Cool nights, the crinkle of leaves beneath your feet, pumpkin-spiced everything at coffee shops, and the vibrant hues of reds and oranges filling our eyes can mean only one thing: Autumn.
As the season transitions and the winds bring a chill, it is the perfect time to revisit your baby’s wardrobe, sort through what they have outgrown, and add warmer pieces to get ready for the much colder winter months.
During the fall season the weather can be unpredictable at best. In many areas the temperatures can range anywhere from foggy cold days and rainy nights to hot windy days and mild nights.
With this in mind a good rule of thumb will be to think in layers.
Baby Boy Fall Clothes
Autumn babies' first layer of clothing is usually an onesie. Long sleeve onesies are the perfect shirt to go alone on warm days or toss under summertime T-shirts for a cute and warmer layered look.
Vests over a T-shirt or two can also be a great way to keep warm on a chilly day. Keep a vest in your diaper bags for convenience when you are out and about and the wind starts to blow.
Fall Girl Fall Clothes
Those adorable little summer dresses and shirts can make the transition to fall seamless and budget friendly when you add a coordinating pair of leggings and a warm cardigan.
Tights are another way to extend the life of a favored summer dress or skirts for the fall months. By pairing tights with a too-short dress, your little one now has that tunic top look and warmth for breezy days.
Zip-up hoodies and cardigans are one of the best fall options for little ones. They are comfortable, move effortlessly with crawlers, and are easily put on or taken off which is a big plus if you live in a climate with chilly mornings but warm afternoons.
Since babies lose heat more rapidly than adults do, experts agree that a good rule of thumb is dressing your child in one more layer than you. If you live in a windy or cooler climate, a jacket for an extra layer of warmth without the bulkiness of a coat will be necessary.
As always safety first, choose a jacket that is comfortable and acts like a zip-up cardigan, with a bit more weight. As a general rule even slightly bulky clothing, including jackets, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat.
In a car crash, extra padding can immediately flatten out from the force and leave extra space under the harness.
A child can then slip through the straps and be thrown from the seat or experience dangerous jarring movements from not being properly secure.
Hats for babies
Generally, your little one should have a hat on for as long as it is cold outside or if the temperature indoors is lower than around 68 degrees.
Babies can lose large amounts of heat from the head, due to its high skin surface area. A hat can be a simple and effective layer to reduce heat loss.
During fall your baby may not need to have a pair of socks on at all times. This all depends on the weather outside and the temperature inside.
It is a good idea to have a stash of baby socks around to protect the baby's tiny feet from the cold or rainy elements.
Rainy Day Layers
Fall rains bring in lower temperatures, so make sure to dress your baby with long pants, socks and long sleeves in this weather.
Cotton clothes are fine, as long as you cover your baby with waterproof outerwear. Please make sure to cover your little one’s head to keep warmth in and always make sure any hoods, covers, ponchos or whatever you use to keep dry must not cover your baby's face.
Dressing a Baby for Fall
Just as you would for summer, when dressing a baby for fall, no matter the temperature remember to shield your baby's delicate skin from the sun.
Pack the sunscreen and make sure that your baby is shaded by his car seat or stroller canopy, a hat, sunglasses or just shelter.
Fall Baby Clothes
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