Mud Season April '18You know the old saying, April Showers, bring May Flowers?….well in Vermont it goes more like: “April Snow and Showers bring May Mud and Flowers!” Recently a friend commented that Spring in Vermont must be beautiful…I had to fess up that there are just two times a year that are not stunning in Vermont and those are MUD SEASON (April-May) and STICK SEASON (Nov-Dec). Since we are entering Mud Season I thought I’d quickly share some insider tips to keep your kiddos clean and dry!Tuffo TimeTuffo Try OnTuffo Rainsuits When I pull up to daycare Dawson’s class is outside in the front playspace Rain OR Shine. There were only a handful of super cold dark winter evenings when his class was found indoors and I love that! On rainy days his class looks like a colorful group of Martians wearing their Tuffos. It also makes me smile on the days when Parker’s class decides to wear their Tuffos on the “waterslides” at the playground. I can totally picture them flying down the slippery slides in these lil’ rainsuits 🙂 We were not privy to such things before joining Mountain Village School but these amazing foul weather suits keep our boys dry and protect their jackets and clothing from all the mud this time of year. We use them most often during the shoulder seasons but they are also useful in the winter over their snowsuits for an extra waterproof layer for days with wet snow. We even used them to venture outside one rainy day at the beach down in Mattapoisett. Now if only they made them in adult sizes 🙂

You can check them out here: Tuffo Unisex Baby Muddy Buddy CoverallTuffo at the BeachDawson TuffoOaikWear BootsOakiwear Rainboots I was very torn on the Hunter Boot|Target Collaboration for the boys but after reading a few bad reviews I stuck with function over fashion. Oakiwear rainboots get the job done. Parker informed us he wanted to wear his rainboots this week so he could splash in mud puddles, and splash he did…he was literally covered from head to toe in sandy/slushy/mud every day this week. Word to the wise, teach your kiddos to place the cuff of their Tuffo OVER the top of the rainboot or the rain will just funnel itself into the boot which is a hot mess and happens more then I’d care to think about.

You can check them out here: Oakiwear Kids Waterproof Rubber Rain Boots with Easy-on HandlesOakiwear Boots in Puddles.jpgOakiwear Boots at playground.jpgTuffo_April 2018Nikwax Tech Wash When the boys wear their Tuffo rainsuits we only need to wash their Tuffo and not their entire outfit but often it is the “student’s choice” on what they wear outside and we arrive to Parker covered from head to toe in mud sans Tuffo. Either way you need a good tech wash to get you through the season and keep their waterproof products functioning well. We picked up a bottle of this wash which has lasted us through the winter season.

You can check it out here: Nikwax Tech Wash

So now that your kids are prepped for the rest of these April Snow Showers,  bring on the May mud and Flowers!May Flowers

Thanks for reading!! What are your go to gear items for rainy weather? Please drop me a note in the comments below.

Posted by:lilvermontadventures

As a working mother of two 'lil boys I am experienced in the work/life juggle, and fluent in construction vehicles. After a decade in Boston at New Balance, we moved to Vermont where I lead a portfolio of strategic coffee partners at Keurig. I cannot wait to share our outdoor adventures in Vermont sprinkled with some fun lessons in work/life integration, taking care of yourself, organization, and being a boy Mom.


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