Best Winter Gear for Kids for 2021-2022
Every year I like to pull together a round-up of the gear we are using and our thoughts on it. If you live in a cold climate, quality winter gear for kids is essential to have for both safety and comfort reasons.
This post will be updated throughout the winter of 21-22 as we continue to test new gear this winter, so check back often!
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Best Base Layers for Kids
Base layers really are SO important for warmth from the inside out. We’re big fans of wool thanks to their cooling/heating properties which make them ideal for year-round use.
We consider them a staple when we are highlighting the best winter gear for kids….because warmth starts from the inside OUT.
But, I also included our favorite poly-pros too (which are awesome when it’s super cold out!)
>>>Use code “mtnmama20” for 20% off!<<<
This brand is a local one to us here in Jackson, WY and we LOVE them. They are just barely thicker than Wee Woollies and are thinner than Ella’s Wool, but also seem to hold up longer without holes in our testing. Our kids wear them nearly daily year-round for pajamas and base layers and they show no wear.
They are very soft, are easy wash and dry and fit great! I would say the fit is similar to Wee Woollies (below) – on the slim side. In our years of testing, I think they they are slightly more durable than the Wee Woollies (again, listed below).
I also love that the baby sizes have hand covers that fold off the sleeves. Brilliant for maximized warmth for baby.
Available in baby sizes 0-24 months and kids aged 2-12.
They also have neck gaiters and beanies available for kids and adults. Of all the wool beanies we have tried, these are my favorites. They stay on well, keep heads warm and fit under helmets.
These are a lighter weight wool, but ideal for most conditions and super soft on the skin. Our kids wear them for base layers and pajamas too. In fact, sometimes we will go days before I realize they haven’t changed them – whoops!
Oh and they can be thrown in the washer AND dryer with no issues – laundry queen score!
Ella’s Wool base layers are slightly thicker than Wee Woollies and Iksplor base layers, and incredibly soft. I especially love their baby hat – perfect for a tighter fit that won’t pop off. Available for kids aged 3 mo – 12 years.
They also wash very well and are more durable than Wee Woollies for long-term wear.
Use code “Tales89” for 10% off when shopping on their site.
The Shred Dog Foundation base layers could really be either a next-to-skin base layer or a mid layer (my kids layer them on top of their Iksplor wool on really cold days.)
They are very high quality, super soft, warm, and wear well. My kids have been wearing them a few times a week for over a year now and they show no wear.
The Foundation base layer bottoms also make awesome every-day leggings for girls.
The Burton Lightweight Baselayer Sets are thin and have a smooth feel (silkier than Patagonia Capilene). My kids love the feel because it’s not bunchy under their snowpants.
These lightweight sets are perfect for layering under fleece on a very cold day, or wearing along on a warmer day.
They are highly durable and will last you at least 2 seasons. My daughter is wearing a pair that are on their third year of use and there is no seam issues or piling. They also wash very well; no hot chocolate stains here!
They come in toddler and kid sizes. The fit throughout both the toddler and kid line is generally big, especially in the waist-band. If your child is slim i’d recommend sizing down.
My husband and I are both die hard wool fans from having worked outdoors in all seasons and weather. Now that we have kids, we try to make sure the kids have quality wool layers as well. I like the Kid’s Aspect Midweight Merino Wool Base Layer Shirt and Bottoms from Ridge Merino based in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Although listed as a midweight material, it seems very thin and for our uses is used as a base layer under rain or insulated bibs, or simply as soft pajamas. My son got a kick out of the thumb holes which help keep the sleeves down.
What I liked even more than the base layers however, is the Kid’s Merino Wool Balaclava in junior sizing. The material is thicker than the base layer material (260 g Merino wool fabric vs 180 g (m) Force Merino) and I wish the next kids layers from Ridge Merino were in this thickness! The nose covering can be adjusted to cover the nose and mouth, or dropped so this can wear more as a neck gaiter with and head covering. Helps keep my boy snug in his layers while outside so no snow or rain gets down his neck!
Best Warm Socks for Kids
Don’t skimp on socks! They can seriously mean the difference between feet staying warm and frostbite or at least serious discomfort. If temperatures are cold, your kids (and babies!) NEED wool socks.
It’s very important that socks fit snug, but aren’t too tight to allow for good circulation and warmth. Avoid cotton socks at all costs, and choose wool or a wool blend instead.
It’s also important to remember that adding multiple layers of socks does NOT guarantee warmth since that can cut off circulation. Its best to just choose a well-fitting sock in a warm boot.
I love these socks for myself and think they are perfect for kids too. And the XS fits a preschooler (about a size toddler 6+). They hold up very very well and come with a lifetime guarantee! There’s a wide range of styles for kids available at Biddle & Bop.
Darn Tough makes incredible durable socks and their kids line is no exception. We love the fun designs and their guarantee! These are our top choice particularly for tall ski socks.
Janus Terry Wool Socks for Toddlers and Young Kids
These are another great option for wool socks for toddlers and available in sizes toddler 1 (teeny tiny) – kid size 12. They are soft and fluffy and non-binding.
Woven Pear Wool Socks for Toddlers and Big Kids
Finding great wool socks for toddlers that fit well and keep them warm is really challenging. These Woven Pear socks are great for toddlers and come in a sizes 1 year – 10 year. They are lighter and have less pile than the Janus above, but still are much better than cotton socks.
One thing to note is the toddler socks have grippers on the bottom of them for no slip, which can be tougher with layering in boots. However, most kids have no issues with them.
Best Mid Layers for Kids
Mid layers are the part of the layering that really can be “fudged” more than any other layer. Fleece, down, or wool is best, but it doesn’t need to be top of the line or super technical to be effective.
Here in Wyoming we opt for mid layers on the coldest of days or if we are layering for long days in the cold and want to be able to remove or put on more gear as the temperature changes.
The options below are our favorite mid layers. I also recommend checking out our post on best puffy jackets for kids for more options than we have room to outline below.
Mid Layer Jackets for Kids
Available in sizes 4-16, the interior of the jacket is grid fleece which helps with warmth and wicking. The outer part of the jacket is a smooth jersey which makes it easier for layering too. This is my kids’ favorite fleece by far.
We love the zippered pockets for stashing snacks and extra gloves.
Available in sizes 4 – 16, we love this puffy jacket without the bulk. It can attach to the Elementor Shell for a full jacket system.
This jacket is really available for all sizes from infant to adult and is the perfect mid-layer when you just need a little extra boost of warmth.
I also love it because kids can wear it safely in car seats thanks to a low-loft design that still keeps them warm. Also available in a reversible version with a hood (which I prefer!)
Kids Mid Layer Bottoms
These bottoms are perfect for wearing on their own or over base layers for added warmth.
Patagonia markets these Mahnya pants as for boys, but they can easily be worn by girls too. They are easy to wear, durable (for fleece), and have a drawstring at the waist for keeping them up. My older boys especially wear them on an (almost) daily basis.
These wool pants are lightweight, but great for layering or wearing as an every-day pant. They have a brushed interior so aren’t itchy at all. These are worn in our home almost every day.
Another cozy favorite in our home, these are thicker than both the Misam and Mahnya. They have a brushed interior with a “sweater knitted” exterior. Only downside? They do tend to collect branches/leaves/sticks, etc. unlike the Mahnya.
Our favorite wool pants for layering. The kids usually wear them over Wee Woollies on super cold days. They roll up easily and are super soft and comfortable! I just wish they came in bigger than a size 8 kids! Again use code “Tales89” for 10% off!
Best Winter Ski & Snowboard Jackets for Kids
Good jackets keep the wind and moisture at bay, breathe well and let kids move freely.
We love the Shred Dog shell – it’s completely waterproof, has great pockets and THE best hood out there for fitting over helmets. It’s also soft and pliable and isn’t noisy when kids move – perfect for children with sensory challenges.
As far as I know, they are the only shell that has pit zips for kids, which is particularly helpful for XC and backcountry skiing and warm days on the slope. This is truly the shell that can do anything.
Check out their insulator that works as a system with the shell.
I continually am so impressed with Obermeyer, especially as a ski brand.
Their jackets are warm, have an “I-grow” feature to extend the wearability as your child grows and lots of ski extras like mitten clips built into the cuffs.
They’re durable too and come in bright colors to help your kids stand out on the ski slopes (all the better to find them!) I truly recommend any of their ski jackets.
This down jacket really and truly is an all-mountain jacket. Kids (including our kids) wear them to school, on the ski hill, for XC skiing, around town and playing outside. We got our son one a little big and he literally wore it for 4 years.
It fits well, has a great hood and keeps kids warm. I am actually planning to get myself one this year too.
It’s down so requires a bit more care, but can always be fixed with Noso patches too….
The Burton Symbol Jacket has more insulation in the core and less on the arms, which was perfect for my son when he’s out snowboarding. This jacket is warm without being overly hot and bulky, and it is waterproof.
It features an adjustable powder skirt which attaches to the belt loop on the back of Burton pants. The powder skirt is snug and no snow ever gets past it.
The fit is loose but not baggy, and the wrist cuffs are adjustable to go inside, or outside of gloves. The hood fits over a helmet for those blustery days at the top of the Tram.
My son will tell you his favorite feature is the soft fleece on the inside of the chin area.
Best Warm Winter Jackets for Kids
Looking a super warm all-around great jacket for kids? I love these jackets for extra warmth for their length, warmth, and ability to keep kids dry.
This is one jacket I wish came in my size! The length makes it much warmer than a regular-length jacket, and the fleece-lined hood keeps around the face warmer. My daughter loves the thumb holds and deep pockets too.
The Naapuri is definitely heavier than the Patagonia Parka above, but it is INCREDIBLY warm. It’s the jacket for the coldest days and is similar to Reima’s Stravanger snowsuit. The fur is removable from the hood.
The Patagonia Snow Pile jacket works great with their bibs of the same name (see below) for maximum coverage and warmth. Our family loves bibs to wear on the way to the ski hill vs. snowsuits that don’t fit in car seats very well.
Best Snow Pants and Rain Pants for Kids
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Reima Ski Pants are 100% waterproof, reinforced and hold up to lots of hard play. I love that they come in bright designs and colors, have removable suspenders and have lots of adjustments to get the right size.
While my kids usually just take the suspenders off, I LOVE their new bib style, the Rheti.
Shred Dog’s bibs are super unique because of a couple things:
- Their Adjust-a-Fit allows to lengthen AND shorten for the best fit for all kids in your family as they get passed down (or grown into)
- They are the only pants with a fully removable full bib.
Available for kids sizes 4-16, we love these bibs and find them of incredible high quality for the price. You can see our full review of them here.
These bibs are perfect for toddlers because the bib part provides really good coverage to keep snow out and warmth in. I also love how they are very durable for crawling around in. The bibs at the top unsnap for easier bathroom breaks.
While they do have a higher price tag, they are high quality and made to be passed down from kid to kid. They pair very well with the Snow Pile Jacket.
Have a kid that hates bib snowpants? Yea, me too. These suspender pants have Columbia’s signature omni-heat insides (that really does work!).
We also love their “Outgrown System” which allows you to get another year or two as you extend the cuffs.
These bibs are guaranteed to keep your kiddo dry and warm in all conditions thanks to trusty Gore-Tex.
These pants are ultra waterproof and lightly insulated. On very cold days my son will wear a baselayer and fleece under, but on most days he wears a midweight baselayer and is the perfect temperature.
The fit is perfect; not too baggy and no gap in the back. The straps are stretchy and adjustable, and there are 5 different pockets.
The straps can be unhooked, but the easier way to get these on and off is the side zipper. Just unzip and slide the shoulder strap for easy bathroom breaks and getting dressed.
The back belt loop is strategically placed so the powder skirt of any Burton kids jacket can be attached.
Warm Snowsuits for Kids
If you want your kid to stand out on the ski hill, these are what you want! Not only are they creative and cute, but they are also solid as far as construction and details. For the first time, they are now available for purchase in the US.
These are also the only snowsuits for kids we know of that has a zipper at the waistline to make potty breaks super easy. GAME-CHANGER!
Available in size 18 months – 10 years.
Features we love about WeeDo:
- helmet compatible hood with special grips to keep the hood on over the helmet
- hem lift system so they don’t drag
- 100% recycled insulation
- Snow skirts
- Toilet system for easy potty breaks!
Also don’t miss their matching mittens which are also super warm and durable.
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Reima is another brand nailing the insulated, fully waterproof suits. I was so shocked when testing this one (and really all Reima gear) that they were staying warm in super wet, cold and slushy conditions. This may very well be THE warmest snowsuit you can buy for kids.
Also check out the Aapua for babies and toddlers, made with responsible down feathers.
As far as shell suits (with no insulation) go, this is our favorite hands-down. It is just thick enough to allow for a bit of warmth, is extremely well made, has a great hood, works for layering under if needed but also has a cinched waist for easy movement.
It’s not super packable (for like backpacking) but our go-to for everything else.
We love this snowsuit from Biddle and Bop! Firstly, it is effective at keeping kids warm: I have put our three-year old in this over merino wool and mid-layers for longer stints outdoors and have also just thrown it on over his pajamas for a shorter romp in the snow. In both cases he was perfectly comfortable in sub-freezing temperatures.
Unlike some other one-piece suits we’ve tried, this one is able to accomplish warmth without creating the “Michelin-man effect,” allowing my son to have freedom of movement and be able to hike and play unrestricted.
You can tell this suit was created thoughtfully, with little details like a soft-lined collar, lift-card pocket, and replaceable foot straps (they even include some replacement straps since that is sure to be the quickest place for wear and tear!).
This super high-loft bunting is perfect for kids that need warmth when you don’t need to worry about them staying dry (it’s not super water proof, though water resistant).
It’s fleece lined and has fold over hand and foot cuffs. In fact, the arms are a little on the long side to allow for tucking those hands in! My only gripe is the zipper doesn’t go all the way down a leg so getting them in is a little harder….
We had a different version of this for J 8 years ago, and this one is even better. The hood stays on well, but allows for baby movement and it’s completely fleece-lined on the head and torso for happy babies! Plus, I love that it zips completely down a leg for easy in and out.
Also check out their Infant Powder Lite Reversible bunting if you prefer it to be a little less bulky and not fleece-lined.
In my opinion, this is Burton’s very best product. They are easy to put on and take off, and they are warm and breathable. The suit comes in a Gore-Tex version at a higher price-point, but I have never wished I had the Gore-Tex version.
These suits are warm without being overly bulky, and very waterproof. They feature a durable reinforced butt and knees (which is particularly great for snowboarders).
These do run a little big, but not huge. They come with the Room To Grow feature, which allows you to snip the arm and leg seams for an extra 1.5″ of room. This is a suit that you can definitely get two seasons out of.
The colors and patterns are so fun and bright, and your child will be ultra visible on the hill!
Best Winter Boots/Shoes for Kids
The Reima Orm winter boots are my favorite boots for snowshoeing, winter hiking and winter play. They have great grip, are warm, and are easy to move in.
For neoprene boots, I have come to trust Muck first and foremost. The Hale is a favorite for year-round play with a comfort rating from sub-zero up to 65 degrees F (4 mm neoprene).
But for my son with bigger heels, the Rugged II is a much easier on and off boot and is a bit warmer (5 mm neoprene – comfort rated -20 – 50 degrees F). We also have found it has slightly better traction.
Bogs has really upped their boot game in the last couple years and we are very impressed. Quite honestly I always used to direct people elsewhere in general for neoprene boots. No longer!
The Neo-Classics are now 30% lighter (yes, we’ve noticed!), are warmer and have better traction.
While there are a ton of fantastic boots for kids out there, we have had the best luck with Stonz Trek Winter bootz (for sizes toddler 10 – Youth 6). They are super lightweight and incredibly warm (comfort tested by the company to -58 degrees F, by us to -25 degrees F).
Only downfall is that after about 3 seasons, the soles are slightly worn down and don’t have as good of traction. That said, the kids have never complained about them.
Best winter boots for toddlers
Toddler boots need to keep feet warm AND easy to move in. These are the ones we recommend for easy walking and warm toes. You can also always add in some Aurora Heat foot warmers to make them even warmer (use code “mtnmama” to get some free with an order over $125!)
For new walkers, I have found the Baby Bogs to be the warmest (I always use a thick wool sock with them) and easiest to put on and walk in. Need more traction? We recommend the Bogs B-Moc, which are rated to -22 degrees F.
These boots are not only cute, but they are cozy, warm and water resistant. While they are not super tall for deep snow, they are fantastic all-around winter boots that are light and easy to walk in. Rated to -4 degrees F.
The Toasty Dry booties are slightly shorter than the winter boots, but are a great all-around winter shoe to keep little feet warm and are very easy to put on.
The Stonz Scouts are easy to put on like the Jan and Jul boots above, and rated the same as the Bogs boots (though easier to get on!) It’s worth noting that any boot with an opening like the Scout won’t keep as much snow out as the Bogs, for example. Though they are slightly taller.
Best Winter Boots for Babies
Babies need to have their feet kept warm too! These are our favorites for keeping little feet warm.
Stonz Booties and Liners
These are my favorite go-to footwear for babies. They can used with or without the liners and keep little feet really warm (especially when coupled with wool socks). Personally, my kids have struggled to walk in them, but they are great for lots of warm layers.
On super cold days we will place hand warmers between the boot and the liner.
If you have babies who are starting to walk, we really love these Toasty-Dry Booties by Jan and Jul. Size up and wear with a thick wool sock for more warmth. The soft sole is flexible and grippy for easy walking.
Best Winter Mittens and Gloves for Kids, Babies and Toddlers
Choosing the right mittens and/or gloves for your kids can truly be the difference between a good cold day and a stressful one. The following have been our favorites over the years for our own kids.
We also recommend pairing Aurora Heat reusable hand warmers with any of these for added warmth.
Warmest Mittens for Babies
The best mittens for babies keep them warm and are great for layering.
I love these mittens for layering. For babies especially we don’t even use the thumb, but tuck those hands in and then layer them in their snow suit. They are also thick enough to be cut out the wind if you’re not layering.
The Talvik baby mittens have a soft sleeve liner and light insulation so they stay supple, but dry and warm too. No thumb for easy on and off and maximum warmth. Use code “mtnmama” to save 20% on Reima.
The infant mittz are thumb-less and waterproof and make a great outer-layer mitten. I love the toggles that keep them on little hands too. Use code “mtnmama” to save 15% on Stonz.
Warmest Mittens for Toddlers
Toddlers are a fickle bunch and they need mittens that will keep them dry and warm AND stay on. You’ll notice that all our picks have a long cuff to keep snow out and make them easier to put on.
These are our current favorite mittens for kids. They are 100% waterproof, warm and stay on. Available for kids aged 1-10. For everything Reima use code “mtnmama” for 20% off!
Warm, keep the snow out and are perfect for layering under on really cold days. Every kid in our family has multiple pairs and we depend on them for keeping their hands warm. Use code “mtnmama” to save 15% on Stonz gear.
Our top pick for toddlers. They are thumbless, but with a shape that allows for hand movement. We also love that they are soft on the outside which makes them more pliable in the cold too! Plus, the designs are super cute!
Best Warm Gloves for Kids
These gloves are warm, waterproof and breathable without being super bulky.
They are easy to put on and the insides don’t pull out when you’re taking them off. They come up past the wrist, but not too high. They can be worn under the sleeve or over it.
The sizing is pretty accurate. I ordered my 7 year old the extra small and they fit great.
Our entire family is huge fans of these 4-Season leather gloves and mittens. The XS size fits our 9 year old and they keep him very warm and dry. NOTE: They’re leather so they do need some working in to make them perfect.
Initials are burned into them to make sorting out the entire family’s pairs easy!
These gloves are great for kids who are moving, don’t need crazy amount of warmth, but do need to stay covered and dry. While they come in toddler sizes, I don’t necessarily recommend them for toddlers since they aren’t crazy warm. BUT, for my kids who ski and are too hot in mittens, these are perfect.
Best lightweight gloves for kids
All of these gloves are touchscreen friendly and perfect for winter nordic skiing, biking, playground play in less cold temps, and as everyday gloves.
Beware this gloves run big, so are actually perfect for tweens and teens (and adults!) We have a pair in size large and they fit my (small) hands perfectly. So well, in fact, that I claimed them for myself. They are thick and warm for fleece gloves and perfect for everyday gloves, nordic skiing, or more active pursuits outside. Size down one size for best fit.
We tend to buy these in bulk at Costco, but Amazon has them at a great price too. They are perfect for fall, spring, and warmer winter days. I love that they fit small hands well, have grippies the palms and are touch-screen friendly.
What are your kids wearing this winter? Questions about how to keep warm? Feel free to leave us comments!
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