Always keep your little ones warm in the colder months so they can avoid contracting diseases like the flu, cold, or pneumonia. Take the extra precaution to dress your babies properly during the winter by bundling them up in a nice outerwear. Among the many types of baby clothes for winter, baby coats are both functional and fashionable.
Types of Baby Coats
There are several kinds of baby coats that you can choose from depending on the style and personality of your children. Consider what kind of weather you’re going to get and how the coat will fit your child before purchasing these types of coats.
The parka coat has become an essential item for winter wear. This type of coat was invented by the Caribou Inuit for hunting and kayaking in the Arctic. It is a hip-length coat, stuffed with warm synthetic fiber with a fur or faux fur-lined hood. Most parka coats are usually water resistant.
The peacoat is typically made from heavy wool and features broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, buttons, and pockets. It was originally worn by sailors in the European and American navies. The modern peacoat would often feature a hood or belt. This coat was popularized in the new millennia by the British TV show Doctor Who, where the main character would don the peacoat as a part of his trademark outfit.
This type of coat was meant to serve as a raincoat. It’s made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton, leather, or poplin. The classic trench coat ends just above the ankles, with the shortest resting above the knee. Traditional trench coats feature double-breasted fronts with 10 buttons, wide lapels, storm flap, and pockets.
Duffel or duffle coat is made from a coarse, thick, woollen material. The name derived from a provincial town in Antwerp, Belgium. This type of coat was originally worn by European military, mainly the Polish and the British Royal Navy. The material has distinctive features like a capacious hood, three or four toggles for fastening, a buttonable strap neck and outside patch pockets.
Do’s and Don’ts of Baby Coats
- Thick coats may be warm, but they can easily restrict your child’s movement. When it’s not snowing outside, opt for a thinner outerwear or a coat with a removable liner.
- Babies grow extremely fast in their first year so consider this before purchasing a baby coat. Buy a coat that is two sizes bigger than your infant actually is.
- Never overheat the baby. Layering your children’s clothes underneath the coat is enough and you will rarely need thick parka or snowsuit.
- Do not sacrifice warmth over style. This goes for adults, too. No matter how cute the baby coats look, you should consider other factors as well before buying it.