All of a sudden, winter is here again. The nights are darker, the air is colder and our summer wardrobe is a distant memory.
When it comes to babies, wrapping up warm is even more important, since little ones are particularly susceptible to catching colds and can lose heat quicker than adults. Enter snowsuits: the perfect all-in-one solution to keeping babies cosy on even the coldest of days.
With most suitable right from birth until the toddler stage and beyond, there’s a variety of options from lightweight designs ideal for cool autumn days to ultra-padded suits that will protect your little one far into the minus temperatures.
We recruited a team of parent and baby testers to try out the best snowsuits on the market, considering style, comfort, how easy it was to get on and off with a wriggly little one and how well it managed to protect from the elements.
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Boden waterproof novelty snowsuit: From £45, Next
This panda-themed snowsuit was easily a strong contender for the most adorable in our roundup but, beyond its very fun polka dot print and cute design, it scores top marks on the practicality front too. First up, it’s lovely and lightweight – the full, fleece liner is ample enough to keep your little one warm. It’s not remotely bulky meaning it caused no problems strapping our baby into the pram without needing to make adjustments. Sizes up to 6-12 month handily come with integrated mittens and booties (these are removed in the bigger sizes). It really is truly waterproof, wipes clean and washes well. A great all-rounder.
Hippychick toddler waterproof fleece lined suit: From £29.99, Amazon
This toddler suit (which comes in four different colours and actually goes right up to size six to seven years) offers great value for money. Our parent tester confirmed that it really lived up to its waterproof title, with a thick polyester outer that was super sturdy and a generous thick fleece lining too, meaning there’s no need to wear extra layers underneath. Another benefit of this suit is its adjustability features, perfect for those unexpected growth spurts. The waist, ankles, wrist and hoods all come with elasticated Velcro spurts to allow more room.
Mamas and Papas faux fur bear pramsuit: £39, Mamas and Papas
This pram suit (which comes in sizes from newborn up to 9-12 months) is a gorgeous addition to any new baby’s wardrobe, with the bear ears adorned hood and paw print detail on the mittens making for one adorable photo opportunity. The faux fur material is super soft and cosy without feeling too bulky, so we think this one would be ideal for bringing winter babies home from hospital. It washes great too, although the faux-fur outer means it isn’t as easy to wipe down as those with waterproof outers.
Newbie waterproof technical grey winter overalls: £80, Newbie
Newbie’s offering might be simple in its design but it comes with a shed load of credentials. Made from recyclable materials, this one is perfect for active toddlers and children (with sizes starting at nine to 12 months and going right up to six to seven years) who will benefit most from the nifty design features. The water-repellant material feels really substantial and it’s designed to protect from the wind. We also loved the visible reflective patches – great for older children when you’re out on a dreary afternoon – and the reinforced knee areas means you’re little one can really truly roll around in the snow without the material giving at all. If you’re looking for a snowsuit that can survive the weather and energetic child, then we reckon this one is your best bet.
Polarn O. Pyret water-resistant baby puffy overall: £70, Polarn O. Pyret
Scandinavian brand Polarn O. Pyret is known for its gorgeous range of ethical clothing that’s designed to last. This bright pink snowsuit (that also comes in black) is lined with recycled polyester to keep out the chill and is also water-resistant. The arms and legs have an extra lining to ensure your child stays dry in wet weather. One thing our tester commented on was just how comfortable this snowsuit was for her little one. The dual zip makes it a doddle to get one and, while some snowsuits can feel a little restrictive, our tester loved how her daughter could play easily in it outside as it didn’t feel too thick to constrict her movements. The detachable hood, hi-vis stripes and elasticated bands around the feet (these ensure the suit doesn’t ride up their legs and mean feet can easily go inside wellies) are all really handy features.
M&S animal print packaway snowsuit: £22.50, M&S
M&S has come up trumps with a purse-friendly option that can be packed away in minutes (it comes with a nifty drawstring bag to store it, which can be hung off the back of your pram or stored in your car boot in case of emergencies). This one is fleece-lined but not particularly thick, so our tester felt it was best suited for a wet autumn day or layered with a thick jumper when the frost sets in. What’s more, our tester spotted another advantage to its lightweight design: it’s a great snowsuit for using with baby wearing, since it’s not too thick, which avoids overheating.
Elodie Details baby overall pramsuit: £63, Natural Baby Shower
We love a product that offers two for the price of one, so we’re wowed by this offering from Elodie Details, with a bottom zipper than quickly transforms the bottom of this cosy snowsuit into a clever footmuff for their pram. Filled with 100 per cent fake down, this suit is especially cosy, yet didn’t feel overly padded or thick. It washed well and the use of double zips means it’s easy to pop on and off small babies. Our tester felt that the only downside to this snug suit was that it didn’t come with any mittens.
JoJo Maman Bebe ditsy print waterproof fleece all in one: £49, JoJo Maman Bebe
JoJo Maman Bebe’s pretty pink snowsuit scored top marks with our tester; who was equally impressed by its floral print and just how practical it was for cold and wet weather. Like most in our roundup, this cosy all in one is fleece-lined for warmth but there are a few more nifty features that keep the cold at bay.
Firstly, the suit’s hood features an ingenious cap flap to ensure it snugly clings to the babies head, offering double protection from rain and meaning you won’t need to wear a hat underneath (since some snowsuits can gape a little around the ears). Rather than detachable mittens, the cuffed arms and feet can swiftly be pulled over hands to keep them warm (this feature is only for sizes below 18 months). This made it really easy to adjust and prevented worry about being too hot or cold.
Gap Baby cold control ultra max down snowsuit: £35.97, Gap
Forget a bit of British snow, this tough ultra max suit is equipped for keeping babies protected from far colder temperatures. It’s made from down fill (which is Responsible Down Standard certified) meaning your baby will feel as if they’re being wrapped in a duvet. Great for bitterly cold days but also perfect if you’re jetting off on a skiing holiday or enjoying Christmas in the Scottish highlands. The outer material is very wipe-friendly, and while it didn't feel too heavy, it was definitely the most padded one of our roundup once we zipped our little one up. This is ideal in ensuring your baby is comfortable and warm but did make it a little cumbersome when it came to strapping them into the pram (we had to move it on to the next setting). Therefore, this one is much more suited for a long winter walk rather than a Christmas shopping day.
Silvercross quilted pramsuit: £40, Silvercross
Silvercross offers a line of children’s clothing which perfectly complements its famous range of prams. This suit – which also comes in grey, white and pink – is beautifully classic. We loved the easily detachable mittens and booties – they snapped off in seconds making it very easy to get babies out of the suit and also adapt according to the weather. The faux fur hood detail is lovely and soft and does a perfect job at keeping ears cosy. We found sizing tended to be on the big side for this, which is great if you want plenty of room to grow but worth bearing in mind when ordering.
Toby Tiger crocodile snowsuit: £47.99, Toby Tiger
Toby Tiger is known for its gorgeously bright, organic children's wear and their crocodile snowsuit is no exception. The vibrant blue and green design works equally well for both genders and will certainly mean your little one stands out from the crowd. It's made from GOTS organically certified material; meaning it’s ideal for those with super sensitive skin. We were also a big fan of the double zip system; which made it zip up effortlessly on even the fussiest of dressers.
The verdict: Baby snowsuits
Boden’s panda-themed snowsuit gets our top pick for its gorgeous design and lightweight feel. For older children, we loved Hippychick’s suit; while Elodie Detail’s offering also deserves a mention for its ingenious suit to footmuff feature.