Time flies by so quickly that no sooner have you bought a winter coat than it’s time to fork out again for a spring one. There are some simple solutions to making kids’ jackets last though, either through choosing the right fabric and cut, or getting some quick and inexpensive extras that lengthen their life. Here’s just a few of the best tips I’ve come across to keep both boys’ and girls’ coats in tip-top condition.
You and your little one might be won over by a cool print on a jacket, but it’s important to check what it’s made of to see if it’ll take the grief kids put coats through. Anything with a waterproof or coated fabric is a bonus, as its ability to work for all weathers also makes the coat more durable. If the jacket your kid has their sights on isn’t coated, you can also buy a wet weather protector to make sure it lasts right through the seasons.
Buy a size up
Most kids’ coats are sold by age range, meaning if your little one is four and a half you’re likely to be torn between a 3-4 and 5-6. In that case, always go bigger so it’ll last longer as they grow and keep them warm and snug through winter. Tu girls’ coats and jackets go from age three right up to 12, meaning there’ll always be room to grow into them.
There’s nothing worse than buying new clothes or school essentials only for them to go missing, so the simple solution is to put your kid’s name in everything. You can get sew-in, iron-on and stick-on labels, or just use a marker pen to write their name on the label. If you’re always going to one club or another with your kids, these personalised labels also have your mobile number on so people will get in touch if they find the missing item. They even have some really cute designs for your kids to choose from!
No matter how hard you try and keep your kids clean, they always seem to find that muddy puddle or ‘forget’ that clothes aren’t for drawing on. Coats and jackets that you can pop in the washing machine are therefore a must, particularly as dry cleaning is expensive and hand-washing always takes a back seat when you have a family. Most waterproof jackets can be thrown in the washing machine, assuming you stick to a few basic rules as you go.
To make sure your kids are not too cold in winter and too hot in spring, invest in a coat with a zip-in, removable lining. Effectively getting three coats for the price of one, you’ll probably pay more up-front but will have a double layer coat for winter and a cooler waterproof jacket or cosy fleece for in-between seasons.
Do you have any more tips for making coats last? If so, let me know in the comments below.
*This is a collaborative post.