NY winters are cold, really cold. And I was VERY pregnant last winter. After trying to improvise, and wear my husband’s down vest over my bump in late fall, I decided to investigate whether I could find a maternity coat that I could use once I had the baby.
I didn’t want to spend money on a coat that I would only wear for a few months. Then I found the M Coat and started stalking it, trying to figure out if it was worth getting.
What’s remarkable about the M Coat is that it is 3 in 1 with it’s simple yet ingenious zippered reversible panel, that you can zip on or off, and attach in an A shape when the baby is in your belly, in a V shape when the baby is in a baby carrier, and without the panel altogether when you’re wearing it without carrying the baby (when she’s in the stroller etc).
In other words, you can wear the M Coat with a bump, without a bump (using the belt to accentuate your waist once it comes back), and you can wear it over your baby when you carry her in a carrier! So not only do you keep yourself warm, you keep baby warm both in the womb, and once she’s out in the cold.
The faux fur rimmed hoodie is zippered as well, and has buttons to secure in place.
The coat is warm enough to wear in the snow, even though it’s not as thick as some of my puffers, which means I wear it in the fall and spring as well.
I like that it’s not as bulky as my big coats, and because it’s filled with down, it’s remarkably warm.
Plus having a bun in the oven, or strapped to your chest keeps you pretty warm, never mind the exercise you get walking around with the extra weight. Probably my only negative is that I’m not wild about the feel of the material (though the poly is great for wiping spills off), and the price.
There is no denying that the M Coat is very expensive, so whether it’s a good investment for you depends on how pregnant you’re going to be in the winter months. For me it was worth every penny.
I’ve used it so much more than I could’ve imagined. Last winter I wore it in my last trimester, and was warm and comfortable without some billowing frock, or my belly sticking out of an unbuttoned coat as a maternity coat.
Then I used it during her first few months of being a newborn with her in the Boba Wrap (a must have for newborns).
You’re going to need to buy some kind of cover for the carrier, as you have to wear it under a coat, and there is not way to cover a baby with a normal sized coat, so same dilemma as with the bump.
So in essence the M Coat saves you buying a maternity coat, and a baby carrier cover. This is the second winter I’m using the coat, and now I carry her in my ErgoBaby (must have for older babies).
Both fit comfortably under the coat, and the panel is fantastic for zipping up or down and folding over, revealing more or less of the baby, depending on how windy and cold it is.