With morning frosts, biting winds and snow on the way (I hope), the winter season is now well and truly upon us. Which means it’s time to turn up the central heating and dust off your winter woollies (if you haven’t already) in preparation for the chilly months ahead.
But while we adults can warm our cockles with cups of hot chocolate, a draw full of thermal undies and bucket-loads of mulled cider, our little ones aren’t so fortunate. What with their weak necks, feeble attempts at grabbing and general inability to dress themselves, it’s up to us parents to make sure our babies stay warm and toasty this festive season.
So for anyone on the look out for lovely baby clothes and accessories to do the job this winter (or even as last minute Christmas presents), we have compiled a list of our favourite, cosiest and most stylish winter warmers from Teddy’s wardrobe for your delectation. What’s more, we’ve also thrown in a couple of items that we’ve been drooling over online, for good measure.
So here they are, with more details on each item, including where you can buy them, below. Enjoy!
These items are a combination of winter clothes and accessories that we either bought ourselves, are on our dream wish list or that we were given by friends and family when Teddy was born. Of course, being a dad blogger, I am also occasionally sent products to review and these are marked with an * (for full disclosure, and all that). But rest assured, only items that we really love and would genuinely recommend will ever be included!
Made from super-cosy fleece, this insanely adorable romper from The Little White Company is warm, soft and fluffy. It couldn’t be more perfect for the colder months. In fact, it’s so comfortable that as soon as we put Teddy in it, he immediately settles himself for an afternoon nap in the buggy. Parental bliss…
Complete with adorable bear ears and integral feet to keep your baby’s toes toasty, it opens with a zip front and press stud legs, making changing so much easier than in our other rompers. You really can’t go wrong with this product, and great value too!
We bought this outfit from John Lewis a while ago and at last Teddy fits into it…looking ridiculously cute, of course.
Made from extra soft fabric with a hint of cashmere, the long sleeve jumper has a side neck button opening, ribbed neck and cuffs. The long bottoms feature contrasting coloured knee patches and, together, they make the perfect outfit for smart family events or just every day casuals.
Seriously, I can’t tell you how soft this set is…but let’s just say, it’s so appealing that I’m on the lookout for an adult version for myself.
3. Merino wool baby blanket from Nord Snow * – £40
I met the team from Nord Snow at the recent Baby Show in Olympia, who gave us this merino wool blanket to try out. And I’m pleased to say that it has fast become our favourite blanket of all (we’re big fans of merino, in case you hadn’t noticed). It comes literally everywhere with us, keeping Teddy toasty warm wherever we are, whether in his pram, car seat or at Granny’s house.
Although Nord Snow is new to our shores, I’m pleased to report that it is due to officially launch in the UK in 2017. In the meantime, if you are interested in any of their products, including knitted clothing for all the family as well as their extensive home range, you can email them on email@example.com for more information or to place an order!
This traditional bonnet from MamaOwl is at the top of Rosie’s wish list for Teddy’s winter wardrobe. Inspired by a traditional Peruvian-style hat, it has been specially designed to keep your little ones warm, thanks to its low neck line and ear flaps that tie under chin.
What’s more, it’s made from 100% hand dyed merino wool, so is perfect for regulating your baby’s temperature, whatever the weather. I know it is one of the more expensive items on the list but from our experience, while merino does cost a little bit more it’s worth its weight in gold. Plus, it’ll last for years, so can be used for this baby, your next and even the ones after that!
5. Bloomers in a Box from Annaliv – £29
These adorable winter bloomers from Annaliv are made in woven red and blue natural cotton gingham, lined in the softest brushed berry red fabric for extra warmth and comfort. Being unisex, these trousers also make for the perfect present for a baby boy or girl, and come packaged in a classic wooden gift box.
If you haven’t come across Annaliv before, their website and socials are well worth a visit, offering a seriously cute collection of baby shoes, clothes and romper suits, all inspired by its founder’s Danish heritage and a childish sense of adventure. Go check them out!
One of our friends’ babies had a pair of these awesome leggings on the other day and we just had to get a pair for Teddy too (dinosaurs were my absolute favourite growing up). And let me tell you, we haven’t regretted it.
Aside from their cute dino design, they are knitted extra thick, making them hugely practical for the winter months ahead. Plus, they’re an absolute steal at just £10 for a pair…total bargain!
7. Merino Bodysuit from Mamas and Papas – £11.20
We bought this merino vest from Mamas and Papas before Teddy was even born, as it just looked so cosy compared to the basic cotton ones you get everywhere else. And I’m pleased to report that we’ve got some great use out of it over the past couple of months.
What we love about merino wool is that it is 100% natural, it absorbs moisture and is a breathable material, which helps regulate a baby’s temperature at all times. It really is super soft, light and gentle on a baby’s skin, making it the perfect winter undergarment for your pride and joy.
This ingenious product from Red Castle (makers of the famous Cocoonababy) is an ergonomic, preshaped blanket for your buggy, car seat or baby carrier, which allows you to cover your baby up, quickly and easily, when out and about.
The Babynomade blanket comes in a range of different fabrics and colours (we have the navy and camel double fleece version for the cold winter months) and is perfectly deigned to fit around your car seat or stroller’s safety harness. My favourite feature has to be the individual leg pouches, which allow your baby a certain degree of freedom to move, while ensuring that every inch of their body is wrapped up from the elements. A great example of innovation, design and style coming together in one great product.
So, which of these winter warmers is your favourite? What are your own personal must have baby clothes and accessories now that the weather has turned? As always, we’d love to hear from you, so if you have any suggestions or top tips, please do share them with the group via the comments section below!