Which Baby Winter Clothes Should I Get?

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Baby winter clothes

Winter is a season that can be uncomfortably cold if you're not prepared. This is true for adults, but even more so for toddlers.

So, to help you better face the cold season, here is our guide to choosing winter clothes for a baby!

How to Dress a Baby for Winter - The ‘Onion’ Principle

Obviously, you should dress a baby differently depending on the season. For winter, we recommend the ‘onion’ or ‘multi-layer’ principle.

The advantage of layering is that it keeps the baby warm but gives you the flexibility of removing layers if the temperature rises.

Here are some ideas for clothing to create that ‘onion’ effect:

A First Layer with a T-Shirt, a Camisole, or a Thermal Suit

Winter first layer t-shirt


For the upper body, we recommend starting with a layer that allows moisture to escape from baby's body to keep him dry.

A polyester camisole or sweater will do the trick. For colder days, opt for a thermal suit that will retain maximum warmth.

Check out our baby girl t-shirts and baby boy t-shirts.

A Second Layer with a Fleece or a Warm Sweater

Then, we suggest a second layer to keep the baby as warm as possible.

Like a sweater:

Winter sweater

Or a hooded cardigan:

Hooded cardigan extra layer

See the Deux par deux selection of baby boy sweaters and cardigans and baby girl sweaters and cardigans.

The Third Layer: The Snow Suit!

And we finish it all with a snowsuit, as a real protection against cold temperatures and strong winds.

Snowsuit to keep baby warm

Looking for a snowsuit? Check out our selection of baby boy snowsuits and baby girl snowsuits.

Protecting the Extremities of the Body

The extremities of a baby's body are very sensitive to cold. It is therefore essential to protect the feet, hands, and head to avoid any risk of frostbite.

Hat and scarf

To keep your head warm, there's nothing better than a good tassel hat.

Winter baby hat

And for the neck, we suggest a quality knitted neck warmer.

baby neck warmer for winter

It is a good idea to avoid scarves, as they can be a strangulation hazard for toddlers. Neck warmers, on the other hand, do not pose a risk.

It is important to know that when you buy from some manufacturers, neck warmers are sold with the snowsuits (this is the case for snowsuits Deux par deux).

Gloves and mittens

As with neck warmers, gloves will often be included with the snowsuit you purchase for your baby (this is also the case for Deux par deux).

This means there is no need to buy this as an extra.

However, if you find you don’t have any, make sure to get some quick, as they are an essential piece of winter clothing for your baby.

Looking for a toque, neck warmer, or gloves? Check out our collection of winter baby accessories.

Winter Boots

And we finish with a good pair of winter boots to keep little feet warm! Many baby snowsuits also include built-in foot protection. Again though, if you buy a suit that doesn't have them, make sure you buy boots that will be warm and comfortable.

Baby winter boots

And How Do I Know if My Baby Is Hot/Cold?

Now you’ve got your baby winter clothes for the upcoming cold season. Congratulations! But you still need to manage the ‘onion’ technique properly to prevent your baby from getting too hot or too cold.

The best way to tell if your baby is too cold or too hot is to touch the back of his neck rather than his hands or feet. Hand and foot temperatures vary a lot (especially in toddlers). The back of the neck is a reliable indicator of the baby's overall temperature.

If the back of your baby's neck is wet, it's probably because he or she is overheated and sweating. Remove a layer of clothing.

If the back of the neck is cold and the baby has a pale complexion (or even bluish lips), you should quickly cover him or her up more.

Otherwise, it is recommended that you do not go out with a baby when the weather is very windy and considered very cold. A baby's resistance to cold is not the same as an adult’s, so it's best to avoid putting him or her in conditions where he or she could get too cold. This is true even if you have purchased very good baby winter clothes.