that section into a space for my toddler, and think we would both survive a monsoon in it!
- In the middle of autumn dress warmly under your wrap. I like to wear a thick polo neck jumper and a scarf or cowl, and I dress my toddler in a warm jumper, woolly hat, and trousers which don’t ride up. We love Swing and Rock’s extra long babywearing cuffs on their leggings and dungarees.
- Towards the end of autumn and through the coldest months, nothing beats a purpose-made babywearing coat. I have tried a few, and my all-time favourite is the Mam babywearing poncho. I love how it looks good even without a baby, and how it is both warm and shower proof. The only downside about wearing a babywearing coat is that no one can see your beautiful wrap underneath! Don’t be tempted to wrap a small baby who is wearing a snowsuit – this great article by Rosie Knowles from Sheffield Sling Surgery explains why.
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