Rain gear without harmful phthalates and PVC can be hard to find. With baby E rapidly growing out of her first rain suit, I wasn't sure what she'll be wearing next. I was really excited to be contacted by Puddlegear to review their children's rain suits. We were sent the Olle Pants, Benny Jacket, and a pair of Waterproof Mitts for review.
Ease of Use, Fit & Design: They have thought of everything on these rain suits. The pants have adjustable 'suspenders', so that they can grow with your child. As they get too small you can even use the boot straps to keep them from riding up. The Olle Pants have heavy duty patches on the butt and knees for little ones who love to crawl in the dirt like my girl. For extra coziness, the jacket collar is lined with fleece. Perhaps the only thing I would change is adding a zipper on the coat under the snap poppers.
We ordered the size 90 for pants because she is on the short side, and size 100 for the coat. Their size chart is really easy to follow and shows both the height in inches and the weight in pounds so that you can figure out the European size to order. Baby E is two now and as you can see in the video and photos, this should fit her for at least a year, but most likely two years. It is big, but she is comfortable in it, so if you buy one size up you get a lot of life out of it.
Quality & Value: Look no further than Puddlegear if you really want the best rain gear for the kids. Yes, the price tag for the Made in Sweden quality is honestly more than I could afford, but I know some of you can. The Olle Pants are priced at $59 and the Benny Jacket is $60. They also have other styles, as well as a one piece rain suit for $115. The Waterproof Mitts are $27. This is definitely something you want to buy for the fist baby so any siblings can wear it after.
How is this green: Unlike most other rain gear available, Puddlegear will not off gas with carcinogenic substances and contains no phthalates and PVC. Sure, maybe the kids will not inhale it when they are playing outside, but as it hangs on the coat rack in your house, you are sure to get a nice dose of indoor air pollution that you will breathe in, especially if there is no substantial ventilation. The rainwear is certified by OKO-Tex, an ecological certification process that tests for over 100 harmful chemicals.
Who Would You Recommend this to? Kids of all ages who love the outdoors, rain or shine.
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