Now that you've figured out the right size of coat to buy for your child, the next thing to do is to figure out just how cold it gets in your area, and the right types of children's coats for your temperature range. If brisk, breezy days are as cold as it ever gets where you live, then a kid's windbreaker is the right choice. These light jackets come with a fleece inner lining sewn into a wind-resistant outer nylon outer shell. They are a comfortable, easy-to-wear jacket for not-so-cold days. When it gets a little chillier, your kid can keep wearing their favorite windbreaker if you add multiple layers underneath for extra insulation.
Kid's hoodies are another good choice for cool days. These versatile garments combine the warmth of a thick sweatshirt with an insulated hood, making them the right garment if you're in a hurry to get your kid dressed and out the door. The hood is attached right to the shirt, which is perfect for forgetful kids; there's no way they can forget their hats at school or on the bus this way. Hoodies work well to keep in body heat when worn under a light jacket or windbreaker.
As autumn shades into winter and the days get shorter and colder, you'll want to send your kids out the door with the warmest clothes possible. Your choices for cold weather kid's outerwear basically come down to down jackets versus fleece jackets. Down jackets are made by quilting a thick layer of synthetic fiber, goose feather or other insulating material between two layers of nylon. This construction gives your child superb protection from the cold, but also causes the coat to poof out from the body. Many children find the feel of a down jacket to be overly restrictive and stuffy and may not want to wear one for this reason. Also, down jackets cause the wearer to heat up very quickly, meaning your kid might be tempted to take it off during outdoor play.
Children's fleece jackets are not as warming as down jackets are, but they are more form-fitting and comfortable to most kids. They are similar to a thicker windbreaker in construction, with a fleece lining sewn into a nylon outer shell. The choice between a down and fleece jacket will come down to a balance between your child's tolerance for discomfort and his or her need for warmth. A non-fussy child who gets cold easily will be comfortable in a down jacket, while a more energetic kid with higher body temperature might prefer a fleece.
Even the warmest girls' and boys' outerwear is useless if your kids won't wear it, or if they abandon it right outside your front door. By shopping for outerwear alongside your kids and giving them a say in the decision, you can ensure that they'll love wearing their new coat as much as you love seeing them in it. Make sure your children are warm and healthy in the cold outdoors with winter girls' and boys' clothing from Sears.