How to Dress Your Baby for the In-Between Seasons

During certain months, it's difficult to choose clothes for children. In today's article, we'll share some tips for the in-between seasons.
How to Dress Your Baby for the In-Between Seasons
Marcela Alejandra Caffulli

Reviewed and approved by the pediatrician Marcela Alejandra Caffulli.

Written by Yesibeth Rincón

Last update: 18 May, 2023

Choosing the right clothing for young children can be complicated when the seasons change. When you move from winter to spring or summer to fall, you never know exactly what the temperature will be. That’s why you should know how to choose what to wear for your children. In this article, we’ll tell you how to dress your baby for the in-between seasons.

After summer, a typically hot season, we find ourselves in autumn, which offers the most pleasant weather with cooler temperatures. However, sometimes it can feel hot, although not as extreme as on summer days. In the same way, there may be days that feel more winter-like. In this case, you may wonder what attire you should use to make your baby feel comfortable. It’s key that your little one doesn’t feel cold, but not too hot either. For this reason, we’ll give you some tips on appropriate clothing.

Know some tricks on how to dress a baby for the in-between seasons

As a mother, you don’t want your child to be cold very early in the mornings, nor too hot during the main hours of the day. Here, we’ll tell you how to dress a baby for the mid-season.

1. Opt for clothes that are easy to take off

When dressing your baby, always think about their comfort. It’s best that the clothes you buy are easy to put on and take off. A good option is for them to have snaps or buttons in the crotch and neck area. That way, it will be much faster to dress your baby, as well as to change their diaper.

A mother changing her baby girl's clothes.
Cotton clothes provide comfort to children and allow them freedom of movement. They’re also easy to put on and take off.

2. Choose cotton fabrics

If you’re going to choose your baby’s clothes for the in-between months, always choose cotton garments, as they’re the best for little ones. This type of fabric will protect your child’s skin from possible irritations and allergic reactions. In addition, cotton provides comfort, so your child will be able to move freely.

3. Choose long-sleeved onesies

Long-sleeved cotton onesies, even the ones that cover the baby’s feet, are on the list of the most used by little ones. These are perfect for both indoors and outdoors. These garments will keep your child nice and warm.

4. Dress your baby in layers

Fall’s a time when it’s suddenly hot or cold on the same day. Therefore, try to dress your little one in layers. This way, you’ll be able to regulate their temperature according to the weather conditions at any given moment. For example, you can put them in a bodysuit, a t-shirt on top of it, and then a jacket.

Layers are always a good ally at this time of the year. This way, you protect them from the cold in the mornings and evenings, while in the middle of the day, you can remove the jacket and T-shirt. For the bottom, you can opt for shorts with socks or long pants that are thin and cotton.

5. Use a hat or cap

For these transitional months when the often weather surprises us suddenly with a lot of sun or with more cold, have a hat handy to cover the baby’s head in the middle hours of the day. Also, it could be a cotton hat to protect them from very low temperatures.

A baby sitting in the grass wearing a hat and playing with flowers.
A hat or a cap is important to cover the little one from the sun or to protect their head when it’s a little cold.

6. Choose dresses with jackets

In the case of girls, in between seasons, they can wear dresses or skirts while adding a jacket to complete the look. This garment is ideal because you can take it off as soon as they feel uncomfortable or hot. If the day’s very cool, you can include socks or tights to protect their legs.

7. Put them in pajamas when they go to sleep

A great doubt among parents arises when they’re going to dress their children to sleep during the in-between seasons. Perhaps overdressing them is too much because there are times when they may feel hot. Therefore, when you put them to bed, put them in cotton pajamas and tuck them in with a sheet.

However, always keep in mind that the clothes they’ll wear will depend on how cold the room is. Therefore, you should pay attention to the temperature of the room. Also, you can touch the baby from time to time. If they feel sweaty, remove the sheet or put a thin blanket over them. On the other hand, if you notice that they’re cold, cover them well with a thick knit blanket to keep them warm.

8. Opt for closed-toe shoes

When thinking about footwear, it’s better to choose closed-toe shoes. For example, if you put sandals on your baby, their feet will get cold when the day cools down. Among the best options are the following:

  • Moccasins
  • Booties
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers

Get your baby’s wardrobe right for the in-between seasons

Sometimes, it’s hard to be right about how to dress a baby for the in-between seasons when we encounter such unstable weather. But the important thing is that, as a mother, you’re prepared for any situation. In this regard, have the right clothing for the different environmental conditions you may encounter. Outfits should be practical, easy to put on and take off, made of natural fabrics, and comfortable for your baby.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.