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The joys and subsequent confusion of parenthood begin with the birth of our newborn baby when we – who were previously intelligent adults – now become overwhelmed with even the simplest of decisions. Suddenly, dressing someone smaller than the length of our arm seems too complicated to figure out; it’s a right of passage we must all face. And, luckily for our children, we seem to emerge being able to appropriately clothe them through all stages of development and throughout the seasons.

From newborn onesies to one-piece sleepers, baby clothing, at the core of its design, must successfully merge form with function. But when it comes to winter baby clothing, another level of need is added. Clearly, winter baby clothing must protect babies from the elements while still maintaining its comfort and visual appeal. Winter baby clothing comes in a variety of styles and colors from which to choose. Be sure to keep materials soft and comfortable. And be wary of complicated fasteners that can serve to make dressing a hassle and baby uncomfortable.

When it comes to keeping your baby warm and dry in harsh weather, ultimately the key is the layering of winter baby clothing. Begin with a onesie that provides a first layer of protection and keeps heavier material away from baby’s sensitive skin. Over the onsie, as a second layer of winter baby clothing is the baby’s outfit. Keep it simple; because a heavier layer is still to come for outdoor wear, keep this second layer soft and uncomplicated, such as a one-piece sleeper. If this particular outfit has feet then you can skip the socks; if not, put the baby in warm socks that extend past the ankle.

The final layer of winter baby clothing is that of outdoor wear. A traditional winter coat and gloves may be great for older babies, but for younger babies you’re best to go with a one-piece winter bunting that zips up the front and covers baby’s feet and hands. There is also a hood attached although you still want to be sure to include a hat that fits securely around baby’s ears.

Of course the material and weight of the winter baby clothing that you choose depends largely on the climate in which you live. For snowy regions, a heavier bunting with a moisture retardant outer layer works best. For milder climates, a fleece material may work well during winter months. Be mindful of using too heavy a material then is necessary; it is important that your baby not become overheated.

You can find baby winter clothing in a variety of locations including large retail stores, smaller boutiques, and online through a series of reputable retailers.

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