Toddler winter coats are a must-have when the weather is grey, cold and wet. As parents, we also ask ourselves, can my toddler wear their winter coat in the car? Which kind of winter coat is the warmest? When is even the best time to buy a winter coat? Some of us may also question whether we need to buy a winter coat for our baby too?
Can my toddler wear a winter coat in the car?
Car seat safety is a concern for us all, and we want to make sure we're doing the right thing. When it comes to babies and toddlers wearing winter coats in the car, the general advice is to remove the coat before putting your little one in their seat.
The NHS says: "Make sure your baby is securely strapped in according to the manufacturer's instructions." A coat can be bulky and cause your little one to potentially not be secured in tightly enough, so although a lot of faff, just pop your little one's coat off before you fasten them in the car.
Which kind of winter coat is the warmest?
We know winter fabrics like merino wool and a light fleece fabric can keep our little ones warm, these fabrics are also breathable and soft. Typically most coats on the market will keep your child warm and depending on how cold it is, a couple of layers underneath the coat should also do the trick.
In addition to a coat-jumper-vest-combo, you can also purchase a foot muff for baby and hand muffs for yourself to add to your pushchair or pram. We personally love a hand muff on our pram as they save our hands from flaking and cracking during our winter walks with our babies. Winter coats and foot muffs are also a great way to protect your child' skin in winter.
Here is our choice of the best winter coats for your toddler and babies...
Hooded Down Puffer Coat, Zara
This pretty pink puffer coat contains recycled polyester filling so it's extra snug in the colder weather. It's designed to keep the heat in and keep off the rain.
Dinosaur reversible fleece lined jacket, Jojo Maman Bébé
Dinosaur fans will love this shower resistant coat with the option to reverse it! With a fleece lining and cool dinosaur print, it will keep little ones safe from the cold in winter with the water, wind resistance and warmth.
Hood quilted coat, Mango
With inner polar fleece lining, this puffer coat is a must to keep the winter frost out! Available in six different colours, it helps keep the warmth in without the added weight, so little ones can be free to explore comfortably.
Printed Fleece-Lined Fisherman's Jacket, JoJo Maman Bébé
The traditional fisherman's jacket gets an update with this fantastic rainbow print. It is even cosier thanks to the fleece lining. Designed to keep out wind and rain when out and about, it's a must-have whatever the weather if your little one loves bright colours.
John Lewis & Partners Baby Shower Resistant Mac Jacket, Yellow
We love how cosy and soft the borg lining of this jacket is, while also keeping them protected from the elements. With a zip and button fastening, it also has a warm hood too incase it starts raining.
Baby Cosy 3-in-1 coat, Boden
This Mini Boden Baby Cosy 3-in-1 Coat, is simply adorable, with it's cute fairy and toadstool print. This padded coat is water resistant and has a removable furry hood lining, with elasticated cuffs and a zip and button fastening to keep your little one extra warm.
Khaki green coat, Next
This stylish khaki coat from Next is perfect for winter days. Its shower resistant outer layer is perfect for an extra bit of protection, with a cosy, teddy fleece lining and handy pockets.
Denim jacket, Mango
Ideal for those slightly warmer winter days when a big puffy coat isn't necessary, this cool denim jacket with a cosy faux fur lining will see your tot right through to spring.
Hooded leopard print jacket, H&M
We love a bit of leopard print, and we can't get enough of this puffer jacket. It has a detachable hood, zip with a chin guard and elasticated cuffs to keep the warmth in.