The adage, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing,” is all too true. The biggest hurdle to getting outside with kids can be getting them bundled up without everyone crying, swearing, and sweating.

By keeping kids’ winter gear simple, warm, and easy to put on, you can get them outside faster with less fuss and more fun. Thankfully, layering for cold-weather fun can be as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Start with a base layer

Under all the layers, start with a breathable base layer next to their skin. Polyester or merino wool are the most common fabrics for base layers because they wick away moisture. Avoid cotton because it retains moisture.

You can find base layers at any price point. Costco sells a set for kids from 32 Degrees for just $10. Look to other outdoor clothing companies like Patagonia and SmartWool for more luxe options.

  1. Add a midlayer

A midlayer is added on top of the base layer for insulation. This is something like a fleece pullover, sweatshirt, or insulated jacket or vest. Check out BinkyBro's baby and toddler crewnecks and toddler thermals.

Once again, the question here is about fabric choice. Fleece is a polyester synthetic option—it’s warm, comfortable, breathes well, and dries quickly. If your kid is going to get wet, fleece makes a great midlayer.

Another option is a synthetic insulated vest or jacket that mimics the light, warm qualities of down while staying warm when wet. Natural down is not a good choice for cold, wet weather because when it gets wet, it’s no longer warm.

Once again, there are a plethora of options at practically any price point. This boys’ fleece from Target is under $20 and this lightweight puffer jacket from Primary is on sale under $50. Buying a midlayer secondhand is another smart, sustainable option because they often hold up well.

  1. Finish with a tough outer layer

The outer layer is a waterproof or water-resistant shell that keeps all the warmth inside and the elements, like cold and wind, out. This layer is made of a synthetic material that can move with your child and is as breathable as possible.

For the snow, an outer layer is either a one-piece option like a snowsuit, or two pieces like a coat on top and snow pants or bibs on bottom. For younger children especially, a snowsuit is a fantastic choice because the snow can’t get inside and it’s so easy to put on and take off.

BinkyBro’s own snowsuit is one of the best in the game and it comes in sizes 18 months to 6T. They’re insulated, breathable, and waterproof, and come in three colorways that will make your tike stand out on the slopes (or in the backyard).

Throw on a hat, gloves or mittens, and wool socks and they’re ready for an outdoor adventure! Tag us on Instagram @BinkyBro to show us how you get outside with your family.

January 31, 2023 — Matthew Fisler