The joys of winter know no age limits. Which is why, as the cold bears down on us, parents need to invest in a solid baby snowsuit or, if your kid is walking, a practical and serviceable toddler snowsuit. Those stuck in strollers will also want a toasty baby bunting, which basically looks like a pint-size sleeping bag. In short, parents need a complete, considered winter baby dress strategy when temperatures drop.
When you’re choosing snowsuits or buntings, make sure they’re weather-appropriate. Meaning, if you’re living in a very cold area on par with Arendelle, get a snowsuit that’s insulated and will trap heat against the body. The more zippers the better, because you want gear that’s quickly removable, especially when dealing with a disgruntled, squirming child and a soaked diaper.
Once your child is out of diapers, a two-piece makes more sense because it’s easier for kids to use the bathroom without having to take off the entire ensemble. If your kid will be making snow angels, get snow attire that’s waterproof, as opposed to just water-resistant, unless you want to hear whining about snow being cold and wet.
This North Face baby bunting has a relaxed fit and asymmetrical zip closures to help make diaper changes go smoothly when you're trekking through inclement weather.The lining is made from cozy, high-pile fleece, and there are fold-over cuffs at both the hands and feet. It's made from recycled, eco-friendly fabric, and the company claims that the down alternative filling in this snowsuit is the equivalent of a 600-fill version of the real thing. A chin zip guard is a thoughtful touch to help prevent those unexpected skin-meets-zipper mishaps. Oh and it's waterproof.
One of the best kids' brands in terms of quality, Polarn makes products that don't seem to ever fall apart. This baby snowsuit has sleeves and legs that are pre-bent, so your kid can move around with ease. Not only is this snowsuit windproof and waterproof, but the adjustable, detachable hood has elastic edging and the pants have elastic stirrups to keep them in place. The double zippers making putting it on and taking it off way less of a hassle. And the quality really is second to none.
This fashion-forward bunting has a windproof and water-repellent outer shell. It has side zippers that open up completely, making diaper changes that much easier. Plus you get a faux fur–lined hood, faux down insulation, built-in hand covers, soft micro-fleece lining, a detachable scarf, and a handy split-leg design.
This snowsuit isn't playing around: It has 550 fill goose down in a style that's inspired by the brand's adult version. This fantastic North Face workhorse is a down-insulated quilted snowsuit for total warmth, thanks to 550 fill goose down certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). There's also an asymmetrical full-front zip for easy on and off for those diaper changes, and binding on cuffs and hood. The snowsuit is water -resistant, not waterproof, however.
A wearable blanket jacket for cold weather? We only wish they made this baby bunting in adult sizes. This wearable coat has a down-alternative filling and a detachable bottom that means the bunting can be turned into a jacket, if you're so inclined. The hood is plush-lined, and there are snap-on mittens.
This Columbia infant snowsuit has a water- and wind-resistant taffeta shell that keeps little kids cozy. The same Omni-Shield tech found in Columbia's outerwear for adults makes this snowsuit both water- and stain-resistant. The hood and torso are lined with microfleece, and unzipping the diagonal zipper reveals a different whimsical design depending on which color you order. The fleece feels like velvet against the skin, and the snowsuit gets its warmth from 450 fill down.
Once your kid is out of diapers, switch him or her to overalls like this pair. They're waterproof, with adjustable shoulder straps with clip-in buckles. Most of all, they're easy to pull on and take off for potty breaks.
If you're dealing with only moderate cold, check out this sweet cotton hooded cable knit romper, perfect for a breezy afternoon in Nantucket. It has a cable pattern on the front and back and faux fur trim to add that extra upscale touch. The buttons down the front simplify diaper changes.
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