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.


Sherpa-Lined Rain Bundler

sizes 18M - 3T

3 patterns available


Toddler Jersey-Lined Raincoat

sizes 12M - 5Y

2 colors available


Windproof and Waterproof Rain Pants

sizes 2Y - 10Y

2 colors availlable


Fleece Lined Rubberized Raincoat

sizes 9M - 5Y

2 colors available


Lined Rubberized Overrals

sizes 12M - 5Y

2 colors available


Toddler Colorblock Rain Jacket

sizes 12M - 5T

5 patterns available


Kids' Discovery Rain Pants

sizes 6M - 4T


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 on a family walk with the dog, a quality raincoat is an important wardrobe essential.

Holly & Beau

Unicorn Color Changing Rain Jacket

sizes 3Y - 8Y

kids rain jacket
Amazon | HiHeart

Hooded Cotton Lined Rain Jackets

sizes 3T - 12Y

multiple colors available

kids rain jacket

Kids' Trail Model Rain Jacket

sizes 4Y - 18Y

multiple colors available

Amazon | JAN & JUL

Waterproof Rain Pants

sizes 1T - 10Y

7 colors/patterns available


Dotted Rain Jacket

sizes 2T - 8Y

Hanna Anderson

Colorblock Anorak

kid sizes 3 - 12

2 patterns 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 | Totes

Toddler Rain Boots

toddler sizes 5 - 12

multiple colors available

kids rain boots
Amazon | Hatley

Rain Boots

toddler and kid sizes

5 colors available

kids rainboots
Zappos | Hunter

Kids Rain Boots

toddler and kid sizes

many colors and sizes available


Kids Monochromatic Rain Boots

toddler and kid sizes

4 colors available

Amazon | HugRain

Light Up Rain Boots

toddler and kid sizes

multiple animal designs available


Printed Rain Boots

toddler sizes 6 - 11

3 patterns 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.


Color-Changing Umbrella

6 patterns available

Amazon | Totes

Clear Bubble Umbrella with Easy Grip Handle

10+ patterns available

Amazon | Floss & Rock

Color Changing Umbrella

rain cover
Amazon | MiaMily

Baby Carrier Rain Cover

2 colors available

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