All too often a wet day is an excuse to stay inside if you don’t have the right gear to keep kids warm, dry and happy. We’ve collected the best rain gear for kids to help you get outside more all year long. Need a little nudge for getting out to play in the mud? Here’s the reasons why it’s so beneficial and how to make it happen for your family.
For this year especially when we are doing everything we can to keep kids outside, rain or shine in school and at home (a pandemic perk I suppose!), this the gear we use and trust.
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Rain Jackets, Pants and Suits for Kids and Toddlers
Reima Rain Gear for Kids
Reima Kids is a very well-established (since 1944) Finnish brand that is relatively new to the US and makes incredible gear for kids. Their entire goal is making gear that allows kids to be outside all day long and they’ve nailed it!
They make a wide range of rain gear for kids including jackets, bibs (here’s how they compare to others), trail pants, gloves and hats.
Jan & Jul Rain (and wet snow) Gear for Kids
Jan and Jul rain gear is waterproof AND fleece-lined so perfect for cold AND wet days. It isn’t bulky, has great hoods and keeps kids warm and dry.
While we haven’t been as impressed with their mittens (many of the toggles have fallen off), we highly recommend their gear.
Villervalla is hands-down a favorite in our house. It’s more of what I would call a “hard shell” so is super, incredibly durable, works for snow, slush and rain and is full of tiny details for a great fit.
The shell suits and pants/jacket separates are available in stripes and bright solids. The sizing is in Euro so best to measure the child’s height to find the perfect fit.
What I love:
- Cinched waists allow room for layering without it being bulky and in the way
- Adjustable cuffs AND an inner sleeve and thumb holes keep out the moisture
- Adjustable hood is big enough to actually work in the rain, fits on kids’ heads and is detachable when you just don’t need it
- Detachable and adjustable elastic for under boots (though I am sure this is the first thing that will go when it DOES start breaking down someday.)
We have used it and loved it in all spring and fall weather conditions (pouring rain, slush, snow, & mud).
Suits available in ages 2-6 years; Jacket/Pants in sizes 6-9 mo – age 10.
PuddleGear Rain Gear for Kids
This mom-owned company out of Canada makes impressive high quality rain gear for kids up to age 10.
DucKsday Rain Gear for Kids
Another import, this is one we have been using and wearing for years and years now.
It’s soft and supple for really great rain movement and their hood is THE best I have seen. It’s a lighter weight than the Villervalla so great for warmer temperatures. We have seen occasional tears in our suits (like 2 in 6 years of wearing them), some zipper sticking and eventually they just aren’t waterproof anymore (like after 4 years).
But, don’t let those small things turn you away – these are fantastic suits. Plus they pack very small and are bright for easy-to-spot kids!
Oaki Trail Suits Rain Gear for Kids
These the most budget-friendly of any of the rain suits you will find and are also fantastic. They are less supple than the DucKsday and more of a hardshell (though not as reinforced as the Villervalla).
I love the inside cinchable waist and adjustable cuffs AND ankles. Their downside? The hoods are sort of terrible and don’t keep rain off little faces.
Tuffo Muddy Buddy Coverall Rain Gear for Kids
The tuffo is the lightest weight and simplest design and also the cheapest. It has double zippers for easy on and off and provides a basic full rain-suit. The cuffs aren’t adjustable and it’s not super thick, but people love love love them and that they are so affordable.
These are a thicker, softer rain jacket and so great for mud because they clean super easily. Often in warmer weather, we’ll send the kids out in just bibs. They’re generously sized, but snap at the waist for a more trim fit.
CeLaVi classic rain pieces are free from harmful substances such as PVC, fluorine substances, nickel, AZO dyes, and flame retardants.
We like these three bibs so much that our team member (Kristin in Alaska) did a comparison post on them. Check it out to see which ones we recommend for which conditions.
Best Rain Mittens for Kids
Rain mittens that WORK, where you been for the last 9 years?!?! Intended to be of an overmitten than work by themselves, these are the only ones we have tried that we’ve actually been happy with.
CeLaVi Rain Mittens
If you want some warmth, we love these ones from CeLaVi since they are fleece lined.
VillerValla Rain Mittens
If you just want a shell, the VillerValla Rain Mittens are flexible and easy to move in.
Polarn O. Pyret
The rain mittens from Polarn O. Pyret are more lightweight than the VillerValla, easy to put on and do a good job staying on.
Best Rain Boots for Kids
The Crocs Handle It Rain boots are unique because they have no liner in them to impede dry time. Pair them with the socks that work best for the conditions and temperature and you’re set. They also are very durable and pull on easily.
We love that their are a molded boot so no seams that can come apart.
We have been long-time lovers of Muck boots because they fit well, keep little feet warm in colder, wet conditions and hold up for years and years and years.
In fact, our pairs that are over 6 years old show virtually no wear, despite being on the 3rd kid.
Lone Cone has high quality gear for kids that is super affordable. Check out our full review here to see why we love them so much.
Their elementary collection is a great basic rain boot for a good price. They keep feet dry and are easy to pull on.
If you tend to have more slush and snow than actual long periods of rain, you may want to check out the Lone Cone all-season neoprene boots.
Bogs Solid Skipper Boots
Bogs are a favorite for many families for good reason. They are incredibly durable, have great traction and last to pass down from kid to kid.
We love this slightly shorter Solid Skipper Boots with handles for toddlers and little kids.
Best Rain Hats for Kids
Reima Rainy Hat
The Reima Rainy hat is our favorite rain-specific because it has ear flaps that you can put up or down depending on how cold it is. Remember to use “mtnmama” for 20% off!
The OR Seattle Sombrero is fantastic for both sun AND rain.
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