In preparation for the recent Engearment mission to Iceland, we picked up a few extra bits to make sure our littlest gearhead, Danjo, stayed warm and dry no matter what sort of shenanigans we got up to. The foundation of a great layering scheme is a great base layer. And, wouldn’t you know it…one of the all-time greats is available in mini sizes. So, we had a set of the Patagonia Baby Capilene Midweight base layers delivered just in time.
The set comes with two pieces – a long-sleeve onesie and a pair of pants – and are available in six sizes for everybaby from birth to 24 months. There’s no difference between boys’ and girls’ sets other than the colors. The 0-3 month size is still working for the little dude at about 14 pounds, though it’s starting to get small. Patagonia rates it up to 10 lbs, but with baby sizes, everything is a total crapshoot.
We found baby Capilene to be a great foundation for a baby layering system and used the same set almost every day. After washing, it dried quickly enough – despite a janky Icelandic dryer – that we could wash it at night and put it back on Danjo in the morning. It also really liked to absorb liquids, so spit-up and drool made for frequent washings. No damage from washing, so far beyond typical Capilene pilling.
There are a few features we’ve really appreciated. Patagonia uses snaps that feel exceptionally solid. When you snap the onesie together, it’s not coming apart until you unsnap it. Also, hand covers! The sleeves have magical hand covers that fold over and keep the little ones from scratching themselves or getting cold hands. Though we haven’t tried it ourselves, Capilene must be pretty tasty because the little dude loved shoving his hands in his mouth the second we covered them. Keep an eye out for our upcoming base-layer taste test. Here’s our judge:
Does your kid need Patagonia Capilene? No. But, if you plan on having the little one outside in some chilly conditions, it’s a great (and adorable) way to keep them warm and dry. Add in a set of Patagonia Baby Synchilla Booties and your nugget will be cozy and well on his or her way to being a little gearhead.