Every toddler needs a decent pair of wellies. Whether you’re taking your little one to a festival, or just getting ready for a rain shower, a good pair of wellies are a must when it comes to jumping in muddy puddles. Tested by little feet, take a look at our favourite wellies for toddlers here, but be warned – you’ll soon be getting boot envy.
A good pair of toddler wellies is vital for keeping little ones' feet warm and dry. Admittedly, you can't stop them leaping into the biggest puddle in the park that sends waves of muddy water over the edge of their boots, causing a vacuum of water that prevents you pulling the wellies off when you get back to the car. But, a decent pair of toddler wellies will go a long way to keeping tootsies dry.
You'll probably find that your little one will need wellies throughout the year. You know we love talking about the weather, and that's because it's so changeable and unpredictable - it's handy to always have a pair of wellies in the car boot or by the back door. Plus, they're great not just for rainy days, but also for playing in sandpits and mud kitchens, too.
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Little feet grow quickly, so you might be investing in two or three pairs of toddler wellies throughout the year. With all that growth, it's important that the quality of boot is high - just because it's a wellie, doesn't mean it shouldn't support the foot. There are also safety aspects to look for, including reflective strips, and pull-on handles.
From traditional styles that will look the same as Mum's and Dad's boots, to patterns that only a toddler would get away with (dammit), we've shortlisted the best toddler wellies you can buy today. And, they're all available online so you don't need to leave the house.
Best toddler wellies
Crocs – whether you love them or loathe them, you’ve got to admit they’re great for kids. Available in a host of different colours, if your tot lives in their Crocs all summer, they’ve now got a winter pair! Lightweight, comfortable and breathable, these hard-wearing boots are perfect for every little Croc lover.
Brighten up those rainy days with these fun duck wellies from Frugi (also available in navy and turquoise with elephants and rainbows). They have great grip on the soles and are sturdy for wet and muddy adventures.
Tested by Eli (aged 3), son of Sophie Knight: "These wellies are ideal for wet and muddy walks - they come up a good way up the leg (previous wellies have been a bit short). You can tell the quality and they're made to last (until his feet grow - again!)"
These wellies are sturdy and long-lasting, with super grippy soles and a bright, cheery design. There's also a seaweed design, too. They're taller than most wellies, too, which means extra protection from jumping in puddles, helping to keep your toddlers drier for longer. The inner soles are padded to make them more comfy, and there are reflective strips down the back of the boots for when it gets a bit dark.
These adorable striped wellies will certainly make your little one easier to spot in the playground (which is always a plus!), while putting a smile on your face at the same time. Available from sizes 3-11.
Your toddler really will look like Paddington Bear if you dress them in these OMG SO CUTE boots and couple them with a duffle coat. They're not the cheapest on our list, by far, so they might be one to ask the grandparents for this Christmas.
Available in a range of colours, these bright plain wellies will brighten up those puddle-jumping sessions while keeping little feet nice and dry. They're wide enough to fit the legs of bulky rain suits inside, too; the shoe width is medium.
Another classic boot that will definitely stand the test of time, these wellies come in a whole host of colours (because we know you spend more time co-ordinating their outfits than you do your own!). Made from soft rubber and with an anti-sweat lining, you can rest assured your little one is splashing in comfort. It’s also worth checking out JoJo’s cute wellie socks too.
We love this bright orange colour, or you could go for a more traditional navy colour if you wish. These wellies are sturdy and hard-wearing, but very affordable; they feel they will last well through the rainy seasons. The sole is grippy, and there are reflective strips for added safety when the light starts to fade. The pull tabs give your little one the independence to put on their own wellies.
The brand has been around since the 1960s and these Wings wellies are just too cute. They're made from natural rubber, PVC free, these will keep your little one jumping in puddles for hours happily. They're available in navy, pink, yellow, rose, and navy stripes.
These wellies will last through the rigors of a toddler winter, however many puddles your little one leaps into. They're insulated to keep little feet warm - we all know how chilly you can get wearing wellies. There's also a removable foam footbed to help with drying after a few too many puddles.
Easy to pull on and off, these are adorable puddle-busting toddler wellies. They're available in yellow or navy, although personally I would always get the yellow ones - my little boy (who's three) has yellow ones, and not only are they super cute, they also mean he's easy to spot in a crowd.
Thought Hunter wellies were a sophisticated brand? Nah. They love Peppa as much as your toddler does. Grab these limited-edition special collaboration Peppa toddler wellies while you still can - and don't pretend you don't love them. With the Hunter brand comes definite quality, giving you sturdy, hard-wearing wellies as well as a fun design.
How to take care of your toddler wellies
Natural rubber is a resistant, hard-wearing material, but, as it is natural, it can crack and split if not looked after properly. Always wipe your wellies clean after wearing them, using a microfibre cloth if possible; use a mild detergent to clean any mud or dirt off, and leave to dry naturally. You can buy protective spray from various shops to help them last even longer.
Teach your little ones how to take their wellies off carefully; using the other foot to yank the heel can cause the boot to crack and wear out, so show your little ones how to remove their wellies with care.
Extreme temperatures can cause wellie boots to crack, so store them out of direct sunlight, away from the direct heat of radiators, and ideally not in a cold shed.
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