Make Sure Your Kids Stay Dry & Comfortable on Cold & Rainy Days
The weather today is not nice, not here in Sheffield at least. It’s wintery cold but rainy too and also quite windy in some places. If we didn’t have to go outside, we would stay at home where it’s warm and dry! But, we have the school run to do and no matter what the weather is like, we have to get to school on time. I don’t drive so we walk to school which takes about 25-30 minutes which can feel very long when the weather is not great. Even if we do take the bus, we still have to walk about a third of the way until we get to the bus stop — if it rains, we’ll already be wet even from that short walk.
My youngest is protected nicely in her Diono Quantum pushchair (review here) but my eldest has to walk so is more exposed to the weathers. To keep her as warm, dry and comfortable as possible, we have a combination of outdoor clothes that work well for us and as you’ll see, it’s very much about layering:
- We start with a fleece jacket over her regular clothes to keep her warm when it’s as cold as it is now. I love this dinosaur one from H&M and we have the same one but with a start print instead.
- Then we add a pair of water-proof outdoor trousers. We have some padded ski-ones and then these clever ones from Kindunk. They can be zipped together with a play-top or worn on their own. When the weather is really bad, I let my daughter wear one pair on the way to school and then leave the dry pair for when they go outside to play together at school so that she doesn’t have to wear the wet ones. Though the two pairs we have do dry quickly!
- The next layers are jackets! Yes, two coats for really bad weather. My daughter wears a down coat for the cold season and it gets quite wet when it rains as it’s not got a water-repellent coating. Therefore, I like to add a hooded raincoat in a size up on top when it’s raining a lot. The raincoat dries much faster! These two above/below are both from River Island’s Girls coats and jackets section and I especially love the cool raincoat! It’s a great way to brighten up a dull day! I would love to wear it myself, actually.
- The extremities are very important too and we use Thinsulate winter/skiing gloves as they’re warm and quite water-proof too. A good hat is essential too and I like the ones that are a bit longer over the ears, like this one. Always pack spares in a dry bag in case they get wet.
- Last but not least, good boots to finish of the outfit. We have a few pairs of boots but the Term Footwear Roll Top Wellies are our favourites and most used ones. They have removable socks that keep feet nice and warm in the winter. The boots themselves are amazing quality — my eldest has put hers through rigorous testing by wearing and playing in them daily, in all weathers. They still look great! They keep her feet dry and warm and must be so comfortable as she always asks to wear them.