I'm cheap, and a bit crafty (I own scissors), so I decided to raid my closet and see what I could come up with. First, I considered cutting into a very nice, very warm jacket that my husband got me for Christmas a few years ago. Luckily, I wasn't drunk, so I didn't have my scissors handy. Next, I started looking at all my husband's fleece jackets. They aren't super-warm, but they sure do the job. If you had a tiny warm body pressed to your back, they would be even warmer... Again, I thought better of mangling one of his jackets also. Then, in the back of my closet, I found a fleece jacket that I haven't warn in years, and that I got for free when I taught at a middle school. It's really big because that's the only size they had left when I made it to the office to pick up my free jacket. Perfect. A large sweater/jacket fits over a baby and me quite easily. Hmmmm...
So I put on the sweater, then the Ergo, then the baby. Once the baby was secure, I asked my husband (who was just happy I wasn't eyeing his favorite jackets with scissors in my hands anymore) to pinch the fabric right at the base of the baby's neck. He held on while I took off the jacket and I cut a slit about 7 inches long where he had held. I didn't worry about slits in front, because if I'm wearing my daughter in front I can just wear a zip front jacket and not zip it all the way... Not rocket science here, but somehow I have now saved hundreds of dollars and spent ZERO dollars. If you count the cost of the scissors you are ridiculous.
We tried it out on a very crisp day when we went hiking in Glen Alps in light snow. I was sweating like an animal that sweats a lot (most people say pig, but pigs don't sweat- that's why they hang out in the mud). The baby was so cozy she slept for the entire hike, including some serious scrambling up a mountain when I was literally on all fours at points.
|Hands and feet were tucked in snug as a bug in a rug.|