How To Dress Your Baby in Winter

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As first-time parents, you want to do everything you can to ensure the comfort and safety of your newborn baby. Feeding, bathing and changing are new-parent tasks that become part of a routine. In addition to all these, dressing your baby for different seasons may be something you are not entirely ready for, and preparing your baby’s wardrobe for the cold winter months may seem daunting.

At Gerber Childrenswear, we know that finding the right baby and toddler clothes for the winter season is something every new parent must encounter. Whether your baby was born in the spring, summer, or fall, the coldest season is right around the corner, and you need to be prepared. We’ve put together some tips to help make the process of dressing your baby in wintertime an easy one. ​

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Introducing Your Baby To Appropriate Winter Clothes

For babies that aren’t accustomed to the cold or to wearing thicker clothing, winter clothes are understandably a source of discomfort. The key to dressing babies for winter weather is to ease them into it, gradually exposing them to their new wardrobe in stages as the season gets colder.

For babies that can crawl or walk around freely, it may be best to invest in some long-sleeved bodysuits made of a thicker material that can keep your baby’s little arms and legs warm. You can also add multiple thin layers to further insulate your baby’s body from the cold weather: The first layer being a long-sleeved undershirt or turtleneck, followed by a thin cotton bodysuit topped with fleecy outerwear.

Once your baby is used to wearing layers, you can start incorporating thicker leggings, pants and boots into their winter wardrobe to prepare them for the snowy days ahead. Be sure to dress your baby in large snow gear that is easy for them to move around and keeps them warm while they are playing outside.

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Choosing the Right Clothes for Winter Weather

When choosing the right clothes for winter weather, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. You can select clothing made of materials that allow your baby plenty of room to move around comfortably.

For boys, a long sleeve shirt and pants are an easy way to keep them warm during tummy time or while they crawl. For girls, you may be tempted to put them in a cute, holiday-themed dress. Just make sure their legs and arms are covered with leggings, long sleeves or a button-up sweater.


Leggings are an easy and practical piece to add to your baby’s winter wardrobe. You can find wintertime leggings made of thicker materials that are soft, comfortable and easy for your baby to move around. Best of all, they can be paired with just about anything to add a warm layer to the outfit.

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Winter Pajamas

Picking winter pajamas for your baby can be lots of fun, and it’s important to keep them comfortable, warm and safe. Look for some soft and fleecy pajamas that come with built-in feet, so your baby doesn’t have to wear socks in bed. For an extra cozy fit, try our Snug Fit Footed Pajamas from our Softest Edit baby clothes collection, made with sustainably produced butter-soft fabric to avoid any irritation throughout the night.  

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Thick Sweaters

For babies and young toddlers, sweatshirts or sweaters are a great wardrobe option for keeping them warm. Be sure to select thick sweaters with high collars to keep your baby’s neck warm and protected from the elements. You may even want to invest in some heavy-duty sweaters or sweatshirts that can keep your baby cozy during playtime outside in the snow.

Winter Coats

In addition to being absolutely adorable on babies, the right winter coat for your baby is essential for keeping them warm and safe during the cooler months. Look for coats made of thick, puffy down material or fleece that can insulate their little bodies from the elements and allow them to have some mobility and move around freely. Consider investing in coats with a large hood or cap to keep their head and ears cozy and protected and look for coats that are easy to put on and take off. With the right winter coat, you can help your baby stay warm and comfortable all season long, and you can save it for baby number two when the time is right.

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Gerber® Onesies® Bodysuits

If you are looking for a great all-in-one outfit that can keep your baby warm and cozy, look no further than Onesies® Brand Bodysuits. These comfortable and stretchy outfits come in various fun patterns and colors, making them the perfect option for layering under winter outerwear or wearing on their own. With a convenient lap shoulder and snap closure, they are easy to get on and off your baby, too.

Booties and Shoes

To keep babies’ little feet warm and protected from the elements, invest in some cozy booties or shoes to wear with their new winter outfits. Look for booties that fit snugly around the ankle to seal out any cold air and protect their feet, or opt for some sleek winter boots that can keep their toes nice and warm while you take your afternoon stroll through the neighborhood.


In addition to keeping your baby’s feet warm while venturing out into the elements, it is also important to keep your baby’s hands nice and toasty. Mittens are easy to put on your baby and are an adorable accessory. Invest in some thick, cozy mittens to protect your baby’s hands from cold weather. Look for soft or polyester mittens that will help insulate babies’ hands while they crawl, play and explore. Check out our unisex baby accessories collection to find matching sets of baby mittens and caps to keep them safe and warm! 

Thick, Warm Blankets

For wintertime car trips and stroller rides, something else you can do to protect your baby from the cold is to have a durable and plush baby blanket on hand. Look for blankets made of fleece or wool to help insulate their bodies and keep them warm, even in the frigid winter weather. You can also consider investing in a blanket with a hood or cap to keep their heads and ears extra cozy while you are out and about this winter.

Winter Holiday Outfits

During the holiday season, it can be super fun to dress your baby in cute holiday outfits that reflect the season. From classic designs like our Santa-themed leggings and tights from our Christmas clothing collection, to heartfelt Valentine’s Day themed baby clothes, we have endlessly adorable options to help you celebrate every holiday in style with your little one. Just be sure to keep babies warm and cozy during the chilly weather while you get them dressed up for all of your holiday festivities.

Diapering Your Baby During the Cold Months

Diapering your baby can have its challenges during the colder months. Even though the heat may be running indoors, there may be a slight winter chill in the air. And if you are out and about, you’ll need to be prepared for anything. Whether you are changing your baby’s diaper outside on a cold winter day or inside where it’s warm, it is important to keep them comfortable while they are exposed. To do this, be sure to have extra cloth diapers or disposable diapers on hand or in your diaper bag so that changing time is quick. That way, you can be sure to keep your baby warm and happy, no matter what the weather outside is like.

Accessorizing Your Baby’s Winter Outfit

While you may be tempted to bundle your baby up in as many layers of clothing as possible, it is important not to overdo it. The key to keeping your baby warm this winter is to choose layers that fit well and wick away moisture. This way, your baby will stay comfortable no matter how cold it gets outside.

Final Thoughts

As winter approaches, it’s important to ensure your baby is warm and comfortable. Gerber Childrenswear understands that keeping your baby warm in the winter can be challenging, so the company offers various great outfits, blankets and accessories to help you out. So when the time comes to dress your little one for cold weather, be sure to shop Gerber Onesies® Brand Bodysuits, booties and shoes, mittens, blankets, and winter holiday outfits to keep your baby happy and cozy all winter long.


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