In many parts of the world, staying warm in the cold winter is essential. Snowsuits and winter jackets are the cornerstone of a closet when the winter is filled with fun snow days, building snowmen and ice skating. These activities make the darker winter days a bit more fun - but they do require a good set of clothes to protect from the cold.
In this article we’ll be answering a few common questions about winter garments, such as:
- How to take care of winter outerwear
- What kind of materials are used in winter outerwear
- How do different Gugguu winter jackets and snowsuits differ from each other
- Layering clothes under outerwear
- How to choose a correct size in winter outerwear
Taking care of winter outerwear: washing and caring
To ensure long wearability, treat your winter jackets and overalls with care. We always recommend to avoid washing as much as possible - single stains can be wiped away with a rag or wash the stain away in the sink by only wetting the stained section. This takes care of the issue while saving the garment. When you do need to wash the whole garment, you can easily wash Gugguu outerwear products in your washing machine at home!
How to wash Gugguu winter outerwear
You can easily wash your winter jackets and snowsuits at home. We recommend washing your Gugguu winter outerwear pieces loosely - so wash them by themselves. Remove faux-fur trims before washing. Don’t turn the garment around. Close the zipper and button all the buttons and snaps. Wash in 40°C (max. 104 degrees Fahrenheit). In regards to washing products, only use a detergent - skip all fabric softeners and other extra products and remember to check that your detergent doesn’t include any bleaching agents. After the washing cycle is done, air dry the garment horizontally. We recommend laying the garment horizontally on a drying rack to ensure air flow on all sides.
How to do a heat treatment to Gugguu winter outerwear
All Gugguu outerwear have a water resistant surface. To ensure this water resistance will last, we recommend a heat treatment every sixth wash. The heat treatment activates the water resistance. You can either dry the garment in a tumble dryer on low heat (don’t turn it around) or you can iron it on low.
What kind of materials are Gugguu winter jackets and winter overalls made of?
Our winter outerwear consists of three layers: top layer, padding and satin lining.
The top material in our winter garments allows the product to have a good breathablity while also being wind- and water resistant. We have chosen the material carefully - it’s an ecological option from an european supplier. The film in the material has great breathability properities (<12 (m2Pa/W)) and it’s free of PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) and PFC (Perfluorinated compounds). The material also has the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 –certificate. This certificate ensures that the material is safe for one's health. The water resistance comes from an environmentally friendly Bionic-Finish® Eco finishing. The fabric is made by a certified BLUESIGN® partner.
The top material has three layers: the first layer is 100% recycled polyester, the film is 100% recyclable polyester and the third layer is 100% recycled polyester.Other properties:
- Water column: < 20 000 mm
- Water column tells you the level of water resistance. The higher the value, the more resistant the material is. A 20 000 mm water column means that the product can last 20 meter water pressure without water seeping through the fabric. This is an extremely high water resistance that can last long lasting, high volume rain well.
- Abrasion resistance: 40 000 (70 000 EN ISO 12947-2)
- Abrasion resistance is measured by a Martindale-test. In outerwear the abrasion resistance is usually over 20 000. In Gugguu outerwear it’s 40 000, which makes them truly resistant.
- Windproof: 100%
- Reflectors: All of our outerwear have reflecting detailing. When you purchase our winter outerwear, you’ll receive a Gugguu-reflector with your order.
We use the high quality Thinsulate™ padding in our winter garments. Thinsulate™ is an excellent insulator, because it’s extremely lightweight and thin, but still manages to hold on to warmth efficiently. This helps our winter jackets- and overalls to be pleasantly light to wear and allow easy movement. The padding makes sure that the heat from the body is stored inside the garment without making it feel uncomfortable. The padding is made of polyester.
While it’s also beautiful, the satin polyester lining in our outerwear is also functional - it’s designed to help getting dressed. Thanks to its sleek feel, it’s easy to slip into an overall!
The fabric consists of these three layers. Besides this, most of our winter outerwear products include a faux-fur trim that is removable. The trim is made with 48% MOD, 40% PAC, 12% PES. You can freshen it up by brushing it with a hairbrush.
Gugguu winter coats and snowsuits
We have a wide selection of high quality winter outerwear pieces to children of all ages to different kinds of needs. All of the items use the same materials, but there are differences between the technical properties.
Perfect for the stroller or pram, our Footmuff is the perfect protector to keep babies warm! The footmuff protects from cold, wind and water and it’s easy to attach to a stroller or a pram. It’s designed to fit universally to most models on the market. The seams are not taped.
Our original snowsuit is perfect for babies under 1 year. You can find it in sizes 62 to size 74. Compared to the North Snowsuit, the C’moon Snowsuit has soft, wide cuffs, the legs don’t have rubber bands for the feet and the seams are not taped.
C’moon Winter Jacket
C’moon Winter Jacket has sizes from 80 to 152, so it’s good for 1-12 year old kids. The jacket has taped seams to ensure it’s waterproof, it has large pockets and the sleeves have soft and wide cuffs.
The North Snowsuit is a larger version of our classic C’moon Snowsuit. It’s perfect for toddlers aged 1-5 and it’s available in sizes 80-110. Compared to the C’moon Snowsuit, the North Snowsuit has more technical properties: it has taped seams to ensure it’s waterproof, the cuffs have rubber bands and there are rubber bands for feet.
Print Snowsuit is practically a patterned version of the North Snowsuit. It has taped seams and rubber band cuffs on the pant legs and sleeves and there are rubber bands for feet. The Print Snowsuit doesn’t have pockets. In comparison to the North Snowsuit, you can find Print Snowsuit in smaller sizes too, beginning from size 62. Sizes 62-74 don’t have taped seams.
Print Winter Parka
Print Winter Parka is available in sizes 80-152. The coat has side pockets and rubber band cuffs on the sleeves. The seams are taped.
Puffer Trench Coat
Puffer Trench Coat is a longer winter coat in a trench coat style. It’s double breasted and closes with snaps instead of a zipper. The coat also includes a belt. The seams are not taped.
How to wear and layer children’s winter outerwear
The weather conditions are of course the determining factor in what kind of outerwear you should dress your child with. In some temperatures you can get away with mid season outerwear with some layers underneath, but in a lot of countries the winter requires heavier, padded winter wear. It’s easy to use layers to ensure warmth and protection. Layers also help you to get more wear from mid season outerwear to in colder seasons and of course layering can help padded winter outerwear to be warm even in the coldest possible weather. There is no universal rules to when you should make the switch from mid season outerwear to warmer, padded winter outerwear. Usually it’s recommended to start using warmer garments when the temperatures are at 0 degrees Celsius and below. That means 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
Layering during the winter months
The best way to stay warm is to wear layers. When layering, keep in mind a few rules to make the layers work - don’t just wear clothes on top of clothes.
The layering consists of three different types of layers: baselayer, midlayer and top layer.
The baselayer exists to trap warmth from the skin and to move moisture from the skin. Baselayer is the layer that touches the skin, meaning it includes underwear, socks and a possible baselayer set that includes a long sleeved shirt and long pants. Ideal materials are wool, merino wool and silk. A thin garment made from these materials is able to breath and to wick moisture away from the skin, making you feel dry and warm. There are baselayer sets made from synthetic fibres available too. It is recommended to steer away from cotton, because it soaks up moisture leaving you feeling wet and cold.
The midlayers job is to add more insulation and to trap warmth between the layers and the fibres. It is recommended to use again choose a material that doesn’t soak up moisture, because staying dry is essential to staying warm. Best options are wool, merino wool or polyester, like fleece.
In some cases the top layer is divided into two; a padded coat and a shell coat that has taped seams and good water protection. The good news with Gugguu winter outerwear is that these two features have been combined to all of our winter garments, so you only need one top layer. The puffy padding insulates and traps heat well. The materials our winter coats and snowsuits use have 100% wind protection and a high water column and most of the garments also have taped seams. Almost all of them also include a large hood. A high quality merino wool beanie underneath the hood gives the head all of the great protective features as well.
The head, neck and hands need protection too. In the winter the best choice is merino wool, because as mentioned, it breathes and allows moisture to evaporate and keeps the skin dry. Most people will be fine with a beanie, a scarf and mittens but in extreme weather wearing the hood from the coat or overall will add protection.
What to wear in extremely low temperatures?
If the weather is very low, like -20 degrees Celsius or -4 degrees Fahrenheit, there might be a need for two baselayers. The layer closest to the skin usually has the most important role and by doubling the layer there is even more insulation and thus more warmth.
Choose the correct size winter outerwear
Gugguu outerwear have quite a loose fit and we recommend choosing the correct size based on the child’s height. Since babies and toddlers grow quite fast, you might want to take the growth into account in choosing the correct size - for babies and toddlers that are in between two sizes and you’re purchasing the garment early, we recommend taking the larger size.
When trying on the garment, check these things:
- When trying on a snowsuit, check if the length is correct: when the child squats, does the overall look tight in the crotch or the shoulders? If yes, pick a larger size.
- When trying on ether a coat or a snowsuit, ask the child to reach their arms towards the ceiling. If the child is wearing the correct size, the wrists should be covered by the sleeve when the arms are raised.
- In overalls or snow pants the pant leg should touch the top of the shoe but not the ground.
- Can you fit layers underneath the garment? Try to grab a fistful of the garment from the back - if that’s possible, there should be enough room for layers.