Baby, it’s cold outside! But hey, the show must go on. Yep, that’s right… You and your bundle of joy can’t stay cooped up at home until spring. So now is the time to winterize your little one’s wardrobe. What does that mean, exactly?
First know this: baby loses heat much faster than you do. So a good rule of thumb to live by throughout the cold season is to dress baby as you do, but with one extra later — a AAP recommendation to ensure that your babe stays cozy without overheating.
Trust us, this will come in handy when you go in and out of the house with little ones in tow. Plus, remember my warning about wearing puffy coats in the car seat? Well, they’re also the perfect solutions to this problem. So for now, forget about puffy coats and snow buntings. Layering essentials are where it’s at.
Now that you’ve got your winter basics down, it’s time to get into gear… winter gear, that is. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of winter clothes for babies and toddlers that will get your little ones through his first snow without a meltdown.
Winter Clothes for Babies and Toddlers: Jackets and Fleece
1. Old Navy Performance Fleece ~$12.50
12 Months – 5T
During winter, fleece is the go-to in my son’s closet. Check out these adorable colors, stripes, and bargain prices — you might want to grab a few.
Again, fleece is great on its own or for layering in colder climates.
I like knowing that my baby will be wearing the same, thick quality Columbia fleece that’s also kept mama warm for years.
3. The North Face Infant Oso Hoodie ~ $65
The oh-so-soft high-pile fleece is heavenly and the yummy colors are too. Cozy high-pile fleece with elastic binding at cuffs, hand pockets, and hood and encased elastic at hem helps keep winter out. My girls (Meg’s) have worn one of these at every age.
Winter Clothes for Babies and Toddlers: Bodysuits
Consider long-sleeve onesies the cornerstone of your little one’s winter wardrobe, and they will be essential to help you up his layering game. Here are our favorites.
1. H&M Wrapover Bodysuits, 3-pack ~ $14.99
These kimono-style onesies are particularly great if you have a newborn. The easy on-and-off side snaps will make diaper changes a breeze. Plus, this is part of the brand’s “conscious” collection, which means it’s made of organic cotton. Perfect for your little one’s delicate skin.
Every parent needs to add these quintessential, inexpensive onesies from Carter’s to their arsenal. The preemie and newborn versions have mitten cuffs to prevent scratches.
Merino wool helps regulate body temperature, so a bodysuit made of this material is a must all year round.
Winter Clothes for Babies and Toddlers: Tops & Sweaters
This toddler turtleneck, which is available in sizes 12M to 3T, generates and retains heat, and it wicks moisture away. Plus, it prevents static electricity. The cut is also long, which means you don’t have to worry about your little one’s back getting uncovered as he moves around.
This hoodie from Gap is a must: not only is it cute (hello, baby in a bear outfit… BEARy cute!) and reversible (two outfits in one), it’s also gender neutral and warm and features front snaps for easy use.
Winter Clothes for Babies and Toddlers: Bottoms & Leggings
These leggings retain heat and absorb moisture, so your little one is sure to always be cozy and comfy. They’re great on their own, under a dress or skirt or even underpants, as a layering piece in freezing temps.
I just got this pair of pants for my son, and they are seriously the softest piece of clothing he now owns. They are cozy and give him the room to run around with his friends. Plus, I love the playful, nature-centric print.
These pants will be on your baby’s winter wardrobe rotation. They are comfy and easy to put on and off. Plus, they come in various colors that are great for both boys and girls!
If you’re dealing with frigid temperatures, you may want to up your layering game. Add footed tights under your little one’s pants for extra warmth. Plus, if you’re baby wearing him out, you’ll be sure that his legs won’t be exposed to the cold, even if his pants creep up.
Winter Clothes for Babies and Toddlers: One-Pieces & Ensembles
Don’t want to deal with the headache of putting a winter outfit together? Don’t fret… Target has your back. The uber popular brand Cat & Jack has many baby and toddler ensembles that figure it all out for you. Cute, warm and easy.
And here’s one for boys:
Rompers and one-pieces are also a nice way to simplify your little one’s winter outfit. This one from Polarn O Pyret is made of Merino Wool. Add socks and outerwear for when you venture out, and your little one is set. Easy, breezy.