A common concern is how can you carry in snow and ice without falling on to your child. A popular tip, one that resurfaces every year, is to purchase a pair of grips for the soles of your shoes, like Yaktrax as these provide extra grip for the slippery conditions. In terms of where you carry your baby, there is no right or wrong answer: front, back, or hip, you just carry them wherever feels best for you. The key is confidence, if you feel stable on your feet you will walk with confidence and, importantly, your child will feel safe and secure.
Buckles are a popular option in these wintery conditions: they are quick, they are often easier to use when your little one is in a snow suit, and there is nothing to drag on the floor when getting your child into position.
And, hats with ear flaps are not just an essential for keeping the smalls nice and snuggly!! Hats with ear flaps that tie under their chins are useful for back carries - but experience has taught us all that even the most determined of children will yank it of if they don't want to wear it! When my daughter went through this phase, I carried her on my front so I could monitor her closely. Balaclavas are a great option, as they are much harder to remove.
A common question and it really depends on whether you wear them under or over your own coat. For those carrying over their own coats, here is what our members suggested:
Lindsay from Chesterfield Sling Library, pictured left, likes the Hoppediz All-in-one fleece - warm and water-resistant, but also lightweight and not as bulky as conventional snowsuits. Kate and Lizzie both like the JoJo Maman polarfleece suits. Lizzie says: "They really hold their value on eBay. ... My son lives in his year round. I sell, then buy the next size up. They aren't massively bulky, so being the UK they are perfect year round for chillier days, or nights e.g. camping."
Laura adds: "You don't need to spend a fortune on outdoor gear for a little baby if you are carrying them. I had a snowsuit for Tomas when he was little - but he only wore it twice I think. They just grow too fast under one to justify the expense (I think!). Vest, socks, sleep suit, babylegs, trousers, t-short, jumper, coat, elephant hood, or hat. Then put them in the sling - if they are small you can wear them under your coat, or perhaps in a maternity coat. Or with something like a MaM cover to bridge the gap between sling and coat!"