How to dress babies and toddlers in winter

Finding the right clothes for your babies and toddlers can be confusing, especially if it is your first winter in Germany. Read here to know more about my recommendations:

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Winter in Germany

Weather is unpredictable

For international parents and first-time mothers navigating the winter months in Germany, understanding the essentials of baby and toddler winter clothing is crucial. From chilly walks in the park to festive outings, dressing your child appropriately is primarily about ensuring their comfort and well-being. 

In this blog post, I want to share the must-haves for your little ones’ winter wardrobe, recommend some reliable brands, and highlight materials that prioritize both warmth and safety.

Layering is key!

German winters can be unpredictable, with temperatures fluctuating throughout the day. To combat the cold effectively, layering is your best friend. Begin with a comfortable, moisture-wicking base layer to keep your baby dry, add an insulating middle layer for warmth, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer to shield against the elements.

Don’t forget about protecting your little one’s head, hands, and neck. A snug-fitting hat that covers the ears, waterproof mittens or gloves, and a cozy scarf or neck warmer are essential to prevent heat loss.

A good way to know if your child is too warm is to touch the back of their neck. This is a good indication if you should put on more clothes or maybe take off a layer. 

You need the following items: 

  1. Woolen bodys
  2. Woolen leggings
  3. Woolen socks
  4. Hat that covers the ears
  5. Long-sleeved t-shirts
  6. Pullovers or sweaters
  7. Woolen nightsuit (Strampler)

For outdoors, you will need the following:

  1. Walkoverall or snow suit
  2. A waterproof layer like a Matschhose
  3. For babies, you can get a footsack for the stroller which has a warm layer inside
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Which materials are good for baby clothes in winter?

Start with organic wool and silk blend base layers from trusted brands like Engel or eco-friendly options from Hessnatur. Insulated, waterproof boots are essential to keep little feet warm and dry. Sleepwear, such as bamboo sleep sacks ensures a comfortable night’s sleep and they don’t get too cold. Stylish yet functional outerwear is a must, like a “Matschhose” or “Walkoverall” offering waterproof and windproof features. I am also a big fan of Tschibo products, because they are not too expensive and last really long.

Good quality clothing and shoes for babies and toddlers is expensive, but worth it. Children have sensitive skin and materials like polyester can quickly lead to overheating. So natural materials like wool, siilk and pure cotton are the preferred choice. You can always look for pre-loved items on different Marketplaces.

Remember that some babies might react with allergic reaction to some materials, so pay attention to that. 

And my most tip is that you have to try out different methods of dressing your child and see what works. I know some babies who don’t need as many warm clothes and others who are always cold! So you have to see what works for you. 

Indoor and outdoor clothing

Especially for parents sending their toddlers to daycare, there might be a concern about how to dress their children. 

In this case, I recommend a really warm outer layer like a Walkoverall or snow suit, which you can take off when they’re indoors. 

For indoors, they can have a woollen Body, T shirt with light sweater, regular leggings and pants. This way, they have two layers and if it gets really warm, they can always take off one layer. If you’re concerned about overheating, then you can inform the Kita as well and they can help your child take off a layer. 

Do you find this information useful? Please comment on the blog post with any questions you have. 

Stay warm and safe this winter!

Yours –

Gitanjali 

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