The backpack as diaper bag concept we first explored here… and I'm happy to report that it works as well as I'd hoped, especially when babywearing. Pax is a chunk (85th percentile, baby) and babywearing with him is a whole different ballgame (R, my first, was in the 5th percentile). So YES – carting around a diaper bag with the weight equally distributed on my shoulders has been crucial.
But let's talk about the jacket.
This jacket – ahem – anorak, is perfect for babywearing. Not only can I easily whip the jacket on/off without disturbing the baby, but it's bit roomier than a traditional trench, making it fit comfortably over a baby carrier.
The core uniform consists of Gap legging jeans, Hunter wellies, and some kind of nursing-friendly top. Then I put on Pax (in Ergo). Add jacket. Then backpack. Then chase down find toddler and force him into clothes and shoes get him ready. And…4 hours later….we are ready to go! (I'm joking, of course. Our leaving routine is down to a mere 2 hours. WOOT)
And because I can't resist that little face:
(wearing: Gap legging jeans, Hunter wellies in navy, Banana Republic Boyfriend shirt layered over a Splendid v-neck long-sleeve tee, Wilster Cotton Field Anorak, Stella & Dot earrings, Makr Canvas Farm Rucksak, Ergo Baby Carrier in Chocolate)
I'm guessing that most of you either have (or can easily find) the denim leggings & boots…but here are a few Spring anoraks I like:
$155 - bluefly.com
Anorak coats »
$750 - nordstrom.com
$199 - nordstrom.com
And by "a few" I meant nine. Wow. I really like this style of jacket. I couldn't even narrow them down to a sane amount.
ps. Another reminder about our Bloggies nomination for best fashion weblog! Voting closes soon!
But seriously. Where else can you discuss the benefits of babywearing, backpacks, and anoraks? (For some reason, that's fun to say.)