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Get Out! With Help from Friends — And Layers 

Published March 3, 2015 at 10:48 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

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Here are some tips that have worked well for me: 
click to enlarge Elise wearing a Danish Woolen Delight balaclava - TRISTAN VON DUNTZ
  • Tristan Von Duntz
  • Elise wearing a Danish Woolen Delight balaclava


Layer: Dress your baby in a base layer to regulate body temperature, an insulating layer to add warmth and an outer layer for protection from the elements. I like Westford, Vermont-based Danish Woolen Delight for wool base layers and Patagonia for insulating fleece layers and buntings that are water- and wind-resistant.

Add a Balaclava: A hat is essential, but a balaclava — a garment which covers most of the face and neck — is even better. Danish Woolens makes a great one that tucks into baby’s clothing to keep the neck warm.

Don’t Forget the Hands and Feet: Warm wool mittens and socks should be under all those layers. Wool is ideal because it provides warmth even if it gets wet. I use Smartwool baby socks and hand-knitted wool thumbless baby mittens I bought on Etsy from Barking Dog Designs.

With baby all bundled up, you’re set to head outside. Keep outings to an hour or so, adjusting up or down depending on the temperature. And remember to check in with her periodically to make sure she’s warm enough. You’ll have a happy baby and happy parents.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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