Cozy Toddler and Baby Snowsuits for a Fun-Filled Winter
September 28, 2020
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! Even if they’re snug in a stroller or carrier, they’ll still need a durable baby snowsuit to keep them warm in the chilly air.
Whatever size you’re looking for, remember these criteria when you’re snowsuit shopping:
• Waterproof or water-resistant fabric. To find a toddler 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 baby warm. (If you’re outfitting an infant, a fleece baby snowsuit still does the trick, especially if they’ll be under additional blankets in the stroller.)
• The right size. Buying a size 3 for your one-year-old to “grow into” is just going to frustrate both of you when your little one is 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 be able to slip out of that suit quickly.
Baby snowsuits—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. What all the best baby snowsuits should offer: head-to-toe warmth.
Best newborn baby snowsuit
Newborns need to stay warm. Luckily, lots of fabric technology goes into this North Face baby snowsuit, which features ThermoBall Eco insulation, a recycled, man-made filling created to be as warm as down without the heaviness, bulk or sensitivity to moisture. Parents report that their little ones stay comfortable and fuss-free in this quilted baby snowsuit. We love the optional fold-over mittens and booties (key features in a newborn baby snowsuit) and the upper-body Sherpa lining.
Buy it: The North Face Infant ThermoBall Eco Bunting, $110, TheNorthFace.com
Best baby down snowsuit
The best baby snowsuits offer unparalleled warmth, and this pick is the warmest one-piece bunting Patagonia (known for its rugged outdoor wear) has to offer. It’s insulated with 700-fill duck and good down, all recycled from other down items. Plus, it’s covered with a windproof and water-repellant finish and the hood is lined with high-pile fleece. The extra-long sleeves and legs keep snow from sneaking into mittens or boots, whether baby is sitting, crawling or standing, and fold-over mittens and footies to keep tiny hands and feet toasty. The suit also features two full-length zippers with internal wind flaps for easy on-off.
Buy it: Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting, $149, Patagonia.com
Best baby girl snowsuit
Hatley’s prints—like these prancing reindeer—are super-sweet. (Not a Bambi fan? It also comes in penguin and polar animal prints.) This baby girl snowsuit is designed with optional fold-over mittens and booties and elastic bindings at the leg openings to keep snow out.
Buy it: Hatley Baby Girls’ Winter Bundler, starting at $63, Amazon.com
Best baby boy snowsuit
This option from Columbia is a handsome pick for any little guy, especially if you’re looking for something beyond the expected blue or a baby boy snowsuit. But there’s also much more going for it beyond looks—namely, a warm down filling, soft microfleece inside the hood and torso and a wind- and water-resistant shell.
Buy it: Columbia Snuggly Bunny Bunting, starting at $34, Amazon.com
Best baby snowsuit for boys and girls
Your little one—boy or girl—is sure to look fly in this “flint gray” baby snowsuit that’s quilted and water-repellant, Gap’s warmest baby bunting option. Reviewers report that its down fill (bolstered by a full fleece lining) keeps baby nice and toasty. It has two full zippers on the front, elasticized leg openings and the fold-over mitts and booties are optional in case your little one wants to give real snow boots a spin.
Buy it: Baby ColdControl Ultra Max Snowsuit, $88, Gap.com
Best fleece baby snowsuit
This is another fantastic infant snowsuit for any newborn or pre-crawler; since they’ll be spending more time bundled up in the stroller or carrier than playing in the snow, a baby fleece snowsuit is plenty warm. Suit them up in this adorably fuzzy baby bunting, which zips from neck to ankle for easy diaper changes and offers fold-over mittens and booties. And how can you resist those bear ears!
Buy it: Baby Deedee Furry Bear Bunting, $39, BabyDeedee.com
Best designer baby snowsuit
Burberry’s luxe baby down snowsuit, a stylish peach puffer lined with the brand’s iconic vintage check pattern, is bolstered with duck down and feathers—meaning it’ll keep your little one super warm. It features a full zip, hood and detachable snap mittens and booties. A chic baby girl snowsuit if ever we saw one!
Buy it: Burberry Baby Girl’s River Down Puffer Footie Coat, $390, SaksFifthAvenue.com
Best bargain baby snowsuit
Low-priced baby snowsuits 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 5-year-old might. A good pick? 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 leopard print baby girl snowsuit and a camo baby boy snowsuit, each with a hood, microfleece lining and a plush filling in the water- and wind-resistant shell.
One- through 3-year-olds love running around, scooping up snowballs and being one with the snow, so the best toddler snowsuits 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.
Best padded toddler snowsuit
Extra fabric at the knees, cuffs and on the bum in this water-resistant toddler snowsuit keeps wetness out (and also helps prevent ripping or tearing) as your kiddo 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
Best one-piece toddler snowsuit
This one-piece toddler snowsuit from Patagonia 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 little one’s boots. We love that the suit is fully waterproof, filled with largely recycled material that stays warm even when wet and that the hood is removable (because, you know, toddlers). It even has a grow-fit feature in the sleeves and legs that adds two inches of extended wear—a godsend when your kiddo has a growth spurt mid-season!
Buy it: Patagonia Baby Snow Pile One-Piece Snowsuit, $179, Patagonia.com
Best two-piece toddler snowsuit
For fast-growing kids, this toddler 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, starting at $59, Amazon.com
Best toddler snow bib
If you’re looking for a toddler snowsuit for your child’s first day on the ski slopes (or just a day of fun in the snow), consider this toddler snow bib from The North Face. It’s waterproof yet breathable (thanks to Dryvent technology), fleece-lined and insulated for blustery days on the bunny hill. It even has reinforced knees and ankle cuffs, gaiters with gripper elastic and a full zipper down the front.
Buy it: The North Face Toddler Insulated Bib, $99, TheNorthFace.com
Best toddler girl snowsuit
Designed by the same brand known for its quality grown-up snow gear, this pick from Burton is fully waterproof and breathable (as many of the best toddler snowsuits are) with taped seams and lined with Thermacore for extra warmth. It even has a removable hood and thumb loops to help keep those busy little hands covered. We can’t get enough of this “sprinkle” print, but the toddler snowsuit comes in five other colors.
Buy it: Burton Toddler/Infant Illusion One-Piece Snowsuit, starting at $113, Amazon.com
Best toddler boy snowsuit
Here’s another outstanding waterproof toddler snowsuit. This one-piece suit is completely weather-resistant and insulated with hi-loft polyester that’s rated for -18 degrees Farheneheit, so your toddler won’t have to cut their snowman-making short because of the cold. This toddler boy snowsuit also boasts a snap-off hood, adjustable boot straps and partially elasticized cuffs on the legs and wrists. This pick comes in navy as well as yellow and pink, along with a 24-month warranty.
Buy it: Okai Toddler Snowsuit, $124, Okai.com
Best designer toddler snowsuit
Canada Goose commands an impressive cult following, and for good reason: The warmth and quality in their gear is hard to beat. The same is true for their toddler snowsuits. If you’re looking for something that’ll hold up to your kiddo’s boundless enthusiasm (and your impeccable sense of style), try this chic number. Made from Arctic Tech fabric with a water-repellant finish and insulated with duck down fill, it’s designed to stay dry in extreme conditions and climates. The real coyote fur hood is removable, the elbows are double-reinforced and the reflective piping keeps your kiddo visible even in the dwindling winter twilight. Available in black, blue and red.
Buy it: Canada Goose Grizzly Hooded Snowsuit, $525, NeimanMarcus.com
Best bargain toddler snowsuit
This two-piece toddler snowsuit is easy on the wallet and includes snow bib pants with elastic straps and snow cuffs, plus a water-resistant puffer jacket, complete with fleece lining. The too-cute unicorn and rainbow print is ready for a magical day in the snow.
Buy it: Carters Girls’ Heavyweight 2-Piece Snowsuit, starting at $33, Amazon.com
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