There is no denying that autumn is well and truly here now – October seems to have brought with it much colder temperatures and damp days. The leaves are definitely starting to turn and we’re starting to think about needing to wrap up a little more on the school run – I pulled a blanket scarf out for the first time yesterday and the kids have started digging out last year’s gloves to see if they can find a pair (they can’t . . ) and trying on last year’s coats to see what still fits!
Chloe and Amy have recently received some gorgeous new outerwear from Muddy Puddles. I first came across Muddy Puddles about eight years ago when we invested in a whole class set of Bib & Brace overalls for Early Years and promptly went off to order one for Ben who was then just a toddler. The Bib & Brace overalls were passed down through all three children and then on to another family to make use of them too! A few years ago we tried out some Muddy Puddles Puddlefleece trousers for Ben, and again they’ve been passed down through all three children and now Amy wears them every now and again.
This year Chloe has a beautiful bright red Puddleflex jacket with a really funky chevron lining. The Puddleflex jacket comes in a choice of red, yellow or navy – which is basically all of my most favourite colours! Much as I do love navy, when it comes to coats I try to stick to buying bright and bold – if nothing else it makes it much easier to spot your child in the playground on a damp and dreary morning!
The Puddleflex jacket has an insulated fleece lining to keep your little one cosy as well as ribbed cuffs to keep the wind out – this is something I wish my own waterproof coat had! As you’d expect, the outer layer of the coat is hard-wearing and waterproof to protect your child from the inevitable downpours we will experience over the coming months. The lightweight nature of the jacket means that whilst it is super warm and cosy, it’s also perfectly wearable in the autumn and through those first chilly days of spring when you never know quite what the weather is going to do!
I decided to go for something a bit different for Amy and rather than get her a matching Puddleflex jacket, I picked her a Puddleflex All-in-One in navy. Amy is not quite five but she’s pretty tall for her age so I’m tending to buy her age 5-6 clothing now to make sure there’s a bit of growing room. As such her Puddleflex All-in-One is pretty roomy but not so much as it stopped her exploring.
Like Chloe’s Puddleflex jacket, Amy’s all-in-one features a striped polar fleece lining through the top part which makes it super cosy and comfortable – we described it to Amy as being like a coat with legs! The flexible, soft fabric of the all-in-one is so far removed from my own memories of waterproof clothing as a child; stiff, noisy fabrics that were restrictive and just really not that nice to wear. The adjustable elastic stirrups keep the trousers in place, meaning they don’t end up riding up the leg and also give added protection against water getting into your child’s wellies during some enthusiastic puddle stomping or a particularly soggy school run.
Whilst navy isn’t all that great for visibility, the reflective logos and strips on the leg would certainly keep my Grandad happy! (He was obsessed with bright colours and reflective clothing when we were kids – did anyone else have to wear those bright yellow road safety arm bands in the darker months?)
By far Amy’s favourite feature of her new waterproof all-in-one is that fold over hands – reminscent of the babygrows she wore when she was tiny and essentially taking the place of mittens but keeping her hands dry too! (Again, something I’d quite like on my own waterproof coat I think!)
I think both girls are now well set for a season of muddy adventures (or just wet and windy school runs!)
*We were sent the girls’ Muddy Puddles gear free of charge for the purpose of review – all thought and opinions remain our own*