Top tips for making a kids’ jacket last through to spring

Top tips for making a kids’ jacket last through to spring


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.


Hardwearing fabric

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.


Label it

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!


Top tips for making a kids’ jacket last through to spring


Easy wash

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.


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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 25/08/2017 / 8:20 am

    I agree, I always buy bigger when it comes to coats and parkers. Labels are important when they are at school especially #FabFridayPost

    • 29/08/2017 / 1:28 pm

      Yes, I had to learn it the hard way. They grow ever so quickly don’t they. x

  2. 25/08/2017 / 10:12 am

    Great tips!! Labelling is a must, particularly when you know that at least once a month they will end up in the lost property box! Thanks for sharing #FabFridayPost

    • 29/08/2017 / 1:31 pm

      I also learnt this a hard way when I’ve lost Ethan’s jacket at Pre-school. :'(

  3. 25/08/2017 / 6:03 pm

    I don’t have any tips but find TU very reasonable, which is great because they grow so quickly. #FabFridayPosts

  4. 25/08/2017 / 7:19 pm

    Great tips! Lucky for me with three boys they often get passed down through each one ensuring we really do get our money’s worth.

    • 29/08/2017 / 1:36 pm

      Oh yes! You are so lucky. Evelyn can sometimes be fussy when I ask her to wear something of Ethan’s that doesn’t fit anymore. lol! x

  5. 25/08/2017 / 9:57 pm

    I’m so jealous of the cute jackets in your pics! We live in central Texas and need jackets approximately 2 days a year…lol.

    • 29/08/2017 / 1:38 pm

      2 day! lol! Wow! I’ve never been to Texas before. It is on our bucket wish list for sure. xx

  6. 28/08/2017 / 3:31 am

    kid coats take a hell of a beating don’t they? A sturdy coat is well worthy the money you pay.

  7. 28/08/2017 / 7:48 am

    Being washable is the biggest factor for me as my son’s needs washing every week when he’s at school as he always comes back covered in mud x

    • 29/08/2017 / 1:43 pm

      lol! Oh yes! So does mine. How on earth can they get so messy! lol! x

  8. 30/08/2017 / 9:37 am

    this is fab advice! I did exactly this and spent a bit more than I normally would but the great thing is the coats are still in superb condition and will be using them this winter. will get some more in the Christmas sales then xx #fabfridaypost

    • 06/09/2017 / 12:42 pm

      Oh! Getting them at Christmas sales is such a great idea! I will be looking out for them too. xx

  9. 30/08/2017 / 3:38 pm

    Stronf fabric and washable are a must – my kids seem to get filthy, especially at school. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • 06/09/2017 / 12:48 pm

      Yes! Minds too! It’s like they’ve been to a mud school all day! lol! x

  10. 28/09/2017 / 11:25 pm

    My eldest has started preschool recently and I’m just starting to realise the importance of labelling EVERYTHING! Things get so jumbled up, it’s amazing how quickly a winter coat can disappear!

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