You wouldn’t let your toddler leave the house during cold weather without her coat, no matter how much she kicks and screams about it. With all the toddler-sized coats out there, it can be overwhelming to make the right choice for your little one. The best coat for your toddler might be different then the best for her closest friend, but understanding coat features and differences helps you choose the right one for your child.
You might be tempted to buy your toddler’s coat a size bigger so it fits him next year too, saving you money. However, this might not be the best idea, Victoria Pericon, editor of online magazine, Savvy Mommy, told CBS News. Nothing will make a toddler rip off her coat faster than being uncomfortable. Sleeves that are too long, a coat so puffy that your toddler can’t move or a length that gets in the way of playing aren’t cozy for a little one and she might just skip wearing it rather than suffering through. In addition, toddlers grow very quickly so by next year, the coat might not fit and you’ll have to buy a new one anyway.
If you live in frigid Alaska, a different kind of coat is the best choice than if you live in southern California. Insulated coats are ideal for keeping little bodies warm in bone chilling temperatures, but if the weather doesn’t get too cold, a lighter coat is probably sufficient for your toddler. Pericon suggests a two-in-one coat that lets you zip out the inside so your little one has a lighter coat for fall and spring and a heavier one for winter. This makes it much more likely that your toddler won’t take her coat off and chuck it aside when you’re not looking.
Not all coats are created equal and they come in a variety of materials. Taking this into account helps you choose the best coat for your toddler. The Washington Toxics Coalition recommends coats that aren’t vinyl or Gore-Tex because they often contain PVC, a harmful chemical that your child can breathe in or absorb through her skin. Read the label on coats to determine what types of material they’re made with so you don’t buy one that could harm your little one. This gives you peace of mind when the temperature dips and your toddler has to wear her coat.
Hand Me Downs
Saving money when you’re a mom always makes the day better. Those extra few bucks mean a latte or maybe another gallon of milk. There’s nothing wrong with a hand-me-down coat, provided it meets the guidelines of what makes an ideal coat for your toddler. Before buying a second hand coat or passing along an older sibling’s outgrown coat, make sure it fits well, the snaps, Velcro and zipper are all in good working order and that the seams aren’t coming apart. This way your toddler is comfortable and warm at the same time.