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The pram footmuff is a very useful addition to the pram or buggy. It can be attached to the pram and safely embeds your child. In winter it insulates against the cold and in summer it can protect against wind or draughts. The matching pram footmuff can be a suitable companion when you are out and about with your child.

With our big pram footmuff test 2021 we want to help you find the perfect model for you. We have taken a look at various pushchair footmuffs and compiled the most important information for you. We also show you the different advantages and disadvantages of the different types of footmuffs.




Summary

  • Pram footmuffs can be attached to the buggy or pram and offer protection for the child without slipping.
  • There are pram footmuffs for summer and winter. There are different materials to choose from for both, depending on the use.
  • Pram footmuffs can be waterproof and thus protect even in the rain. Many models are heat regulating so that your child is warm but not sweaty.

The best Pram footmuff: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for pushchair footmuffs

When looking for the perfect footmuff for your child, you will come across many options on the internet. To give you a better overview of the different options, we will show you below which aspects you should consider before buying. The following criteria will help you compare different pushchair footmuffs:

Size

When choosing a pushchair footmuff, the age of your child plays an important role. Most footmuffs are between 90 cm and 100 cm in length. At this length, the footmuff can be used up to an age of about three years.

Shorter pram footmuffs are suitable for babies under six months. These have a length of approx. 75 cm to 85 cm.

These pram footmuffs also fit well in a pram bath or in a baby car seat. Another option is to choose a pram footmuff that is adjustable in length. There are many models that are adjustable in size. This way, the footmuff can be extended with a fabric insert. Up to the age of six months, a length of 75 cm to 85 cm is suitable. Up to three years, a footmuff between 90 cm and 100 cm long is suitable.

Material

Depending on the use, you should choose a different material for the pram footmuff. The most important thing to consider is the season in which you will be using the footmuff. There are summer, winter and transitional footmuffs made of different materials.

Pram footmuffs for summer and transitional seasons offer light protection for your child. They are usually made of a mixture of cotton and polyester. The fabric is only slightly lined, but protects against cooler temperatures in the morning or evening. In winter, a thickly lined pram footmuff is suitable. These are often made of either down, fleece or lambskin. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages.

Material Advantages Disadvantages
Polyester Lightweight material and easy to clean. Suitable for milder temperatures material is often only water repellent without additional treatment and not waterproof. It does not withstand heavy rain or lower temperatures
Down Very warm material, keeps warm without the child sweating. Lightweight natural product Down is tricky to care for. They must be dried with a dryer to prevent the feathers from clumping
Fleece Very easy-care material. Offers high protection at low temperatures Not a natural product
lambskin Provides a lot of warmth and has a climate-regulating effect, thus preventing heat build-up in the child. Suitable for allergy sufferers Care is awkward. Can only be washed with specific fur detergent. Has a special inherent odour

A pram footmuff made of down has a climate-regulating effect, but is considerably more expensive than a synthetic footmuff. A fleece footmuff is very easy to care for and also takes up little storage space. Footmuffs made of lambskin, on the other hand, are heavier but keep your child warm even at very low temperatures.

Features

It is not only the material that is important when choosing a pushchair footmuff, you should also pay attention to the features. The footmuffs can have different shapes and offer different types of fastening. To keep your child's head warm, the top of the footmuff can be pulled closed. Some models also have a hood that is already pre-shaped. Most pushchair footmuffs have either three or five belt slots.

When buying, you should pay attention to the number of belt slots.

The pram's belt is threaded through these and the stroller footmuff is fastened in this way. Some models also have an anti-slip coating on the underside, which also prevents the footmuff from shifting.

Closure

The type of zip on the pushchair footmuff is also a factor to consider when buying. Most models have the closure either in the middle or on the side. In any case, the zips should be covered on the inside so that they do not scratch your baby. A side closure on a pram footmuff is hardly visible and has the advantage that it is not in the way. However, depending on the model, the upper part can hang down when you open the bag. This can be a nuisance when you are out and about.

Type of closure Advantages Disadvantages
Side closure Hardly visible, does not disturb the child Hangs down when open, can disturb
Centre zip Can be opened quickly Can disturb child under certain circumstances

A pram footmuff with the zip in the middle can be opened quickly if your child is too warm. A fastener in the foot area can also be an advantage, so your child can keep their dirty shoes outside.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about pram footmuffs answered in detail

Before you buy a pushchair footmuff, there are some questions you should ask yourself. In the following sections we have compiled and answered some of the most important questions.

What is special about a pushchair footmuff and what advantages does it offer?

A pushchair footmuff keeps your child warm in all weather conditions and protects it from the cold. The footmuff is a stable addition to the pram that does not slip and therefore always keeps your child warm.

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A good footmuff offers protection without slipping.
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A pram footmuff has a climate-regulating effect and provides an optimal temperature for your child. So he or she is nice and warm, but doesn't sweat either. Depending on the model, the pram footmuff is waterproof and keeps your child dry even in the rain.

What types of pram footmuffs are there?

In the next sections we will show the different types of pram footmuffs. There are two different options, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Pram footmuffs for the summer

In summer, when temperatures are higher, a pram footmuff made of light fabrics is sufficient. If it is a bit cooler in the morning or evening, or if it is windy, then the footmuff can be used. Pram footmuffs for the summer are usually made of either polyester or cotton. The polyester models are a little cheaper, but cotton is more breathable.

Advantages
  • Very good value
  • Light weight
  • Can be combined with additional footmuffs
Disadvantages
  • Limited use, often already too thin for spring or autumn
  • Many models are not waterproof

Pushchair footmuffs for winter

For winter, a pram footmuff must be able to provide a lot of warmth and insulate well against the outside. They are made of fleece, down or lambskin. The outer material usually has a special coating that ensures that the footmuff is waterproof. An optimal pram footmuff made of high-quality material should not only be warm, but also effectively regulate the temperature. This way your child will not sweat in the footmuff.

Advantages
  • Weatherproof
  • Very warm material
  • High wearing comfort
Disadvantages
  • Higher price segment
  • Can be too warm in milder temperatures

Who are pushchair footmuffs suitable for?

Pram footmuffs are suitable for children up to 3 years old. If you spend a lot of time outdoors with your child in the pram, a footmuff offers great advantages. With its belt fastening, it always stays in place and offers continuous protection for your child.

If you live in a place where it can get very cold in winter, then a pram footmuff is essential. It offers more protection than a blanket and can wrap your child's whole body. Waterproof models can also keep your child dry in the rain.

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A footmuff can also be useful in summer and protect against wind and weather.
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How much does a pram footmuff cost?

There are big differences in the prices of pram footmuffs. The biggest differences are due to the material. Footmuffs made of synthetic materials are generally a lot cheaper than those made of natural materials. Summer footmuffs made of polyester are available for as little as €14. More expensive models for summer are made of cotton and cost up to 150€. Pram footmuffs for winter are a little more expensive, but again the price varies depending on the material. Fleece footmuffs are available from €8, while more expensive models can cost up to €130. Pram footmuffs made of down cost between €40 and €240. The most expensive are lambskin footmuffs, which cost between €50 and €320.
Type Price
Summer footmuff made of polyester 14€ - 150€
Winter footmuff made of fleece 8€ - 130€
Winter footmuff made of down 40€ - 240€
Winter footmuff made of lambskin 50€ - 320€

You can buy pram footmuffs in every price category. Depending on the category, they do not differ much in price from a normal blanket. However, footmuffs can be much more practical. Depending on the model, they can even be completely unfolded and used as a blanket.

What size should the pram footmuff be?

Depending on the age, a different length of the pushchair footmuff is suitable. If your child is not yet six months old, you will need a shorter footmuff. These generally have a length of approx. 75 cm to 85 cm. From the age of six months, a pram footmuff between 90 cm and 100 cm is suitable. This can be used by your child until about the age of three. Footmuffs that are adjustable in length are also very practical, so that they can grow with the child, so to speak.

What alternatives are there to the pram footmuff?

As an alternative to the pram footmuff, you can use a blanket to keep your child warm. In summer, a light blanket can be enough, in winter warmer fleece blankets are recommended. Blankets can also be used to protect your child from the cold and fit snugly into child carriers.
Blankets or fleece blankets can be used as an alternative.

Blankets offer an alternative to pram footmuffs. They are usually light and can be wrapped as needed. However, they are less practical than a footmuff when travelling with the pram because they can quickly become tangled or fall down. A pram footmuff offers more durable protection.

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