199Schlepping to and from errands, play dates and birthday parties in the rain, with a wee one in tow, is about as fun as getting a cavity filled. Sans anesthesia. To make the wet Seattle winter less grim (and to keep your precious live cargo dry) try a bright weatherproof blankie from the two-month-old, locally based Rugged Idea.

The company’s medium-sized rectangular nylon and fleece blanket (28″ x 35″) has ties to keep it in place while covering a standard stroller or a front/back pack carrier. To boot, the color combos are deeelicious. One option, Tangerine Puddle, sports a turquoise fleece outer edge, a Kelly green nylon body, ginger-colored ribbon detail and sassy hot pink ricrac trim. Take that, gray day.

A new shipment can be found in the boutique at:
Queen Anne Mail & Dispatch
2212 Queen Anne Ave.
between Boston and W McGraw Streets
206.286.1024
Mon – Fri 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sat 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sun 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
See Rugged Idea for additional retailers in Seattle and on the Eastside.

P.S. Large sized weatherproof blankies and baby-changing blankies also available.