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The Best Snowsuits for Toddlers & Kids

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Winter can turn the outdoors into a fun, exciting playground for kids, but you have to have the right gear, ’cause nothing puts a chill in the air faster than a cold, wet kid.

I’ve always thought that one-piece snowsuits are best suited to little littles, the ones who tend to fall down a lot, or bigger kids who are total snow bunnies. If your child isn’t the type to play in the snow for hours, or if your family isn’t particularly outdoorsy, separates are probably your best bet. Ultimately it’s what your kid will be doing outside and how long s/he spends there that will determine your needs.

Here’s some of our favourite winter wear to fit a range of budgets and activities.

ONE-PIECE SNOWSUITS

MEC Toaster Suit

What we like: A classic one piece that helps kids stay warm even in the coldest temps and wettest conditions. Features include a unique hood design that seals in heat, fold-over non-chafe chin guard, elastic cuffs that keep warm in and cold out, reflective piping and sturdy no-catch zippers.

Ages 6 months to 6 years. Price: $139

Available at: MEC.ca

Gap Down Starry Puffer Snowsuit

What we like: The Gap’s warmest outerwear piece has a water-resistant shell and micro-fleece lining. The poly-filled removable booties and mittens keep little hands and feet toasty and the hood is drawstring-free making it safer for babies.

Infant to 24 months. Price: $98

Available at: gapcanada.ca

JACKETS

Carter’s Osh Kosh B’Gosh Hooded Heavyweight Winter Parka

Features we like: The longer fit for extra warmth, keeps kids warm up to -30 degree temperatures, fleece-lined upper body, faux fur detachable hood, machine washable, comes in a variety of colours and a puffer version that’s a little lighter.

Sizes 4-14. Price: $80-85

Available at: cartersoshkosh.ca

Columbia Bugaboo Interchange Jacket 

Features we like: guaranteed waterproof thanks to Omni-Tech technology, thermo-reflective feature that makes it warm and breathable, windproof, removable and adjustable storm hood, zippered hand pockets and pockets for media. This jacket is great for winter sports and comes in a variety of bright and stylish colours and patterns.

Youth sizes XXS-XL. Price: $159.99

Available at: columbiasportswear.ca, sportchek.ca.

Eddie Bauer Downlight Jacket

What we like: This is Eddie Bauer’s warmest kids’ jacket featuring a water-repellent nylon shell, premium down insulation, insulated hood and secure zip hand pockets. It’s made to layer comfortably over sweaters and comes in a few great colours.

Youth sizes XXS-L. Price: $90.30 (currently on sale, regular price $129)

Available at: eddiebauer.ca

Gap Down Tie-Belt Puffer Parka 

What we like: It’s warm! Features include microfleece-lined upper body, water resistant shell, duck down fill, belt for fit customization (and style!), zipper and snap enclosures at front, storm cuffs, removable faux-fur hood and zip pockets.

Youth sizes XS-XXL. Price: $148

Available at: gapacanada.ca

MEC Toaster Parka 

What we like: This coat is comfy, cute AND it holds up in the cold and wet. Great features include reflective strips and mesh inner pocket, soft trim, kid-friendly zipper pulls and a fleece-lined collar with fold-over chin guard (no chafing!) and elasticized cuffs to keep heat in.

Child size 2 – Youth size 10. Price: $119

Available at: MEC.ca

The North Face Mossbud Swirl Jacket

What we like: the lifetime guarantee against manufacturer/product defects! Great features include: reversible, insulated, comes in six great colours, water-repellant, wind-resistant exterior, silken fleece interior, hand pockets on both sides.

 Infant, Toddler and Youth sizes XXS-XL. Price: $99.99 (for infant and toddler) $129.99 (youth)

Available at: thenorthface.com

PANTS

Carter’s Osh Kosh B’Gosh Snow Pant with Removable Bib

What we like: The price! Plus features like adjustable suspenders, reinforced knees, double layer bum protection, elastic storm cuffs, removable bib and protection for up to -30 degree temperatures.

Child/Youth sizes 4-14. Price: $34

Available at: cartersoshkosh.ca

Helly Hansen Junior Legend Pant

What we like: non-bib style, waterproof, windproof, sealed seams, reinforced knees, optional loops to connect to boots, insulated version is great for winter and the rain version for spring, summer and fall.

 Youth sizes 8-16. Price: $89-$140

Available at: MEC.ca, hellyhansen.com 

MEC Toaster Bib Snow Pants

What we like: 2-layer breathable, waterproof and water-resistant shell, centre front zipper for fast on and off, adjustable shoulder straps and hem that accommodate growth, reinforced knees, variable thickness insulation to accommodate changing temperatures and preferences.

Child/Youth sizes 2-10. Price: $89

Available at: MEC.ca

Roxy Girls Backyard Winter Pants

What we like: The look! In addition to being stylish and cute, these pants are waterproof with WarmFlight insulation technology and feature adjustable waist closure and optional leg venting.

Youth sizes 8-16. Price: $55-109

Available at: sportchek.ca, roxy.com/canada

Spyder Action Pant

What we like: durable and rugged, “small to tall” cuff-sizing option for multiple years of use, cargo pockets for style and zippered hand pockets for function, adjustable waist.

 Youth sizes 8-20. Price: $150

Available at: westendkids.ca

For any piece, the number one rule is to make sure it’s waterproof or water resistant. Ski-type jackets with hoods and removable fleece liners will give you the most bang for your buck. As for snow pants, older kids often don’t like the bib or overalls-style because they look “too baby”, so you might have to expand your search to ski pants, even if you have no intention of hitting the slopes.

If you have multiple kids, try to buy a neutral colour, like black, so the pants can be easily passed on.

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