I always get excited when it snows. In fact, I am watching fat snowflakes fall heavily in my yard as write I this. I love the snow, but, I love it from a warm distance. My idea of snow play is a hot drink and a window with a good view. My kids, on the other hand, believe snow play should be a full body experience. They delight in rolling through it, building with it, and burying each other (in fact, you can find a bunch of fun ideas for toddler activities in the snow here). I shiver just thinking about it, but I know that they still be warm and dry in a good quality snowsuit.
After 14 years of choosing snowsuits, I feel pretty confident when I have to buy a new one but I haven’t always. If you read my post about choosing toddler snow boots, you know that I didn’t grow up in a snowy climate. In fact before college I could have counted on one hand the number of times I had seen snow. Figuring out what makes a good snowsuit has been a process of trial and error .
I have compiled a list of snowsuits with the qualities I look for when choosing my own kids gear, because we don’t all have years to figure out what we are looking for. This post contains Amazon affiliate links to the products listed.
One Piece Snowsuits
I like these snowsuits for babies and young toddlers because you only have to get them in and out of one outer layer and because they are all one piece there are less gaps where snow can sneak in. One piece means less time and energy spent chasing down multiple pieces of outer wear because lets face it you still have to find both socks and both mittens. Another added benefit of this style is that they often come with fold over hand and foot covers just in case you can’t actually find both mittens. 🙂
This wind and water-proof suit has a micro fleece lining to help lock in body heat. The fold over hand and foot covers make it an ideal choice for younger toddlers who may need to stay warm while enjoying the outdoors from a stroller or sled in addition to playing in the snow.
This suit has leg gators (an inner sleeve that goes inside the boot and and outer pant leg that zips down over the boot) and adjustable closures at the wrist, perfect for keeping the cold and snow from creeping into to boots and mittens while playing in the snow. Available in sizes from 12 months to 4T.
This snow suit comes in sizes up to 24 months, another ideal choice for younger toddlers. The dual zippers make it easy to get on and off. It has a detachable hood, mittens, and foot coverings, so it can be used a variety of situations.
Carhartt is well known for their quality jackets for adults and older kids; they have brought the quality of their larger jackets down to scale in these toddler snowsuits (which are also available in pink). They have a quilted interior and roll over cuffs at both the wrists and ankles. The gusseted crotch allows for ease of movement making it a comfortable suit for younger toddlers who may be carried in a backpack.
Two Piece Snowuits
Two piece Snowsuits offer more flexibility and tend to be adjustable, so that they can grow with your child (I have often been able to have my kids wear this style of suit two winters in a row). These suits offer increased mobility and range of motion. They are easier to put on and take off which can be important for toddlers and preschoolers who are experimenting with independence.
This two piece set from Carter’s boasts a fleece lined hood for snugly soft warmth, and adjustable wrist cuffs and leg gators to help create a barrier against the elements. In sizes 2T and up this suit will be great for bigger toddlers who are starting to play in the snow for longer periods of time. It’s also nice to have the separate winter jacket for days when kids just need a jacket and no snow pants.
These snow bib overalls need to be paired with a winter jacket, but the adjustable shoulder straps and and elastic side gussets allow for a custom fit that will grow with you child. The pant legs haves scuff guards and a reinforced hem at the ankle so they will stand up to daily or heavy use.
A good choice for low temperature winter play. This set has a hood with removable fur lining, and knit cuffs to keep kids warm and cozy. The snow bibs have adjustable elastic shoulder straps, reinforced knees and come up fairly high on the sides of the chest.
These Rugged Bear snowsuits are adorable – you have to see this suit in the robot theme. The attention to detail goes beyond the outer appearance: the jacket is fitted and has a soft plush hood liner and adjustable wrist cuffs, while the snow pants have reinforced knees and quick release buckles at the shoulders.
Tips for Getting Your Child Ready to Play in the Snow:
- Have them try to use the potty before getting ready.
- Dress them in layers, with a breathable layer of clothing next to their skin (I like 100% cotton pajamas or long johns).
- Put a complete under layer on including socks before the snowsuit with boots and mittens going on last.
- Consider getting a pair of mitten suspenders so your child doesn’t have to dig in the show to retrieve fallen mittens.
- Put a stool or chair just inside the door and explain to your child that this is where they can sit down right when they come in so that they can get their snow gear off easily.
- Have your child help you hang the snow gear to dry so that it will be ready to use the next time they want to play in the snow.