*See what I look like in rainy weather with my 2 toddlers!*
The rainy season is coming up!
June (yes this month!) is “Tsuyu” which means the rainy season in Japan. So here is an extra post this week to help you plan sightseeing in the rainy weather!
It typically rains in the afternoons, or sometimes for the whole day.
You will see everyone wearing cute colorful gumboots, and there are umbrellas sold on every corner at the convenience stores and pop-up shops. It is a colorful time, but also a hectic and sometimes dangerous time!
The biggest question for many travelers is – how do I walk around Tokyo with TWO toddlers in wet weather?!!
Below is a photo I took the other day when it was pouring.
I have had a bad experience before where my son insisted on walking in the rain with an umbrella, only to slip over on a drain and split his head open. This resulted in calling the ambulance and spending the whole day in hospital getting tested for concussion and stitches. See post here if you want to read that story and my tips on how to call an ambulance in Japan.
SO, in order to avoid slipping over and child injuries, I have a new rule – neither of my children are allowed to walk in the rain (unless they are holding an adult’s hand). I have found it just too dangerous, especially if you are trying to cross the road with lots of people and also trying to navigate.
Anyhoo, so if it is just me with my kids, thenI do the following:
- Older toddler in stroller – my 4 year old insists on holding his own umbrella, so I don’t use the stroller rain cover with him anymore. He holds his favorite pink umbrella, and I cover his legs with a plastic bag.
- Young toddler in baby carrier – my 2 year old daughter still fits in the Ergo, so I carry her and shield her from the rain (preferably with my rain coat).
- Bags under stroller – I put all my bags under the stroller and cover with a plastic bag.
Hope this helps you to get around Tokyo with your babies this rainy season!
Remember always think of safety first, and if everything is falling apart (ie. crying kids and exhausted mothers!), jump into the nearest cafe and sit down and take a rest. You will feel much better after a coffee and your kids can have a snack, and you can regroup before you venture out in the rain again!