It’s only a few weeks since we wrote about outerwear for fall. But, we can’t neglect to notice though, that winter is closer than we thought. And, the prospect of wrapping our wee one up in a snowsuit is even closer.
As we write this, the season’s first winter storm is making its appearance in the North…
It’s time to suit up for snow!
Scandinavian children, from age 0 to about 8-10 years, are most commonly dressed in a one-piece snowsuit to carry them through those cold and dark winter months.
It’s a huge business, and the variety of snowsuits are plentiful. You can purchase it nearly anywhere.
Scandinavians usually like to say that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
This is quite suitable for countries where temperatures often hit subzero during the winter, where it rains a lot in fall, and where summers rarely get above 70°F.
Having the right clothing is particularly important.
After speaking with a few other Scandinavians, and trying to find a good snowsuit for our children, we realized that the options in the US was not as plentiful.
Most Scandinavians found the quality not up to par. They felt the colors and patterns are somewhat plain and dull, and the suits are not properly waterproof. This leads many Scandinavians to purchase their snowsuits at home and bring them over. Or, have family ship one over.
That’s not to say none are available here. In fact, after some online searching and speaking with experienced Scandinavian parents, we have located a few very nice snowsuits in the US.
First, let’s take a look at what you need in a snowsuit!
There are three key elements to getting a good snowsuit: It needs to be comfortable, breathable, and wind- and waterproof.
A soft, light, and roomy snowsuit will offer the necessary comfort for your child to run and play in. If you are able to grab a handful of material under the bottom, and your child can stretch his arms straight in front of him and over the head without the material tightening at the sides, you have the right size.
Velcro rather than buttons may be a good option. It’s much more comfortable to rest on. Velcro is also easier for the child to open and close on his own. A long zipper is key so the suit is easy to get in and out of, and check if the hood zips off to offer a better peripheral view.
The insulation should be nice and smooth, and some padding on the butt is a plus. Little ones like to sit down just about anywhere, and this offers extra comfort and ensures their bottoms stay warm.
It goes without saying that the snowsuit should be wind- and waterproof. There is nothing worse than a snowsuit that gets soaked through after a day of playing outside. Check around zippers, buttons, and by the seams to ensure that the suit is properly glued together and waterproofed. And make sure the legs are wide enough to be pulled over the boots, preferably with an elastic band at the end to secure under the foot; that way snow and water is prevented from entering the boots.
Also be sure to check that the material is water repellent. Even if a snowsuit is waterproof, it doesn’t mean it’s water repellent. If the material is not water repellent it’ll absorb water in the outer layer making the suit cold.
Finally, check to see if the suit is windproof. It should close tight by the hands and feet. Elastic closure may work the best here, but Velcro also works. Only issue with velcro is that if too much snow gets stuck in it, it may not work as well.