I have to admit, I think there is nothing quite as cute as little hands in tiny mittens, but finding the right little mittens for toddlers can feel like an epic quest. When my oldest child was a toddler I remember being surprised by the array of option. I assumed I would go to the store and pick out any pair of cute mittens and that would be that. How hard could it be? (Did I mention I grew up in the desert?)
It turns out getting tiny hand into tiny mittens is no small feat, and keeping them on, well, I still don’t understand how something so difficult to put on, can come off so easily.
Clearly, I had a thing or two to learn about cold-weather gear! There are a variety of things to consider when buying mittens for small people: How easy will they be to get on and off? Will they stay on (nothing is worse than getting your child all ready to play in the snow only to have them come in five minutes later because their little fingers are painfully cold)? Do they just need to be warm or do they also need to be waterproof?
Best Toddler Mittens
After having four toddlers in a cold climate, wrap style mittens are my favorite. The fold over flap is actually a part of the mitten, so when it is undone the mitten opens wide making it easy for a toddler to get their hand inside, and when you wrap the flap closed you create a custom fit.
Easy to put on, Independent with practice, Stay on well, Good for snow play
These mittens have a soft ribbed cuffs that fit under a jacket cuff to keep snow from sneaking in. They have a non slip coating over the palm and thumb to help children grip things. These gloves are waterproof and perfect for playing in cold wet conditions.
Easy to put on with help, Stay on well, Good for snow play
With a zipper that runs almost all the way up the back of the mitten you can open them so that your child can easily put their hand in side and because they zip shut they have a more contoured fit than other mittens. These mittens have a longer elasticized cuff for good fit which creates a barrier against the elements when tucked inside your child’s coat sleeves. They also have both clips for keeping them together as well as loops at the cuff for hanging them.
Easy to put on with help, Stay on well, Good for snow and wet play
These mittens are not only adorable, they are high quality snow gear. While waterproof they also boast a breathable liner to help keep hands dry. They have only a single compartment, so they don’t have a thumb which makes them easy to put on but their adjustable wrist strap means they won’t fall off once they are tightened. The long over-sized gauntlets (sleeve) means they will fit over your child’s coat sleeves easily. Did I mention that these are adorable and come not only in tiger paws, but penguins,dragons,and other designs.
Stay on well, Good for snow play
An extra long knit cuff helps ensure these mittens stay on while playing and creates an extra barrier against the elements when placed under a jacket. The adjustable strap helps keep mittens in place and creates a comfortable fit. A plastic clip helps keep mittens together or clipped to snow pants or backpack while not being worn.
Easy to put on with help, Machine washable
If you don’t need to worry about keeping hands dry then these might be just what you are looking for. The adjustable strap to makes them easy to put on and the soft fleece will keep tiny hands cozy during play and travel. Fleece is light weight and washable.
N’Ice Caps Baby and Kids Strong Stainless Steel Mitten Clips are a great way to keep mittens attached to jackets. If your child goes to child care, or will be taking their snow gear on and off while out and about these little clips are great for keeping mittens attached to your child’s coat.
All this talk about cold whether and cozy mittens has me thinking it’s time to want to snuggle up on the couch with my youngest to read The Mitten by Jan Brett!
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