If you live in an area that has all four season, say, New York, London or Chicago you get quite fed up with dressing yourself for each weather. If you live in places like the Midwest where it snows in the morning and its 75 degrees by noon, you know all too well the frustration. I would always have a spare sweater, t-shirt, and blanket (yes a blanket) in my car so I could adapt to whatever the weather decided to do that day. If you have a baby or toddler, the d=frustration is even more intensified. You have to know how to dress a baby for each season. Babies and even toddlers cannot communicate effectively how they feel and so you don’t want to dress them in clothing that doesn’t keep them warm enough or dress them in too many layers when the weather is hot. Yeah, it’s quite complicated and goes beyond putting them in a cute pair of Booties for Babies when it gets cold.

Shopping for infant clothes is one of the greatest pleasures of being a parent, there are so many cute options colors and styles and mini-sized clothes just look beautiful magical and endearing. But, it can quite turn into a nightmare if you don’t know what you are doing. Cuteness and color aren’t the only criteria for choosing baby clothes. Even more, than making your baby look adorable, the most important function of those precious little garments is to protect baby from the heat and the cold and keep him comfortable all year long.

And after dressing your baby, it is important to watch your child carefully and be on alert of how they react to the weather conditions and if they are comfortable enough – you have to do this at all times of the day. You are going to have to rely on your intuition which gets further sharpened from the habit of checking on your child all the time. You will get used to reading your baby’s comfort levels and knowing when your baby is too hot or cold so don’t fret about it. You will learn to know by habit what your baby feels most comfortable in and what they like to wear. With that in mind, let’s talk about how to dress your baby or toddler for specific seasons. Having this kind of information guides your shopping decisions and gives you a good idea of where to start each season.

Summer Months

In the summer for a newborn, you should dress them in a cotton onesie. These onesies are simple. They are made like a t-shirt with snaps that fasten between the legs and are made out of soft and breathable material. You should choose light colors to keep your baby cooler if he goes outdoors (they usually come in white anyway). The onesie allows you to add layers or take them off as necessary with the onesie still providing coverage.If you are going out, add a pair of shorts, a skirt or a pair of lightweight pants over the onesie. Choosing a short item to go on bottom allows your newborn’s legs to stay cooler, especially when she goes outdoors. For a girl, a newborn sundress can replace the onesie and bottom combination. Make sure the sundress is made from light and airy materials. Avoid embellished dresses as they tend to cause irritation to the baby’s skin. If you know you’re going to be indoors in a cool air-conditioned area, dress your newborn in additional layers, such as a lightweight sleeper or long sleeved shirt. Feel your baby’s hands and feet periodically to ensure they aren’t chilly. Add socks or a soft baby sneaker or booties if their feet get cold indoors. If your baby is younger than six months old, dress him/her in long sleeves and long pants or leggings to protect delicate skin from the sun. For older babies, check with your pediatrician to see if you can substitute sunblock and switch to short sleeves and shorts. Have your baby wear a hat with a brim to shield eyes and face from the sun. Some pediatricians recommend that even with all this protection, try to avoid the outdoor sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when rays are strongest. Babies love to take their shoes and socks off when the weather is hot, so make sure you bring extra socks as they come off and get lost easily and a little bag or something to put shoes in so they don’t have to sit next to the bottles in the diaper bag. Some diaper bags might have separate compartments so you can use this to your advantage but if your diaper bag doesn’t, get a separate bag for shoes and sock. Nothing too fancy as a dust bag or Ziploc bag will do just fine.

At night, dress your newborn or toddler in sleepwear or in pajamas that are appropriate for the room’s temperature when they sleep. Choose a heavier sleeper or swaddle her in a lightweight blanket if the room is cool from air conditioning. Dress your baby in a lighter sleeper if your home is warm during the summer months. Make sure you are aware of how the baby nursery room temperature fluctuates throughout the day i.e during the day (for naps) and also at night when temperatures tend to drop. Warning signs of a baby that is feeling too hot: Acting restless or listless. Rapid breathing. Flushed skin that feels hot to the touch. Perspiration.

Winter/Late Fall Months

When it comes to the colder months Start by dressing your baby in the same number of layers as you’re wearing and then one more. So if you are wearing three layers, dress your baby in four layers. Also,  bring along an extra sweater and blanket in case your baby seems cold. That being said, don’t over-layer and dress your baby in a ridiculous number of layers that are not needed. When the weather is really freezing, resist the urge to dress your baby in one super-warm garment. Stick with layers, since it will be much easier to add and remove clothing when going from indoors to outside and back again. When putting together an outfit, don’t forget to throw in a hat, mittens, Booties for Babies and scarfs to keep their hands, ears, and necks protected from the cold too. Warning signs of a too cold baby: Crying and complaining. Ears, fingers, and toes, or neck that feels cold, shivering.