After everything 2020 has thrown at us, you’d think maybe we’d get a pass on a cold, wet winter, right? Turns out no.
But if shopping for outdoor gear is on your never-ending to-do list, we can help. The range of options for keeping little ones warm, dry and active can be intimidating but fear not ‘ cause we’ve got you covered (pun intended).
To narrow down your search, start by thinking about what your little one likes to do outside because this will help you determine her needs. Is she a fort-building, stay out till the streetlights come on, winter warrior? Or do you just need to keep her warm on the walk to school?
For any piece, the number one rule is to make sure it’s waterproof or at least 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 will probably roll their eyes at the childlike bib or overalls-style so your best bet might be ski pants, even if your kid has no intention of hitting the slopes.
MEC Toaster and Toaster Bunting Suit
What we like: A classic one-piece that helps kids stay warm even in the coldest temps and wettest conditions. Features include durable waterproof fabric, a safe, toggle-free hood design that seals in heat, reinforced knees and bums, fold-over non-chafe chin guard, elastic cuffs that keep warm in and cold out, reflective piping and a grow hem so you can add extra length to accommodate growth spurts.
Sizes: 6M – 6 years. Price: $105-$145
Available at: MEC.ca
Burton Toddler One-Piece
What we like: Head-to-toe waterproof warmth with Room-To-Grow functionality and a lifetime warranty makes this a worthwhile investment, especially if your little storm trooper is hard on his clothes. Thermacore insulation, removable hood and reinforced seat and knees are specially designed for warmth and durability. Two-layer fabric is breathable, waterproof, and quick-dry .
Sizes: 18m – 7/8. Price: $179.99
Available at: Burton.com
Langes Reimatech Winter Overall for Toddlers
What we like: The foxes! How cute is this print? Okay, okay, we know that if you’re going to spend this much on a snowsuit for your baby it better do more than look cute, and this one does. The waterproof design is made from a breathable and windproof material that repels dirt. All the seams have been waterproof sealed, and the seat is insulated to keep busy bottoms warm and dry. And durable silicone foot loops keep the trouser hems in place, protecting little ankles from moisture and cold.
Sizes: 9M and 12M. Price $179.99
Available at altitudesports.com
Killtec Viewy MNS Girls’ Snowsuit
What we like: Made for active kids, this suit is not restrictive and allows for movement. All seams are taped, making it 100% waterproof. This snowsuit features reinforced knees and seat, an adjustable hood and microfleece inside the collar for an extra bit of warmth and comfort.
Sizes: 2-6. Price: $130.00
Available at sail.ca
Columbia Girls’ Ava Alpine Jacket
What we like: Waterproof, breathable, thermal reflective lining, attached hood, removable faux fur, pockets to hold ski passes, goggles and media. This jacket has everything you’d want in a winter coat and is ideal for cold-weather sports. And thanks to the OUTGROWN grow system that lengthens sleeves, it will stay with her through this season.
Youth sizes XXS-XL. Price: $149.99
Available at: columbiasportswear.ca
The North Face Youth Reversible Andes Jacket
What we like: the lifetime guarantee against manufacturer/product defects! This jacket has a unisex, super-durable design. It’s reversible, packable and comes in gold, bright blue, black and navy. This is the jacket your kid who hates wearing a jacket will love!
Sizes: XXS-XL. Price: $145.00
Available at: thenorthface.com
LL Bean Kids’ Down Jacket
What we like: Innovative DownTek insulation, cozy fleece lining, machine wash and dry, zip off hood, high collar for extra wind protection, reflective material on the back. And it comes in four great colours.
Sizes 4-18. Price: $159.00
Available at llbean.ca
Boys’ Jacket with PrimaLoft
What we like: It’s warm but not bulky. This jacket features a hidden zipper closure, storm cuffs, snow skirt, welt pockets and is fleece lined, which make it perfect for the walk to and from school even on the coldest of days. And you can’t beat the price.
Sizes S-XL. Price $59.00
Available at joefresh.ca
Helly Hansen Junior Legendary Pant
What we like: non-bib style, fully waterproof, windproof and breathable with sealed seams, reinforced hem, two hand pockets with zip closures, and extendable leg length for growing kids. Comes in several great colours!
Youth sizes 8-16. Price: $130
Available at: hellyhansen.com
MEC Toaster Bib Snow Pants
What we like: Recently redesigned, these winter favourites are tougher than ever and feature insulated, waterproof, abrasion-resistant fabric with a centre zip for easy on and off. The new fabric has a higher level of tear and abrasion resistance and the grow hem system allows for extra length. Variable-thickness insulation allows for ease of movement.
Child/Youth sizes 2-10. Price: $95
Available at: MEC.ca
LL Bean Discovery Rain Pants for Infants and Toddlers
What we like: The price! Perfect for the kid who won’t be spending hours on end outside. These will keep him nice and dry on snowy days, especially with a thermal layer underneath. Great features include waterproof nylon with taped seems, velcro closures and elastic waist. Machine wash and dry.
Sizes 6-12M and 12-18M. $29.99
Available at llbean.ca
Cold Control Max Fleece Lined Snow Pants
Sizes 5-14. Price: $72.00
Available at gapcanada.ca
What we like: These no-nonsense pants feature a zip fly with a cozy fleece lining and storm cuffs at the leg opening. They’re medium weight with a water-resistant shell and perfect for pretty much any winter activity. Some sizes available in purple rose as well.