- Kids love playing outside in the winter, but they also lose body heat rapidly in cold temperatures. A great kids’ winter jacket can preserve core warmth while enhancing your child’s style.
- The Columbia Sportswear Whirlibird II Interchange Jacket is our top pick because its removable liner can be worn separately as a mid-weight coat, making it three coats in one.
The human body loses heat rapidly in cold temperatures, though the process actually begins when the ambient temperature is below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of heat reduction accounts for about 65% of total warmth lost, and because children are smaller than adults, they are even more susceptible to over-cooling.
As such, don’t send your kids out to play, wait for the bus, ski or snowboard, or any other activity with extended exposure to cold weather unless they’re wearing a great winter coat, like one of the options we’ve selected below.
We researched top picks based on safety and performance. Our favorite kids’ winter coats will help your child maintain core warmth, looks great, and comes in many sizes to accommodate plenty of age groups. Of course, it’s also highly likely that your child will outgrow their winter coat after one or two seasons. Finding a jacket you’ll be happy to hand down to a younger sibling (or niece or nephew or friend) will help soften the blow of the annual process of buying a children’s winter jacket.
Here are the best kids’ winter coats:
Updated on 10/23/2020 to edit prices, titles, and formatting and remove references to third-party reviews, because we’ve found them to be unreliable in the past. We also swapped a new choice for the best for babies, as our previous pick was out of stock.