Buying new wellies is always exciting for children. But not so much for me.
N tends to have 2 pairs on the go at once. One pair left at nursery ready for forest school at any time, and another pair at home, which then get taken to the other nursery if it’s muddy or wet.
Out of choice, N would wear his wellies all day every day. Personally I can’t think of anything worse, and surely it can’t be good for his feet. It’s definitely not great for his legs when he doesn’t tuck in his trousers or wears shorts and the tops rub against his legs.
So far he’s always had fun wellies. Whether they’re Clarks Doodles, or whatever other brand or own label welly I’ve found, they’ve been the patterned ones. I did buy him a pair of plain navy ones for nursery at a nearly new sale, because at £2, it would have been silly not to. But a few weeks ago I discovered that the reason why he was getting one wet foot wasn’t because he’d been jumping lop-sided into puddles, but because he had a hole in one of them. So we had the joy of trying to find somewhere that sold wellies approaching summer…
I always tend to check Brantano first because they were more likely to have them, and cheaper than going to a garden centre where they were more likely to stock expensive brands. Of course there were lots to choose from, but very few in N’s size. At least not of any of the designs that either N would like or I would want him to have. Is it just me not keen on garish character clothing or shoes? I don’t like skulls, don’t want Peppa Pig or Spiderman, and don’t want hideous colours. Luckily for me, the ones that N wanted, didn’t have his size in.
But then I was worried we’d have to trawl round more shops to find wellies out of season. Thankfully I spotted some plain wellies on the end of the aisle, and they had N’s size in the navy blue.
They’re also proper big boy wellies, long so they’re a proper welly length. None of this flapping around his calves. And I’m thinking they may be good for a spot of welly wangling due to the longer leg length – more grabbing space!
N was chuffed that he now has proper grown up wellies like his 6 year old cousin, and he’s wanted to wear them all the time. I’m trying to wean him onto his sandals but this year I’m not having much luck so far.
Did your children go through a welly wearing phase? What colours do they have?