The joys of winter know no age limits. Which is why, as the cold bears down on us and shows no signs of letting up, parents need to invest in the best 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.
The Best Baby Snowsuits for Winter
Warmth without the bulk: This snowsuit is packed with Thinsulate insulation to keep babies and toddlers nice and toasty. There's a full front zipper so it's easy to take off and put on, as well as an elasticized waist for easier movement. Internal nylon gaiters help keep snow and ice out, and the vents fit over snow boots. The fabric is wind- and water-resistant.
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.
Not only does this look shockingly sleek. But it's heavily insulated, without being bulky, so your tot is warm. It has a full zip front and adjustable elements, so you can toggle the level of warmth depending on where you are and what you're doing. It has a removable and adjustable hood, full length zipper front, zippered chest and hand pockets, ski pass pocket, comfort cuffs, elastic hem, cuff tab adjustable leg openings, internal leg gaiters, and reinforced seat and knees.
This colorful snowsuit keeps your little one warm in sub-zero temps, and yet, it's not bulky whatsoever. It has a diagonal zipper for easy on and off, as well as fold-over flaps for keeping little hands and feet warm. It's water-resistant.
If you don't need something weatherpoof but rather, something soft and snuggly, here's the snowsuit calling your name. It has attached mittens and a fleece-lined hood. There's a zip fastening at the front and the lining is 100 percent cotton.
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.
This water-resistant snowsuit has even more down than previous models, making it warmer without adding any extra bulk. The 650-fill DownTek PFC-Free water-repellant down stays dry twice as long as before. The snowsuit also has rollover mittens and foot warmers, and an insulated hood. It zips down the front for diaper changes.
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.
The Best Baby Bunting for Winter and Cold Weather
Think of this as a cushy, warm envelope for your infant. Buntings have arms, but for the most part, the bottoms don’t have legs so kids can kick around more freely; it’s mostly a matter of personal preference.
This reversible bunting has a water- and wind-resistant shell to keep babies warm, and Thermarator insulation ups the ante on truly chilly days. There's an attached hood and fold-over hand and feet quiltings.
Yes, it's pricey. But thanks to its zippered length and width extensions, it works until your kid is roughly four years old. There's a removable anti-slip back panel so it's safe to use in car seats. This wearable blanket is warm, weatherproof, and durable. Plus, it's cozy as hell.
One of the best snowsuits we've ever used, this one converts right into a bag when you zip up the front. The details here matter: All the seams are sealed waterproof, the seat is insulated, the filling is down, the cuffs and leg ends are elastic, and there are two zippers for easy on and off. It's comfortable. It's beyond pratcical. And it's truly warm.
This gorgeous down bunting has gloves at the sleeves, two slanted zippers for easy on and off, and a filling that's 90 percent duck down and 10 percent small feathers. It's lined in soft fleece.
The fleece-lined bunting keeps your baby warm AF. The shell is water-resistant, and the top cover is removable. There's a two-layer opening, which makes it easier to get your baby inside. And it's machine washable. The adjustable back opening works with harnesses found on most strollers.
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.
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