My friend Jessica introduced me to the idea of babywearing coats, and I'm intrigued! Especially now that the weather is getting colder, I've been wishing I had a huge poncho to wrap around both of us or just a really big jacket.
There are lots of different babywearing coat styles available, both for front-carriers and back-carriers, but they're super expensive, so we thought we'd take a crack at making some for ourselves!
I always carry my little one on the front and she carries hers on her back, so we were able to try out two different styles.
Here's how it went.
Jessica found this site with ideas and tutorials. The first website is German, but don't worry; when you click on the pictures, you're sent to English websites.
I decided to do the fleece jacket insert for a front-carrier. All you need is two identical fleece jackets and a sewing machine. The jackets should be the same size so the zippers match up, and they should be a bit big to make sure the finished jacket will be long enough to cover Baby's feet.
I followed this tutorial to the letter, and it was extremely quick and easy. I'd say this is a pretty good project for beginners.
Jessica's back-carrier coat was more of a challenge, but still not overwhelmingly difficult. We weren't able to find a tutorial, though, with both pictures and a written description with measurements, just one or the other.
This project required one coat that's a few sizes too big, some fleece and a lot of imagination. Our measurements were far from exact, and the resulting pouch is very roomy, but that means her little one will have plenty of room to grow (which also makes more sense on the back, as she can be carried there much longer).
In the pictures, Baby seems to be a bit low, but she's just slouched down because she's asleep. When she's awake she can poke her head up and out just fine.
We're both pretty excited about the end results! Bring on the cold weather, we're ready!