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The best toddler wellies for extreme puddle-jumping

Toddler wellies

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 is 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 from 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. 

Our pick of the best welly boots for toddlers

  • Best lightweight wellies: Crocs Kids’ Handle It Rain Boots
  • Best eco-friendly wellies: Frugi Explorer Wellington Boots
  • Best wellies for active kids: Bobux Paddington Wellies
  • Best wellies for extreme puddle jumping: Puddlestomper Wellies
  • Best statement wellies for boys and girls: JoJo Maman Bebe Classic Striped Wellies
  • Best value wellies: Leopard Wellies
  • Best striped wellies: Polarn O.Pyret Kids Striped Wellies
  • Best traditional welly boots: JoJo Maman Bebe Traditional Wellies
  • Best soft-textured wellies: HAILI Toddler Wellies
  • Best wellies for Peppa Pig fans: Hunter Peppa Pig Wellies
  • Best toddler fit wellies: Tretorn Wings Wellies
  • Best short-height wellies: Joules Waterproof Welibobs
  • Best insulated wellies: Gruffalo Cuff Wellies

How to choose the best kids' wellies

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 the boot is high - just because it's a wellie, doesn't mean it shouldn't support the foot. There are also safety aspects to consider looking out 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 and brave any rain to get them!

Best toddler wellies

Best lightweight 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 wet-weather pair without the holes! Lightweight, comfortable and breathable, these hard-wearing boots are perfect for every little Croc lover.

A mum shared this fun review on Amazon: "Review from 3 Year Old Leo: "Wow look Mammy, my new yellow wellies! They feel really good on my feet! Can I go outside?" *Goes out in the garden and runs around with crazy springer puppy and 7 year old brother for half an hour*. My opinion as his Mammy is they are FAB! So lightweight for running, climbing, walking, puddle jumping! There is clearly no need to have huge bulky heavy wellies for kids! The yellow ones are a really lovely bright colour."

Best eco-friendly wellies

Brighten up those rainy days with these fun leopard wellies from Frugi. They have great grip on the soles and are sturdy for wet and muddy adventures. Made with super flexible Natural Rubber with a soft cotton lining, your little one's feet will stay comfortable and dry. These wellies have been made with a new slimmer fit design for even better comfort.

Best wellies for active kids

Sure, these wellies are more expensive but 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've been designed for active kids, and tested to keep kids' feet dry for up to four hours submerged in water thanks to the Bobux SplashTEX® internal membrane. As they are a little pricey, these might be ones to ask the grandparents for this Christmas. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Best wellies for extreme puddle jumping

These wellies are sturdy and long-lasting, with super grippy soles and a bright, cheery design. There's also a fun geometric blue design, too. They're taller than most wellies, 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.

A parent said, "Lovely - The wellies seem durable and more comfortable (softer) than what he used to have - so very pleased with them."

Best statement wellies for boys and girls

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, these wellies are made from natural rubber making them soft, supple, flexible and comfier for little feet than plastic wellingtons.

Parent Ros shared, "My little boy loves these wellies. He always gets so many compliments. They have faded a little but they’ve been worn a lot! So good he wants another pair."

Best value wellies

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. 

Parent Nichola said: "Really great value for money and my son loved the green colour. They’re soft and he says very comfortable. They do have a smell when you open the packaging but that soon fades. I’m really happy with the quality and price and will buy more as my kids both need cheap wellies to keep in school."

Best striped wellies

We love this funky purple stripe, or you could go for a more traditional navy colour if you wish with white or multi-coloured stripes. These wellies are sturdy and hard-wearing and 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 making them great for nursery trips or adventures with friends.

Best traditional welly boots

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.

Mum Charlotte said, "Love these vibrant, flexible and lightweight wellies. We've had no issue with JoJo wellies and these were our second pair. He's been wearing them since late Sept and they're still perfectly water tight. Just about to order again in the next size up."

Best soft-textured wellies

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. 

A number of mums recommended these for being barefoot friendly: "I LOVE that these wellies are barefoot friendly, it’s quite hard to find wellies that are especially for toddlers. My little girl constantly fell over in her supermarket chunky based ones, but these ones are are lightweight and not as tall so don’t hinder her movement. Perfect for little ones with shorter legs.

"My 19 month old has an excellent range of movement whilst wearing these, she can run and climb and play in the park (as well as puddle jumping) without any clumsiness like in her chunky wellies. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a barefoot friendly option, or to new walkers too, these are perfect for new walkers."

Best wellies for Peppa Pig fans

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. 

Mum Renee said, "I bought the boots about a month ago for my 3 year old. I bought them a little big because she can grow into them and they still fit her comfortably. This is her 3rd pair of hunter boots. She been wearing them ever since! The boots are made of good quality material and withstand everything considering she's been wearing them daily."

Best toddler fit 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. With a narrower boot shaft and an anatomically correct fit for growing feet, the Wings Kids boot will keep your little one's feet happily dry and comfortable. They're available in navy, yellow, rose, and navy dots.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Best short-height wellies

These cute and colourful froggy wellies are great for casual walks, playing in the garden or wearing to school on wet days. Made from hardwearing rubber, these short-height wellies come with this eye-catching design, complete with 3D eyes! There's also ladybird design wellibobs available too.

One mum said: "I bought these for my toddler and he absolutely loves them! He has a pair of full length wellies which make his feet wet and cold are are difficult to get on and off. These wellibobs are a little shorter which makes the world of difference and they keep his feet warm. I bought a size bigger than his current size but it hasn't made a difference to him being able to run and jump in puddles and mud in them! So glad I discovered these! I will be buying more next year!"

Best insulated wellies

"A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?" With these boots on their feet, their friends will know! Perfect for little monsters, these Gruffalo boots not only have an adjustable toggle fastening cuff to keep feet dry and mud free, but a warm cosy lining too for optimal warmth and comfiness.

Grandmother Susanna wrote, "I brought these for my 2 year old grandson and he loves them. They are of a good quality and look fantastic" whilst mum Charlotte thought these were "lovely wellie boots. My son loves them".

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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  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
  • Job Title: Contributing Editor

Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited motherandbaby.co.uk before moving on to write about family cars for Parkers.co.uk - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and WhatsTheBest.co.uk 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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