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Baby jackets offer the baby not only warmth, but also protection against the environment and the elements. They make terrific baby gift ideas, as they can be personalised with the baby's name or initials. It's important to take your time when choosing what kind of jackets you want your child to wear as they grow up depending on age.

Are Baby Jackets Necessary?

As part of most essential baby sets, baby jackets are necessary for newborns because of their delicate skin. It's important to keep them protected from insect bites and rashes that can be caused by the environment. Baby jackets should also protect your baby's neck while not being too tight, so they don't choke on it when eating or drinking.

Basic baby jackets will do, but there are others that offer more protection against weather conditions, like raincoats with hoods or warmers in case it gets too cold outside in the winter months. Remember, as the baby grows up, the type of coats and jackets that suit him/her will change as well.

Types of Baby Jackets

There are different types of jackets that your little one can wear throughout their lifetime.

•Type: Baby Jacket Age Range: 0-0 Months

A baby suit jacket is made of cloth that doesn't cover the whole body, but protects a baby from cold air while in the car seat or stroller. It has an opening for the head, so it goes over the entire upper torso and shoulders without touching any other part of the skin. This type also offers some protection against insects because there are no zippers to let those little buggers get inside. The only downside is that this baby jacket might be hot if you live in hotter climates where summers are more brutal instead of winter.

•Type: Baby Coat Ages 0-12 months

This baby coat is a bit longer than the first type, and it does cover their entire body. The baby can wear this baby fur jacket to keep warm in winter or cold climates because more fabric covers them from head to toe. This one also protects against insects, plus you have the option of zipping up part of it if they're getting too hot during warmer seasons that are common for most places around North America.

•Type: Baby Coat Ages 12+ months

This baby light jacket isn’t just meant for winter. It's also not as long, so it doesn't cover their entire body, but more of the upper half and arms. This will protect your baby from getting too cold or catching a draft when he/she is outside playing in winter weather.

•Type: Baby Coat Ages 18+ months

This type of baby coat is similar to an adult one because it offers comprehensive coverage for them. The only difference between this baby coat and a normal one is that there are openings at the bottom side of each armhole, so you can place protective mittens over your baby's hands before zipping up the rest of the way.

How to choose the best jackets for your baby?

This is a good question! A lot goes into picking the ideal baby jackets for the kids. As far as baby gift ideas go, jackets top the list. However, there are a few things that you need to consider when shopping for suitable infant jackets, including:

1. The baby's age. Your baby's age greatly determines the kind of baby jackets that will work best for them. For example, a baby under six months old is fragile and needs to be kept in warm climates as much as possible. The baby's age also determines what type of material should be used on this coat. A baby over 18 months who is more active would need something different from a newborn baby because older babies tend to be more active compared to younger ones. If your baby runs around a lot, then he/she might need more roomy material than a less mobile child. You also want to pick something that will stay put during playtime, because otherwise those cute baby clothes can get ruined by an accident with messy food.

2. How long they plan on wearing it. If your baby will be wearing the baby jacket for a long period, then they should wear something cooler, like a dress or an outfit that doesn't have sleeves so that the baby won’t overheat. If they will be in the coat for a shorter period of time, then go with warmer material.

3. The type of material. For babies under six months old who are still developing, cotton is best for them because they tend to be sensitive and prone to allergies. Synthetics such as nylon blend fabric aren't good choices for infant baby jackets either.

4. Type of weather. What season will this jacket be used: winter, fall, spring, or summer? A baby may not require insulation if they live in warmer climates. However, babies who live near colder temperatures might want something with added protection from harsh winds and rain. Take your time in identifying the best baby winter coats, as it will make a significant difference.

The multitude of baby accessories such as baby bags, baby bibs, and baby wraps can overwhelm new parents. As one of Australia's leading adult, baby, and children's wear retailers, you can rely on Best&Less to help you pick items that are essential for your baby’s well-being. We are dedicated to providing baby outfits that make your baby look stylish, trendy, and comfortable. Check out our baby clothing collections including baby shoes, baby knitwear and baby rompers today.