Jan 24, 2022
The first snow is a magical time for a toddler. The ground is covered in white and new options to play outside such as building snowmen, sledding and snow ball fights! You will want to dress your toddler appropriately in snow outfits for toddlers so that they stay warm and dry as they play in the snow!
When considering snow outfits for toddlers there are a couple of different options; snow pants, snow bibs, snow jackets or full snowsuit. Keep reading to find out what is best for your toddler!
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If your toddler is like most, he/she will want to explore snow! A toddler will want to jump into the snow and fully experience what this fluffy white powder is. Therefore, a full waterproof snow outfits for toddlers is recommended for maximum fun in the snow.
A waterproof snow outfit provides warmth to your toddler as well as protection from the elements. After considering the snow outfit for your toddler you will warm winter socks and snow-boots! Wet feet are never fun!
A toddler snow outfit can mean a couple different things. You can either purchase a one piece toddler snow suit or toddler snow pants and jacket. Both options require a nice waterproof pair of snow gloves to complete!
Below you will find more information on the differences to determine which one is best for your toddler!
Snow suits are one piece snow outfits that are a great pick for a baby and a toddler. They keep a baby or toddler as warm as possible with no chance of snow finding its way in. Snow Suits often come with the options to cover hands and feet when purchased in baby sizes.
A snow suit as a toddler has some downsides. A toddler is constantly growing and with a snowsuit you have less adjustability to ensure the right fit. Some brands combat this with a Grow System, Columbia snowsuits have this feature.
Toddlers' snowsuits can work, just as long as the suit is the correct size. You can normally get one season out of a toddler snowsuit. If you are in an extreme cold climate snow suits are recommended over snow pants and jacket. Snow suits are warmer!
You will want to make sure your toddler is dressed appropriately under their snow outfits. Base layers are perfect to go under snowsuits. The best base layers are ones made from wool. Wool is naturally wicking, breathable, insulating and odor resistant.
Wool base layers are great in summer and in winter. In winter merino wool will be your warmest option and in summer it will not overheat your toddler. The only downside is the cost. Buying merino wool base layer cost more than a cotton, synthetic or silk.
Toddler Snow Suits are the warmest option snow outfits for toddlers. In colder climates parents favor snow suits, especially if your toddler is in an outdoor preschools.
In Europe toddler snow suits are the normal, especially in the northern European countries, such as Norway and Scandinavia.
Columbia makes a great toddler snowsuit sure to keep your little one warm and dry. The snowsuit comes in multiple different color designs and ranges from baby up to child sizes.
The snowsuit is waterproof, made from Nylon and Polyester, and packed with 150g of insulation for warmth. It uses Columbia's Omni-techecology to keep elements out but the material to remain breathable.
The snowsuit features an extended fit helping you get full use of the snowsuit even through periods of growth. You should be able to get a full season from these snowsuit or maybe even two! The snowsuit has reinforced seat and knees adding to the durability of the suit.
Arctix company makes a great affordable toddler snow suit option. This snowsuit features thermalock technology, a durable coating to block the outdoor elements such as snow, wind and cold.
The Thermatech technology helps to keep your toddler warm and rated down to -20 Degrees F. There is 85g of insulation in this snowsuit, a bit less than the 150g from Columbia brand above.
The seams are reinforced and sealed geared towards not letting the wet in. Snowsuit also has an adjustable hood, interior pockets and machine washable.
Overall this is a great snowsuit. Compared to Columbia option there is less adjustability overall with the suit however close to have the price.
Toddler snow pants are a must in snow outfits for toddlers. if you want them to enjoy time in the snow keeping their bodies dry and warm is critical.
For a toddler snow pants I only consider options that are a bib design over a traditional pant. Pants that sit on the waist are not as successful at keeping the snow out or your toddler as warm as possible.
Arctix Toddler Snow bibs are a steal for the price. You will not find another toddler snow pants to beat its benefits. Both my toddler boys (1.5 and 3 year old own a pair)
The bibs feature multi-layer protection to provide everything you need for your toddler. Outer shell is a 100% polyester dobby shell with coating for wind and water resistance. The inner material is designed to wick moisture away and insulate your toddler with heat-trapping micro chambers.
The toddler snow pants are water resistant. Waterproof is best, but I haven’t had any issue with over 3 years of use and my toddlers clothes have never been wet underneath the snow pants after hours in the snow.
The toddler snow pants are rated to keep your toddler warm down to -20 degrees F. The pants are thick and come in about 35 different colors and patterns.
The seams are critically sealed seams, ensuring water will not find its way in.
Snow Pants highlight 600 Denier Ballistic reinforced ankles, scuff and hem guards which ultimately mean the pants shouldn’t wear through after use. My boys both own a pair and never have had a tear. One pair has been handed down and still works great on my youngest.
TSLA Toddler Snow bibs are a great option for your toddler, especially if you are potty training. Some color options come in a “winter top” option instead of a winter snow option.
The winter top option has a velcro shoulder strap, meaning you do not have to take off the winter coat completely for a potty break. Also has the option to have a fleece top for added warmth.
The snow bibs feature multilayer protection. The outer shell is a rugged ripstop outer, then a hydrophobic coating, insulation padding and anti-static fabric.
The winter top toddler snow pants feature a zippered hand pocket and double velcro closure at waist.
The two things I haven't found are how the seams are waterproof and thickness of insulation. However, in testing the product none of these two points were a concern. The toddler snow pants worked great!
Columbia makes an excellent toddler snow pants, however it is priced higher than my other options**.** It has all the bells and whistles. You won't be sorry you spent the extra money! These are the best toddler snow pants for skiing!
These toddler snow bibs are 100% nylon with Columbia's Omni-tech advanced waterproof fabric. The bibs are insulated to keep your toddler warm.
The toddler snow pants also feature adjustable waist tabs, internal leg gaiters with silicone grippers, reinforced areas and come in a collection of fun colors.
If your toddler is tall for his age or proportioned more legs than torso I would recommend sizing up. With the adjustable waist tabs you can always tighten, but it is most important for the length to be accurate.
Note that Columbia offers a kid and baby sets, snow bibs and jackets. The snow bibs in these offerings are different from the above bibs I reviewed. The bibs in the sets do not have adjustable suspenders or cargo pockets and may have other major differences.
The top layer of snow outfits for toddlers should be a warm snow jacket. There are a lot of options when it comes to toddler snow jackets. Most are water repellent and if worn on top of snow bibs should keep your toddler dry. Some premium toddler snow jackets are 100% water proof.
The toddler winter coats feature thermaLock wind-resistance and waterproof coating and 140 grams ThermaTech Insulation for warmth. The outer shell wicks away moisture keeping your toddler dry inside.
The coat comes in about 10 different options per gender and is machine washable.
The toddler winter jacket has zippered hand warmer style pockets and one inner hidden pocket, adjustable cuffs, and zipper closure.
The toddler jacket is designed to be lightweight to provide more flexibility for the active toddler. If temperatures are very cold make sure your toddler has a couple layers underneath the jacket for added warmth.
Like the Arctix Jacket above you should place warm clothes underneath your toddler for added warmth. The jacket is made to be lightweight to not restrict outdoor activities.
The jacket is made with a polyester shell with snow repellant fabric that is also windproof. The hood is detachable and double lined to provide extra warmth to your toddlers head.
The only information I would have loved to see from the manufacturer is how the seams are waterproofed, for example are the seams sealed with a glue like substance.
If your toddler is slightly large for their age it is recommend to size up!
Non-waterproof gloves won’t make for a long play session in the snow with a toddler. Their hands will get wet and ultimately cold. It is important to put waterproof gloves on your toddler.
I find that mittens with a separate thumb are the easiest to put on and work the best with my toddlers. Gloves that separate out each finger are too much hassle with toddlers.
I personally adore the Zelda Matilda snow gloves with separate thumb for my toddlers. The gloves are reasonably priced and come in many different color options.
The gloves are waterproof with a combo of thinsulate and taslon. They are fleece lined to add additional warmth to your toddlers hands.
The gloves are secure to the toddler with an adjustable wrist closure. They extend further up the arm from the wrist closure ensuring no snow will get in.
I put these gloves on before my toddlers winter jackets. With the jacket on top and the gloves going a couple inches up the arm I am confident their hands will stay dry.
The gloves have a polyurethane (PU) rubber palm and thumb for better grip.
Sizing might be tricky. When I ordered the 2-3T for my 2 year old last year they were too big. I needed the 1-2 year size. When in doubt, order a size down not up.
Another solid toddler snow glove is N’Ice Caps Winter Mittens for the same price. The mittens come in an infant size of 6-12 months that do not have separate thumbs. For a baby they are not picking things up in the snow so thumbs not necessary.
These mittens are waterproof (and is the lining) and insulated with 3M Thinsulate for added warmth. They also come in a large selection of colors.
The gloves have full grippers on the palm and thumb, reinforced thumbs and elastic wrists. The toddler snow gloves close with a velcro closure around the wrist and has an extra wide 1 inch flat to make getting the mittens on easier.
Further up the arm is a 2.5 inch knit cuff. Also note a couple designs offer a 3.5 inch knit cuff. These should go underneath the jacket to ensure no snow can get in.
Pro Tip: But the gloves on before the winter jacket.
If you are hiking with your toddler in colder weather (below freezing) I would dress my toddler in a snow outfit, even if there is no snow. The snow outfits are meant to be warm and keep my toddlers happy in the cold weather.
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I hope this information helps you prepare your toddler for a day in the snow, without breaking the bank.