Living in California, I never realized how hard it can be to dress a baby warmly for the cold temps. However, with our Christmas Holiday travel involving 3 weeks in Vermont, my home state, I had to do some major research. The frustrating thing about buying warm clothing for a little one is that they will most likely grow out of it by next season. And if you are only needing it for a cold weather trip, it is annoying to shell out serious cash for something that will not get used that much. BUT, your baby has to be warm, so unless you have hand-me-owns or can borrow gear, here’s what I think it is worth it to spend the money (note: I left off a lot of things that I bought but didn’t like!).
**Nothing in this article was sponsored or gifted.
Winter Gear Winner’s Circle
Snow Suit: Ralph Lauren
I bought (and returned) a wide variety of jackets and snow pants so I can give some honest feedback here. Most (I’m looking at you North Face) jackets were far too thin. They were like lightly lined shells, and though cute, you’d need to have about 5 layers underneath them to keep your baby warm. Aurora hates getting clothes on so much, I couldn’t handle that prospect. We were going to be dealing with well below freezing temperatures in Vermont, so I wanted to take no chances.
The Ralph Lauren Quilted Snowsuit was a winner for so many reasons.
- The Ralph Lauren snowsuit is SO warm and so well made.
- I loved how the mittens attach right to the sleeves.
- I liked that the jacket separate from the snowpants because we might want to just throw on her jacket if we are going for a walk and she wasn’t going to be in the snow.
- The pale pink was a neutral color that wouldn’t clash with hats/boots. Lots of the jackets I saw had wild patterns which I wasn’t thrilled about.
- It is quite thick (aka WARM) so when she was in it, her movement was limited…lol
Hat: The Blueberry Hill
I discovered The Blueberry Hill in a shop here in Santa Monica and when I looked online, I was overwhelmed by all the cuteness. Started by a mom, these hats are seriously cute. I could put her in one even if it were hot just because the photos would be so damn adorably.
I bought the lion hat and was gifted the reindeer hat. I have to be honest, we will be buying these in bigger sizes and more styles throughout Aurora’s life, I am sure of it.
- Um.. Adorable
- Well made
- For us, we felt the sizing was off. We had to buy the 12-24 months size for our 6 month old.
We actually were given pink fur lined Ugg boots. They are adorable! But, they are almost impossible to get on. They are very stiff and the fur is so thick, you almost need to size up 2 sizes to get them on your baby’s foot, especially if your baby has socks on.
- I preferred the Zutano booties because they were easy to put on and the clasp made them stay on.
- They also had grips on the bottom for those that are standing/walking.
- I liked the simple colors for easy coordinating.
- I liked that they went up her ankle a little so her ankles were less likely to be exposed.
- Not waterproof
- Not super warm but with good thick socks, they worked for us.
Bunting: Hanna Andersson
I am a fan of Hanna Andersson’s high quality and bright, easy to match styles. This bunting was perfect for the Christmas season but they do have other colors that would make this more of a year long piece.
- Roomy fit allows for extended use
- Super warm–you only need a long sleeve/long pant underneath.
- Easy to put on and comfortable
- Too thick to put a jacket over
I know that Rory might wear these things often but they were worth it to keep her warm and cute to boot!
What your favorite winter clothing? I’d love to know!