Autumn is here and it’s a tough season to dress for, with the unpredictable weather making us wonder if we need a jacket yet. But as of late, the rain has been quite torrential, meaning no parent should step out the door without a puddle suit to kit their kid out in.

A puddle suit is usually a lightweight, all-in-one garment that is 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.

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Wet Wednesdays 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.

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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.

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Charco waterproof puddle suit: £15.95, 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.

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Muddy Puddles all-in-one puddlepac: £23, 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.

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Next pink unicorn puddle suit: From £11.50, 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.

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Marks & Spencer duck puddle suit: £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. 

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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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