Your kids want to be outdoors more and they enjoy walking! Surveys tell us this – and we have blogged about top tips on kids and walking before, but sometimes what children tell you and what they actually want to do are two different things! Chatting with families – and staff who have families – we know that one of the biggest barriers to the joys of walking as a family is appropriate clothing.
Being cold and wet can turn a lovely day out walking with the family into a moany disaster. In fact, as you’ll know if you have kids, it’s the children who are more likely to be affected by the cold, especially their small hands and feet.
So while mums and dads stock up on high quality clothing for themselves, including baselayers, windproof and waterproof outers and walking boots, it’s important to buy a few essential – and similar – items for the kids.
A great brand that we have come across – and tested – is Spotty Otter. They had kids – aged 0 to 13 – firmly at the forefront of their minds when designing their clothing for keeping kids warm and dry outdoors. This is not grown-up kit made smaller but children’s clothing designed to suit kids.
The founders of Spotty Otter realised that children need clothing to suit their own special requirements, so they went back to the drawing board and thought about the exact needs of children.
Function is very important at Spotty Otter. The clothing is designed to keep children warm and dry when out in the cold and wet. Added to this, the designs are meant to appeal to little ones. The colours are bright and the fit is comfortable. No itches or annoying twiddly bits, just practical, good looking outdoors clothing.
There are different Spotty Otter ranges, too, to suit different weather conditions.
Patrol Range is fleece-lined for maximum warmth, has four-way stretch for ease of movement and is waterproof. The collection includes suits, dungarees, jackets and trousers with matching hats, gloves, mitts and booties.
The Waterproof Range is made from a breathable waterproof material (just like us adults would choose to wear). The collection includes jackets, dungarees, splash-suits and trousers.
Drift Down Range is meant to be very cosy and includes responsibly-sourced 90/10 duck down fill. The collection includes jackets, suits, gilets and dungarees — with matching hats, mitts and booties.
We spoke to two mums who enjoy being outdoors and want to encourage their younger children to be more active outside. They tested the Spotty Otter clothing on their youngsters.
Ellen is mum to Cormac, aged three. Cormac tested the Spotty Otter Drift Down Jacket.
Not so sure about:
Ali is mum to a two-year-old girl. Her daughter tested the Patrol Chillipup Suit (age 1-2 years).
Not so sure about:
As Ellen concluded: “Spotty Otter clothing could be the difference between a fabulous day out walking with the family and a day of utter misery and moaning children. I know what I’d choose!”