Best Baby and Toddler Hats and Gloves to Keep Kids Warm This Winter

Ward off winter chills with kids’ hats and gloves designed to seal out wind, cold and snow. Here are the sweetest, snuggliest picks around.
ByAnna Lane
December 2, 2020
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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 winter hats and mittens or toddler winter 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 Winter Hats

Babies are particularly susceptible to cold, so warm baby winter hats are a seasonal essential. Here are some of the cutest, coziest baby hats around.

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Zutano Cozie Fleece Hat

There’s nothing cuter than a baby in a hat—but Zutano has taken the cuteness factor to the next level with their cozie fleece baby hat. (The husband-and-wife-owned company is based Vermont, so you know they know how to design warm baby winter hats.) Available in sizes 3 to 24 months, the hat features an interlock cotton band for a snug fit and adorable bear ears. It’s machine washable too, so you don’t have to worry if it gets dropped in a puddle of melting snow.

Buy it: $15,

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The North Face Littles Bear Balaclava

For seriously cold days, you need a baby winter hat that covers your little one’s head, ears, neck and chin. This pick from The North Face isn’t messing around: The balaclava-style hat, made from thick Sherpa-knit fleece, will keep baby toasty warm—not to mention looking too cute for words, thanks to the fuzzy bear ears.

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Buy it: $30,

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Boden Baby Train Hat and Mittens Set

On the hunt for a baby boy winter hat? It doesn’t get much cuter than this fleece-lined knit hat from Boden. The hat has a choo-choo train embroidered on the front and a colorful pompom on top, plus ear flags that fasten under baby’s chin for a secure fit. Even better, the set comes with matching baby winter mittens. If you’re in need of a baby girl winter hat, this pick also comes in a sweet bunny style.

Buy it: $50,

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Hanna Andersson Soft Alpaca Bonnet

Parents have been all about the baby bonnet trend in recent years, so you’ll all be happy to know the style is available in winter-friendly versions too! We’re loving this cozy option from Hanna Andersson, made from ultra-soft and super-warm alpaca wool, with a string to tie in place under baby’s chin.

Buy it: $30,

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LANA Care Baby Nelson Hat

Worried about baby winter 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,

Best Baby Winter 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 winter mittens are a must-have for the colder months. These picks are easy to get on—and keep on—and are perfect for protecting those tiny fingers from the cold.

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N’Ice Caps Easy-On Sherpa-Lined Fleece Baby Mittens

It’s a blessing when baby winter 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,

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Zutano Mittens

Zutano’s uber-warm fleece baby mittens feature a no-thumb design for easy on-off, plus a string to keep those pairs together—because nothing’s worse than realizing halfway through your winter walk that baby’s missing a glove. These editor favorites come in 13 different color options, so you’re bound to find something to match baby’s winter outerwear.

Buy it: $15,

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Stonz Baby Mitts

For frigid, snowy days, these baby winter mittens from Stonz are an excellent choice. 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. And since they’re available in sizes 0 to 24 months, these make for great toddler mittens too!

Buy it: $30,

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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,

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LANA Care Baby Mittens

Best for tiny babies, LANA Care’s thumbless baby winter 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,

Best Toddler Winter 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.

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Zutano Furry Fleece Trapper Hat

When the snow starts flurrying, be sure to have Zutano’s cozy trapper hat on hand. Made from super-soft fleece with a furry inside lining for extra-warmth, this toddler winter hat offers secure coverage for active little ones, with ear flaps that Velcro snugly under the chin. Comes in tons of different colors, in sizes up to 4T.

Buy it: $24,

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The North Face Littles Faroe Beanie

Toddlers being toddlers, some little ones object to hats that secure under the chin—but as a parent you of course want your kiddo’s noggin to stay warm. While this pick doesn’t have any strings or fastener buttons, it does have nice long ear flaps to keep your tot’s ears covered and cozy. Plus, the thick fleece lining will block any whipping winds. The North Face offers a cute toddler boy winter hat in a blue bear pattern and a toddler girl winter hat in light blue and pink, plus a winter yeti print that’ll look adorable on any little kid.

Buy it: $29,

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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 winter 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,

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Carhartt Kids’ Acrylic Watch Hat

For everyday winter wear, parents can’t get enough of Carhartt’s toddler hats—evidenced by the 900+ 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,

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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,

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 mittens.

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SnowStoppers Kids’ Waterproof Nylon Mittens

Need a pair of toddler snow gloves? The search is over. 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,

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Columbia Kids Chippewa Long Toddler Mitten

These insulated toddler gloves with a quick-dry outer finish are a surefire way to keep those tiny hands warm and dry this winter. And thanks to the slip-on construction with a stretch cuff, you can get this on your squirmy tot quickly and rest easy knowing they’ll actually stay on.

Buy it: $22,

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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 toddler fleece mittens. They score big points 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,

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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 waterproof toddler gloves, which are also lined with soft microfleece. They even include an interior name label to help make sure the mittens make it back home.

Buy it: $25,

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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: $29,

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