Keeping your little one snug, warm and comfortable in their pram throughout the year means accessorising so you have everything you need to keep them toasty in winter and cool in summer. Plus, there’s nothing more important than keeping your little angel safe and that includes when you’re out and about having family fun with their pram.
We’ve Kiddies Kingdom and we’ve put together some top tips on how to make sure your baby is safe and comfortable in their pram so you can make precious memories together, no matter the weather.
Choosing a pram with thoughtful safety and comfort features
Safety starts with the pram you choose. At Kiddies Kingdom we’re confident in all of our products and know that they come from reputable brands that carry out rigorous testing and include thoughtful safety and comfort features in their prams.
So you know what to look for when choosing the perfect pram for your little one, here are some examples of safety features that our prams, pushchairs and strollers include:
- All-round suspension
- Adjustable 5-point safety harness and padded shoulder straps
- Multiple reclining positions (particularly lie-flat options for newborns)
- Bumper bars
- Adjustable footrest
- Seat cushioning
- A plush carry cot mattress
- Luxurious, soft fabrics
- Full overhead canopy
- A strong, robust frame.
Once you’ve selected the perfect pram, you’ll need to maintain and clean it to keep it fresh, safe and comfortable for your cherub. Here are some top tips on keeping your pram clean and how to maintain it so it stays like new.
Cleaning your pram
Always check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your pram, but many pushchairs now have removable, machine-washable fabrics that can be washed on a cool, gentle wash. For fabrics that can’t, use a clean, soft cloth with warm, soapy water to spot clean. Always allow the fabrics to air dry (never tumble dry) before using again.
For the pram frame, hand-wash in the same way you should the fabric and use a soft-bristle brush to get in between the wheels or in any hard-to-reach areas. Whilst doing this, inspect your pram for any signs of wear and tear that might need attending so it’s safe and secure for your baby.
Maintaining your pram
Use a silicone-based lubricant in the joints and wheel bearings of your pram to keep everything moving as it should. Tighten any loose screws and check the tyre pressure (if they’re air-filled tyres). Always read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly maintain your pram as some parts may be removable to allow for deep cleaning and thorough maintenance.
Accessories for safety and comfort
Now for the exciting part, accessories! Investing in good-quality accessories will help keep your little one safe and comfortable in their pushchair all year round, from footmuffs to fans and even nappy changing bags, you won’t want to leave the house without them.
Here are some examples of accessories that are available to buy on our website.
Cosytoes and footmuffs
Pushchairs wouldn’t be complete without footmuffs (otherwise known as cosytoes) to keep your baby’s teeny tiny toes warm and safe during the colder months. From a choice of cute designs and gorgeous colours, you can match footmuffs to your pushchair. Our selection of footmuffs from trusted brands like Bugaboo and Maxi Cosi will mean your baby can get snuggly in the softest of materials, made by well-known, top-quality manufacturers.
Maxi Cosi 2 in 1 footmuff
This Maxi Cosi 2 in 1 footmuff provides extra comfort for your baby from birth to around 3.5 years old. It will keep your little one protected from the cold, wind and rain and thanks to the removable front, you can easily open it up and convert it into a cosy seat liner. It has a superior fluffy inner lining and can be used with most Maxi Cosi pushchairs.
Discover the Bugaboo footmuff, for use with all Bugaboo pushchairs, it will keep your little one snug and comfortable all year round. Simply strap your baby into their harness, which is used in combination with the footmuff for a secure fit. The footmuff can be zipped or buttoned up to the desired height and is adjustable to your child’s size.
For more examples of footmuffs, and to find one that is compatible with your pushchair, have a look on our website.
Changing bags might not come into direct contact with your baby but they are super helpful for carrying all of your baby’s essentials, therefore, they help to keep your baby safe and comfortable when out and about in their pram. Changing bags come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to suit all tastes and to match your pram. Here are some examples of our favourite changing bags.
The Egg2 Backpack Changing Bag is the perfect combination of style and substance and perfectly matches the range of Egg2 strollers but can be used with any stroller given the neutral colour. Available in a standard version with a main front opening large pocket as well as a smaller pocket on the front, it’s also available as a Special Edition version which matches the Special Edition strollers.
This one has a top-loading main packet as well as a zipped area on the base of the bag and pockets on the side. Each bag has plenty of space for all the essentials and more with built-in straps to attach to your pushchair. Both types have a travel changing mat included too.
Badabing Mani Backpack Changing Bag
BabaBing! The experts in changing bags gladly introduce the Mani Backpack Changing Bag which is a multi-functional changing bag giving you the ‘best of both worlds’ in terms of using the changing bag as a conventional tote style or backpack changing bag.
The Mani Backpack has been designed not only to be multi-functional but also unisex allowing both parents to use the changing bag whenever and wherever whilst on the go! The deep main section of the changing bag allows a multitude of items to be packed in the changing bag allowing essential items such as; nappies, wipes, creams, clothing, muslins and toys to be included within the bag for a full day out!
Parasols and sunshades
As a parent, you want to take your little one out on lovely outdoor adventures on a sunny day but do everything possible to protect your baby’s delicate skin. That’s why, a walk in the park or a day at the seaside wouldn’t be complete without a parasol or sunshade. We have several to choose from to fit your pram, in an easy-to-use, compact shape so you’ll never be without one even if you’re caught off-guard by an unexpected sunny day.
Another handy accessory to have during the warmer months is a stroller fan that attaches to the frame of your pushchair or the bumper bar to blow cool air right towards your child. This will allow them to be fully protected from the sun rays with the parasol and nice and cool with their fan.
Pushchair rain covers are an essential accessory, particularly because of the unpredictable British weather. Never find yourself and your baby caught in a shower without protection again when you can choose from a range of rain covers to fit your style of pram that folds down into a compact parcel, ready to be used in an instant. Rain covers help to keep your little one happy even on the most miserable of days.
Keeping your baby safe and comfortable in their pram
Keeping your baby safe and comfortable all starts with the pram you choose, so if you’re on the lookout for a new stroller, use our list of thoughtful safety and comfort features to choose the best one for your little one. Next, ensuring proper maintenance is carried out on your pram will keep it fresh and new for longer, not to mention safe and comfortable.
Finally, invest in good-quality accessories and change them up as the weather changes outside. Use a footmuff or cosytoes in the winter months to keep your baby warm and cosy and choose a fan and parasol in the summer months so your baby is cool and comfortable. Always have your changing bag handy with your baby’s essentials and let’s face it, you’ll need your rain cover all year round too.