Mom’s 3-Step Guide to Selecting Boys Cold Weather Snow Pants or Winter Snow Bibs for Kids

Mom’s 3-Step Guide to Selecting Boys Cold Weather Snow Pants or Winter Snow Bibs for Kids

Posted by Judy Huddleston on 28th Dec 2015

Depending on where you live and the retail choices available to you, locating a boy’s coordinating snowsuit can be a real challenge. But don’t despair. Many retailers carry separate snow jackets and snow pants because they offer more flexibility to consumers who want to mix and match their outerwear styles. Snow pants found in sets are limited to the styling and colors the manufacturer has pre-selected for you. They also tend to be of cheaper quality since most cost and design attention is given to the jacket. However, if you dedicate the time and enlist the help of your child, you will find a lot of fun snow pant choices which will reflect your child’s unique personality. Here are some things to consider when shopping for boys snow pants:

1. Functionality- Depending on your son’s age and functional needs, you will need to decide between snow pants and snow bibs. Moms typically buy their younger children adjustable snow bibs for a better fit, an added layer of warmth around the torso, and as an extra barrier to keeping snow away from the body. For younger children who are not yet potty trained, there are snow bibs for kids with snaps in the crotch for easy diaper changes. If your child is potty trained, remember to budget some extra time to remove all of his layers to avoid messy accidents in the bathroom. Older kids prefer elastic waist snow pants for ease of dressing as they are much easier to get on and off, especially if they are required at school for outside winter recess when snow is present.

2. Features- If you are on a budget and are a value shopper, you will need to prioritize which snow pant features are most important to you and your child. If buying waterproof fabric is too expensive, you should select a highly water resistant fabric so water does not soak through and chill your child. A good polyfill insulation is also recommended for warmth, but should not be so thick that it restricts movement or feels bulky and cumbersome. If your child is spending a lot of time on the ground building forts or sliding down hills, reinforced double knee construction is a good option along with cargo pockets with zipper or Velcro closure to store money, lip balm, keys or electronics. Last, elastic leg gaiters are found in the most basic snow bibs for kids and play a big role in keeping snow at bay. Just roll back the ankle cuff for a visual confirmation.

3. Color- This is where the fun begins! If he already has a jacket, you’ll want to ensure his snow pants are in a complimentary color or print story. From neon brights to camos to geo shapes, mixing and matching solids with prints and vice versa makes for a fun personal statement. With so many choices available, you’ll need to find the right balance between practical you and your child’s wild side. When in doubt, the safest choice for boy’s snow pants is solid black. In addition to being truly unisex, black pretty much goes with anything. Black also shows the least amount of wear and has proven to be a good hand-me-down which saves you money in the long run.

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