Baby it’s cold outside! When the temps drop, it’s time to get your kiddos bundled—and hats and gloves are an essential part of any little one’s winter wardrobe. It’s tempting to just go with the cutest picks for babies and toddlers, but don’t forget about performance. Your child won’t be happy when the wind whips through their flimsy hat—and you won’t be happy when those baby mittens fall off for the umteenth time. Whether you’re hunting for baby hats and mittens or toddler hats and gloves, look for options that are warm, easy to get on and off (and stay on) and made of soft (read: not scratchy) materials. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite winter hats and gloves for babies and toddlers alike.
Best Baby Hats
Babies are particularly susceptible to cold, so warm baby winter hats are a wintertime essential. Here are some of the cutest, coziest baby hats around.
Zutano Furry Bear Hat
There’s nothing cuter than a baby in a hat—but Zutano has taken the cuteness factor over the top with their Furry Bear Hat. Available in sizes 3 months to 4T, the hat features adorable bear ears and ear flaps with button snaps to keep baby’s ears and head nice and toasty. It’s machine washable too, so you don’t have to worry if it gets dropped in a puddle of melting snow.
Buy it: $21, Zutano.com
LANA Care Baby Nelson Hat
Worried about baby hats actually staying on your little one’s head? Solve the problem with LANA Care’s Baby Nelson Hat. The balaclava-style hat easily pulls over baby’s head and keeps both sensitive ears and necks protected from the wind and cold. Crafted from certified organic merino wool (don’t worry, it’s soft), the Nelson Hat is available in sizes from newborn to 12 months.
Buy it: $40, Danishwool.com
Polarn O. Pyret Ribbed Eco Helmet Cap
Polarn O. Pyret is a Swedish company, so their baby hats are made to withstand bitter cold temps. The Ribbed Eco Helmet Cap is crafted from 100 percent organic cotton that’s billed as a “no-itch knit.” The standout features? It’s windproof, water repellent and machine washable, and ear flaps and a chin tie ensure that baby stays warm. Sized for newborns up to 6 months.
Buy it: $22, PolarnOPyretUsa.com
Patagonia Reversible Baby Beanie
Patagonia’s Reversible Baby Beanie features a high-pile fleece side and a patterned sweater-knit side, topped with a cute mini tassel. Equipped with spandex binding around the opening, the Beanie offers a snug fit to protect baby’s head and ears from biting wind.
Buy it: $35, Patagonia.com
Oenbopo Winter Warm Knit Hat
For a classic look that’s also reasonably priced, there’s no better option than the Oenbopo Winter Warm Knit Hat. The hem of the hat can be folded up for newborns and down as baby gets bigger—meaning you can get at least two seasons of wear out of it. It’s machine washable (lay flat to dry) and suggested for babies from the newborn stage all the way up to 3 years. The one drawback worth noting is that it’s made from synthetic material, so if you’re committed to bundling your tot in organic baby hats, the Oenbopo won’t fit the bill.
Buy it: $8, Amazon.com
Best Baby Mittens
A lot of baby jackets and snowsuits come with fold-over mitts to keep little hands warm—but if your little one’s outwear doesn’t, baby mittens are a must-have. These picks are easy to get on—and keep on—and are perfect for protecting those tiny fingers from the cold.
N’Ice Caps Easy-On Sherpa-Lined Fleece Baby Mittens
It’s a blessing when baby mittens are easy to slip on—and a real pain when they all-too-easily slip off. Not only does it leave those tiny hands vulnerable to the cold, but it’s a perfect recipe for losing gloves. That won’t be a problem with these baby gloves from N’Ice: They feature elastic around the wrists for easy-on wear, plus a hook and loop wrist strap for a secure fit. There’s no thumb opening, meaning it’s that much easier to get on, and the high-pile lining keeps baby’s hands warm.
Buy it: $17, Amazon.com
Stonz Baby Mitts
For frigid, snowy days, these baby mittens from Stonz are a good bet. They feature a coated, insulated nylon shell that’s 100 percent waterproof and windproof, plus ultra-warm fleece lining to protect little hands from the elements. It’s designed with a no-thumb cut for easy use (and extra warmth); extra-wide, overarm cuffs to keep out snow and wind and adjustable elastic toggles for a secure fit. Available in sizes 0 to 24 months.
Buy it: $30, Stonzwear.com
Patagonia Baby Puff Mittens
Taking an infant out in subzero weather calls for something more substantial than your average baby mittens. Patagonia’s Baby Puff Mittens have a wind- and water-resistant shell as well as Thermolite insulation to keep your little one warm and dry no matter how much snow is falling. Plus, the longer length and gathered elastic hem keep these baby gloves in place.
Buy it: $40, Patagonia.com
Mini Rodini Fleece Baby Mittens
Mini Rodini is another Swedish clothing company that knows its way around winter accessories. Their Fleece Baby Mittens are made of 100 percent recycled polyester and have elastic around the wrist to keep the baby gloves in place, as well as a no-thumb design.
Buy it: $35, MiniRodini.com
LANA Care Baby Mittens
Best for tiny babies, LANA Care’s thumbless baby mittens are made of super-soft, double layer organic Merino wool. The best part about these baby gloves? They tie onto your little one’s wrists so they stay on.
Buy it: $25, Danishwool.com
Best Toddler Hats
Finding the perfect winter hat for your active, opinionated toddler can be tricky. To give you a head start, we’ve picked out some of the best toddler hats that are soft, snug and ready for outdoor fun.
Gypsy & Lolo Kids Dino Hat
Toddlers are often a whole lot pickier than babies when it comes to what they wear—which is why we love Gypsy & Lolo’s whimsical toddler winter hats. Made from recycled cotton and polyester fabric, the Kids Dino hat fastens securely under the chin with Velcro and is machine washable. Best of all, it comes in a variety of colors to please any picky toddler.
Buy it: $28, GypsyandLolo.com
Lands’ End Kids Peruvian Hat
Lined with soft fleece, the Kids Peruvian Hat from Lands’ End features cozy ear flaps and an under-chin tie to keep toddlers toasty on cold days. It comes in a variety of colorful patterns—and the fluffy top tassel adds just the right amount of cuteness.
Buy it: $25, LandsEnd.com
Skida Kids’ Alpine Hat
As a Vermont-based company, Skida knows a thing or two about cold winters. Which is why they make their toddler hats from poly-spandex jersey with moisture management technology and soft, mid-weight fleece lining. They come in a variety of fun, bold prints to jazz up your kiddo’s winter wear. Love the prints? Good news: You can pick up an adult-size version of the Alpine Hat for an adorable mommy-and-me look.
Buy it: $32, Skida.com
Patagonia Los Gatos Balaclava
When Snowmageddon hits, be sure to have at least one of Patagonia’s Los Gatos Balaclavas on hand. Made from high-pile, double-faced fleece, this pull-on style hat offers complete nose and mouth coverage as well as a longer length for keeping necks protected. It also features a slight brim over the eyes to shade from snow glare.
Buy it: $35, Patagonia.com
Carhartt Kids’ Acrylic Watch Hat
For everyday winter wear, parents can’t get enough of Carhartt’s toddler hats—evidenced by the 700+ five-star reviews on Amazon. They’re super-stretchy to keep pace with a growing kid, and despite being acrylic, reviewers rave about how warm they are. Plus, as pint-size versions of Carhartt’s hipster-worthy adult beanies, they get extra style points! Available in loads of color options at hard-to-beat prices.
Buy it: Starting at $7, Amazon.com
Best Toddler Gloves
These days your little one probably has their hands in everything. Desperate to keep them warm and dry? We’ve got you covered with these high-performance toddler gloves.
SnowStoppers Kids’ Waterproof Nylon Mittens
The outer shell as well as the liner on these toddler mittens are waterproof to keep small hands dry and warm during long days in the snow. Insulated for superior warmth, they also boast an extra-long cuff to keep snow out and durable grip palms that are perfect for winter sports.
Buy it: $18, Amazon.com
For toddler mittens that are both practical and insanely cute, opt for a pair of mimiTENS. Made out of water-repellent nylon and lined with bamboo cotton/fleece for warmth and softness, these mittens are made to come up to a toddler’s elbows. Another feature we love: The attached name tags are made of reflective tape.
Buy it: $38, mimiTENS.com
The North Face Toddler Osilito Mitts
Imagine toddler mittens so soft, your normally picky kiddo refuses to take them off? Enter: The North Face’s Osilito Mitts, made from high-loft fleece. They score big point among parents for their unbeatable warmth—the cuffs are stretchy and extra-long to seal out the cold and can be doubled over for an added layer.
Buy it: $22, TheNorthFace.com
L.L.Bean Toddlers’ Cold Buster Waterproof Mittens
Struggling to get your squirmy kiddo’s hands into gloves is never fun. Thankfully, these toddler mittens feature an extra-wide opening with Velcro down the side so they’re incredibly easy to get on and off. Adjustable Velcro straps make for a snug fit and help them stay put. And there’s no worrying over wet hands in these gloves—they’re made with waterproof shells and lined with soft microfleece. They even include an interior name label to help make sure the mittens make it back home.
Buy it: $25, llbean.com
Domoos Winter Gloves with Finger Cover
Debating between toddler gloves and toddler mittens? Get a glove inside of a mitten with this pair from Domoos. Made of soft thermal wool, the fingerless gloves give kids greater range of motion, while the attached finger cover can be easily pulled on when the chill sets in. The cheeky colors and cute bear logo keep these fun and playful, and the five dollar price tag can’t be beat.
Buy it: $5, Amazon.com
Published November 2018
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