The Best Rain Gear to Get Kids and Babies Outside This Spring

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When I told people I was moving to the Pacific Northwest, the most common response I received was, “What about all that rain? That’s going to be terrible!”

Yes, it does rain—a lot. But actually, it’s not that terrible.

When I first arrived, I asked people what they did when it rained. They looked at me like I was crazy. They told me they do the same things they do if it wasn’t raining. They go on hikes, they take their kids out to play, and they simply go about their business.

The only difference is that they are wearing rain gear.

At first, I was not on board. It seemed easier to stay home and stay dry. But when it rains for over a week straight, cabin fever is real. Especially with a baby, I crave fresh air and time outside, wet or dry.

So I acquired the necessary rain gear, which made it a breeze to get outside. And it truly is a game changer. I still may avoid hiking in the rain, but I will get outside for a walk through the park.

As we enter into spring and the rainy weather that is likely to come with it, instead of taking cover inside, get yourself and your kids out in the rain. Splash in the puddles and teach them that a little gloomy weather is no reason to avoid the outdoors.

Here are the best items for kids and babies to keep them dry as you venture out into the rain.

 

Baby & Toddler Raincoats

Raincoats with hoods are essential for outdoor rain play. And there are tons of options, from full rain suits (akin to snowsuits) to adorable yellow slickers and rain pants. Shop some of our favorites below.

 

Big-Kid Raincoats

Rain hardly stops the big kids from playing outside either. Whether they’re waiting at the bus stop, playing during recess, or walking the dog, a quality raincoat can keep them dry too.

kids rubberized raincoat
Zara

Rubberized Raincoat

6Y - 14Y

2 colors available

kids rain jacket
Amazon

Hooded Cotton Lined Rain Jackets

3T - 12Y

multiple colors available

kids rain jacket
L.L.Bean

Kids' Trail Model Rain Jacket

4Y - 18Y

multiple colors available

 

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Kids Rain Boots

The other essential for rainy-day play? Rain boots. Little ones will love the colorful options they can slip on themselves with minimal help.

Target

Toddlers' Charley Tall Rain Boots

toddler sizes 5 - 12

multiple colors available

kids rain boots
Amazon

Hatley Rain Boots

toddler and kid sizes available

4 colors available

kids rainboots
Zappos

Hunter Kids Rain Boots

toddler and kid sizes available

7 colors available

rainbows
Zara

Rain Boots

toddler sizes 6 - 11

2 colors available

elephant boots
Amazon

dripdrop Kids Rain Boots

toddler sizes 5 - 12

multiple animal designs available

 

Umbrellas & Stroller Accessories

Rounding out the kids’ rain gear are cute umbrellas and accessories. Rainy days won’t be quite as gloomy when you have color-changing printed umbrellas or stroller covers to keep baby dry.

This article was originally published in March 2020 and has been updated for timeliness.

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