If this is your child’s first snowy winter as an upright, walking citizen, you’ll want a toddler snowsuit that can stand up to the outdoors. And don’t count baby out! If all she’ll do is sit in the snow, she’ll still need a durable baby snowsuit to keep her warm and dry.
Whatever size you’re looking for, remember these criteria when you’re shopping:
• Waterproof or water-resistant fabric. To find a toddler or baby snowsuit that’s fit for snowman-building, sledding and snow-angel-making, look for something more rugged than the everyday fleece all-in-ones that just keep a kid warm.
• The right size. Buying a size 3 for your one-year-old to “grow into” is just going to frustrate both of you when he’s having a hard time moving in it. Many customers report that toddler and baby snowsuits run large as it is.
• Easy on, easy off. Look for long zippers that run the length of the snowsuit, or at least be sure the snowsuit opens wide enough for your child to easily step in. Your kid is still going to need diaper changes or trips to the potty, and you’ll want your little one to slip out of that suit quickly.
Best Baby Snowsuits
Snowsuits for babies—also called “bunting”—are often footed, because there’s a good chance baby isn’t walking around in boots yet. There’s also usually a secure hood, since babies love taking off hats more than wearing them. The goal: head-to-toe warmth.
1. Best quilted baby snowsuit
Lots of fabric technology goes into this North Face baby snowsuit, which features “Primaloft” insulation, a man-made filling created to be as warm as down without the heaviness. But the biggest selling point is the most basic: Parents report that their little ones stay comfortable and fuss-free in this quilted snowsuit for baby. We love the optional fold-over mittens and booties and the upper-body Sherpa lining.
Buy it: The North Face Infant Thermoball Bunting, $120, TheNorthFace.com
2. Best reversible baby snowsuit
This Patagonia baby snowsuit is both lightweight and fits close to the body so baby moves easily. Built with a long zipper, it allows for diaper-changing without you taking baby completely out of the suit. The extra-long sleeves and legs keep snow from sneaking into mittens or boots. And for variety’s sake, this snowsuit is reversible, with a solid color on one side and a vibrant pattern on the other.
Buy it: Patagonia Baby Reversible Puff-Ball Bunting, $99, Patagonia.com
3. Best baby snowsuit for girls
Hatley’s prints—like these scarf-wearing penguins—are super-sweet. The quilted snowsuit for baby is designed with optional fold-over mittens and booties and elastic bindings at the leg openings to keep snow out.
Buy it: Hatley Winter Bundler Quilted Water-Resistant Hooded Snowsuit, $78, Nordstrom.com
4. Best baby snowsuit for boys
The Columbia baby snowsuit in “timberwolf”—a print of fallen leaves in many shades of green and brown—is a handsome pick any little guy, especially if you’re looking for something beyond the expected blue. But there’s also much more going for it beyond looks—namely, a warm down filling, soft microfleece inside the hood and torso (in an awesome high-contrast orange, no less!) and a wind- and water-resistant shell.
Buy it: Columbia Snuggly Bunny Bunting, $65, Columbia.com
5. Best baby snowsuit for boys and girls
Your little one—boy or girl—is sure to look fly in this “flint gray” snowsuit that’s quilted and water repellant. Reviewers report that its down-poly blend (bolstered by a full fleece lining) is plenty warm. Like the mitts, its booties snap off, in case your little one wants to give real snow boots a spin.
Buy it: Baby Gap Down Heather Puffer Snowsuit, $50, Gap.com
6. Best baby snowsuit for infants
Want to give your wee winter baby a taste of what snow is like? Suit him or her up in this water-resistant snowsuit with footies. Both girl and boy versions come complete with fleece lining and removable mittens. The pink pick, shown here, zips from neck to ankle for easy diaper changes. (And how can you resist those hearts!) The boy’s suit features cool toggles and adorable bear ears.
Buy it: The Children’s Place Long Sleeve Quilted Snowsuit, $25, TheChildrensPlace.com
Buy it: The Children’s Place Long Sleeve Quilted Toggle Snowsuit, $25, TheChildrensPlace.com
7. Best designer baby snowsuit
Ralph Lauren’s luxe baby down snowsuit, in either “cruise red” or “French navy,” is bolstered with 650-fill-power down—meaning it’ll keep your little one super warm. The hood, which zips up the front, sports a “storm placket,” and the mittens and booties detach with snaps.
Buy it: Ralph Lauren Quilted Down Bunting, $116, Ralphlauren.com
8. Best bargain baby snowsuit
Cheap snowsuits for babies make a lot of sense—after all, little ones are guaranteed to outgrow their wardrobe next year, and chances are, they’re not going to give the suit a tough workout like a five-year-old might. A good pick? The Old Navy baby snowsuits. They’re footed, so they’re perfect for young ones who aren’t quite on their feet yet. Choose from a pink “kitty cat” baby girl snowsuit and a “camo green” baby boy snowsuit, both with a microfleece lining and a plush filling in the quilted shell.
Buy it: Old Navy Hooded Snowsuit for Baby, $20, OldNavy.com
Best Toddler Snowsuits
One- through four-year-olds love running around, scooping up snowballs and being one with the snow, so the best snowsuits for toddlers should never feel restrictive. Since kids generate lots of heat on their own, you’ll find more options with waterproofing features and a lot less bulk—the better to roll around in.
1. Best padded toddler snowsuit
Extra fabric at the knees, cuffs and on the bum in this pick keeps wetness out (and also helps prevent ripping or tearing) as your toddler inevitably sits or kneels in the snow. Elasticized cuffs protect your tot’s arms and legs from wind, cold, and snow. Reviewers have actually begged for bigger sizes to keep their kids cozy past the the toddler years.
Buy it: LL Bean Cold Buster Snowsuit, $79, LLBean.com
2. Best one-piece toddler snowsuit
This Patagonia toddler snowsuit fits from head to the bottom of your tot’s feet thanks to elastic boot straps—which means snow won’t sneak into the tops of your tot’s boots. We love that the suit’s filling is made of largely recycled material and that the hood is removable.
Buy it: Patagonia Baby Snow Pile One-Piece Snowsuit, $159, Patagonia.com
3. Best two-piece toddler snowsuit
For fast-growing toddlers, this snowsuit sports sleeveless overalls that stretch with your kid, thanks to adjustable suspenders; it also features articulated knees, making it easy for your little snow monster to move around. As for the equally smart hooded jacket, it’s waterproof and includes lined hand-warming pockets as well as reflective safety detailing.
Buy it: Columbia Double Flake Jacket and Bib Pants Snow Set, $90, DicksSportingGoods.com
4. Best waterproof toddler snowsuit
This little stunner looks like a two-piece, but it’s actually a jumpsuit with a two-way zipper down the front. Its “Dryvent” technology allows for breathability while still keeping your child warm and dry. Glove clips at the cuffs keep your toddler’s mittens or gloves from getting lost.
Buy it: Toddler Insulated Jumpsuit, $149, TheNorthFace.com
5. Best toddler snowsuit for girls
This is an especially good toddler girl snowsuit if your family skis. Designed by the same brand known for its quality grown-up snow gear, it has pockets for goggles and is both fully insulated and entirely waterproof. Plus, the seams are taped for extra reinforcement and waterproofing. The high-contrast colors mean you’ll have no problem spotting your kid in a crowd.
Buy it: Spyder Bitsy Sassy Suit, $199, WinterKids.com
6. Best toddler snowsuit for boys
This smart-looking snowsuit pairs an adjustable bib with a cute little puffer jacket. What’s more, it’s both wind and water repellant.
Buy it: ZeroXposur Toddler Boy’s Dean Snowuit, $50, Amazon.com
7. Best toddler snowsuit for the slopes
If you’re looking for a snowsuit that will hold up to a toddler’s boundless enthusiasm, try this awesome number, brought to you by the classic snowboard brand. It’s got a cool thumb loop that holds the sleeves in place, and both the sleeves and legs can be extended as your child grows.
Buy it: Burton Girls Minishred Illusion One-Piece, $150, Amazon.com
Buy it: Burton Boys Minishred Striker One-Piece, $150, Amazon.com
8. Best bargain toddler snowsuit
This two-piece is easy on the wallet and includes bib-style pants that are waterproof and adjustable, plus a weather-resistant jacket, complete with fleece lining and hand-warming pockets.
Buy it: iXtreme Colorblock Expedition Snowsuit Puffer Winter Jacket Ski Bib, $40, Walmart.com
Published December 2017