I love a sale. I was so excited this year when I scored a brand new snowsuit for Mr J for only $30. (Thanks for the assist on that one, Grandma!) It has been a great coat for this season but I have been noticing the last couple weeks that it is beginning to get short. Mr J is growing again, so it is sadly not going to make it through another season.
It’s a great time of year to buy a winter coat. Most of the stores are looking to clean out their inventory to make room for spring, so you can find significant savings. I picked up a set including coat, snow pants, hat and neck warmer for both of my children for just $40 each in a well-known brand.
Kids Winter Coats: 3 Tips To Pick The Right Size for Next Year
1. Try It On
Get the child to try on the size that you are thinking for next year. The sleeves should reach at least to their knuckles when they reach out their arms in a T. Make sure the length of the coat is at least to middle of their thigh (beyond the bum).
2. Know Fit & Your Kid
After having tried many different brands, I have figured out which work best for my kids. I try to buy these brands in good shape from the thrift store or new at the store. Also, if you know your child typically has a growth spurt after they get a little chunky, look for a longer length of coat. If you have a child with a longer torso, pick a coat that is longer.
3. If all else fails – Know The Return Policy
Some retailers will allow you to bring back the coat at any point! If you’re shopping a year ahead and are not 100% sure of the sizing, shop at one of these retailers. Simply slip the receipt into the pocket of the jacket for safe keeping.
If not available to return, also consider swapping with another mom for a different size or sell on your local buy, sell and trade group.
Do you usually buy your summer or winter gear in advance or prefer to wait until the season is upon you?
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.