How To Choose The Best Coat For A Baby
During the unpredictable, but usually very cold, winter months we all want to keep our babies and toddlers as toasty as possible whilst out and about.
With so many different coat types, styles and materials used it can sometimes be difficult to know which is going to suit our children best, and what coat type will last the longest (an important factor for fast-growing children). Remember there is nothing wrong with buying your child a coat or jacket that is slightly too big for her to ensure that it will last through the winter, this is something that all parents occasionally do - especially with more expensive clothing items such as coats.
Consider things like:
- Does your child tend to get on the ground and roll in the snow? If so, a pure wool coat may not be the best option as wool is not waterproof - only water resistant and the chances are you will end up with a very wet and cold (not to mention miserable) little one.
- Is the coat the type of style which will allow you to easily zip up or button up your child, even if they are throwing a tot-sized tantrum?
- How often is the coat going to be needed? Can it be wiped clean should your child throw her juice over herself or will it need to be dry cleaned/ machine washed?
All these things are serious down-falls of many coats, even ones that at first seem to be fantastic quality. Ensuring the coat you do eventually choose ticks all these boxes will save you having to purchase another one further down the line because the original coat presented you with flaws in the eleventh hour.
Fashionable Coats In Winter
We all love to pick out cute outfits for our adorable little ones, and it can be tempting to choose a coat or jacket that appeals to us based only on its style, cut, print or general look. However, this can lead to you a few months down the line wondering why you ever paid so much money (coats are one of the most expensive clothing types for tots and adults), for something that is now clearly style over substance.
When you are shopping for a coat for your baby, there are several things to check to see what the quality of the coat will be like (better quality means longer lasting clothing - hooray!) as well as ensuring you are buying a coat that offers practicality for both you and baby.
- The fabrics used
- Whether or not there is a lining
- Zipper or button-up closure
- A well-covered neck area (or an extra scarf purchase)
- Long sleeves
- The length of the coat (you want one that will comfortably cover your little one's top half
- Water resistance - a good thing in the rainy months!
Taking all all these into consideration, however, there are some beautiful coats out there that offer style and practicality - music to the ears of us mothers! The houndstooth pattern on the coat as featured demonstrates a fashion coat, but one that is also practical and warm. The dress underneath would do for winter too, as long as there were some woolly tights added to the outfit (obviously!)
Baby Girl In Her Snowsuit (Awh!)
Ski Jackets For Babies
What is a ski jacket?
When you think of skiing you are probably picturing cold and snow, on top of a fun family vacation. Baby coats are sometimes called "ski jackets" or "ski coats" simply because they are designed to keep in as much body heat as possible.
Take into account though that some "ski jackets" will actually not offer very much warmth and may be of poor quality, meaning a chilly little one and a waste of money. You shouldn't have to pay through the nose for one of these jackets, but check to see they are well lined and are made from a high-quality, long-lasting and water-resistant material such as polyester.
How is a ski jacket different from a bubble coat?
Honestly? There really isn't much difference in terms of design and warmth - the name seems to be the main difference, materials differ vastly in both types of coat, though clearly there are some similarities in many designs of bubble coat and ski jacket for baby girls.
What materials are used?
Most baby ski jackets are made from 100% waterproof material such as polyester, and they sometimes have a cotton lining added too.
Are they practical for babies?
Ski jackets are fine for babies, however it is worth taking into consideration that many are more about being waterproof than they are about being snuggly.
The Incredibly Popular Bubble Coat
Why has the bubble coat become so popular with parents and babies?
Bubble coats are the perfect winter coat for little ones, however active they are! These coats are typically made from polyester to ensure any raindrops or melting snowflakes are kept out. This means they are really easy to clean (simply wipe them down as and when needed), and unlike the average ski jacket, bubble coats are lined with cotton, fleece or faux fur and insulated to keep babies warm.
Are they practical for babies?
Because they are so easy to clean and because of the huge range of styles and also the general warmth and comfort factor, I would highly recommend these coats to anyone - adult, child, toddler or new baby will love these coats.
Wool and Wool-Blend Coats For Babies
Wool coats are beautiful and can last for years - my little boy (aged 9 months) is currently wearing woollen coats and jumpers that my older brother had as a baby some 26 years ago! However, because wool is a natural material there are a few things you have to do in order to care for it correctly:
- Never put your wool coat in the washing machine - most wool coats are dry clean only, with a few exceptions
- If you are going to be keeping the coat for a long time in a wardrobe etc, it is best to cover it so that clothes moths don't eat holes in the fabric
- Wool is naturally water resistant, but not waterproof - what is the difference? Waterproof means that even in a heavy downpour, the fabric or material will not allow any water to penetrate or seep through. Water resistant materials such as wool mean that whilst snow could be easily brushed off to some extent or a very light drizzle could be withstood, generally water will eventually get through the coat.
How To Store Wool Coats
Vote For The Best Coat!
There are many very colourful and fun raincoats on the market today for little ones and children, but are they able to meet all the coat-related needs that your child will have in winter?
The short answer, really, is no and the reason for this is that raincoats are designed to be one thin waterproof layer which can be used in summer as well as the colder, rainier seasons. Rain coats are, as the name suggests, solely designed to keep the rain out. Typically, they are not insulated or even really lined, so your little one would probably feel quite chilly in this unless there were a good few layers underneath!
Which Coat Is Right For My Daughter?
Dry clean only
Yes - cold
Angela F from Seattle, WA on October 16, 2014:
Love the houndstooth! Pinned to my Kidlets board
Shamim Rajabali from Texas on October 03, 2014:
These are adorable. Liked the baby in the snowsuit.