With Metro Vancouver finally easing the last of the water restrictions that have been in place throughout most of the summer, it’s time to call it: Fall is officially here. Accompanying the falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes is a phenomenon that we Vancouverites are well acquainted with: days and days of torrential rain.
What’s a yoyomama (or dada) to do? Keep the kids inside and bouncing off the walls? Unlikely, if we’d like to retain our sanity beyond Christmas. Luckily for us, the following companies have perfected the art of keeping kiddos warm and dry. Here is a list of some of our favourite picks for wet weather gear that’s ‘Wet’ Coast proof!
Our favourite thing about Stonz Bootz isn’t what they have – it’s what they don’t have. Namely PVC, phthalate, lead, and formaldehyde. They’re made of all natural rubber, with a 100% cotton fast drying lining. The Bootz start at toddler size 4, but they also make booties for the littles 2 and under. The booties fit over any regular shoes, keeping tiny feet warm and dry. They boast slip resistant soft soles, and the toggle allows for a perfect custom fit. Best of all, they were developed right here in BC by a fellow mama. (Bootz $35.97, Booties $44.97 – Available at Active Baby)
The Muddy Buddy by Tuffo is the ultimate in rain protection. A head-to-toe waterproof rain suit, the Muddy Buddy will keep your child dry through the rainiest of weather and biggest of puddle jumps. The suit is intended to be worn over regular clothes or outerwear and as such can be used in both warm and cooler weather. Elasticized wrists and ankles are designed to fit comfortably over boots and mitts, and the suit even includes an elasticized hood so that every inch of the wearer is apt to stay cozy and dry. ($43.00 – Available at Dandelion Kids)
If you’re looking for a rain ensemble that’s as cute as can be while still fully functional, look no further than Hatley. Hatley produces a line of candy-coloured and kid-approved designs in matching raincoats, boots, and umbrellas. The PVC-free raincoat is lined with soft terry cloth, while the boots feature a deeply lined gripping sole for great traction. With Hatley, there’s no need to compromise style for efficacy. (Raincoats $52.00, Rain Boots $39.00, Umbrellas $22.00 – Available at Hip Baby)
Equally as stylish (and functional) as their candy-coloured counterparts, Hatley’s boots, jackets and kid-safe umbrellas are also available in prints featuring Farm Tractors (pictured at the top), Space Cars and Dragons. (Raincoats $52.00, Rain Boots $39.00, Umbrellas $22.00 – Available at Hip Baby)
MEC’s Newt Rain Hat covers all your bases to keep little heads nice and dry: fully seam sealed for waterproofness, reflective binding for heightened visibility on dark days, short brim in the front to protect face without interfering with sight and extended brim in the back to prevent runoff down their necks. Plus it’s made from 100% nylon ripstop, aka super durable stuff! ($22.00 Available at MEC)
The stylish Moojoes rain poncho is perfect for those seemingly out of nowhere rainstorms. It can be tossed on over any outfit, and its extra long back will even keep backpacks dry. The poncho is made of three layers: outer soft shell, internal waterproof membrane, and a breathable inner liner. It is covered with reflective tape for 360-degree visibility. The big selling feature of this Vancouver-made gem is that each size is designed to fit for several years. It’s an investment that will get your kids through multiple rainy seasons! (Rain Poncho $79.95 – Available at Moojoes)
Kidorable’s mission is one we can get on board with: to make families happier. Their fun and imaginative umbrellas take rain protection from a necessity to a game, and ensure the end of any grumbling about having to carry an umbrella. Other available options within each costume theme include raincoats, boots, and even waterproof backpacks. Whether you have a little ballerina, knight, fairy, dinosaur, or any of the other multitude of options available, each personality is certain to be satisfied. ($18.00 – Available online only at Kidorable)
MEC has been a recognizable name in quality outdoor gear for over 40 years. They’re a brand you know you can trust when it comes to weather protection, and their rain jacket and pants are no exception. The pieces are both water and wind proof and can be worn together or separate, as situations require. Best of all, the jacket features reflective stripes for maximum visibility and safety. (Rain Jacket $69.00, Rain Pants $29.00 – Available at MEC)
When you need a boot that is able to work double duty over the wet Lower Mainland winter, this contender from Oakiwear is the answer to your prayers. They’re just as effectively waterproof as a rain boot should be, with the added bonus of being completely lined with Neoprene for warmth. Weather tested up to -18 degrees Celsius with a slip-proof tread, Oakiwear boots are really both a rain boot and a snow boot in one cozy package. All these features combine to make this the perfect boot to brave the slushy wet snow we’ve come to know well. ($60.00 – Available at Oakiwear)
The Umbrella Shop has been keeping Vancouverites dry for 80 years now. The quality of their umbrellas is well known, and the kid-sized versions are no exception. With fun colours, prints, and extras like ruffles available, one is sure to catch every child’s eye. The umbrella’s practicality is what will impress parents; each is ribbed with fibreglass and has a no-pinch runner to keep small fingers safe as well as dry. ($27.95 – Available at The Umbrella Shop)
By: Dayna Wilson