Time spent outdoors with your child is great for both of you. It gives them the chance to explore the world and boost their development while giving you a well-deserved break and some fresh air.
But now that the Great British Summer is a distant memory, you might worry that taking your baby out and about will lead to trips to the GP instead of the park. Are you thinking of hibernating with your child until Spring? Think again.
What if we told you that there's a way to get you and your baby out of the house even in the coldest of weathers, whilst ensuring that they are toasty in the pram?
Cue the pram footmuff. Never heard of it? Read on to find out what pram footmuffs are and why they're a must-have accessory for winter.
As a new parent, you have heard of (and purchased!) plenty of gadgets for your bundle of joy, but chances are that you might not be familiar with footmuffs.
Akin to a sleeping bag, a footmuff is an accessory which attaches to your pram and offers your child extra protection from cold weather. Footmuffs cover your baby's feet, legs, and chest, whilst leaving their arms free to move.
Why Do I Need a Pram Footmuff?
There are many reasons why a footmuff is a great addition to your pram, especially if you live in colder areas of the UK.
From warmth to practicality, let's take a look at six reasons why footmuffs should be on your baby essentials list this winter - and why you should get shopping for one now.
Keep Your Baby Warm and Cosy
First things first: the warmth factor. Footmuffs are great to help keep your baby warm without the need to wrap them excessively in clothes that might end up overheating them.
From natural materials like wool to cold-banishing synthetic fibres, footmuffs provide an extra layer of warmth and cosiness for your child.
Some models are even waterproof, which means you have no excuse not to go for a long, rainy walk!
Cleaning a Footmuff? A Cinch
We've all been there: your toddler gets a bit grumpy and you offer them a snack, only to find the pram covered in crumbs and bits of food. Don't panic! You can unzip your footmuff and chuck it in the washing machine for a quick, easy clean.
Anything from food and drink stains to mud will easily come off your footmuff with no need to buy special detergents.
You can also throw your footmuff in the tumble dryer, or leave it to air-dry on the washing line. Trust us: once washed and dried, your footmuff will look and feel as good as new.
What About Safety?
You might be wondering whether a footmuff is a safe accessory for your child. The answer is 'yes'.
When using a footmuff, you can strap your baby in the pram as normal, ensuring their safety.
Footmuffs also provide the ideal level of warmth for your child, so that there's no need to dress them too much and risk over-heating them.
Ditch the Blanket, Grab the Footmuff
How many times has your little one wrestled with their blanket, even in the chilliest of weathers? If your baby is wriggly even when strapped into the pram, you must be familiar with the frustration of using blankets. Once again, the solution to your frustration comes in the shape of a footmuff.
Because a footmuff is securely attached to the pram, it acts as a sort of cocoon for your child. This prevents them from kicking it away and ensures they are nice and toasty at all times.
Using a footmuff instead of bulkier, heavier blankets will also make your changing bag much lighter and easier to carry. A win for the baby, and a win for the mum!
Not Just for Newborns
We all know that newborn babies can be particularly susceptible to catching colds, which is why new parents often stress about their baby being warm enough whenever they leave the house.
Footmuffs are a fab accessory to help you protect your new arrival from frosty weather, but how about older kids? Are footmuffs worth buying if you're only going to use them for a few months?
Well, we have even more good news for you: footmuffs work just as well for your older toddler! Most models are adjustable and can be extended simply by unzipping them, making them a long-lasting addition to your winter walks.
For this reason, it's a good idea to invest in a quality pram footmuff, which is sure to last you well into toddlerhood.
Comfort and Style? Yes!
With their ultra-soft, cosy design, footmuffs provide great comfort for your child, making winter walks much more pleasant. But can you also expect a footmuff to be stylish? Of course!
Brands like Silver Cross, BabyZen, and Cosatto have a selection of beautiful and colourful footmuffs which are guaranteed to please even the most fashion-savvy mum. Whether you prefer a simple, sober black or grey footmuff, or are partial to more eclectic, patterned styles, you will be spoilt for choice. Because comfort, practicality, and look can go hand in hand!
Are You Convinced Yet?
If you look forward to taking your little one for a walk on one of these crisp, cold days, then get shopping for a footmuff now!
For even more tips, inspiration, and to check out our range of pram footmuffs, visit our website.