All-in-One Waterproof Suits for Your Child – How To Choose

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!

Kids Waterproofs – What Features Should I Look For?

Adventure Togs range of kids waterproofs are perfect for keeping kids dry on wet and windy days. We stock a wide range of quality kids waterproof clothing which are windproof and breathable as well as waterproof.

Children love to play outdoors regardless of the weather and usually don’t mind getting muddy! Parents often worry about keeping them warm and dry and want quality waterproof clothing to protect kids and keep them cosy when playing outdoors.

Our range of outdoor gear comprises of waterproof all-in-one suits, jackets and over-trousers and matching waterproof clothing accessories. We also stock several brands of 2 piece waterproof suits which provide excellent value for parents and teachers when purchasing for outdoor learning and Forest Schools.

What to look out for when purchasing kids waterproofs:

  • Fully waterproof garments with sealed or taped seams to prevent water seeping in.
  • Windproof and breathable (to prevent build up of moisture when kids are running around).
  • No air gaps around the waistline – ensure jackets do not ride up when the child bends over. An all-in-one waterproof suit is perfect as an head to toe kids waterproof.
  • Easy on/off – we want our children to be responsible for dressing themselves so the waterproof clothing needs to be easy to put on and remove without the help of an adult.
  • Reflective strips or pattern – Provides high visibility and therefore safety.
  • Choose lightweight, soft, comfortable fabrics so children can move around freely and play in comfort.
  • Stirrup straps or ankle adjustment so that waterproof trousers don’t ride up the leg.
  • A well fitted hood will not blow down in the wind and keep the ears and head warm and dry.
  • Kids waterproofs should be colourful and fun for kids to wear.

Waterproofs for Schools and Nurseries – A Guide

Choosing waterproof clothing for your school or nursery shouldn’t be difficult. The foundation stage in schools puts a great emphasis on outdoor play and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors, you will need a robust and durable suit which is preferably breathable and windproof as well as waterproof. With so much choice in waterproof suits and separates nowadays, there will certainly be a suit to meet your needs. We’ve put together this short guide which will help your decide on the most appropriate waterproofs for your school or nursery.

Remember ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing’

1. Think Practical – Will the children be dressing themselves? If so, think about how easy the suit or separates are for children to put on and take off. If purchasing for a range of sizes, think about buying one colour per size, e.g. all the 3 year old’s wear Royal Blue, 4 year old’s wear Red and 5 year old’s wear Navy.

Togz Shell Waterproof All-in-One Suit
Togz Shell Waterproof All-in-One Suit

2. Think Fabric – How durable is the fabric? How you want a heavier duty waterproof suit or something lightweight and packable for easy storage? E.g. You may like the robustness of the Togz waterproof all-in-one suit, but when it comes to storage, the Target Dry Little Nipper suit takes up much less space and is equally waterproof and breathable.

Little Nipper Waterproof Rain Suit by Target Dry
Little Nipper Waterproof Rain Suit by Target Dry

3. Think Warmth –  Would you prefer a winter suit or a shell outer suit for all seasons? An unlined shell waterproof can be layered under in winter with a fleece to keep the children warm and dry.

4. Think Style – A one piece waterproof or separates? An all-in-one rain suit will prevent any gaps around the waist, keeping children warmer, particularly on windy days. However, a 2 piece suit such as the Mikk-line over-trousers / dungarees and jacket set or Mac in a Sac waterproof trousers and jacket is ideal for more flexibility.

Mikk-Line Waterproof Dungarees and Jacket
Mikk-Line Waterproof Dungarees / Trousers and Jacket Suit

For more information on waterproof clothing for your school or nursery, see the Schools & Groups page of our website and sign up to our schools and groups newsletter.

How will you be playing this summer?

How will you be playing this summer

The summer holidays are nearly upon us and the question of what to do with the kids is looming. For some of us the thought of the holidays is exciting but there is always a little bit of trepidation mixed in. Once the novelty wears off, the boredom sets in and the kids start to fight, it all just seems a little less fun. We never know what the weather will do either! Will it pour down with rain or will there be long hot sticky days to contend with?

Here at Adventure Togs we have a whole host of ideas that should keep you busy all summer long.

Check out our other blog posts for wet weather ideas, muddy fun and some great ways to play in the forest. Experiment with them and try them out in different ways. We would love to hear how you have used the ideas and if you have added any fun twists.

For more ways to play catch up on our Monthly feature posts. Each post has links to at least four other blogs with some fabulous ideas that will inspire you all to get up, get out and enjoy the weather, whatever it might throw at you.

Keep an eye on our weekly posts over the summer as well. We will be posting each week sharing more ideas from other bloggers as well as some of our own.

Are you thinking at this point, well that’s all very well but my kids don’t do the outdoors? The busier they can keep themselves outside the less you should hear ‘I’m bored!’ or find them using each other as punchbags. Well that’s the plan anyway!

sunswim_349x164How are you planning on playing outdoors this summer? We would love to hear what you get up to. Share your pictures and ideas with us on our facebook page or tweet us @adventuretogs with the #adventurebugs