This Patagonia Baby Reversible Puff-Ball Insulated Jacket is great! My wife and I couldn't be happier with it or more ready to recommend it to parents looking for a great winter coat for your own little one. We received the 6 months size as a gift for our newborn daughter early in the summer of 2012, and she started wearing it when she was about 5 months(mid-October). The sizing is generous (which is why I marked "Feels Too Big" above), and she was able to wear it straight through her first Michigan winter until she was 10 or 11 months. While it doesn't get all that "extreme" in Southeast MI, with a baselayer-type onesie and fleece pants it kept our daughter toasty warm on multiple long early-morning walks (30-60 minutes outside) with temps from the teens to 30's and conditions from clear, cold and snowy to windy and light sleet/freezing rain. As an all-synthetic jacket with a good DWR, it beads up cold rain and snow pretty well and you don't have to worry about keeping it as perfectly dry as you would a down-insulated jacket (and the hood on her stoller kept her from getting dumped on anyway). As she was just an infant, she was just sitting in the stroller outside in these temps, but everytime we checked inside the coat to feel how warm she was, it was like putting your hand inside a toaster oven! It packs small due to the lightweight insulation, but "puffs up" enough to trap a ton of dead air around the little one and keep her warm. It is not a huge "puffy" coat with massive baffles, but it doesn't need to be: the polyester insulation Patagonia uses seems similar to Primaloft, and Dad's Primaloft-filled REI Revelcloud Jacket is spectacularly warm for how lightweight and "thin" it is. The newer, higher-end synthetic insulations are getting better and better, close to goose down-levels of warmth and compressibility, and they are deceptively "thin" if you're not familiar with how they work. We also had her wear this on winter hikes in northern Michigan (Sleeping Bear Dunes along Lake Michigan, and Tahquamenon Falls area in the Upper Peninsula). Way more snow and often a lot colder and more wind - especially on the lakeshore - than southeast MI, but she was warm nonetheless. We have nothing but positive experiences with this coat and can't think of any reason you wouldn't get it if you're taking your child outside in the winter! You have to layer it with something underneath, and of course you'll need warm pants of some kind, mittens and a hat - but the jacket is awesome! It's been spit up on, spilled on, and washed several times too, with no tears, fading, or seams coming apart. Patagonia makes top-notch stuff for kids as well as adults, and this is going to be passed down to our daughter's little cousin this winter.
Feels too big
Feels too long
Feels too big
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend