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I sometimes wonder if there is any activity for which Cath Kidston doesn't provide an accessory - case in point this child's umbrella, which we've been using regularly come rain (not shine) on the school run, for a few months now. We have the exact one pictured, with cherries, as well as another in the rose print design, as currently available from Kidston stores for £10, and which is the price we paid. As kids' umbrellas go - we've found a variety of Disney/Barbie/random character umbrellas pretty prone to breaking very easily - these are not too bad, however not without their faults.
Size wise these umbrellas are perfectly proportioned for a child, at 68cm by my measurements with my Kidston tape measure (yep Kidston items are taking over my house) from tip to top of plastic handle, they are exactly right for a child of about 4 and above, and hers is much loved by my 8 year old who will use it at the slightest opportunity. They do, I've found when I've resorted to using one during a particularly rainy walk to school, look pretty silly for an adult to use - fear not the rose print umbrella is available in adult size too, should its cutesy looks appeal.
The canopy of the umbrella is made of printed plastic, the eight spokes have plastic ends, making them safe, and the canopy itself at 65cm in diameter is again designed with children in mind. I like the fact that my kids can put their umbrellas up and down all by themselves with ease using the pusher on the metal handle, there are no tricky buttons to push. The metal spokes seem quite robust, certainly the umbrellas have never inverted even when faced with the briskest wind, and though the umbrella smells a bit plasticky, there's no denying that it repels water well and they are well protected whilst using it; it protects both their heads and shoulders. When they are holding it they are able to see through the fabric, which does mean they are less prone to bumping into people.
It is, then, a shame that in an otherwise well made item there is a bit of a flaw, namely the little strap that holds together the umbrella when folded down. On both umbrellas, over time, this has come off with one of them getting a rip in the canopy as a result. You can still use the umbrella but can't roll it up neatly. I can sort of forgive this fact given that as I've already said other kids' umbrellas we've owned have broken after a short of amount of time and that this particular umbrella looks so damned cute.
All in all I would recommend this item, just be aware that the little strap is a weak point in an otherwise well made, well designed and nice looking item.