I often receive emails from parents who will be traveling to Tokyo with their baby, and they are wondering how to dress their babies so that they don’t get cold in this chilly weather. Here is an email I received last week and my answer below:)
I discovered your blog via Google and it is fantastic.
My husband and I along with our four month old baby girl will be travelling to Tokyo next week, and I am reading about the heavy snowfalls there and wanted to ask how do you dress your baby for this cold weather?
We are from warm sunny Sydney Australia, that does not get weather like this and I don’t want our baby to get cold when we are out and about, but then not over-heat when we are indoors. Can you offer any advice?
Many thanks and I look forward to reading and learning more about Tokyo for our month living there.
Thanks for your message! I’m so glad Tokyo Urban Baby is helping with your trip!
That’s a good question about the weather. Tokyo is very cold in winter, even colder than Melbourne. But when you get on the train or go into the restaurants or department stores, they are quite warm inside and babies can overheat very quickly. I currently dress my son in singlet, long sleeve top, pants, down jacket, and woollen scarf. Then we put him in the pram in his down sleeping bag (foot muff). When we get on the train, I take him out of the pram and also take his scarf and jacket off. Even if the train ride is a short trip, I always take his scarf and jacket off so that he doesn’t get too hot. If he is sleeping in the pram, I take off the scarf and open the zipper of his jacket so he can breath and doesn’t get too hot around his neck. I also keep the pram hood open at the back, so fresh air can flow through the mesh.
If you are here for a month and your baby is still a newborn, I would highly recommend investing in a foot muff for your pram. Even if you are only here for a month (or even a week!), it will be worth it for peace of mind. Then you don’t have to worry about your baby getting cold, and they are super easy to use and put baby in and out. You can also use them in Australia for next winter if you do a lot of walking outside. If you will be using a baby carrier, you can buy warm carrier covers such as from 7 A.M. Enfant. There are a range of lovely covers available at Blossom39 shop and Air Buggy shop in Daikanyama – the staff are super friendly and will be able to help you choose. Both foot muffs and covers you can buy for about 10,000yen.
Hope this helps and have a wonderful trip!