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I am looking for a winter coat for my 15 month old daughter...looked at land's end (they seem to start at 2T) and Columbia so far...any recommendations. It is expected to be a cold and snowy winter here in Baltimore.<br>
Thanks!<br>
Aimee
 

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Honestly, at that age, I'd go with a one piece fleece bunting like <a href="http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442627379&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302734821&bmUID=1258425231229" target="_blank">this</a>. I had one for DS2 last year as an infant and I loved it so much, I got a bigger one for this winter for him (he's 18 mths now). It keeps him nice and warm and it fits nicely under his car seat harness straps without having to readjust the straps(very important!).<br><br>
For playing outside in the snow, I have a one piece Columbia snowsuit for him... one pieces are so much easier, you don't have to worry about the jacket riding up and exposing little backs or tummies or snow sneaking where it shouldn't.
 

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i had so much trouble locating a warm down jacket in a toddler size. patagonia's jackets are so not warm until the legit parka in a kid's xxs. ended up getting this <a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com/2008/12/return_of_the_puffy_coat.php" target="_blank">appaman down puffy coat</a> from a local shop. who knew the fashion brand would end up being the warmest i found?<br><br>
last winter dd wasn't really walking, so for all her stroller time we had this <a href="http://www.rei.com/product/786654" target="_blank">down rei bunting</a>.
 

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We ended up going with this REI Down Jacket:<br><a href="http://www.rei.com/product/786658" target="_blank">http://www.rei.com/product/786658</a><br><br>
My DS is a big 13 month old but we decided to buy him the xxs so he can wear it next year too. The length is a little long, but it doesn't interfere with his walking. Also, the sleeves are long, but you can kind of smoosh them up and they stay. It's super warm and it folds down nicely so it's not hard to snap him in a car seat.<br><br>
They do make a smaller version that starts at 12m.<br><br><a href="http://www.rei.com/product/786656" target="_blank">http://www.rei.com/product/786656</a><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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We are HUGE Columbia fans here.<br>
Santa Peak was their name for their suits last year, Phoom Shoom is the line this year. Warm warm warm! Easy to deal with, they are thin enough to not make them feel like the Michelin Man but really keep the kids warm. PLUS I can see them lasting for several children.<br>
My MIL paid over $100/ea for snowsuits for my boys last year but they were the typical big poufy type that you wouldn't dream of using in a carseat. Both wore out before the winter was over too and didn't seem as warm as they should be.<br>
Check E-Bay for great deals on columbia suits too.
 
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