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Hi we are going to Queenstown for week in July, it will be freezing cold then. Was wondering what would be the best way to keep my little one warm besides usual layering and warm onesies. A part of me is thinking if this even a good idea but it already is booked and paid for. I will not be going to snowfields or ski. Any advice is appreciated on how to keep my 6 month old warm!

Posted by Mum_75, 30th June 2015

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  • As well as warm onesies and jackets, keep hands warm with mittens, warm socks for feet, and a beanie for baby’s head.

  • it looks like you don’t plan on going outside too much, so there’s not too much worry about keeping Bub warm. You could buy thermals. I’m sure if Bub is rugged up in a pram or sitting inside, he’ll be fine, he won’t freeze to death anyway

  • Can you buy thermal gear for kids that age? Maybe go to the camping shop and ask them like Aussie disposals??

  • Maybe a sleeping bag , a mini oil heater

  • Yes I agree while you are there you can shop for some great merino wool bennies and other items.

  • Anything merino! I can’t recommend highly enough. Merino can be more expensive but so worth it. From singlets, to long or short onsies or tops, leggins or jackets. Merino keeps temperature constant, no odour and can be layered but is so lightweight. Bonus on saving space packing! Also waterproof jacket and mittens if possible. I took my 7 month ol to the snow and she couldnt stand gloves, but mittens worked (waterproof ones) and they could be done up and clipped so she couldnt take them off.

  • Keeping bub’s head & feet warm will help to regulate their body warmth. All in ones keep them snug under padded snow gear bib & braces & parka.

  • Be aware that it is difficult to get some babies to keep a beanie on or even the hood of a parka. Maybe you should start using one when outside now unless your local climate is too warm. Our youngest is 3 and we have only managed to get him to keep his hood on in the last 3 months. The only way we got him to start keeping a hat on in the warm weather was “no hat, no playground or walk to the lake to see the ducks”. We had to be strong and not ‘give in’ at all even though we had a few tantrums. He would take it off and I would put it back on a couple of times – if he did it again we stayed home. He will happily wear sunglasses on glary days. You need to keep your baby’s eyes protected from the glare of the snow while travelling too.You can get cheap goggles at some of the camping stores rather than risk damaging your baby’s eyes. If you want to go walking out and about or just going from one building to another and not carry your baby all the time, my niece took a strong lightweight stroller with adjustable back support and hood for her 9 month old and used it a lot. In fact he is now 3 years old and she still uses it when walking her elder child to school. It folded down into a carry bag provided for taking on the plane. I don’t really recommend leggings as they are normally made from nylon and can cause rashes. Fleecy trackpants are a lot warmer than jeans. Does your baby have sensitive skin at all? A lot of thermal gear is made of woollen, synthetic or a combination of both. If you normally use I singlet, I suggest you use a T-Shirt instead. They are normally longer than singlets, have sleeves for extra warmth; also they don’t roll up the back like singlets do.

  • oh yeah i do recommend taking all this stuff off once inside as it is warmer, the snow melts and also make sure that you give them a shake off at the door and put the jackets somewhere to dry off properly

  • I was a nanny in a ski village in Japan for a few years, a long time ago. Most winter days were well under -5 but it never stopped us from getting out and playing in the snow! The answer really is just layering and good quality waterproof clothing. The youngest child I looked after was 10 months old when I arrived and she would always look like a little marshmallow, but she loved it. Lots of layers, waterproof pants, boots a good beanie and thick waterproof gloves with good liners. The snow is so much fun!

  • I am going to keep an eye on this one too, hoping you share when you get back as I am thinking of taking our family to the snowfields and it would come in handy to know for my son.

  • While you are there shop for some great New Zealand merino wool bennies, mittens and socks they will be amazing

  • I always keep my little ones head warm by a Beanie or a Parker with a hood if they kept taking off the hat. Feet need to be warm as well so I found stocking like leggings were great! I could put jeans over them and boots. Gloves/Mittens are great if you are out doors. Keep baby warm but do not overheat them. Check often by feeling their tummy it should be just warm. If you are out and about a pram rain-cover will help especially if it’s windy.

  • Thank you :) happy to share experiences once I am back

  • yes well make sure bub has a good jacket and pants. mittens, beanie and warm socks and boots.

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