The cold season is already making its presence felt and its time to start making some extra room in our kids' closets for all those necessary sweaters, coats, and fleece shirts!
If you're a cautious parent and you don't want to forget anything your little one may need this season, your prayers have been answered! We've put together a complete checklist with all the winter essentials you should definitely get this season.
BONUS: Tips on how to dress a child appropriately for the biting cold and how to master layering like a pro included!
What winter essentials should you get for your kid?
This is a pretty popular question among parents and there’s a solid reason why. Once the cold strikes, your kid is going to need winter clothes and accessories right away. Unfortunately, there's no postpone button you can hit to keep the cold away. The best you can do is to plan ahead and get all the pieces your kid needs before the official start of the Winter Season.
Winter Essentials Checklist
So, what winter pieces does your kid need exactly?
Here's a quick list for you to use:
- Warm coat or jacket
- Waterproof boots
- Sweaters & Shirts
- Hoodie Jackets
- Gloves & Mittens
- Beanies, Hats & Ear Muffs
Let's find out how to get the best essentials and talk a bit about each section:
1. Winter Coats for Kids
Besides being really cool fashion pieces, coats are also a must-have winter essential.
No one can keep on doing normal daily activities without a proper jacket or coat, especially kids.
Getting the best coats for girls and boys can be quite a challenge, but here's why all the hassle is worth in the end: the right piece will prevent the cold to infiltrate underneath and allow your little one to enjoy fun winter activities, like playing in the snow, skiing or hitting the slopes.
Depending on the region you live in, you can buy different styles of coats for your little one.
Here are some main guidelines you may find useful:
- For deep cold & windy regions: pick puffer coats; they provide great insulation and help by keeping the warmth around the core.
- Rainy weather: waterproof jackets have the ability to keep your kid dry, no matter how many times he forgets his umbrella in the morning.
- Warmer climates: trench coats are a good option if the temperature is above 50 degrees.
2. Kids’ Winter & Snow Boots
We all know that having a cozy and durable pair of rain & snow boots is a must-have. Investing in a couple of pairs is definitely not a waste. However, less can be more. Rather than having 3-4 pairs of snow boots in many styles & colors, you should invest in two solid pairs for your kid.
Cold feet are a real problem, especially if you don't have the option to put on an extra pair of socks right away or change with something else.
Not to mention that wet feet during school hours can turn into a horror story - just imagine your little one not having the option to change immediately and having to stay wet all day long. Not good, right?
You’ve probably bought some boots by now and have some experience, but it never hurts to go over the basics again before heading to the store. Here are some great tips:
- Check for waterproof or water-resistant properties
- Rubber sole that provides proper traction and stability on icy roads
- Inner lining for keeping your kid's feet always warm
If you’re interested in knowing more on how to buy the best winter footwear for kids, check out this fashion guide for more insights. Baby and toddler sections included as well!
3. Sweaters & Shirts for Kids
Kids sweaters are seasonal pieces fit for wearing only in winter time. They're cozy, comfy and you can dress your kid for tons of occasions that's to their versatility.
Mix & match a sweater with a pair of jeans, add some cowboy boots, and a trendy coat and there you have it: the ultimate winter look to put together for kids and grown-ups as well!
4. Kids' Hoodies
Hoodies are great in keeping the cold away and are also very practical: they are a good fit for going to school and for other many fun activities, both indoor and outdoor (with a proper jacket on, of course).
You can convince a boy to wear a hoodie pretty easy. Don't be surprised if an old hoodie is going to be his first option when you ask him what he likes to wear the most. Invest in a couple of 3-4 pieces, in different colors and you'll be covered for the rest of the cold season.
For girls, we recommend bright colors, such as pink, purple or red. Depending on your little one's personal style, you can get her more hoodies this season.
The best kids' hoodies are the ones with a zipper; your little one can ventilate when necessary and take the piece off if he's feeling too warm.
5. Kids' Gloves & Mittens that stay on
The body's extremities are most exposed to cold and it can be quite a challenge to protect your child properly. Gloves aren’t very popular among kids, but nevertheless, they can be pretty efficient in protecting the hands of your baby, toddler or teenager. That's why many parents are looking for pieces that stay on and are also easy to wear.
Look for the best gloves & mittens and we'll promise you it's going to pay off big time.
Try getting mittens on strings if your little one has a history of losing them and also consider getting waterproof kids gloves if you know that your boy likes to play in the snow with his buddies after school.
6. Kids Beanies, Hats & Ear Muffs
Protect your kid's head in the cold season and encourage him or her to wear a beanie, hat or ear muffs all the time! Make sure to get a piece your little one's going to love and your chances of him or her to actually wear it is going to skyrocket.
Make sure the winter hat you choose for your kid is a good fit. The last thing you want is the beanie to slide and cover the eyes, making the wear feel uncomfortable and awkward.
The most common pieces you can find out there are knitted hats and earflaps, with or without a pom pom on top. The first one is a good choice and gets the job done pretty well.
However, earflaps are more efficient in protecting the whole head, including the ears. Depending on the overall temperature, you can choose between them. Or, why not, you can get a piece of both styles and alternate between them.
7. Kids Scarves
Complete the perfect winter look with a cool scarf for kids.
A great piece is going to offer a lot of neck insulation and will prevent the cold air from making its way through the coat.
Extra: Kids' Sets with Gloves, Beanie Hats & Scarves
If you want to match your kid's winter accessories, the best way is to shop pieces from the same brand or simply buy a set that includes all of these items.
Often times, this is an economy option and your kid's outfit is going to look very stylish!
How to Dress your Kid with Layers during Winter
If you're wondering how exactly you should dress your kids, the answer is quite simple: in layers of clothes.
Layering clothes is a super-skill that every parent should master to perfection! Your little one is going to stay warm when he's outside and will be able to easily remove unnecessary clothes when he's indoor.
Here are the two main layer principles:
If you're going to just stroll through the park and enjoy the snow, or go watch a hockey game, be sure to wear a thick jacket or a puffer coat and make sure your little one is dressed in multiple layers of clothes. Lighter activities like standing in one place outside, are most prone to lose body warmth by not protecting the core.
When your kid is active, not protecting the hands, head or feet is the easiest way to lose body warmth. If your kid wants to get out more often to snow fight or even learn how to ski, try to get some qualitative accessories that can protect his extremities from the biting cold.
Here are some tips & tricks you can take away right away to start dressing your kid in layers like a pro:
- The first layer or the inner layer
Keep the warmth of the body and the moisture under control with the first layer of clothes. For this layer, use fitting and light clothes, such as tights, thermal shirts, and leg warmers.
Avoid cotton if your little one is doing an energetic activity because of its ability to retain water. Pick wool instead or other synthetic fibers.
- The second layer or the mid-layer
This layer provides insulation and protects your little one from the cold. The purpose is to retain heat and keep it around the core. For this one, you can use sweaters, blazers, or fleece pieces.
- The third layer or the outer layer
This layer is the most exposed to rain, snow or wind. So pick a comfy coat, but beware of the fact that often bulky doesn't mean better. Longer coats are the best, especially if the temperature goes under 32 degrees. Make sure your kid's coat has buttons or a zipper so the ventilation can happen easily. This is important if he wants to remove clothes when he's inside as well.
Hopefully, our checklist is going to simplify the way you shop for clothes.
The cold season brings snow and rain that sometimes can be difficult to handle. However, you and your family can share beautiful moments during winter: organize different outdoor activities and of course, make sure to enjoy the Holidays together.
These winter essential clothing pieces are going to help you protect your kids during winter and enjoy any type of activity you have planned.
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