Don't you just love the colours at this time of year? It's a shame the weather isn't quite as beautiful. As we move towards winter it's time to start digging out those warm winter clothes and ditching the summer ones...though it doesn't feel like we really got to wear the summer ones does it?
Liz was lucky enough to be sent a new addition to Jonny's winter wardrobe from Cotswold Outdoor - Varberg Fleece Lined Rain Dungarees by Kozikidz. You can find her review below....
Just brilliant in their simplicity! I only wish they had arrived a week earlier which would have avoided the situation of turning around to change soaking trousers and pants after falling in a puddle half way to nursery, and thus arriving at said nursery very late with a slightly upset son.
Out of all the children’s products I have reviewed this has to be one of the best. Someone very intelligent has designed these dungarees and someone very clever has made them. Thank you to those people! You make our lives easier and for this you deserve copious amounts of praise lavished on you.
I aspire to be one of those mums who lets her children jump in puddles and run in the rain without any thought for the (ever-increasing) pile of washing it produces and the soaking wet children you then have to somehow return home as the novelty of being wet and cold has worn off, and the consequent colds and illness it produces, but I feel I fall short.
However, I do try to enforce fresh air into Jonny and Sophie but, as we live in Scotland, outside often includes rain, wind and cold. Jonny’s nursery is about a mile away from our home so the majority of mornings (although I do confess to taking the car if the weather is terrible and dad doesn’t need it for work) we don our coats, hats, scarves and gloves and set out in the ever-darkening morning. This is then repeated two and a half hours later (does anyone else think nurseries should give parents longer breaks from their children? This is obviously their main focus rather than providing an education to our little dears.)
The problem is obvious; how to drop off a ‘dry’ three-year-old boy who loves nothing better than jump (and fall over) in puddles. The thing is, I like him to wear his winter coat rather than an all-in-one waterproof suit so it’s just the bottom half that causes the problem. I’ve bought a waterproof suit before but it didn’t provide any padding or warmth and was pretty useless in anything other than a light shower. Plus it wouldn’t fit over his coat so it worked slightly in the summer but that was all.
These dungarees solve ALL the problems. The quality is apparent immediately with a waterproof and wind proof outer layer (I think the proper name is phthalate free polyester with a polyurethane coating, but ‘water/windproof’ will do for me) in which the seams are welded into the layer so there are no awkward ‘leaky’ bits. Plus, because they’re dungarees Jonny can still wear his winter coat over them.
The inside is so soft and fleecy it provides warmth and a little protection from falls. My only concern on seeing the quality was that you wouldn’t be able to shove them in the washing machine, but the creators have combated that one too ; 40 degrees! Glory be! Plus, the colour; blue, just blue. Nothing garish and ridiculously patterned, but quite normal really.
It’s only on closer inspection you start to notice all the clever little bits that make parents lives easier and make the difference between a good product and an excellent product:
- Foot straps that hold the dungarees in place over wellies,
- Easy open and shut braces that are adjustable
- Poppers on the waistline
- Name label
- It is produced ethically
- And, my favourite extra; reflective circles so even on dark winter mornings Jonny can be seen.
I like to think these dungarees have saved Jonny from future embarrassment as the other option I was considering was long-johns to provide some warmth in the rain and snow...
Hand on heart, I can find nothing negative about this product but I could ooze praise all day (I admit this may, however, be a reflection on me).
Totally brilliant product – I will definitely be looking into the other products in this range.