Rain overall: all-round protection in bad weather
A rain overall for your baby is the best protection against wetness that you can offer your child on an outing in the rain. With it, he or she can get out into the fresh air and explore and experience puddles and raindrops even in bad weather. However, finding the best rain overall for children is often not that easy. Size, colour and quality of workmanship are not the only things you should consider.
Why a rain overall for the baby?
Children are curious and want to explore their environment in all weathers. Rain in particular, with its puddles and drops that make interesting sounds and patterns, excites them. However, it also poses a danger to their health. The little bodies of children cool down much faster than those of adults and wetness accelerates this process even more. In addition, babies are not yet able to communicate when they get cold or water runs into their clothes. A rain overall protects the child both on the upper and lower body. It is made of one piece and therefore also prevents water from entering around the middle. This means that your baby is optimally protected even if he or she jumps into puddles and the water splashes up from below or if he or she lies down on the ground.
The right size rain coverall for children
Babies and toddlers grow quickly. Therefore, it makes sense to always choose their clothes a little bigger so that they can be worn for as long as possible. A coverall that is too small will be tight and pinchy and also restrict the child's freedom of movement. At the same time, the baby's rain overall should not be too big. If it is too loose, the cuffs can slip over the hands. This hinders the child's grasp and can also cause water to flow into the sleeve. If the overall is too big, the foot loop at the bottom is too loose. This can cause it to slip backwards. The trouser leg then slides up and the lower legs are no longer protected from the wet.
Wind- and waterproof: Is everything really tight?
To ensure all-round protection, the cuffs must fit snugly around the wrists so that no water can get in. They should be soft and elastic so that they do not pinch or chafe. At the feet, both elastic cuffs and foot loops should ensure a secure fit. The hood should be tightenable so that it fits securely and does not slip off the child's head or into the eyes during movement. A padded inside ensures that it is still comfortable. The zip is also a risk area for water penetration. It should therefore be additionally covered by an overlapping piece of material of the overall.
What should the material be able to do?
The material of a rain overall for children must of course be waterproof. Ideally, it should be smooth and dirt-repellent, so that mud and similar dirt can simply be wiped off with a damp cloth. At the same time, however, the rain overall for the baby should also be breathable, i.e. permeable to air, so that your child does not sweat too much in it. Sweaty clothing also leads to strong cooling and thus nullifies the protective effect of the rain overall and babies cannot yet communicate when they are hot. Unfortunately, there is as yet no material that meets all these requirements and is completely free of harmful substances. Most rain coveralls for children contain softeners and flame retardants that are harmful to health. Therefore, make sure that your baby does not lick his overall or put it in his mouth.
Colour is also important
Visibility is poor in cloudy rainy weather. Especially if your child is already walking and you often go for walks by the side of the road, his or her rain overall should therefore have a bright colour or at least bright and reflective elements. This way, your little darling is easier to spot for drivers with a rainy windscreen when you cross the road together or he gets a little too close to the road.