Planning your winter vacation and wondering what kind of winter jacket is best for your kids? Well, we’re here to help. Did you know that kids lose body heat faster than adults? But they can also generate more body heat by moving around and playing. It’s hard to do that when they’re bundled in too many bulky layers. So, the best winter jackets for kids are warm but also lightweight and durable enough to withstand rain, snow and sun. Check out our guide for the best winter jackets for kids here!
But first, some general rules
- When it comes to outerwear, make sure your baby is wearing an appropriate amount of layers to keep them both warm and dry.
- A good rule of thumb: Dress your child in one more layer of clothing than you need in the same environment.
- while out in the elements, monitor your tot for signs of hypothermia: Confusion, altered state of consciousness, coma, lethargy or drowsiness, shivering, and bright red or cold skin. Signs of frostbite may include red, white or bluish-white skin or fussiness due to pain, burning or numbness.
- Overheating is also a potential danger if your baby is overdressed for the weather. If your little one is overheating, they may begin to sweat, causing clothing to become wet, and presenting further danger.
When buying winter clothes, look out for
- Loose, breathable fabrics that promote airflow.
- Moisture-wicking fabrics to help your little one stay dry.
- Flexible designs, including optional built-in gloves and feet, removable hoods, and more.
How to choose the best kids' winter jackets
The best winter clothing undoubtedly hinges on where you’re planning to go and what the climate is like, so when picking a coat, the first order of business is to gauge the conditions you’ll experience. Think thin, breathable layers if you’re going to a mild-climate destination (10°C - 15°C); water-resistant heavy-duty jackets for an area prone to sleet and snow (snowy mountains, winter destinations). Next, you’ll want to consider what your own child is comfortable wearing and what your own needs may be (if you have a squirmy baby, a zipper is far superior to snaps, for example).
We’ve picked the best kids' winter jackets to make your shopping easier! Each category has been carefully selected by scouring the best reviews and carefully vetted to ensure comfiness and your child’s safety. Read on!
Best puffer coats
ZARA kids puffer coat
This puffer coat comes with a hood and long sleeves with adjustable hook-and-loop. The zip-up front is hidden by a snap-button placket. There are also matching front pockets with flaps and injected zips, perfect for your stylish child. We loved how versatile the jacket is too — you can use it to stroll around the city or even up on the mountains, thanks to its water-resistant material.
Sizes: 6 to 14 years old
UNIQLO warm padded washable parka
Lightweight, warm, padded parka. The product has so many user-friendly features, including design specifications that protect against rain (we all know how rainy it can get in Europe during winter!). The parka is also machine washable — a plus if it gets dirty when your kid tries to “jump in muddy puddles” ala Peppa Pig.
Sizes: 4 to 14 years old
Best water-resistant jacket
MANGO BABY hooded water-repellent coat
This super cute coat is water-resistant and hooded — perfect if you’re heading to a city known for its rainy season during winter (looking at you London). The coat also has faux shearling lining to keep your little one warm!
Sizes: 1 to 4 years old
Decathlon ski jacket
If you’re heading to the alps this winter, Decathlon’s ski jacket is perfect for your kid! Extremely affordable at only RM79, it’s waterproof, shearling-lined and has elasticated cuffs to keep off snow from getting in.
Sizes: 1 to 2 years old
Best fleece or shearling jacket
ZARA kids ¾ coat
This knit coat has a hood and long sleeves with a buttoned front to keep your little one warm. It’s also 7% wool with shearling-lined so you know it’ll keep your kid toasty.
Size: Newborn to 12 months old
GAP fleece jacket
This fleece jacket is perfect for any mild climate country you’re going. It’ll keep your child warm without being overheated. We loved the high neckline, especially with toddlers who don’t like wearing scarves. The colour blocking is super cute too!
Size: S to XXL
MANGO BABY padded anorak with shearling lining
The solid-shade padded anorak jacket has a contrasting hem that gives off a stylish vibe. We loved the hooded neckline as well so we don’t have to fight with our little one to wear a scarf.
Sizes: Newborn to 2 years old
ZARA kids faux shearling one-piece suit
This one is perfect for your newborns or infants! The one-piece suit has a faux shearling lining that will keep them warm and toasty while you stroll around the city.
Sizes: Newborn to 2 years old
Most stylish jacket
MANGO BABY buttoned coat
This Paddington Bear-style coat is stylish yet warm enough for your little one. It’s also 19% wool and has a hooded neckline and front loop fastening for easy on-and-off.
Sizes: 9 months to 5 years old
ZARA kids short textured coat
This short padded coat comes with a lapel collar and long sleeves. Featuring front button fastening and front flap pockets, it’s such a stylish coat! It’s also 20% wool so you know it’ll keep your tot warm!
Sizes: 6 to 14 years old
MANGO BABY Double-Breasted Wool Coat
This melange-hued double-breasted wool coat comes with a hood that will keep your kid warm and toast. No more fighting with the kid about wearing a hat when you can cover their head with the hood! The coat is also 20% wool, which is very important to keep them warm!
Sizes: 2 - 4 years old
Well, there you have it! A selection of winter coats with varying styles and features perfect for your kids no matter the weather! If you’re looking for more travel inspiration, check out our articles here:
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