As the mother of five kids ranging in age from 1-20 years, I’ve developed a few go-to clothing items that I stick with. The Journey’s End Jacket from Hanna Andersson is one of them.
Here are C’s (age 4) and G’s (age 1) current Journey’s End Jackets hanging on our coat rack. The smaller pink one was C’s – and she wore it from age 1-3 – before being passed down to her little sister. It’s been worn hard and washed repeatedly and still looks almost new. The larger brown one is C’s current edition of the Journey’s End Jacket; she got it for Christmas last year.
I first discovered these jackets when J, now age 16, was a toddler. Although they seemed a little pricey, I loved the gorgeous paisley (each season there are new paisleys and florals in the jackets), so I waited til they were on sale and ordered one. I discovered that these jackets are so durable that even if you spend more on the front end, they last so long that they end up being a bargain. J wore each of her Journey’s End jackets for 2-3 years before they were passed down to younger cousins who ALSO each wore them for years. I was bummed when she finally aged out of Hanna Andersson clothing, and these jackets in particular.
The jackets are cut in a way that allows you to buy them on the large side for your child’s size and then they fit for at least two full seasons. The fabric of the coats is this silky but very tough microfiber, and the colors don’t fade even after a zillion washes and dries. My favorite thing about these coats is that they have a thinsulate filling so they truly are a warm as the bulkiest down or wool coat but they are as thin and light as a sweater or a light jacket, which makes them easy to get on and off and easy to have on your child when fastening carseat and booster seat straps and buckles.
Last, they are cut really well. The detachable hoods actually fit snugly on kids’ heads, and the cuffs tighten to keep wind and wet out. They are also long enough to cover the area from hip to mid thigh but still short enough to run and play and climb.
These Journey’s End Jackets from Hanna Andersson get my highest recommendation as a parent, and if you’re looking for a good winter coat for your own little girl, you should definitely check these out.
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