Jump to content

What to buy for a winter baby

  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 yummymummy24

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:28 AM

Hi all,

Just wondering what I will need for a winter baby? I'm due 30th May and am struggling to remember what I bought for #1 but really need some help with a list for what is needed for the first three months.

We have good quality gas heaters at home, so I thought maybe just a long sleeve jumpsuit or singletsuit and cardigan and wraps would be fine? I thought it would be much easier this time but it's a completely different season so I'm really lost.

Thank you!

#2 Moo point

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:40 AM

I had my DS in June last year. He essentially lived in wondersuits (so long sleeved, long legged footed jumpsuits) with a singlet, and spent most of the first few weeks sleeping in a wrap and a bunny rug. We had lots of suits, for the inevitable wet/poop through!

We were given a few trackpants/sweaters that we put on to out in public, with socks, a beanie and a rug over him in the pram. He was pretty toasty original.gif

Our place is quite cold, so for us the tricky thing was keeping him warm at night. We ended up leaving a heater on very low in our room (where bubs slept) overnight to keep us all warm, especially for me getting up to feed during the night! Bubs stayed warm in the wrap and a blanket over the top.

Best of luck!

#3 purple_daisy

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:53 AM

I had DD in late May two years ago so am all set for this DDs winter needs.

I would suggest:

- 6 wondersuits (the terry towelling kind from target/kmart with feet sewn in and long arms and if possible cuffs that can go over their hands - target have these, brilliant for keeping hands warm at night)
- 1-2 benis
- 2 or 3 cardigans
- 2 or 3 newborn size trackpants
- several wraps/bunny rugs

DD lived in the wondersuits, including overnight, and if we were going out we would pop a nice cardigan or pair of pants over for extra warmth (it is very cold in our area).The bonus was that these were easily removable if we found it got too warm later in the day.

Last time I did use some singlets and occasionally the over-the-head singlet suits but it was such a hassle having to get them over DD's head that we will be sticking purely with the wondersuits that totally unbutton this time. I saw BigW advertising some for $6 this week.

At night she just wore the wondersuit and was wrapped in a flannel wrap. The heating in her room is not good, so we got one of those heaters from kmart that switches off when it gets to a certain temp, forget the name - combustion? oil heater? which was brilliant as we knew she would be kept warm enough. It did hurt the electricity bill though.

From about 3 months we ditched the wrap and went with grobags.

#4 Ice Queen

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:56 AM

My DD was born in May in a very cold area but we had a warm house and always had a heater on low in her room at night (in fact my DH kicked her out of our room for this reason  sad.gif , he couldnt stand the warm room).

During the day she always wore a singlet day and night.  Onesies at night and then during the day I had her in a long sleeve suit (with no legs) and then a pair of pants with inbuilt feet if I could find them.  We went out everyday so she rarely stayed in her onesies (also she was a crazy poooer so at same stage during the night they got poop on them).   I found feet hard as socks always come off and I always 'double socked'. Put the socks on under the onesie or built in feet was a trick I found worked.  Then i put a hoodie or cardigan on her and a beanie and all good.  

Boys you can quite easily dress them over top of the onesie so they in effect have 2 layers of clothes.  Obviously you can with girls too but I found the pants/leggings for girls often dont work as well.  I still do this with DS on a cold morning when I am doing kindy drop off and dont have time to get him properly dressed.  I just put on jeans, a hoodie and socks overtop his pj onesie.

One thing I found was the winter baby got given a lot of rugs for presents.

#5 Bluemakede

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

We've decided to buy mostly coveralls, we have the terry towelling type (some wondersuits, the rest target $6 each, so not to worried if we over buy the target ones). We also have some prettier coveralls for when we go out, and a few 2 piece outfits bought by others (I wasn't planning to buy any 2 piece myself, as I didn't want to be re-adjusting her clothes if her belly became exposed etc, figured a coverall is easier to keep her warm). I also plan to always have her in singlets.

I've also gotten some little cardigans and hoodies to go over the coveralls on days when it's more cold, and we have bought a bunch of socks. And MIL has made some wraps for the pram to keep her toasty if we're out at night, or a cold day.

I'm planning on getting some sleeping bags, not sure yet what brand. I haven't spent a winter in this house before, but going from how it is on a cool day it will probably be cold.

Edited by Bluemakede, 05 February 2013 - 10:17 AM.

#6 Blossom73

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

For those who used cardies, did you go with knitted items, or just cotton?

Our house gets cold, but we have unflued gas heaters so we tend to only use them for a bit in the later afternoon/evening and manage otherwise with dressing appropriately.

Bubs will be sleeping with us upstairs in a bassinet for a while, and we have have an ac unit up there so can run that if needed.

#7 countrychic29

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:29 AM

Hi OP,

I'm due 26th May and again we live in quite a cold area. in an old house with no insulation in walls.
We have just installed a split system heater to complement the wood heater and will be getting an oil heater for our room while bub is in there.

I have purchased a few singlet suits to go under footed leggings and cardigans and long sleeve tops if we go out. Like PP's plenty of wondersuits (terry toweling type) for everyday wear.
I have invested in a few heavy cotton blankets/rugs and plan on getting a couple of merino wondersuits and beanies.

#8 Copper and May

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:34 AM

Wool is warmer than cotton. Do you know anyone who can knit you some baby cardigans?

#9 Blossom73

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

Might know a few! Will have to get on that!

#10 yummymummy24

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

Thanks everyone!

Bonds online have some great deals on baby and maternitywear at the moment so I've bought two Zip Wondersuits (2 for $30) and singlets in 000 and 00 as I'm sure we will receive a few plain Wondersuits. I'll look out for some socks and get a few more cotton short and long sleeve onesies.  

We have plenty of blankets from the last baby, as well as bedding, baby bath, breast pump, hats/beanies and shoes. Now I just have to buy some nappies newborn & infant, wipes, another carseat and I think we're ready. We have a few bibs but we never used any with the first baby until she started eating. Have I missed anything??

Our first bub has really bad eczema so we're staying away from wool this time.

#11 I'msoMerry

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

I just want to add- think about cold feet. I dont think a wondersuit is enough and always put on socks underneath.

#12 Bluemakede

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

QUOTE (Blossom73 @ 05/02/2013, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those who used cardies, did you go with knitted items, or just cotton?

I found some knitted cardi's (bonds) at trades secret, I'm not sure if they are selling them everywhere other than TS. I've got some french terry ones (bonds) as well. We luckily know a few knitters as well, so hopefully we'll get a few that way (buying the wool and getting them knitted for us).

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.