Children love playing and exploring outdoors and rarely let anything spoil their fun. When it rains, puddles become prime jumping spots, while in the snow there are entire families of snowfolk waiting to be built.
There is no need to let a bit of rain or cold weather stop kids from being
active, especially when the UK is prone to cold and wet spells. In
Scandinavia, school children in Forest Schools are encouraged to play outside every day, no matter the weather.
Why not invest in a good waterproof suit for your little one? The
Adventure Togs team has put together a list of points to consider
when choosing the right waterproof clothing for your child.
Go for maximum cover
Waterproof one-piece suits (also known as all-in-one suits, waterproof
onesies or splash suits) offer head-to-toe cover and prevent cold
from entering through air gaps that are common in separate
items of clothing. They are also more cost-effective and available in a range of fabrics. All-in-one waterproofs are often preferred for younger children over a combination of jacket and trousers.
Check the seams
Choose a 100% waterproof suit with taped seams, which is vital for
preventing water from getting in through the stitching.
Is it breathable?
Ideally, waterproof suits for kids should be breathable. If the item of
clothing is non-breathable, active kids can become hot and sweaty.
Windproofing or weatherproofing?
If you’re after a suit to keep the rain out and your little one dry, a
waterproof material is essential. For longer periods in cold, wet weather, a suit that is both waterproof and windproof will help to keep your child warm.
Teflon coating for protection against dirt
Look out for Teflon-coated fabrics, such as Togz kids waterproof suits which do not allow mud and dirt to penetrate the fabric.
Don’t forget watertight zips
A waterproof coating on the suit will keep the rain out, but
your child could still get wet if the zips aren’t watertight.
Look out for suits and jackets with storm flaps which provide a waterproof cover.
Is it adjustable?
Ensure the ankles and wrists of the suit are elastic or adjustable for a
better fit. There’s nothing worse than water seeping in through
sleeves or wind blowing up hems.
Lightweight & packable
Some designs of waterproof suit are made from lightweight fabric and easily packable. Perfect to pack and store away in a
backpack, when rain is forecast later in the day!
Will your kids want to wear it?
Choose a suit in bright and fun colours, made from a soft and comfortable fabric so your kids will be happy to wear it. Reflective safety strips are also important!