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Quick look at the best baby snowsuits
- Best overall baby snowsuit: Patagonia Infant Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting
- Best baby snowsuit for bigger babies: Columbia Infant Snuggly Bunny Bunting
- Best lightweight baby snowsuit: Carter’s Hooded Sherpa Pram
- Best baby snowsuit for colder climates: Obermeyer Kleine Bunting
- Best baby snowsuit for walkers: The North Face ThermoBall Eco Bunting
- Best waterproof baby snowsuit: L.L.Bean Ultralight 650 Down Bunting
- Most affordable baby snowsuit: Hannah Andersson Recycled Insulated Full-Zip Infant Snowsuit
- Best baby snowsuit for newborns: JJ Cole Original Bundle Me
- Best fleece baby snowsuit: Patagonia Furry Friends Bunting
While baby snowsuits aren’t a necessity for everyone, if you are a family that enjoys the outdoors or lives in an area with cold weather, you may find yourself in the market for some cozy baby outerwear. Babies don’t thermoregulate as well as adults do, so you’ll want your munchkin to be prepared for chilly temps.
When shopping for a baby snowsuit, you’ll want to consider your baby’s age and level of mobility. If they’re going to be sitting in a stroller, you’ll likely prioritize thick, warm layers and covered hands and feet.
However, if your baby is already walking, a footless snowsuit is key to allow for shoes or boots. And if your baby is crawling or likes to play in the snow, waterproof material will be a must to keep them warm and dry.
“I think material is a big consideration when picking out a baby snowsuit,” says Healthline editor Saralyn Ward. Ward lives in Colorado, and her family frequents the mountains often to ski and hike.
“It’s nice to have a lightweight fleece option for warmer days, but my go-to is an insulated, waterproof bunting with convertible feet. If possible, try the suit on your baby and pick them up. Make sure it’s not too slippery to hold onto — especially if you’ll be carrying them in one hand and a load of gear in the other!”
You’ll also want to consider the fact that babies grow quickly, so look around for something that will last you a while. And finally, be sure to consider the ease of getting the snowsuit on and off, as you’ll need to remove it for car seat rides and diaper changes.
We looked for well-known brands that offer high quality materials and versatility in their products. We considered the snowsuit’s level of insulation, price, product reviews, and consulted the opinion of Healthline staff who’ve used these products themselves.
A quick reminder: You should never buckle your child into a car seat while they’re wearing bulky layers. Read what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has to say about winter car seat safety to ensure you’re keeping your little one safe every season.
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Best overall baby snowsuit
Patagonia Infant Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting
Patagonia is known for being a leader in the outdoor apparel market, and though their items are not cheap, they are made sustainably, built to last, and offer incredible resale value for parents who consign.
The Patagonia Infant Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting packs small and fits nicely without a lot of bulk, but offers a ton of warmth with 700-fill down. It is footless but offers foldover hands to keep those fingers warm on cold days (because let’s be real, babies and toddlers are not going to keep mittens on for long).
The dual zippers make getting in and out of the snowsuit much easier, and with extra length, it will be easy for your kiddo to sit, stand, and crawl as they like. Patagonia buntings tend to run large, which means you might get more than one season out of it. But do be sure to try it on before buying, if you can.
- super warm
- high quality fabrics and zippers
- easy on/off
- great resale value
- foldover hand and foot covers
- runs large
Best baby snowsuit for bigger babies
Columbia Baby Snuggly Bunny Bunting
Most ski buffs are well acquainted with Columbia outdoor gear, and its reputation for affordable good quality extends to baby items, too. This waterproof, duck-down snowsuit is soft and cozy, offering a microfleece hood and foldover hands and feet.
This snowsuit is on the wider side, and many parents state in their reviews that it runs exceptionally big. Despite that, it has garnered a lot of positive reviews from parents. While not rated quite as warm as our top pick, this snowsuit will do the job nicely with its 450-fill down and waterproof exterior.
- very warm
- variety of colors, sizes
- water resistant
- runs quite large
- single zipper (but is full-length)
Best lightweight baby snowsuit
Carter’s Hooded Sherpa Pram
If all you need is a warm outer layer to cover baby’s hands and feet on colder days, this is a great choice. The Carter’s Sherpa Pram is a favorite of parents with younger babies, who don’t need a bulky, waterproof snowsuit, but something to keep their young baby cozy and warm on outings.
This pram is footed and has foldover hands, with adorable ears on the hood. It’s only offered up to 9 months, so it’s not intended for older babies.
One mom from Portland, Maine, told us, “As soon as I put this on my baby, he fell asleep!” And as someone who has witnessed this with my own baby, I can tell you that this is one cozy suit.
- soft and cozy
- works for a variety of weather and outings
- not warm enough for very cold temps
- not waterproof
- not offered in larger sizes
Best baby snowsuit for colder climates
Obermeyer Kleine Bunting
Obermeyer has an established reputation for high quality adult snow gear. Hailing from the ski haven of Aspen, Colorado, Obermeyer seems to know what they’re doing when it comes to cold weather duds.
The Kleine bunting has double zippers that zip all the way down, making it easy to get in and out (a huge pro when your baby has a blowout mid-adventure). It’s also water- and windproof with synthetic fill and an oversized, fleece-lined hood. Your little one will be ready for anything in this warm suit.
- very warm
- full double zippers for easy on/off
- not a large selection of sizes and colors
Best baby snowsuit for walkers
The North Face ThermoBall Eco Bunting
The North Face makes wildly popular cold weather gear, and their products are a common go-to for babies as well. Yes, it’s a bit of a splurge, but you can rest assured that this lightweight, eco-friendly suit will keep your baby super warm.
The booties at the bottom fold up, so your little walker can wear their snow boots with ease (although we still recommend prepping for some face plants while they’re learning to walk in the snow).
The ThermoBall EcoBunting quilted softshell is insulated with synthetic fibers that retain their warmth in wet weather and have the warmth equivalent of 600-fill down. This would be a great choice for babies with allergies or sensitivity to real down, as the synthetic fill is very warm, as well as hypoallergenic. Some parents say that the outer layer is not fully waterproof, though, so this might not be the best choice for a long play in the snow.
- very warm
- high quality
- works with boots
- not fully waterproof
- not available in a huge selection of colors
- fairly expensive
Best waterproof baby snowsuit
L.L.Bean Ultralight 650 Down Bunting
Made with 650-fill down, this snowsuit packs in warmth without added bulk and puffiness. Not only is the outer layer of ripstop nylon waterproof, but the fill is also water repellent. Wearing wet clothing makes babies chill even faster, so staying dry is key to staying warm for babies outdoors.
Its water-resistant capabilities also allow it to stay drier longer, and an insulated hood and rollover hand and feet warmers will keep your baby warm, dry, and (hopefully) happy.
- waterproof outer and inner layers
- insulated hood
- not widely available
Most affordable baby snowsuit
Hanna Andersson Recycled Insulated Full Zip Snowsuit
Hanna Andersson is a long-time famous brand, known for its incredibly soft and durable cotton children’s clothing. While the pieces are normally a bit pricey, the adorable baby snowsuits are on clearance. So for the time being, they are quite a steal!
Made of recycled nylon that is eco-friendly and water- and wind-resistant, these cute snowsuits are a great chance to snag a higher quality product for a budget price. They still have a large variety of sizes available, and at a better price than many lower quality brands on the market.
If you want to keep your little one warm and stylish without breaking the bank (always a good thing with babies, who seem to outgrow their clothes every time you turn around), this snowsuit may be a good choice.
- water- and wind-resistant
- cute designs
- reputable brand
- foldover feet and hands, attached hood
- may sell out
- not a huge selection of colors
- European sizing may take a bit of measuring to figure out the best fit for your baby
Best baby snowsuit for newborns
JJ Cole Original Bundle Me
Lots of layers on tiny babies can be awkward, and sometimes downright unsafe. If your itty bitty will be out and about in a stroller or car seat, it’s often easier to keep the layers over the straps, rather than on their body.
In fact, the AAP guidelines specifically state that infants should not be buckled into car seats while wearing bulky layers, as this can interfere with car seat performance in a crash. But, babies get cold very quickly, so you don’t just want to take them on a winter drive in their cotton pajamas. The Bundle Me was made to solve this exact problem.
This bunting bag is made of cozy, machine-washable fleece, comes in a variety of colors, and easily zips on and off for quick temperature regulation. JJ Cole does make waterproof options as well, which is great for city dwellers who will be pushing a stroller down the sidewalk in all types of weather.
The most recent version of the JJ Cole Bundle Me functions as a cozy baby bag, but the back also zips off for use in a car seat, so that the baby’s back is flat against the car seat back and the straps are secured directly against the baby with the bag on top like a blanket. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully to ensure your baby is as safe as possible.
- works for very young infants
- warm and cozy
- can be used with car seats, if manufacturer instructions and AAP guidelines are carefully followed
- great option for babies in strollers
- not suitable for walking babies
- does not keep head warm
- must zip open back to use safely with a car seat
Best fleece baby snowsuit
Patagonia Baby Furry Friends Bunting
How cute is this bear-costume-turned-snowsuit? This beautiful, soft snowsuit is made of high pile fleece that’s 100-percent recycled, so it’s considerate of the environment too. With elastic cuffs on both the hands and feet, this bunting is a great option to grow with your baby as they learn to crawl, walk, and clap.
This suit zips from the neck to the ankle, making for easier diaper changes. While not insulated or waterproof, this thick fleece bunting may become your go-to layer for being out and about on cooler days.
- soft and cozy
- easy on/off
- high quality
- not as bulky as a waterproof snowsuit
- not truly insulated
- not waterproof
- only a few color options
How long should a baby be outside in the cold?
Fresh air and exercise are important for people of all ages, including babies. However, according to the AAP, it is important to remember that young babies and toddlers lose heat more quickly than adults due to their small size.
You should avoid taking a baby out in temps below -15°F (-26°C) — this includes taking wind chill into account — and keep time outside limited to 15-minute increments in very cold weather. You can watch for signs of frostbite or hypothermia, such as skin pallor or redness, shivering and shaking, crying, or sluggishness.
Are baby snowsuits safe to wear in a car seat?
In short, no. Snowsuits are not safe to wear in a car seat. A thin fleece outer layer should be fine, but a puffy snowsuit will prevent the car seat straps from being truly snug around your baby.
Per the AAP, the fluffy layers of clothing can get squashed down immediately by the impact of a car crash, leaving the straps loose and your baby at risk of being flung from their car seat. Scary, we know.
The AAP advises dressing babies in several layers of thin, moisture-wicking clothing (this can include hats and mittens) for cold car rides, and adding a blanket on top if needed, once baby is snugly strapped in. You can then put your baby in their bunting or snowsuit once you arrive at your destination.
Additionally, wearing a snowsuit or too many heavy layers while in the car seat can put your baby in danger of overheating. Again, babies don’t thermoregulate very well yet, so they can easily get too hot if overdressed.
If you have any questions about your baby and car seat safety, give your pediatrician a call – they’re experts at keeping babies safe and healthy.
Should babies wear clothes under their snowsuits?
Wearing dry, warm layers will help to protect little heads, hands, and feet from frostbite or hypothermia. Wet layers will pull more heat from your baby’s skin, so thin, breathable, or moisture-wicking fabrics close to the skin are recommended.
According to the AAP, a good rule of thumb is to dress your baby in what you would be comfortable wearing in the current weather, plus an extra layer.