For those of you who are blessed with living in California-like climate, then move along. You probably don’t need any sort of super-duper rain gear for your toddlers. A cheap pair of generic rain-boots will likely do the job.
For the rest of us who weather many a storm, for quite a few months out of the year – the need for quality surpasses that of choosing less expensive outer-wear. Also? For those of you who live is such said climates, and if your toddler(s) go to daycare, they are probably going to request 2 pairs of splash pants (not that you have to buy 2 pairs of premium ones. I went with a cheap-o pair for the back-up), and ban most rain-boots. Apparently the cheap ones have poor-to-no grip and they are a safety hazard, so. (A little FYI if you are new to the daycare game and want to save yourself from making double purchases. I wish I knew this stuff going in!)
I made the mistake of buying some cute rain-boots and coats on sale at my local Joe Fresh this year a couple of months back. All items were under $15 bucks. After the very first time they put them to the test, for more than 5 minutes…you know what happened. Allowing my kids to actually splash in puddles while we went on a walk meant that they both came home with cold, soaked feet.
We can expect another 4-6 weeks of chilly rain season where I live, so this has been a lesson well learned. The added cost of buying sturdier gear is well-worth it in my books.
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Tretorn Optimist Rain Boot
PVC free and lined with grippy rubber sole. Your little one can splash, run and muck about to their heart’s content in these suckers and their feet will stay supported and dry.
Hatley Printed Raincoat
Apparently this is for boys, but here’s the thing. While my little girl most definitely likes hearts and ruffles – she also loves trucks and boats. Just sayin’. Hatley rain-gear is another company that makes top-rated and reviewed product, PVC free!
Kushies Yellow Rain Jacket and Pant Set
Great attention to functional detail here, PVC-free and comes in multiple colors too!
Hatley Strawberry Sunday Raincoat
Another gorgeous design from Hatley. PVC-free, lined with soft, plush cotton terry and it comes with matching boots and an umbrella!
Hatley Strawberry Sunday Rainboots
Jersey lined and made from 100% natural rubber. These beauties (as is all Hatley gear) are Canadian designed.
Croc Rain Boots
Try and hate these. Go on and try. Comes in Carnation, Ultraviolet, Fuschia and Sea Blue.
Bogs Glosh Waterproof Boot
The boot of choice for daycare! Or is it just mine? These are the only rain-boots they’ll allow, as apparently all other ones are a safety hazard. I’ve sent some of these other carefully selected choices to their head administrator to see if any of them cut the mustard. They come in a wide variety of styles, prints, colors and price points.
Disney Store’s Minnie Mouse Clubhouse Rain Jacket
Get one of the last few if you or your little girl is a big fan of said mouse. This is a ridiculously adorable coat!