Babywearing coats and ponchos and jackets – oh my!

When the editor of Pink & Blue Mag recently asked me to come up with something good to fill a two-page spread in the digital spring issue, I turned to my Facebook “fans” (so…that sounds weird) and asked them what they wanted me to write about. From kids’ rain gear to booster seats, there were a lot of great ideas.

And then it ocurred to me – something that’s perfect for that winter-to-spring transition and something I’m asked about a lot. Babywearing outerwear.

You know from any of my baby carrier reviews (such as Dad favourite, the ergobaby, and my favourite, the Boba 3G – or any of the great options I featured on The Morning Show) that I’m a huge fan of babywearing. I believe it promotes bonding and I love how easy it makes public breastfeeding and managing a baby and an older sibling who’s still a toddler – at the same time.

While we wait for the article, I thought since we’re having a pretty lovely autumn here in Canada, and since I have readers around the globe who are in different seasons, that it would be helpful in the meantime to provide an overview of some of the options available for cooler – and downright cold! – weather.

This is not an exhaustive list, but I plan to add to it as I try other options. I’d love to hear from those of you who are using a babywearing coat or poncho or something else – let me know what it is and what you think of it!

BABYWEARING PRODUCT

PRICE

THE GOOD

THE GAFFE

THE GEARS

Junah’s Mamaponcho knit ponchoMamaponcho poncho $245
  • Beautiful style & quality
  • Soft but thick pure virgin wool, which is temperature regulating
  • Matching arm warmers available (yep – think of leg warmers on your arms; great for unpredictable weather)
  • Baby’s head “hole” comes basted shut so you can use this during pregnancy
  • Works for front, hip or back carry
  • Okeo-Tex Standard 100-certified
  • Pricey
  • Fits small once you’re carrying a toddler (order one size up)
  • Hand wash only
4/5
Kowalli Baby Carrier CoverKowalli Baby Carrier Cover $69 (+ $20 shipping to Canada)
  • Easy on + off
  • Unisex design and colour options
  • Works well for toddlerwearing
  • Easy to pack for day trips
  • Well-priced
  • Design is definitely not figure flattering!
  • Since it only covers one of the wearer’s shoulders, it’s not great for the  cooler weather in late-fall, unless you start layering
3.5/5
Junah Softshelljacke (that’s Swiss or German or something for “softshell jacket”)Junah Softshelljacke ~$199
  • Order one size up and the fit is excellent (I actually wear this as a non-babywearing jacket!)
  • Comes with two panels – one for pregnancy and one for  babywearing (front or back!). BONUS: you can use the pregnancy panel WITH the babywearing panel to make the coat wider as your toddler gets bigger, though we haven’t needed to yet
  • Lightweight, warm, waterproof, windproof, breathable
  • Hoods for both mama and baby
  • Tiny zippered pockets into which I can barely fit my hands (and I have small hands!)
  • Sleeves should have an optional velcro closure to add protection from elements
4.5/5
El Nino Babywearing Poncho by Suse’s KinderEl Nino Poncho $65
  • Great fit – true to size
  • Accommodates front + back carry
  • Itchy, thin wool
  • No arm holes for mom!
  • Too short
  • Only one colour/pattern option
1.5/5
The M CoatThe M Coat $480
  • Made in Canada!
  • Down-filled warmth
  • Great design
  • Amazing maternity coat for Canadian winters
  • Works with wraps, slings and soft-structured carriers
  • Only good for one season – deep winter
  • Complicated fit – VERY small without any panels, so try it on when not (or barely) pregnant
  • Only allows for front carry
  • Pocket placement not ideal (I like to walk with my hands in my pockets!)
  • Short sleeves
  • Pricey
3/5

I’ll also link to my article when it’s published.

DISCLOSURE: Some of these products were provided to me for testing; some were personally purchased. This has no bearing on how a product is evaluated.

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Comments

  1. Lily says

    Hoping for an update since it’s been a couple of years! Are there any ponchos not made of wool? What about Boba’s hoodie?

  2. Jordan says

    Do you know what temperature the Junah Softshell Jacke is good for? Would it be ok on less extreme winter days (say -5 degrees celsius) or is this strictly a spring/fall jacket?

    • says

      If you wore a warm wool sweater underneath, combined with your baby’s heat, you MIGHT get away with it, but it is definitely NOT a winter jacket. It is, however warm enough for the coolest days of a Canadian autumn.

  3. chantal wiggins says

    Junah’s Mamaponcho knit poncho is very trendy for this season. A high price tag but very nice nonetheless.

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