3 Must-Have Pushchair Accessories You Should Consider Buying

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Image: iStock

Pushchairs are an essential item that all parents will need during the early years of their child’s life. With thousands of designs to choose from, it’s not difficult to find something that suits your budget, tastes and lifestyle. But some pushchairs do not come with additional accessories that can make a parent's life easier and add extra protection to the child.

Again, there are plenty to choose from and some are more essential that others. So if you want to maximise the comfort and functionality of your new pushchair, these are the items you should consider buying.

Image: Flickr/Daniel Go

Image: Flickr/Daniel Go

Suitably Sized Changing Bag

A changing bag is something you are going to need every single day for at least the first few years of your child’s life. It will be even more vital when you’re outside the comfort of your own home and on the move. So having a suitably sized changing bag that can fit or be hooked onto your pushchair is ideal. Some pushchair suppliers will have accompanying changing bags that match the design of the chair whereas others will not.

Pushchairs often come with pockets and storage space, but this may not be sufficient for your nappies and wipes. The best way to find the right size is to try before you buy. Take your new pushchair to a baby store and try out different sizes and experiment with positioning. Even if you don’t like any other options available, it should give you a good indication of the size you need and which hooking position is best. Always make sure the bag you choose has plenty of space and pockets, as well as a substantial fastening.

Rain Covers

As with the foot muffs, pushchair rain covers are another protective accessory you should consider. These are often included with the pushchair itself but occasionally they are sold separately. These clear covers offer protection from the wind, rain and the sun and keep your baby happy as you walk around. Being exposed to these harmful weather conditions can make your child unwell and damage their delicate skin. It can also create a cocoon like effect so your baby can fall to sleep easily. So this simple but effective device should be on top of your accessory wishlist.

Image: Flickr/Snunkie

Image: Flickr/Snunkie

Foot Muffs

If you enjoy taking your baby out for walks in the pushchair, a foot muff will be a brilliant accessory for you to invest in. Foot muffs are designed to keep your child warm and protected from the elements. They create a blanket-like effect which is ideal during the winter months and can help to regulate your baby’s temperatures. They are also ideal for when you go on family day’s out and vacations to countries with colder climates that what your child is used to.

You can often find these in universal sizes that can fit any number of pushchair styles and they are relatively inexpensive. Try to find one that has plenty of padding and in a colour that complements your pushchair. You can store it in your family car and use it as a when you need to.

Investing in these items will make your pushchair a safer, practical and more comfortable environment for your baby.

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