Don’t be fooled, mama! Rain season doesn’t suddenly disappear after April showers, so don’t you even think about putting away your rainy day gear just yet. In the summertime, you’ve got monsoon season to deal with (ahem, spontaneous afternoon thunderstorms, anyone??). Fast forward to fall and, yup, rain is still in the forecast. Come winter, you’ll be swapping the rain out for ALL the elements (sleet, freezing rain, and snow).
You know what this all means? Rain gear galore and countless puddle stomps. Finding a kids umbrella for your picky and sometimes indecisive toddler can be hard. It used to be that you had to choose between fashion or function. Now, there are adorable, fun mom-approved options that actually get the job done (and are easy for your LO to tote around). Some of them bring the magic by changing colors in the rain and a few have ridiculously cute rain boots and/or raincoats to match.
Below you’ll find a little something for everyone: mystical unicorns, cute-as-a-button kitties, and giant bubble umbrellas that have the colors of the rainbow. Some are so cute that you might want one in your size.
Take your pick and get ready for you little one to *actually* be excited to go out in the rain… even on cozy fall days when they’d rather just stay snuggled up in bed. We can’t say that you’ll be excited to carry them around after the stomping or be happy to put them into your car once soaked, but you can bet they’ll be smiling under the pawsome kitten umbrella (Amazon FTW!) no matter how wet they get.
You know the saying: No rain, no rainbows. Allow your LO to embrace the ‘bow with this cute see-through canopy umbrella that provides optimal visibility. It has a manual open and close function to help streamline your a.m. routine. The size is JUST right for kids who want to feel all grown-up with their big kid umbrella in tow. When it’s raining cats and dogs—and the struggle to keep your child safe from the elements, while simultaneously balancing a steaming coffee cup, is too much of a hassle—you’ll have one less worry.
One Amazon customer shares, “Great kids umbrella. I saw that it was going to rain on the day of my sons birthday so I bought 12 of these to give out as a gift to all of the kiddos. It was a huge hit and was fun watching all of the kids play in the rain. It may not stand up to a hurricane but was all we needed for summertime showers. The kids were able to easily and safely open and close on their own and they all loved the rainbows and colors.”
Fact: Kids (especially little girls) can’t get enough of unicorns. For a “pop” of personality on a dreary day, allow this 3-D design to encourage imaginative play. From the cute peekaboo horn to the mood-enhancing colors, this umbrella-ella-ella packs plenty of punch. In regards to functionality, it’s also portable and compact with an easy push/pull mechanism that won’t pinch little fingers. For April showers (and beyond), we recommend pairing it with unicorn rain boots for a cute AF rainy day photo.
Available in three sizes (small, medium, and large) for ages spanning 2-7, this Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Slicker and Umbrella Rainwear set will make your toddlers and little boys go wild. And for the record, girls can get in on the fun, too. Rain or shine, the umbrella can be used to shield your little ones from the rain or keep them dry. It’s wipe clean so if your naughty child decides to leave it in the mud, there’s still hope. Your little one will legit feel like a superhero with the matching cobalt blue slicker making an appearance.
One mama raves, “This is adorable. I think I got it when it was raining in spring and it only rained once or twice more after I ordered it. So we can’t wait for Winter to come and more rain. Because he looks adorable in the super cute rain slicker and the umbrella is great. He loves having rain gear that is his sized.”
Okay, paws off. We saw this cute, pretty-in-pink kitty umbrella from Kidorable first. Be prepared to watch your girly’s imagination soar the next time it rains. Dare we say, she’ll be puddle-hopping and singing rainy day tunes in no time. Did we mention there’s a matching jacket and rain boots for one helluva cute #OOTD snap? This nylon umbrella is lightweight and kid-sized so that your mini-me can handle it all by herself. Kids—they grow up so fast, amirite?
Says this mama, “This umbrella makes my daughter so happy… She keeps her umbrella in whatever room she’s in so she’ll be sure to have it nearby when it actually does rain… This umbrella really is that cute, and if you have a little girl who is frightened of rain or thunder and lightning, this umbrella will banish those frightened thoughts, and you’ll be the one having to tell the little one in your life what the coming 10-day weather forecast says.”
Turn that frown upside down… Embrace the dreary weather with this rainy day fashion accessory. Hipsterkid’s citrus-inspired lemon umbrella (calls to mind a lemonade stand!) absolutely sparks joy. The bright yellow and contrasting pink handle is super cute—it could definitely be spotted a mile away. Not only will this functional umbrella keep your shorty dry from the elements but it’s cute AF. It’s easy to manage (pinch-proof and poke-proof) so you won’t have to worry about playing the helicopter mom. This Amazon customer raves, “Loved these adorable umbrellas! Bought a watermelon and lemon style for each of my two daughters, and they love them! They are bright, sturdy, and very easy to open and close without any risk of pinching little fingers (which I was most concerned about). My girls look forward to rainy days so that they can use them!” Okay, now go ahead and add the watermelon one to your cart, too.
Cute enough for mom (ahem,actually, we’ll be buying the adult version), this kids dome umbrella has stylish rainbow-colored dots for extra fun. The extended canopy protects them from the elements and has a clear plastic that makes it easy to see through while tromping through the rain. This will avoid any bump-ins with other umbrella toting kiddos. Reviewers rave about its lightweight and wind proof durability (a must-have for kids). An easy-grip curved plastic handle, sturdy frame, and travel-friendly size also make it fuss-free for your little one. The rounded tips and pinch-proof closure keep their tiny hands safe (and help mama live a more worry-free life). Have more than one toddler onboard? According to this Amazon customer, if you’re wise, you’ll snag two umbrellas. “My 5-year-old son uses the clear one and it has lasted fine over the past year. My 2-year-old daughter was jealous so I ordered her the polka dot one,” she says.
Blast off into the next stormy day with this blue rocket-themed umbrella from Maisonette that we know both little girls and boys will love. With flying rockets, planets, and stars, it’s just the design your little astronaut needs to brave the elements. Safety caps protect their hands and faces, while the lightweight frame and easy closure are perfect for traveling around town. The curved plastic handle is the ideal size for their little fingers, too. Pick it up with a stellar raincoat or matching rainboots for the ultimate rainy day uniform.
Why not make a statement with some modern art? This artsy option from La Bella Umbrella has elephants (betcha can’t spot the turtle?!) so it’s sure to be a hit. It’s safe to say that the design itself will transport you and your LO to a far-off place. A high-quality rubber-coated handle and push-button provides a comfy grip and prevents hands from slipping. Windproof and waterproof, it will be ready for anything mother nature throws your way. The soft and convenient wrist strap makes it easy to carry around and the metal clip means you can hook it on their backpack (or your stroller) even when dripping wet. It even comes with a matching sleeve so that when it’s not in use, it can easily be tucked away in your diaper bag or stroller organizer.
Who better to protect your little one than their favorite Disney character? Elsa will help them stay dry during school, sports, and everywhere in between. The easy-to-hold oval handle was made for kiddo hands and the durable fiberglass frame will last season after season. Side note: Don’t you low-key hate it when it’s raining cats and dogs and all of sudden a ginormous wind gust makes your umbrella turn inside out? Cue a storm of curse words. Two words. Never again. For that reason alone, we’re pleased as punch to spend a few more bucks for an umbrella that works. They’ll love the snowflake design and cool blue color. Just picture a “Let It Go” dancing in the rain montage… be sure to make it a sing-along so that you can join in, too.
Since you’re always on the hunt for the best stuff for your kiddo, check out our kid gear section for more favorite picks!