For most of us, winter is coming, and for moms with new babies, the cold weather comes with complications. The golden rule for new parents: don’t stay home all day. Babies do best with some fresh air and stimulation and that’s doubly true for tired adults. Plus, for little ones, a stroller or carrier nap may be preferable (read: they will actually sleep) to a crib nap.
But the logistics of getting you and your baby bundled up and outside can feel insurmountable. A tip: leave the stroller (and stroller gloves) at home and instead, put baby in your sling or carrier of choice, grab one of these expandable coats below, and you’re set! And if you’re still pregnant, many of these jackets will work as maternity Here are our favorites for mom and baby:
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This 3-in-1 (you can wear it as a regular jacket, with a maternity insert or with a baby carrier insert), is a great layer for fall. It fits all baby carrier models and when you’re not wearing it with baby, it looks like a regular fleece jacket. We like that it comes with a lined hood for baby for extra warmth over a hat or in case you forget a hat because #mombrain.
This is a lightweight layer perfect for those early fall days. If you’re a hoodie person, you’ll want to make this your go-to! Even though it’s not heavy enough for colder days, you could easily layer this under a heavier jacket. If you remove the panel, it functions as a regular, non-maternity, fleece.
This stylish, faux-fur-lined jacket is perfect for those cold, blustery days and it can even see you through a snowstorm thanks to its weather-resistant outer shell. For those who are pregnant or newly postpartum, you’ll appreciate the drawstring at the empire waist, which you can use to cinch the coat to your shape for a more flattering look. When on-the-go with baby, simply zip in the kangaroo panel, strap on your favorite carrier, and you’re good-to-go.
Another great option for winter, this Sweet Mommy jacket features a detachable pouch that baby can slide into after being placed in a carrier or sling. The pouch can also double as an insulated ride for the stroller, keeping baby toasty and fully covered. Keep in mind that because this is a pouch and not a zippered jacket extender, the look and feel when carrying baby is a little bit bulkier.
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If you already have jackets you love, there’s no need to buy a specific maternity or postpartum jacket just to get you through a winter with your little one. This jacket expander panel will work with anything you already have (as long as it zips) and turns your favorite outerwear into a coat that works with baby. Just be sure to pick the correct zipper type at checkout.
Editorial Director of MamasUncut. Currently back on the East Coast. Most days spent chasing after two young kids and our very patient rescue mutt. Learning that parenting never really gets easier it just gets … different. Love running and water views. Also all the coffee.
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