"Go Buy Now" is our new section dedicated to the stuff that sells out before you even know you critically need it. As soon as we find out one such crucial item is available, we'll give you a heads up, regardless of the fact that the timing of the content seems absurd.
If this is your first winter with a toddler, you will undoubtedly scoff not only at the timing of this post, but at the cost of the item I am recommending that you purchase now, in the heat of July, or in the next 6-8 weeks, before they sell out. The Patagonia Baby Down Sweater ($80) is hands-down the single best winter jacket for kids. Period. It is warm, well-made, light, durable, uber-washable, and. . . drum roll, please. . . your child will actually wear it. Without protest.
If this is your second or greater season with a small child, you have probably already clicked through to Patagonia, because you know what I'm talkin' about and it ain't pretty, sister.
I purchased three winter jackets totaling about $90 for Huck last year, none of which he would wear without first having a day-torching melt-down. It's little wonder considering he looked like the kid from A Christmas Story and I was taking the "Put your arms down at school," approach, before my super-perceptive and ever-generous mom bought Huck his first Patagonia Down Sweater. He happily wore his Patagonia jacket October through March, layered with a fleece on colder days and on its own in the car and on warmer days without a complaint.
These babies were sold out in everything but the 18 month size by early November of last year, so don't sit on this info too long if you want your pick of size and color.
Sanity saver + cost per wear = happy Mamas.