Outdoor Play

What’s the best rainsuit for toddlers?

Jan&Jul // Oaki // Patagonia // Tuffo Muddy Buddy

As a nature-based childcare provider here in Alaska, rainsuits are an absolute necessity. We wear them for the majority of the year, and really put them to the test! My toddlers play outside in all weather for a minimum of 2 hours a day (often much longer).

I’m now very familiar with Oaki, Jan&Jul, Patagonia and Muddy Buddy, which are all popular options around here. If you’ve come here because you’re trying to choose the best rainsuit for your child, I hope I can help you! I’ll list the pros and cons of each brand, along with my recommendations. Please let me know if you have any other questions, and I’ll try to help as best I can. 🙂

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1. Jan & Jul

Jan&Jul is based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada but their products are made in China. They make fleece-lined rainsuits for sizes 1T-4T.

Pros

  • Cute prints!
  • Thick, fleece-lined material is warm and cozy. It can double as a snowsuit with a fleece jacket underneath!
  • Roomy- which allows it to hold in heat.
  • Completely waterproof
  • Dries quickly
  • Easy for kids to put on by themselves

Cons

  • Stiff zippers that get stuck often
  • Double zip and heavy fabric makes it difficult to put on a standing child. I have to ask another child to hold up the middle flap while I deal with the zipper.
  • Cuffs are elastic but not adjustable
  • Cuffs are too tight in my opinion. If I put mittens on underneath, I feel it’s too tight on their wrist. But the poofy sleeves make it hard to keep mittens on over the rainsuit.
  • Doesn’t fit tight around the head (at the neck). You definitely need to add a gaiter or scarf if it’s raining.

I really didn’t like this one at first, but it’s growing on me. Not a bad option at all for the price.

You can buy a Jan&Jul suit on Amazon for $56.99

2. Oaki

The Oaki company (formerly Oakiwear) is based in Utah and manufactured in China. They make rainsuits in sizes 12m through 8/9.

Pros

  • Nice elastic closures
  • Zips to chin and fits tight around the head
  • Completely waterproof
  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Stiff zipper
  • An odd fit for some kids- it can be tight in the crotch and uncomfortable to sit/squat in.
  • Low quality fabric prone to tearing

These are very popular with forest schools and highly recommended by many parents. I personally would not recommend them though. I have a daycare toddler who has an Oaki rainsuit and a pair of Oaki rain pants. Both have holes in them after just a few months. This cancels out their waterproofness. For the price, I would expect stronger fabric.

You can buy an Oaki rainsuit on Amazon for $45.00.

3. Patagonia Torrentshell

Patagonia is based in California, and made in 16 countries (including China, but also including the US). They are dedicated to fair labor practices and clean-green factories. You can read more about that here.

Pros

  • Quality fabric that withstands rough & tumble play
  • Quality elastic and velcro-closures on cuffs- just roomy enough to comfortably wear gloves over OR under the suit.
  • Quality zipper that doesn’t get stuck
  • Fits tight around the head- keeping out the rain
  • Nice comfortable fit
  • Medium thickness- offers some warmth and wind-resistance but isn’t bulky
  • Completely waterpoof
  • Dries VERY quickly

Cons

  • More difficult for kids to get on by themselves- because it is more fitted than some other styles

The biggest con is that unfortunately this style is no longer made by Patagonia! This is definitely my favorite rainsuit so far, so I kept my eyes peeled on some Facebook buy/sell/trade groups and snatched up the next size as soon as I found one. I’d recommend joining and watching these groups (or putting out an ISO- In Search Of) if you want to get your hands on one of these.

Patagonia Buy/Sell/Trade

Patagonia B/S/T

4. Tuffo Muddy Buddy

Tuffo Muddy Buddy is an extremely popular brand because their rainsuits are so affordable! I wasn’t able to find out where their company is based, but the tag says “made in China.” They offer sizes 12m to 5T.

Pros

  • Easy on/off for toddlers
  • Big enough to easily wear a full snowsuit underneath.
  • Good stretch in the elastic cuffs
  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Cheaply made- the waterproof factor lasted less than a month until the clothes underneath started getting soaked. A local mom tells me they’ve gone through several that only lasted 4 months tops.

Yes these are cheap, but I wouldn’t recommend them. Especially stay away from buying used since they have such a short life span.

Muddy Buddy’s sell for $24.96+ on Amazon.

Other Options

There are a few lesser known brands that I’ve seen recommended by outdoorsy families. I cannot vouch for them personally right now but will be trying a Polarn O Pyret suit soon and will report back once we test it out.

Polarn O Pyret Fleece Lined Rain Shell for $111.99 on Amazon

Ducksday “All Weather” Rain Suits for $74 on Ollie and Stella

I hope this was helpful! I would love to hear any feedback. 🙂

If you’re also looking for Winter Gear, see my post on How to Dress Your Toddler for Outdoor Fun in the Winter.


👧 Toddler mom. 🌈 Reggio and Waldorf Inspired Childcare🌲 Forest School 🏔 Dillingham, Alaska

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