Snowsuit Smarts

Buying a snowsuit for a little one this winter?
Here are some tips to keep in mind:

• For the littlest ones that are not yet walking, bunting bags with fold-over mittens and snap-on booties that go over boots are a great all-in-one way to go.

• Two-piece snowsuits are great as children get older (as opposed to a one-piece) because you can replace the top or the bottom of the suit as the children outgrow or damage them.

• Don’t forget to think consignment and used clothing stores when shopping for snowsuits. Some suits get so little use during the winter season — and children easily outgrow them from year to year — that they often show very little wear before they are passed on. You can get a great bargain on a good quality suit by shopping the newto- you route.

• A snap-on hood gives you the option of a hooded or a hoodless jacket — great if you have a kid who hates hoods getting in their way.

• If you know the suit will have to go through more than one child, go for quality so you can get as many years out of it as possible.

• While padding seems to be equated with coziness, make sure your child can move well in their new coat. It is amazing how quickly active kids will balk at wearing the dreaded “puffy coat.”

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