Written By: A Anderson-Boss
Choosing a winter coat for a child does not need to be a daunting task. While it is advisable to utilize available sources before purchasing a coat, there is no reason to go nuts about it! It is entirely possible to purchase an affordable coat that is warm, versatile, and reasonably stain-resistant. The look and feel of a new coat should be considered. It can be difficult when shopping to find a coat that is attractive to a child but also warm and comfortable.
Winter coats for children are made with materials ranging from leather to feathers and everything in between. Then there are different styles – over a dozen – to choose from. Pockets and hoods and iPod connectors are handy, but what about the inside of the coat? The stuffing (fill) in a coat is what keeps a child warm. For this very reason, a down coat is often a popular pick among children and families.
Down coats are comfortable. They are warm. The outer shell used is easily cleaned. Several companies both online and in stores offer down coats in bright colors children enjoy.
Made from the feathers of water birds, down is the inner feathers found under the exterior feathers of a bird – the soft, fluffy stuff often depicted in cartoons. This down is what keeps birds warm against the cold winter waters. When used as a fill for winter coats, down provides an excellent barrier against frigid temperatures.
Down used for a thermal insulator is a simple choice: not only does down pack tightly into small places, it traps air in its layers. This allows for the material to breathe. Breathable material is a necessity in the cold, where body temperatures differ greatly from air temperatures. Down is used in items such as below-zero sleeping bags for that very reason. Down is practically an unbeatable choice for a child’s jacket that will keep warm against the cold.
Filled with feathers, the pillow-like and comfortable feel of a down jacket is sure to please children. Down coats are cozy. Remember, this is what nature created for birds as an effective barrier against cold! Down is the all-natural remedy against freezing temperatures, take advantage of it!
The only con of purchasing a down coat is that, once wet, the coat takes some time to dry. It is important to note that when wet, the insulating quality of the down is lost. The coat must be dry to work effectively. It is imperative to follow the care tag instructions when washing.
Down to you!
As always, child safety awareness is a factor. Child seat straps should be adjusted each and every time a new coat is purchased. While many down coats are “squishable” and no adjustments are necessary, it is highly advisable to double-check. The puffiness of a coat can require a carseat harness to be loosened or tightened as the coat is worn. Ensure car seat straps are properly tightened each time the child is in the car seat.