How wonderful it is to live in the 21st century, because almost everyone can dress and put on a child not only warmly, but also beautifully and comfortably, even for rather small means. This is especially true for winter overalls. Most likely, many parents born before the 90s often recall their winter uniforms, which, in most cases, consisted of warm gaiters, a strange-colored faux fur coat belted with a father’s belt with a metal buckle and two hats: cotton and fur. In those days, the principle of layering was held in high esteem, and even such that the child could not only run and climb on the site, but even walk!
But all this has long been in the past and has remained only in photographs in children’s albums, because today manufacturers offer a wide range of winter overalls for every taste and budget.
But new logical questions arise: which one is better to buy so that it is comfortable, warm and at the same time not overpaying for unnecessary characteristics? What to look for during fitting and what parameters should be used to choose a jumpsuit for toddlers and older children?
We have prepared, perhaps, the most complete and detailed selection of material and will try to answer all your questions, as well as give practical advice and recommendations. Go!
Types of Overalls by Design Features
They are a one-piece construction that completely covers the child’s body.
- Quickly put on and off;
- The wind does not blow from below and snow does not fall;
- Convenient to carry in a kangaroo and on your hands.
- If the child wants to use the toilet, he will have to undress him completely;
- It is not possible to combine with other outerwear;
- If the baby’s body is disproportionate, it may “sit” incorrectly;
- There is no way to “pull up / down” the legs as the child grows.
Consists of pants with adjustable shoulder straps, which are fixed over the shoulders of the child, and a warm jacket.
- Since the possibility of adjusting the height of the jumpsuit legs is presented, such models can be bought for growth;
- When visiting events in closed rooms, shops, clinics, etc., you can take off your jacket and not soar the child;
- Older children are more comfortable moving and bending over in separate models;
- You can adjust the kit if the child has a non-standard figure;
- It is preferable if the baby is already attending kindergarten.
- Pants cover the back not in all models;
- During active games, it is often required to pull the jacket down;
- It takes more time to dress the child;
- There is a high probability of snow getting under the jacket.
They represent the construction of a one-piece or separate overalls, the lower part of which is transformed into an envelope with the help of fittings.
There are also models that consist of three components: a jacket, a semi-overalls and a bag fastened to the jacket. After the baby grows up and for the next winter begins to take an active part in winter walks, the parent unfastens the bag and uses a semi-overalls.
- Lasts for two seasons, starting from birth;
- Convenient and comfortable for babies;
- When changing a diaper, you can unfasten the lower part without undressing the entire baby;
- Possibility of further wearing the jacket separately with the bottom part not included
- Suitable for children who are still swaddling.
- Limited size range;
- In models where the lower part is transformed into pants, additional insulation may be required if the bottom closes with buttons, and not with a lock.
Overalls Top Material
Cordura. Signature fabric made from specially treated nylon with a special weave. The development of the INVISTA company, which created this material for the army, but due to its quality characteristics (strength, wear resistance, water resistance), it is used for the manufacture of outerwear, including children’s.
Important! Carefully familiarize yourself with the material of the upper, since the duration of use, the appearance and comfort of the child during a walk depend on its quality.
Nylon. Strong, but at the same time lightweight fabric, therefore it is often found in the production of children’s outerwear. Clothes made of nylon are wear-resistant, do not fade, lend themselves well to washing, allow air to pass through well, but at the same time completely protect from moisture and wind.
Polyester. Things made from this material are inexpensive and have good wear-resistant characteristics. They do not require special care and are well protected from moisture.
Active. Also high-quality fabric with excellent air permeability, but because of this, it is inferior to other types in water-repellent properties.
Polypropylene. The material perfectly removes moisture, does not have a specific smell and is almost imperceptible in weight, but in wear resistance it is inferior to other types. Items made from this fabric are of low cost, since the production technology is simple and widespread.
Bologna. This material is not suitable for making children’s winter clothes, because, despite its excellent water-repellent properties, Bologna does not allow air to pass through at all, and therefore the child will sweat and overheat a lot.
Baby Overall Lining
Having studied the types of upper materials, it is worth paying attention to the lining, because depending on the age of the child and the degree of his activity on the walk, it is worth choosing one or another type.
Flees. Wear-resistant and pleasant to the touch. Does not shrink after washing. Has a different density and length of the pile. It is not picky about care, it removes moisture well and at the same time provides an additional layer of insulation for the baby.
Polar Flees Antipilling. Outwardly similar to the previous look, but it is considered not suitable for children’s clothing due to the lack of the ability to remove moisture.
Polartec. This material can be considered an improved version of fleece, because it has a higher density, warms better, protects against moisture from the outside and quickly removes it from the inside. Suitable for allergy sufferers.
Windproof. It is considered the best lining for blowing out. When choosing, you should pay attention to the number that the manufacturer indicates in the characteristics – it shows the degree of wind protection.
Nylon. Not as practical as the previous look, but at the same time it dries quickly after washing and has a barely perceptible weight.
Cotton. This type of lining is popular in overalls for newborns because of the naturalness of the material, good wear resistance and undemanding care and excellent absorbency.
Insulation from Natural Materials
Note! Overalls with natural insulation are not suitable for children with allergic reactions.
Goose down. A time-tested insulation, but it is quite rare in the modern production of children’s clothing due to its high cost, impracticality, quick shrinkage and demanding care and cleaning.
If you nevertheless decide to purchase a natural down jumpsuit, choose models in which the ratio of down to feathers will be 90/10, or the complete absence of the latter.
Sheepskin. Like down, sheepskin has excellent thermoregulatory properties, but at the same time it is heavier and also requires special care. It is worth noting one more advantages of sheepskin overalls for children – amino acids and hydrophobic protein, which are part of wool, neutralize extraneous odors, especially sweat. Sheepskin insulated items rarely have extra lining.
More in demand in comparison with the previous category of heaters. Since they also have good thermal insulation and heat-regulating properties, but at the same time they have less weight and are less demanding to maintain.
Pay attention to the amount of insulation specified by the manufacturer. This indicator is measured in weight in grams per square meter. For winter, depending on the type of synthetic filler, the weight ranges from 100 to 400 g / m2. If the purchase of overalls is required for walking in the regions of the far north of our large country, give preference to models with indicators of 400 g / m2. For temperature indicators up to -15 degrees, up to 150 g / m2 will be enough.
Thermolite. Insulation fibers have a hollow structure, which facilitates faster movement of moisture from the body to the outer layer of the material. Initially, it was developed for equipping athletes in winter sports, but due to its quality characteristics, it gradually “moved” to the production of outerwear for children, men and women.
Sintepon. A material that consists of a large number of small fibers. Popular insulation in the early 2000s, but inferior in its properties to newer types. Disadvantages: rapid wear, poor air permeability, greater weight in comparison with modern counterparts. After each subsequent wash, the overalls will lose their shape, and the outer volume does not provide adequate thermal insulation properties. The advantage is the low cost of products on padding polyester.
Hollofil or thermofil. The most demanded material, which, with a small amount per sq inch, is characterized by excellent heating properties, lightness, wear resistance and air permeability.
The most popular certified manufacturers of this material are registered under the names Isosoft and Tinsulate. The first type is distinguished by the presence of microcells in the fibers, which retain heat inside and do not let cold air pass through. Thinsulate, in turn, provides high-quality ventilation and, thanks to the finest fibers (smaller than a human hair), has a heat-insulating ability.
Hollofiber. Holofiber consists of lavsan fibers of different thickness. It is rarely used in the production of children’s clothing, since it is significantly inferior to the previous types in quality.
U-Two. A fairly new type of insulation, in the development of which the synthetic winterizer was taken and improved as a basis. As a result, the manufacturer received the best quality characteristics: good thermal insulation, resistance to deformation and ease of maintenance.
Membrane. The most popular and demanded material for sewing not only children’s clothing, but also winter equipment for adults and athletes. Although the cost of such a jumpsuit will be higher, the parent can be completely confident in its quality characteristics.
The principle of the membrane consists in a thin film consisting of funnel-shaped pores, which, as it were, draw in and drain sweat out, and completely do not let moisture inside. When choosing, pay attention to the indicators of air permeability and water resistance, the lower the first and the higher the second, the better the membrane, and accordingly the more comfortable the clothes made of it.
Unfortunately, the membrane also has disadvantages, with all its advantages – it is demanding in its care. Cannot be washed with conventional products, and periodic treatment with special impregnation is necessary.
Important! When choosing membrane overalls, give preference to underwear made of synthetic thermal underwear, otherwise there is no point in such an expensive material, as it loses its properties in combination with cotton fabrics.
Optional Accessories and Protection
When choosing a high-quality modern jumpsuit, you should pay attention not only to the materials of which they are composed, but also to the availability of convenient and useful devices and accessories.
It is available in all models of winter overalls, but not all of them are removable, therefore, if this parameter is fundamental, pay attention to it when choosing.
It is also worth paying attention to:
- The presence of wind ties, if this is relevant for your region;
- The depth of the hood, this is especially true for lovers of hats with large fur pompons or decor, otherwise, it simply will not fit on a stylish headdress;
- Inner material – if the model is intended for small children, it is better if it is inside fleece or cotton fabric; for older children, you can also give preference to nylon, fleece, windproof or polartec;
- The presence of insulation in the hood itself, if the child spends most of the time during the walk in a stroller or sleigh.
Among the common types of protection in overalls are used:
- Velcro cuffs adjustable with tape;
- Elasticated cuffs with additional knitted insert with a thumb hole;
- Strips on the bottom of the trousers, preventing “bouncing of the legs” and securely fixing them on the top of the shoe. Made of rubber, silicone or rubberized fabric;
- Inner cuffs of trousers with the possibility of attaching to shoes using buttons;
- The presence of a drawstring or sewn-in elastic at the waist;
- “Reinforced” inserts on the bottom and knees, as well as a higher density of insulation on the bottom and lower back.
Important! If the child is overweight, choose models with the ability to adjust the width of the waist using a drawstring or drawstrings, as models with a sewn-in elastic band can put pressure on the stomach.
Almost all models of overalls are equipped with these protective elements to improve the child’s visibility for vehicles at night, especially for the age category 2+. Can be applied in the form of ribbons, stripes or decor on separate areas:
- Or any of the above.
The importance of these elements is difficult to overestimate, so if you are going to purchase a model without reflectors, take care of applying them to winter clothes yourself at home or in a clothing studio.
What to look for when choosing
Despite the fact that many parents expect to buy a high-quality jumpsuit for several years at once, not everyone succeeds and as a result, the child wears it for one season, constantly stumbling over the trousers and getting annoyed by the bulky, gathered and rolled up sleeves, into which snow constantly falls. And for the next season, he already becomes close to him and needs to buy a new one.
Therefore, choose models with a margin of no more than 5 cm, which will be enough for “growth”, especially for models for children of the first and second years of life. After two years, children grow up in jerks, and therefore one overalls will be enough either for two or three seasons, or for one – you can’t guess here, but the child will be comfortable.
Regarding the volume (width), it is always necessary to leave a margin for the lower layers of clothing in winter models.
And before choosing, pay attention to the recommendations of manufacturers in choosing sizes, some brands pre-lay in a size of 3-5 cm, so that parents do not engage in independent calculations and choose clothes for the current growth of the baby.
Important! If it is not possible to try on a jumpsuit live before buying, when choosing, refer to the manufacturer’s size chart presented on the store’s website.
For toddlers and passive walks
If a child walks in the winter season in a passive mode: spends a lot of time in a stroller or sleigh, walks little and sleeps a lot – give preference to the warmest overalls, since they will have to warm the child and not “dissolve” the existing heat inside.
For babies, transformer models are preferable, for children from one year old – one-piece overalls.
Suitable for the top material: cordura, polyester and polypropylene, for insulation it will be preferable: sheepskin, down, hollofil or thermofil (isosoft / tinsulate), u-two. For children who, at least a little, but already move independently, it is preferable to have strips on the legs and at least elastic bands on the cuffs. If the child likes to sit on the butt or crawl on the floor, choose models with additional insulation in the butt area and reinforced inserts in the same place and on the knees. A warm hood will save you money on buying a high-quality expensive hat.
For older children and active pastime
Fused or separate – choose at your own discretion, according to the advantages and disadvantages indicated above, and the preference of your child. Please note that most children, regardless of gender, starting from 5-6 years old, no longer want to wear one-piece models, considering them “baby”, so be sure to talk this point with your child before buying.
For older and more mobile children, membrane models are the most comfortable and relevant. But if the price “bites”, you can choose models insulated with thermolite, holofill or thermofill (Isosoft / Tinsulate), U-Two. Choose the degree of insulation based on the fact that the child, being in constant motion, heats himself, and the task of the insulation is not to overheat, remove moisture in time, but at the same time maintain a comfortable temperature inside the overalls.
When choosing an upper material, give preference to wear-resistant fabrics with good air permeability, including: cordura, polyester, polypropylene, nylon, active. As additional elements must be available: reflectors, leg straps or inner cuffs, a deep hood, reinforced inserts on the knees and bottom.
Color / design
Of course, it’s important that the child likes the jumpsuit. But at the same time, it is possible to understand parents who buy things for an older child with the expectation that in the future they will be inherited by younger children of the opposite sex.
In this case, many manufacturers offer unisex designs, which are not dominated by pink, lilac or blue, protective colors, but more universal: orange, pink, red or multi-colored geometric shapes, strokes, etc., without decor and print in the form of butterflies, fairies, flowers, hearts, tanks, cars, etc.
If the upper material has high protection against moisture, feel free to play with light colors without fear of constant washing, because in high-quality models you just need to wipe the dirty area with a soft sponge and the jumpsuit returns to its original form!
Do not be intimidated by the lengthy instructions for caring for products from manufacturers. This is not a reason to skip a quality overalls that will keep your child at a comfortable temperature during winter walks.
In most cases, washing may be required only 1-2 times for the entire season, well, for the sake of the comfort and health of the child, you can “conjure” a little. For example, turn off the spin mode and wring out the suit by hand, or wash it inside out with special detergents, which will then last for another five years, if this is provided for by the shelf life. Read carefully not only the instructions, but also the reviews of parents who have already purchased a similar model and share practical tips and life hacks for care.