A specialist coat for babywearing could appear to be an expensive choice to keep you and your little one warm and dry, and there are other options available to you. However, a good coat can get use for many years. These coats can represent value for money. Here are some things to consider when choosing a babywearing coat.
What Type Of Babywearing Coat
There are now many many coats designed for babywearing available for you to buy. They range from budget fleeces to high end wool jackets.
An initial area to think about is what type of coat you need – a fleece, a waterproof or fleece lined and waterproof.
A fleece is warm and many will stand up to the odd shower. They are often cheaper than waterproof options. They often come in over the head hoody style options and in zip up fleece jacket options.
A waterproof may not be very warm but will keep you dry. It can be a great option to grab a size larger so that you can layer warm clothes underneath if you need. It also might be a great option if you get hot very easily. There are over the head hoody styles available but mostly these are zip up jackets.
A fleece lined waterproof can be the best of both worlds. These coats are warm and will keep you dry – but can be a little too warm if you run hot or the weather is unusually warm! Usually these type of coats are zip up jackets.
Most babywearing coats are zip up jackets or hoodies, however there are more tailored options available for women. These options are usually significantly more expensive.
What Features Do You Need in a Babywearing Coat?
When you are choosing a coat think about what features you might need
- What position will you carry your baby in – on your front, back, hip, facing away? Does the coat cover your baby in these positions?
- How does the panel for your baby attach over your carrier? Some cheap options have closed pouches which are not suitable over a carrier without you doing some cutting! These coats are not safe to use without a carrier.
- Is it easy to change where the panel attaches if you can change position from front carrying to back carrying? Will you need to do this regularly? Some coats you move the panel and some you turn the whole coat around
- Will you want to use the coat to cover you when back carrying? How do you put the coat on when you are back carrying?
- Do you want to use it as a normal coat without the panels? Does it fit well and look how you want it to?
- Do you want to use it as a maternity jacket as well as a babywearing jacket? Does the coat allow for this?
- Do you want pockets?
- When and where will you be using the coat? If you will be outside in the wet then a waterproof options might be more important, or are you going to be outside when you arrive so your child needs to be warm separately to you as well as in the coat?
- Do you want more than one person to be able to wear the coat? An oversized fleece or men’s cut coat might be flexible for two people to share.
Here at It’s A Sling Thing we have three brands of Babywearing Coat available
- Boba – Babywearing Hoody. A simple fleece hoody which can do front and back carries
- Mamalila – Softshell, Rain Jacket and Men’s Coat. A rain jacket and two fleece lined waterproof coat options which all do front and back carries.
- Momawo – Fleece and 4-in-1. A fleece jacket and a fleece lined waterproof jacket which both do front and back carries.
Babywearing Coats Available to Rent and Buy
Here at It’s A Sling Thing we have a limited selection of coats available to rent. This could be a great option if you are not wanting to buy a coat and just want to borrow one for winter. Our current rental stock are all Momawo but we will be adding Mamalila in the future. The brands we stock offer great features for a good price and are excellent quality.
If you’d like any advice on choosing a babywearing coat then please do get in touch!