Mud pants for kids: You can trust these

Good mud pants give children the freedom to play outside, even when the weather is bad. It saves parents a lot of dirty laundry in the fall, and it’s mandatory in kindergarten anyway. Unfortunately, mud pants for children have rarely been shown to be free of harmful substances in ÖKO-TEST tests. We tell you which rain pants are still safe for your child.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” – parents of toddlers can sing a song about it. Because staying inside all day is not an option with children, even in rainy weather. That’s why good children’s mud pants are as much a part of the basic autumn equipment as a pair of reliable wellies (click here for our children’s wellies test). Here you can find out what makes good rain pants for children, which mud pants are free of harmful substances and which are suitable for kindergarten.

Which mud pants are suitable for kindergarten?

Children love to splash, dig and jump through puddles. Fine motor skills, perception, creativity, social interaction – that playing in the mud is not only fun, it also enables the little ones to develop many new skills and also strengthens the immune system. Weather-resistant mud clothing is therefore a must in day care, so that the children can play outside at any time, even in autumn. Good mud pants are

  • waterproof (to prevent colds from playing for hours in wet clothes),
  • robust (because there is no saving on mud clothes in the sandbox or on the slide),
  • clearly visible (so that no child is overlooked in the gray-on-grey of autumn) and
  • free of pollutantsthat can enter the child’s body through the skin or respiratory tract.

A pair of mud pants for girls and boys that meet these requirements are, for example, these Sterntaler functional rain pants (in sizes 74 to 128). With their bright neon colors they are reflective strips and Reinforcements in the knee and seat area not only is it clearly visible in all weathers, but it can easily withstand an afternoon of non-stop sliding or digging on your knees. The robust material remains waterproof at all times thanks to the welded seams. In the last children’s rain pants test from ÖKO-TEST, mud pants from Sterntaler performed satisfactorily in the pollution test.

It is also important with mud pants for kindergarten that the stomach area is also protected from moisture when playing in the mud kitchen or jumping in a puddle. One Dungaree with adjustable straps is therefore optimally suitable – if it is the right size. Since unlined mud pants are simply pulled over normal clothing, often even over the jacket, they should be sized enough leeway to let. With most rain pants, including the Sterntaler, this has already been taken into account, so the pants can be bought according to your child’s size.

As soon as your child independently in the toilet However, dress pants quickly become an obstacle. Then a general Rain pants to pull over makes sense.

Should children’s mud pants be lined or unlined? Pros and cons

One with fleece lined mud pants is cuddly and warms your child comfortably during the transition season when it is still or already too warm for a winter suit.

Lined mud pants also have disadvantages:

  • She can only over skinny pants worn comfortably, for example over tights or leggings. The combination of denim pants and lined rain pants often turns out to be too warm and bulky.
  • The soft The lining can get wet faster than the water-resistant upper material (e.g. if the trousers are not attached to the foot with the elastic and slide up).

Because the mud pants for kindergarten hang there all year round, waiting to be used, they are one unlined year-round trousers the better choice for day care. In autumn, she can also sow supplemented with lined mud pants especially if your child often wears tights and leggings in the fall. Manufacturers of rainwear such as Playshoes or Reima offer their mud pants for children in both lined and unlined versions.

One possible alternativefor lined mud pants can also come in autumn Softshell suit be. The full suit in water-repellent material keeps you nice and warm and protects your legs from getting wet and cold when you dig in a wet sandbox. However, softshell is not always waterproof. A soft shell suit is therefore not so good for jumping around in puddles.

What mud pants do you recommend for a baby?

Crawling babies in particular rely on mud pants in the fall to move outside. The waterproof trousers are therefore usually available from size 74. However, it should be noted with babies that they do not yet have rubber boots on and therefore wear a Wet protection for the feet to need. Popular for this purpose are the so-called Rain boots from Playshoeswhich are wind and waterproof thanks to welded seams and are secured around the foot with an elastic band.

An alternative to rain boots is a Mud pants with integrated feet. This has the advantage that the trouser legs cannot slide up when crawling, and therefore no sand gets in. In addition, the boots cannot be lost. The disadvantage of such a one Mud pants with feet is that it can no longer be used at shoe age – or at most only in the sandbox. BMS is one of the few providers with such mud pants for babies, but did poorly in the last mud pants test by ÖKO-TEST (2018) in the ingredient test. In a statement, the manufacturer refers to its Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certificate, which proves that the material is not hazardous to health.

Tip: For persistent crawlers, mud pants with reinforced knees are a good choice.

In the ECO-TEST test: Which mud pants for children are free of harmful substances?

The consumer magazine ÖKO-TEST regularly tests mud pants for children pollutants and water resistance and always find the following dilemma: precisely because mud pants must be robust and weather-resistant, they are coated with chemicals, which in turn can be hazardous to health. Finding children’s rain pants that are both waterproof and completely free of harmful substances is therefore almost impossible.

Also in the last mud pants test of ÖKO-TEST (2018), in which 13 mud pants from the usual suppliers tested in the laboratory and tested for their water and abrasion resistance in extreme conditions, no model received a “good” or “very good” rating. The reason: traces of PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which can enter the body via the respiratory tract or the skin and are sometimes considered carcinogenic. Optical brighteners in the labels also led to devaluations. And so they stayed Mud pants as test winner, where pollution was still within the limits, or just slightly above the limits that ÖKO-TEST set for itself in relation to preventive consumer protection. After all, all mud pants tested are free of questionable ingredients such as cadmium, lead, PVC and plasticizers.

The following mud pants achieved a good to satisfactory result in the “Ingredients” category.:

On the other hand, popular brands like BMS and Celavi failed the pollution test. The Lego Wear mud pants were only rated “adequate” in the “Ingredients” category.

To classify these results, but it must be said: ÖKO-TEST evaluates strictly. Much stricter than the legislator and also stricter than Öko-Tex. For example, the consumer magazine devalues ​​a product from a concentration of 0.1 mg/kg dibutyltin, while Öko-Tex only devalues ​​it from 0.5 mg/kg. Some of the mud pants that did not pass ÖKO-TEST, for example BMS, also carry the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certificate, which means that they are classified as free of harmful substances.

ECO-TEST is also strict Water and abrasion resistance test Before. The trousers were treated with sandpaper to test their robustness. In addition to the mud pants from Kik, there was also the popular one Rain pants from Playshoes failed the practical test and therefore passed the test overall – to the disbelief of many parents who swear by the waterproofness of these trousers in their online reviews. For normal use in the nursery or on the playground, these mud pants should be sufficient.

How to wash children’s mud pants properly?

Most children’s mud pants can be washed in the washing machine at 30 or 40 degrees. ÖKO-TEST even recommends washing, as the load on the coated textiles decreases with each wash. However, the polyurethane coating is not compatible with fabric softeners, and it can be assumed that the robustness of the trousers will decrease with each wash.


13 mud pants tested, ÖKO-TEST, access date: 9 September 2022

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