3 Easy Steps: How to Dress Baby for the Rain
Figuring out how to dress baby for the rain can be tricky! Getting outside in nature has been such an important daily habit for our family of four. Since it’s not always sunny and warm you need to have the right gear. Here are some tips for how to get your baby ready for rainy outdoor adventures. I’ve broken it down into three easy steps, so here we go!
Step 1. Insulating Layer
On really cold days, we start with a Jan & Jul base layer set and then add a breathable, moisture wicking fleece suit overtop. If it’s milder, the fleece suit is great on its own as an insulating layer! I love the ease of the fold-over cuffs. They’re perfect for my sensory-seeking little one, who wants their hands out to touch and feel. And when it gets cold, it’s easy to cover them up without having to pack along an extra pair of mittens.
Step 2: Warm Footwear
Who’s happy when they have cold feet? Whether you have a crawler or a babe that’s walking, warm footwear is always a good idea. My little one is just starting to crawl, and these winter booties are awesome. They stay on while he’s exploring or with his feet dangling from the carrier. If your little one is toddling around, these rain boots are a great option. They come with winter insoles and start from toddler size 4.
Step 3: Waterproof Outer Layer
Our last layer is a good quality waterproof suit. If you have a new crawler, then you know how they like to get down and be as independent as they can! With this suit, I have no worries letting my baby crawl around the forest floor. It’s a bonus that the fabric is soil-repellent and easy to clean! I just wipe it down or throw in the wash after extra-muddy days. If it’s particularly wet out, I also bring our rain mittens. They keep my little one’s hands comfortable while crawling on the wet ground.
A lot of our time outdoors is spent hiking, which I babywear for. On rainy days, the Jan & Jul waterproof baby rain cover is super handy. The roomy pockets stash away keys and snacks, so my hands are free to carry my toddler’s sticks instead, haha! It keeps my baby dry and warm as it’s lined with fleece. We use it as a cover in the stroller too and it makes an awesome place to sit on wet grass.
Next time you’re heading outside in the rain, layer your baby up with quality gear they’ll be comfortable in. Staying warm and dry means a fun time exploring from start to finish. I hope these suggestions that we use and love are helpful!
– Dana, island-living mother of a toddler and new baby