Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Toddler (and Baby) Winter Gear List

Winters can get real cold here in Colorado. If you also live in a place that has real winters and you’re not excited about the idea of staying indoors for the entire season, you need to gear up. But not just yourself, your little love needs bundling too. Here are my recommendations for the best toddler (and some baby!) winter gear:

Winter boots:

Kamik: Why moms like them: Fur lined and Velcro around the ankle so you can get them nice and snug. Open pretty far so easy to put on.

We have Kamik hand me downs. I think they'll be good for really playing in the snow, sledding etc.

Bogs: Why moms like them: My 20 month old daughter loves putting them on and they slide right on. Highly recommend!

Stride Rite.

Sperry.

Sorel: These boots are on the pricier side, but they’re really high quality, waterproof, and warm. 

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Gloves:

Mittens can be difficult to operate, even for adults, but having worn both gloves and mittens plenty of times while snowboarding, I can tell you that mittens definitely work better to keep your hands warm. Here’s a great, reasonably-priced option for littles.

Patagonia

Sleep sacks:

Carter’s microfleece: We used these last winter when our son was around 6 months and it worked great! I like that it has sleeves to keep his arms warmer as well.

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HALO fleece.

HALO quilted.

Baby Deedee quilted: We actually bought his for my son to wear while camping and have used it on chilly nights at home too. He likes it and it feels so cozy!

Pants:

Patagonia: Makes some seriously awesome, seriously expensive stuff. We were lucky enough to receive a base layer pant and top set as a hand-me-down, and recently bought some gloves (see above), these pants, and a couple of jackets because we were also super lucky to receive a 40% off code. My recommendations: Check their sale section for deals and purchase a size that might be a little big this year, but will last you for next season too to get the most bang for your buck.

Columbia: This is another great outdoor gear brand, with a better price tag. 

Target: Fleece-lined jeans are also great for cold weather! Plus your kid will still look stylish. 

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Jackets:

Patagonia: My toddler doesn’t have many words yet, so it’s hard to say how warm/comfortable he actually is in this. It’s a good thing I have the adult version and know that it’s an awesome jacket. I can wear it in not so cold temperatures and I don’t feel overly hot and in really cold temperatures and still stay warm.  

In real cold conditions, layering is key. A fleece is a great mid-layer between a thermal (or whatever your base layer is) and your outer jacket (something waterproof for snow). 

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Carter’s: There are plenty more affordable options, like this one from Carter’s. 

Carter’s: As I mentioned, layering is also a really great option in a variety of ways. Enter the vest … I bought a similar vest from a consignment shop and it fits really well and seems to keep my little guy’s core at the right temp, which is one of the most important body parts to keep warm. They also have a lot of other great outerwear options!

Columbia: Makes a similar option to the Patagonia jacket at a more affordable price tag.

Snowsuits:

Baby GAP: We have an older version of this that we received as a hand-me-down. My son hasn’t worn it yet this season, but it looks awesome!

Old Navy: Haven’t scored a GAP hand-me-down and can’t find anything at the consignment/thrift store? Old Navy is another great option for snowsuits. Bibs are a great option to layer under a jacket and over some long johns to keep kids warm but maintain their ability to move.

Booties:

Patagonia: I love that these booties are warm AND have non-skid soles, perfect for our hardwood flooring. They also have velcro straps so they'll stay nice and secure on my little one's feet.

Lovable Friends:  These little booties are perfect for non-walkers, if your home is carpeted, OR for your child to wear to bed at night.

Zutano: Very similar to the Luvable Friends version. Also for non-walkers or carpeted floors. They're warm, comfy, and they stay on! 

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Beanies:

Patagonia: This is a steal for this hat. I like that it’s reversible and has snaps to secure the hat under your little’s chin. 

Old Navy: They have a bunch of cute options, I particularly like the ones that Velcro/snap under baby’s chin so hopefully it’ll stay put. 

Is your kiddo geared up for winter adventures? 

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Toddler (and Baby) Winter Gear List

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