Are you beginning to plan out your winter and figure out your winter clothes for kids? Today I’m sharing what clothing and gear kids need for a long winter.
Winter Clothes for Kids
I was recently asked if I could share how I’m preparing our kids for winter and the items that they will be using. I know that preparing for a new season (especially winter!) can be a little stressful so I’m happy to share and hopefully, this makes things easier on your family!
Some things to know before you dig into this article.
We have 3 kids, all ages 8 and under.
We live in South Dakota. Winter is long and not easy.
We homeschool and will be at home for the majority of the winter but will still have outings with friends and to church.
With this in mind, check out the different sections below to see what we have for everyday clothing, outerwear, and other winter things.
Everyday Winter Clothing for Kids
We follow a fairly minimalist approach to clothing, really only having what we need. I outlined this approach in my Minimalist Children’s Clothing Article. That article shares what I believe is the minimum amount of clothing that a child would do well on, depending on the season. Clothing will be slightly different for boys and girls because girls have more styles to choose from (ei: dresses, skirts, etc). Here’s what we have and what we prepare. Each of these items is per child.
7 Long Sleeve Shirts
I usually get long sleeve shirts for the kids at Carters or The Children’s Place. I do not buy shirts with phases or sayings on them just because I find them odd. We will buy shirts with the occasional generic picture on them (ie: a dinosaur, hearts, etc), but that’s about it. We also do not buy any “character” clothing items. (And please don’t feel judged if you do buy these items! I’m just making a statement for our family, all families are different. 🙂 )
I like to have a good mix of shirts, some thermal shirts for the colder days and some of the “t-shirt” material for the warmer winter days.
One more thing to note on the shirts, I usually always buy tunics or dresses for “shirts” for our daughter in place of regular length shirts. This is because she wears leggings in the winter and they just make more sense with a tunic in my opinion.
4-5 Pairs Lounge Pants/Leggings
These are the pants they wear every day at home. Because of sensory issues, jeans don’t get worn much at home and plus, lounge style pants go better under snow pants. Instead of lounge pants for my daughter, I have fleece-lined leggings which I bought from Carters.
I bought all the lounge pants for my boys from Kohls because they have size slim in their Jumping Beans brand and we need it!
1-2 Pairs of Jeans
As I mentioned, we have some sensory issues so we don’t buy many jeans. I do have at least 1 pair on hand per child to wear to church on Sunday or to wear to town. I get our jeans from The Children’s Place because they go down to $7.99 for the basics.
Socks & Undergarments
Each child gets a new pack of socks and undergarments at the beginning of the winter. I always buy black or colored socks because they get them so dirty! I will get the socks anywhere I find a good deal.
5-6 Pairs of Pajamas
Each child has this amount of pjs and I almost always get them from Carters but I wait for them to be about $5 per pair of jammies (on clearance). Most of the pjs are just long sleeves with long pants but each child has at least 2 pairs of fleece pjs also for the colder nights.
Each child has a fuzzy warm robe so that they can wear it over their pjs as needed. My boys have had theirs for a while (I think I got them from Kohls?) but my daughter needed one so we got this Robe for Girls from Amazon and she absolutely loves it.
Each boy has 2 button-down shirts that I rotate for church and my daughter has 2-3 dresses. The boys wear their shirts with jeans and their tennis shoes, my daughter wears her dresses with her nicer boots.
Outerwear Gear For Children
We are outside every day, even in the winter unless it’s below zero. (And even then we still have to do chores but the kids usually stay inside.) Winter in South Dakota lasts from October to April if we are lucky…but usually we get snow from September to May. Here’s what I have for the kids and the links where I bought everything this year.
We have to have the overall kind otherwise they have trouble staying up on my slim boys! Right now I’m only buying snowpants for my oldest and then passing them down to both of the younger kids. I always buy black snowpants so they go with any coat the younger ones might have.
This year I bought these Waterproof Snowpants from Amazon and I’m really happy with the quality. I always buy waterproof snowpants!
2 Pairs of Gloves
Each of my children actually has 2 pairs of gloves, one for playing outside in the snow and one for wearing in the car when we are traveling. My daughter is still using mittens so she got This Pair of gloves for the snow this year. The boys prefer gloves with fingers so they got These Gloves this year. I honestly haven’t found it worth it to buy more expensive gloves that those because on the days when it’s really super cold, they aren’t staying outside for long anyway.
For the gloves in the car, we use simple fleece gloves. I bought these Fleece Gloves for the boys and these Fleece Mittens for our daughter. They both appear to be warm and soft, perfect for the car but the gloves that I bought for my daughter are a little on the large side so you might want to size down if you order those.
Coats are something I try very hard to always purchase the season before, otherwise, they can get so expensive! Last year I found a clearance coat for my daughter at Target. The boys both had to get new coats last year as well but they still fit them this year. I purchased their coats at Sam’s Club and if you have to buy them new, Sam’s Club seems to have pretty good prices on coats. I like to find the “double layer” coats when I can.
Like the gloves, each of my children also has a second coat. This is a thinner fleece coat that they can wear in the car safely in their car seats. This year they all have Columbia fleece jackets that I found on clearance. They are perfect for the car! If you can’t find that brand on clearance, be sure and check your local farm store which is where I found ours.
2 Pairs of Shoes
Yes, each of my children has just 2 pairs of shoes for the winter! My daughter got an extra pair this winter (cute boots!) because I found some on clearance, but otherwise, we stick to the basics.
Each has a nice pair of tennis shoes that they wear to town or church and each has a pair of waterproof boots that they wear at home. (Think muck boots). I always seem to get them at different places each year. This year’s shoes were bought at Target on clearance from last year.
I’m very particular on the hats that our children use, I always buy the ones with the face cover. They can easily pull down the cover if needed but it saves me from having to buy a scarf and they can’t lose this neck/face cover unless they take off their hat!
For this year I purchased thee Fleece Hat/Face Covers and they are super warm and soft.
Other Winter Things for Kids
There are a few other things that we use only during the winter time and even though they aren’t winter clothing for kids, I still felt like they fit into this blog post.
I purchased Toddler Size Flannel Sheets for my daughter (really hard to find!) from Amazon and I found nice Twin Size Flannel Sheets for the boys from Kohls. These sheets will last them many years and getting them out will be part of our “getting ready for winter routine”.
We keep fleece blankets for each member of the family in the car for when we are traveling, you never know when you might need them. For these I just get them $1-$2 blankets that you can find at Walmart or Menards in the winter.
Now I know what you are asking…why are you buying these winter clothes for kids new instead of getting them used? Well, the reason is that it’s very hard to find decent children’s clothes (especially boys!) in the sizes that we need. Children just get so hard on their clothing!
Occasionally I will find something in good shape that we can use, either a hand me down from someone else, a good deal from Once Upon a Children, or a nice find at a rummage sale. All the other items we need I buy out of season from the places I’ve listed above. This way we are still getting a great deal, even though we are buying new.
What is on your winter clothes for kids must buy list?