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

Ward off winter chills with these sweet, snuggly kids’ hats and gloves.
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September 23, 2021
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Baby, it’s cold outside! When the temp drops, it’s time to get your kiddos bundled—and outerwear is an essential part of any little one’s winter wardrobe. Once you’ve invested in a good-quality coat or snowsuit, turn your attention to a baby hat and gloves. 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 cap—and you won’t be happy when those mittens fall off for the umteenth time.

Whether you’re hunting for baby beanies 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 Winter Hats

Infants are particularly susceptible to cold, so warm baby winter hats are a seasonal essential. The best baby hats for winter are made from super-soft materials with a secure-fit. Ready to start shopping? From fleece beanies to baby balaclavas, here are some of the cutest, coziest options around.

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Zutano Cozie Fleece Hat

There’s nothing sweeter than a baby in cold-weather gear—but Zutano has taken the cuteness factor to the next level with this cozy fleece beanie. (The husband-and-wife-owned company is based in Vermont, so you can rest assured 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—plus, 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, Zutano.com

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Old Navy Sherpa-Lined Corduroy Trapper Hat for Baby

On the hunt for a baby boy winter hat? It doesn’t get much cuter than this corduroy trapper hat from Old Navy. It has a fuzzy sherpa lining, ear flaps and a strap that fastens under baby’s chin for a secure fit. If you’re in need of a baby girl winter hat, Old Navy also sells a sweet chenille pom-pom hat and a unisex cable-knit beanie.

Buy it: $17, OldNavy.com

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Hanna Andersson Soft Alpaca Bonnet

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

Buy it: $30, HannaAndersson.com

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LANACare Nelson Hat Baby Balaclava in Organic Merino Wool

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 to protect their neck and ears from the wind and cold. Crafted from certified-organic merino wool (don’t worry, it’s soft), the Nelson Hat is available in newborn, baby and toddler sizes.

Buy it: $46, DanishWool.com

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Patagonia Baby Furry Friends Hat

Keep your little cub cozy in this adorable baby winter hat by Patagonia. The plush, fleece hat has a double-layered hem for extra warmth and a secure-fit—plus, bear ears for an added aw-factor. It comes in five colors for girls and boys, including two super-cute animal prints.

Buy it: $29, BackCountry.com

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The North Face Littles Box Logo Pom Beanie

For seriously cold days, you need a baby winter hat that’s durable and warm. This pick from The North Face isn’t messing around: The knitted beanie will keep baby toasty warm—not to mention cute, thanks to the pom-pom detail. Plus, the classic fit ensures the hat stays firmly in place while you get on with your day. Still not convinced? This hat has tons of five-star reviews. One happy customer wrote: “I bought this hat for my son when he was 6 months old. It is absolutely adorable, he gets compliments everywhere we go. My only regret is not buying it in the next size up!”

Buy it: $26, TheNorthFace.com

Best Baby Winter Mittens

A lot of baby jackets and snowsuits come with fold-over mitts to keep little hands warm—but if your kiddo’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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Zutano Cozie Fleece Mitten

Zutano’s uber-warm fleece baby mittens feature a no-thumb, easy on-off design, plus a string to keep them together—because nothing’s worse than realizing halfway through your winter walk that baby’s missing a glove. These parent- favorite pairs come in 15 different color options, so you’re bound to find something to match your little one’s outerwear.

Buy it: $15, Zutano.com

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LANA Care Baby Mittens

Best for newborns and small infants, LANA Care’s thumbless baby winter mittens are made of super-soft, double-layer organic merino wool. The best part about these gloves? They tie onto your little one’s wrists so they stay on.

Buy it: $30, DanishWool.com

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Magnetic Me Cream Fleece Magnetic Mittens

Protect little paws from the elements with this nifty pair of gloves. A combed-cotton lining and a fleece outer layer retains warmth. Plus, the no-thumb design makes the gloves easy to slip on, while elasticated cuffs help them stay in place. Ready for the real standout feature? Magnetic fasteners keep the mitts together when they’re not in use, which means you’ll always keep a pair together—genius! And since they’re available in sizes 0 to 24 months, these make for great toddler mittens too.

Buy it: $16, MagneticMe.com

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Patagonia Baby Pita Pocket Mitten

Taking an infant out in subzero weather calls for something more substantial than your average baby mittens. Patagonia’s Baby Pita mittens have a double-layer of fleece for warmth and a smooth lining that helps these gloves slide on and off. Plus, the long cuffs fit nicely underneath a jacket to keep them firmly in place.

Buy it: $29, BackCountry.com

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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 them on, and the high-pile lining keeps hands toasty.

Buy it: $17, Amazon.com

Best Toddler Winter Hats

Finding the perfect winter hat for your 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 tie snugly under the chin with a Velcro fastener. This pick comes in tons of different colors in sizes up to 4T.

Buy it: $24, Zutano.com

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Skida Corduroy Alpine Hat Kids

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 a 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

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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 thousands of 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 from $12, Amazon.com

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John Deere Pom Winter Hat With Tractor Design and Ear Flaps

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. Plus, the tractor-pattern will appeal to mini-farmers in the making.

Buy it: $12, Zappos.com

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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 a recycled cotton and polyester fabric, this dinosaur-inspired hat fastens securely under the chin with Velcro and is machine washable.

Buy it: $28, GypsyandLolo.com

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L.L. Bean Toddlers’ Mountain Classic Fleece Hat and Mitten Set

Let’s round out our list with a toddler hat and gloves set from L.L. Bean. Designed with a double layer of fleece at the ears and crown of the head, the hat will keep your tot’s extremities warm whatever the weather. It has a cute bobble decoration and a hook-and-loop closure under the chin for added security. Matching mittens, which clip together and can be worn on either hand, complete the look. Available in pink and blue.

Buy it: $30, LLBean.com

Best Toddler Winter 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. These gloves have a waterproof outer shell and lining to keep small hands dry 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: Starting from $19, Amazon.com

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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 straps make for a snug fit and help them stay put. And there’s no worrying over wet hands in these waterproof toddler gloves, as they have a soft microfleece lining. There’s even an interior name label to make sure the mittens make it back home.

Buy it: $25, LLbean.com

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OshKosh Snow Mittens

This pair of toddler winter gloves is equipped with a soft-fleece lining and a water-resistant outer shell to keep those tiny hands warm and dry this winter. Other features include ribbed cuffs that are elasticated to keep out the cold, a stay-together hook and a cool color-block design.

Buy it: $22, Carters.com

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Burton Kids Grom Mittens

Imagine toddler mittens so cute, your normally picky kiddo refuses to take them off? Enter: The Grom mittens by Burton. The sweet polka-dot gloves are topped off by a friendly penguin character. Plus, they score big points among parents for their unbeatable warmth—Thermacore insulation cranks up the heat without limiting mobility, and a waterproof outer-shell provides total protection from icy wind and rain.

Buy it: $30, Zappos.com

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mimiTENS Red Fox Mittens

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 designed to reach up to a toddler’s elbows. Another feature we love: the attached name tags are made of reflective tape.

Buy it: $31, mimitens.com

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