The 10 Best Jackets for Kids of 2021

Keep them toasty all season long

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Lands’ End Squall Waterproof Winter Parka at Amazon

"Kids will love the fleece-lined body and hood, and the SnowGuard wrist cuffs that help keep out cold and snow."

Best on Trend: Orolay Children’s Hooded Quilted Jacket at Amazon

"Warm without the bulkiness, the windproof and water-resistant fabric will keep kids warm and cozy no matter their activity."

Best Budget: Amazon Essentials Packable Hooded Puffer Coat at Amazon

"Water-resistant and ready for any adventure, it can be paired with a warmer shell or fleece layers underneath for colder climates."

Best for Car Seats: Buckle Me Baby Car Seat Coat at Amazon

"Safety-conscious parents will appreciate the coat's design — made so that the car seat straps are directly on your child’s chest."

Best for Big Kids: The North Face Kids’ Moondoggy Reversible Down Jacket at Amazon

"The reversible coat provides two styles for the price of one so older kids can change their look depending on their mood."

Best Flannel-Lined: Carhartt Active Jac Quilt Lined Jacket at Amazon

"Made of durable cotton, it feels broken-in from the start, and the flannel lining ensures kids stay warm no matter where they are."

Best Hooded: L.L. Bean Kids’ Mountain Classic 3-in-1 Jacket at llbean.com

"The 3-in-1 system has two layers that can be worn together or separately, so there’s a suitable option no matter the weather."

Best Sherpa-Lined: Boden Cosy Sherpa-Lined Anorak at bodenusa.com

"Made to be snug-fitting and waterproof, the coat zips up all the way up to the chin, so warmth stays in and the cold stays out."

Best Color Variety: Primary Kids’ Lightweight Puffer Jacket at primary.com

"Machine washable and made with recycled materials, this option is perfect for cool weather and can easily be layered."

Best Down Alternative: Save the Duck Kids Giga Coat at Amazon

"Cruelty-free, the hooded coat is lightweight, so it’s appropriate on its own for cooler weather or can easily be layered."

As the weather dips colder, make sure your kids are well-suited for whatever the elements bring. The key to spending more time outside is a warm, well-made, and comfortable jacket that can hold up to your adventurous kiddos.

Check out these choices to find the right jacket for your climate, kid, and personal preferences.

Best Overall: Lands’ End Squall Waterproof Winter Parka

The outdoor experts at Lands’ End have perfected the winter parka with this coat, making options for boys, girls, and toddlers. Packed with features, it’s windproof, waterproof, snowproof, and more. Kids will love the fleece-lined body and hood and will appreciate the SnowGuard wrist cuffs that help keep out cold and snow. Making this a worthwhile investment, parent reviewers appreciate the Grow-a-Long feature that extends sleeves up to 1.5 inches as your child grows. 

Best on Trend: Orolay Children’s Hooded Quilted Jacket

The famous “Amazon Jacket” is now available for kids, so stylish moms can match with their kiddos. Praised for feeling like wearing a down comforter, this coat is warm, not bulky, and is long enough to cover a kid's little bums. Excellent for cold weather, the windproof and water-resistant fabric will keep kids warm while they can stay cozy with a fleece-lined hood and zippered pockets. 

Best Budget: Amazon Essentials Packable Hooded Puffer Coat

Parent reviewers praise this budget-friendly option as a great lightweight, packable puffer for kids of all ages. With a wide range of colors and sizes, you’re sure to find the right coat for your kiddo. Filled with a down alternative, the coat is water-resistant and ready for any adventure. Perfect alone for mild temperatures, it can be paired with a warmer shell or fleece layers underneath for much colder climates. When not in use or on-the-go, the jacket packs neatly into an included carrying bag. 

Best for Car Seats: Buckle Me Baby Car Seat Coat

Made with safety in mind, this coat is designed so that the car seat straps are directly on your child’s chest and shoulders while in the car. The award-winning jacket allows parents to put the front panel over the baby to keep warm while staying securely clipped and avoid overheating from a bulky coat. Even though the back of the coat is thinner than the front, it’s still quite warm and water-resistant for outside play. Parents sing the praises of this coat and find it’s worth every penny, but do not recommend sizing up. The sizing is accurate and maybe a little generous.

Best for Big Kids: The North Face Kids’ Moondoggy Reversible Down Jacket

Older (and hopefully more responsible) kids will be tasked to take care of this more expensive winter coat. If cost is a consideration, this reversible coat provides two styles for the price of one. Reviewers praise the high quality The North Face is known for. With elastic front hand pockets and elastic binding at the cuffs, hood, and hem, this coat keeps kids warm and provides a secure fit.

Best Flannel-Lined: Carhartt Active Jac Quilt Lined Jacket

Well-loved by parents and kids, active children will appreciate this coat. Made of durable cotton, it feels broken-in from the start. The flannel lining ensures kids stay warm no matter where they are. With three color choices and six sizes, the child-sized coat looks just like the adult version so it’s a cute option for some family matching.

Best Hooded: L.L. Bean Kids’ Mountain Classic 3-in-1 Jacket

LL Bean Kids Jacket

 Courtesy of LL Bean

Made for versatility and adventure, this coat provides a lot of bang for your buck. The 3-in-1 system has two specially designed layers that can be worn together or separately, so there’s an option whether the weather is cool, cold, wet, or dry. The water-resistant shell keeps kids dry on rainy days and has a hood that tucks out of the way when the sun is shining. The two-layer fleece coat provides a layer of lightweight warmth. When temperatures dip, both layers zip together for total protection from the elements.

Best Sherpa-Lined: Boden Cosy Sherpa-Lined Anorak

Boden Cosy Sherpa-Lined Anorak

 Courtesy of Boden

Kids will love this super cozy hooded coat with a super soft sherpa lining. Made to be snug-fitting, the coat zips up all the way up to the chin, so warmth stays in and the cold stays out. Reviewers note this waterproof coat is really warm and kiddos will appreciate that the super-soft lining is also in the pockets. There are eight sizes, three sweet patterns, and each style has a splash of bright colors on the zipper and pull, which have noticeable contrasting shades. 

Best Color Variety: Primary Kids’ Lightweight Puffer Jacket

Primary Kids’ Lightweight Puffer Jacket

 Courtesy of Primary

Adorable and perfect for a chilly day, this well-made coat is sure to become a family favorite. Primary is known for simple, sustainable clothes in a wide variety of colors without logos or images. With eight vibrant colors and seven kid sizes, there are additional options for babies. Machine washable and made with recycled materials, this jacket is perfect for cool weather and can easily be layered when frigid temperatures strike.

Best Down Alternative: Save the Duck Kids Giga Coat

Committed to sustainability, Save the Duck’s coats are 100% animal and cruelty-free. Made of all nylon, this machine-washable coat is designed with a smooth shell that has long-lasting comfort. The hooded puffer coat is lightweight, so it’s appropriate on its own for cooler weather and can easily be layered when the temperatures dip.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year old daughter. In looking for jackets for her crew, Maya aims for comfortable and warm coats for her kids so they can stay playing outside for as long as possible. They’re not picky about style and color (yet!) and have a knitting grandma who will make matching hats no matter their coat color. 

 

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