As the weather gets colder, the urge to bundle kids up gets stronger. For wet weather, you have two choices: buy a raincoat three sizes too big to accommodate all the layers, or get a rain cape by Petit Bateau.
Petit Bateau has been around since 1920, and has spent the last almost century perfecting its craftsmanship. Known for wet weather gear, Petit Bateau raincoats are made of waxed fabric that’s tough, flexible and waterproof.
The rain capes ($72) are a lovely example of Petit Bateau quality. Available in tomato red or bright yellow, the capes are lined with a pinstriped, 100 per cent cotton. They’ve got snaps at the neck and wrists so they don’t flap around while kids are playing.
My eldest has a Petit Bateau raincoat, given to him by my mum, and bought oversized. It’s proven itself indestructible over the last three winters it’s been worn. Try as he might to ruin it, this raincoat looks the same as the day we got it, in pristine condition, ready for my youngest to do his worst.
Petit Bateau rain capes are available online, and shipping to Australia is a surprising bargain at $9.