Keeping your kids cooped up inside on rainy days can be just as much of a punishment for you as it is for them. Being stuck indoors isn’t a whole lot of fun, and boredom can quickly turn the most mild-mannered toddler or child into a monster of sorts. Instead of forcing them to stay inside on rainy days, why not invest in the right gear so they can play outside and you can preserve some of your sanity?
Don’t let a few sprinkles ruin your child’s (or your) day. Let them enjoy splashing in puddles and dancing in the rain. Here are a few things to look for when you are trying to find the best rain gear for your child or toddler.
If you want your kids to stay dry while playing outside in the rain, you need rain gear that is waterproof—not just water resistant. Water resistant gear is fine for quick dashes between stores or getting in and out of the car, but it won’t do much to protect your little ones during extended outdoor play. If you only want to invest in one set of rain gear or a raincoat for your child, make sure it’s waterproof as opposed to water resistant.
Safe and Non-Toxic
We would all like to think that the clothing sold in stores and online is safe to dress our kids in. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Some of the rain gear that is intended for kids and toddlers is made using potentially toxic materials like PVC or vinyl. Before you buy any type of rain gear for your family, check the tag to make sure it is PVC-free, vinyl-free, lead-free, phthalate-free, and PFC-free. Look for gear that is constructed from polyurethane or polyester or made with a nylon outer and a natural liner.
Warmth and Breathability
Depending on your child’s activity levels and the climate in your area, warmth and breathability can be important factors. If you live where it’s chilly, you’ll obviously want warm rain gear or gear that’s roomy enough for layers to be worn underneath. In hotter climates, breathability becomes more of a concern. Traditional rain slickers do not breathe well and can cause a child to overheat during exceptionally warm weather or strenuous activity.
Closures help seal warmth in and water out. Elastic closures around cuffs, hems, waits, and hoods help keep your kids dry with minimal fuss. Adjustable closures with cords or tabs, however, provide a greater degree of protection.
Of course, the rain gear you choose needs to fit your child or toddler appropriately. Unfortunately, they grow quickly, so it isn’t always easy to find something that will fit now and the next time it rains. If you don’t want to replace their rain gear quickly, look for options that include things like adjustable cuffs and straps.
When having your kids try on rain gear, it’s always smarter to invest in something that’s a bit too big rather than too small. Sizing up a bit leaves room for growth and adding additional layers on chilly days. If you are only buying a raincoat and not pants, have your little ones sit down while trying them on. Ideally, it should be long enough to protect your son or daughter’s bottom when sitting on a wet surface.
Safety features probably are not the first things that come to mind when you think about selecting rain gear, but they are important. On cloudy, rainy days, kids are sometimes harder to stop—especially when playing at dusk or dawn. Finding rain gear with reflective logos or piping is a simple step you can take to help ensure that motorists and other people are able to spot your kids while they are playing or accompanying you on a walk. Also, consider a rain jacket that is embroidered with your child’s names or initials. Something as simple as a monogrammed rain jacket could make it easier for your child to be located if you ever become separated.
Don’t Forget About Boots
If you are a parent, you already know that kids love jumping in puddles. Rain jackets and pants will protect your little ones from the rain falling from the sky, but, when it comes to protecting their feet during those puddle jumping sessions, the right rain boots are a must. Simple galoshes are perfectly sufficient. Just make sure they fit properly. Sending your child out in ill-fitting boots is a good way for them to end up with a twisted ankle. You’ll probably need to buy new pairs frequently to ensure a good fit. This is one of the many reasons why it’s smart to stick with a basic pair of rain boots instead of investing in something more expensive.
Caring for Your Child’s Rain Gear
Did you know that washing your child’s rain gear with normal detergent can damage it? Some detergents have additives that can interfere with waterproofness and breathability. For the most part, you should be able to get away with wiping up spills and spots as needed. When your child’s rain gear is in need of a more thorough washing, though, be sure to use a product that is formulated specifically for outdoor gear.
As a parent, protecting your kids is your primary concern. While your first instinct may be to keep them indoors on rainy days, doing so isn’t much fun for them or for you. Instead, invest in rain gear that allows them to go out and enjoy the day while staying warm and dry. Having the right gear is important, too, because it ensures that you can safely take the kids out when you have errands to run, appointments to attend, etc. A good raincoat and boots will keep them warm and dry on the way to and from school, too. Use the tips above to find gear that’s perfect for your own little puddle jumper.
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