Baby boy jackets for keeping warm outdoors

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Getting a jacket for your little one is essential for helping to keep them warm outdoors without the risk of them overheating, especially if you're out and about running errands, popping into the warmth of shops, cafes, and cars.

Providing an easy layer to take on or off all year round, the right jacket will keep your little boy comfy, cosy, and looking adorably snug.

We've picked out our favourite baby boy jackets available to buy this year that are cute, stylish, and meet our criteria for being the best available for your little one.

Important considerations

  • Material: Natural fibres like cotton are best for your baby’s sensitive skin as they're breathable, warm, and comfy. Baby clothes made from materials like nylon and polyester may cause skin sensitivity and discomfort because of their inability to regulate babies’ body temperature.

  • Safety: You should choose a jacket free of any choking hazards i.e. decorative bows and buttons, or a drawstring closure that could present a risk of strangulation.

  • Size: You should choose the right size for your little one based on their age, but if you’re unsure go for a jacket on the bigger side. This will give them growth room, room for layering if necessary, and make it easier to take on and off.

  • Season: While it may be tempting to choose a thick winter jacket for winter, these can restrict your baby’s movement and make them uncomfortable. If you plan to be out for long periods of time, a warm coat or snowsuit would be best, but for quick trips out, opt for a jacket that you can layer.

  • Style: This is completely up to you! However, you should consider your baby's comfort (a high zip may irritate their neck) and the ease with which you'll be able to put the jacket on and take it off.

Here's our pick of the best baby boy jackets for 2021. Looking for baby girl jackets? Whilst most jackets will suit both baby boys and girls (girls can wear blue too), you can find our pick of the best baby girl jackets here.

This adorable cord jacket will keep you baby boy toasty with the cotton-rich material and cute striped lining with a layer of wadding. The front poppers make for easy fastening and the cosy hood will help to keep their head, neck, and ears warm.

Sizes: 0 months to 3 years

Material: 80 per cent cotton, 20 per cent polyester with 100 per cent cotton inner fabric and 100 per cent polyester stuffing

This cute print jacket covered in polar bears, moose, and birds is enhanced with Stormwear™ technology so, as well as keeping your baby warm, it'll keep them dry from the rain too.

Sizes: 0 months to 3 years

Materials: 100 per cent polyester with 100 per cent cotton lining. Sleeve lining 100 per cent polyester

Review: “Impressed. Although padded, not too thick - great for an autumn day.”

Available in blue, charcoal, or toffee (pictured), this supersoft fleece jacket with a zip-up front will keep your baby snug, and looking everso cute.

Sizes: 0 months to 2 years

Materials: 100 per cent polyester with 100 per cent cotton lining

Review: “Bought for my little boy, keeps him nice and cosy while out in the colder weather.”

Soft and breathable, we love the 'Good Things Happen' slogan on this comfy jersey jacket that adds that special little touch. With a fixed hood, this jacket will be the perfect coat for the autumn and spring months. Available in blue or green.

Sizes: 0 months to 3 years

Materials: 100 per cent cotton

Review: “Nice little jacket to go with suit purchased.”

This patterned fleece jacket comes with a fun little car design, but if your little one is more a fan of all things cuddly, you can get the jacket in a beautiful deep blue with teddy bear print too. It has a raglan sleeve for increased flexiblilty of movement and a stand up collar with a chin guard to prevent the zip from irritating baby's neck.

Sizes: 4 months to 2 years

Materials: 100 per cent polyester

Review: “Such a lovely little fleece. The material is so soft and the design looks fab on my baba. Lovely little throw on.”

Your baby is guaranteed to look extra dapper in this quilted jacket that works great for both smart and casual wear. A weighty extra layer to pop on, it has corduroy detailing, popper front opening, and a fun contrasting striped lining.

Sizes: 6 months to 6 years

Materials: 100 per cent polyester with 100 per cent cotton lining

Review: “Lovely little jacket, very smart and keeps my little one nice and warm over a jumper or long sleeved top.”

Another quilted number, but this one ticks all the boxes for being fun, colourful, and cute! This warm yet lightweight jacket has easy popper fastenings and a neutral inner lining, but comes decorated with rainbow rubber ducks and a sunny yellow trim.

Sizes: 0 months to 24 months

Materials: 100 per cent cotton

Knitted from pure organic cotton, this long sleeve hoodie, available in blue or pink, has a gorgeous classic knit design that'll be perfect for the colder months. It features a double-button front, a soft lining for warmth, and cute little bear ears.

Sizes: Newborn to 18 months

Materials: 100 per cent organic cotton

Review: “Wonderful little jacket purchased for my new grandson. Happy baby, happy mummy, happy grandma. Five stars JL both design u0026 quality, well done.”

This light grey jacket with a cheerful, peach coloured lining from Ted Baker has a comfortable quilted texture and popper button fastening. The Ted Baker brand features on the front and lining, but it's been incorporated well and fits well with quality design.

Sizes: Newborn to 24 months

Material: 100 per cent cotton main and lining with 77 per cent cotton and 23 per cent polyester sleeves

Review: “Beautiful and just what it was described - ion line colour just perfect, happy with what I bought.”

This one is more on the pricey side, but we have to say it's one of our favourites. Made for chilly outdoor adventure, perfect for wearing to the park whilst on a trip to the shops, it has a reversible design with a playful forest bear print on one side, and a ribbed dark blue on the other. Your baby will certainly look the part for autumn and winter in this jacket.

Sizes: 0 months to 24 months

Materials: One side made from 30 per cent organic cotton and 70 per cent bamboo fabric. Reverse made from 67 per cent bamboo, 28 per cent organic cotton and 5 per cent elastane

Hu0026amp;M Cotton Jacket
Price: £14.99

This bright yellow jacket from Hu0026M is sure to brighten the greyer days. Made from a sturdy cotton weave, the hood is detachable and the raglan sleeves will give your baby plenty of room to wiggle about. However, like many jackets on the market, this jacket has polyester sleeve lining instead of cotton so their arms may get a little warm. Also available in blue.

Sizes: 4 months to 2 years

Materials: 100 per cent cotton with 100 per cent polyester sleeve lining

Review: “Lovely spring jacket. My son is a long baby so we struggle with lengths of clothes. Bought 9-12 months for him and at 10 months it’s a lovely fit and will last him more then another 2 months.”

Like the Hu0026M jacket before, this dusty brown parka features a handy removable hood, elasticated sleeve cuffs, and zip closure. However, this pick from Lindex is a GOTS certified piece, certifying it to be made of organic cotton and in line with the social and environmental requirements of the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Sizes: 7 months to 4 years

Materials: 100 per cent cotton

Can my baby wear their jacket in the car?

You should keep layers to a minimum in the car as too much padding between your baby and their car seat strap could potentially make their car seat less safe as they can't be secured tightly enough.

The NCT instead suggests laying a blanket over them instead if you're worried about the car being too cold. However, the car can warm up quickly so make sure to check regularly to make sure they don't get too hot.

If you're not sure if they're warm enough, check their tummy as this is a much better indicator than their hands.

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