10 best kids' puddle suits to ensure rain and mud won't stop your toddler playing outside
Team it with a trusty pair of wellies and say goodbye to mud encrusted trousers and shoes
Midsummer might well be upon us but in Britain, that means very little in terms of weather guarantees or appropriate wardrobes choices.
A puddle suit is a VIP (very important product) that no parent should leave home without.
The good news is that at this time of year there are plenty of discounts on such items – as everyone optimistically looks to summer.
Puddle suits are usually lightweight, all-in-one garments that are splash proof rather than watertight, although every brand is different.
But what to look for in a puddle suit?
Ideally, you want something that is lightweight and easy to do up and take off; pay special attention to the location of zips and poppers.
Pack away suits are particularly useful – as they’ll be easy to stow away and are perfect for travel.
We recommend buying a size larger to enable layering up underneath when the temperature dips.
However, some puddle suits are fully lined and therefore warm enough.
We’ve rounded up the very best puddle suits out there, all of which will ensure that rain never stops play…
All-in-one overall: £35.99, Wet Wednesdays
Available either fleece-lined or unlined, the overalls by Wet Wednesdays are 100 per cent waterproof, thanks to welded seams.
This just feels like the real McCoy: we love the exterior – a soft, tactile rubbery finish with reinforced fabric on the bottom and knee areas. The middle is elasticated, the hood (complete with peaked cap) is detachable. There is every bell and whistle you can imagine – the designers clearly really know their stuff.
Puddle buster suit: £35, Frugi
Frugi always make clever and cute illustrations on their designs and this green frog pattern is no different. We love Frugi’s eco credentials; this suit is made from 100 percent recycled polyester. It feels soft and almost fuzzy to touch. It's fitted true to size, even with a sweater and trousers underneath there was room for movement. The adjustable straps for the feet were simple to alter and kept the trousers in place.
Packaway waterproof dungarees: £29, Jo Jo Maman Bebe
Sure, these don’t have arms but we don’t think this matters too much, if you are in possession of a waterproof jacket, or for summer days where it is wet underfoot but not raining.
Made from recycled polyester with a PU coating, we love that these feel so sturdy – check out the durable buckles on the straps – but are also light and easy to move about in. They are also wind resistant which makes them unexpectedly warm.
Clouds waterproof puddle suit: £24.50, Boden
This is – dare we say – as chic as an all in one waterproof suit can get with a two-tone blue colourway in a cloud design.
Thumbs up for the pack away element – the drawstring bag is super cute as an object in its own right and is easily stored in backpack or buggy. The zip seems especially long – something we welcome in terms of ease when dressing little ones.
Charco waterproof puddle suit: £23.95, Regatta
Made from breathable Isolite fabric which has a durable water repellent coating, this suit is waterproof and ensures little ones are kept cosy thanks to breeze blocking at the garment’s wrists and ankles.
The zip runs from the neck right down to the right ankle which makes taking it on and off is not only easy, but clean and tidy. We love the playful tiger design: bright orange with a detailed face on the hood, complete with ears. It’s very light indeed.
All-in-one puddlepac: £24.61, Muddy Puddles
This completely waterproof suit is made from recycled plastic and boasts a gorgeous dandelion print which is wonderfully at odds with rainy days. As any parent or carer knows, keeping little heads warm and protected is no mean feat. We really appreciated that the elastic hood stayed nicely in place despite a particularly breezy day.
Unlined, it folds right down into a diminutive pocket so it won’t feel like a burden to pop it into a handbag or even coat pocket. It even features a little carabiner so you can attach it to a buggy.
Next pink unicorn puddle suit: From £23, Next
This shower resistant suit will brighten up any rainy day – let’s face it who doesn’t want to morph into a unicorn from time to time? We especially appreciated the little touches like the pastel coloured "mane" on the back of the hood.
This is lightweight and roomy, splash-proof rather than waterproof. There are no stirrups on the legs but we found the elasticated bands stayed snugly in place over wellies.
Marks & Spencer duck puddle suit: From £20, Marks & Spencer
We’ve tried to come up with a cuter image than a child in a duck suit jumping in puddles and we’re stumped. This cosy fleece-lined puddle suit is simply adorable. The duck beak peak on the hood is a clever touch, although the hood is a little small to be practical.
What we really liked was that the zip (with two poppers at the top) was extra-long, travelling all the way down the suit’s right leg. This is hugely helpful when getting children (particularly much younger infants) ready for outside.There are "hidden" elasticated cuffs at wrists and ankles which only adds to the cosiness.
TU green crocodile shower resistant puddle suit: £12, Tu
For younger children between one and five years old, this shower resistant suit is bright and jolly – and really blooming cheap! It’s unlined, lightweight, no frills yet fantastic quality thanks to its neat elastic cuffs.
This suit also has pockets – don’t know about you but we know quite a few little ones for whom having pockets is non-negotiable. Bargain.
The verdict: Puddle suits
Wet Wednesdays wins the day for its durability, the quality of the design and the chic colourways.
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