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Footmuffs: 12 models tested

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Updated September 3, 2020

Sudden downpour while you’re out on a walk with the pushchair? With a footmuff, you don’t have to struggle to get warm outer clothes on your baby. We tested footmuffs, and name the Elodie Details Stroller Bag as our best in test. This is an attractive and warm footmuff with a universal fit and clever slots for the pushchair harness.

Our best premium choice is the Voksi Urban – a very warm, high-quality footmuff. The Urban can be used for a long time because it can be expanded to a full 120 cm.

How we did the test

We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our test of footmuffs, we asked normal families to use the products. The footmuffs have been tested in both carry cots and pushchairs and by children of different sizes and ages. They have been used on milder winter days, and in very cold weather several degrees below zero. In our tests of footmuffs, we focused particularly on the following characteristics:

  • Fit: How does the footmuff sit in different pushchairs? Can it be attached at the top in some way, for example by being slipped over the back support?

  • Heat retention capacity: How warm is the footmuff? Is the front sufficiently high to protect the child’s entire body? Can you adjust the warmth of the footmuff according to the season?

  • Use: Is it easy to put the footmuff into the pushchair? Is the front detachable? Is it easy to put the child in and take it out of the footmuff? In addition to characteristics and functions, our final score has also taken into account the footmuff’s design and whether it's good value for money. After this, we appointed a test winner.

1. Elodie Details Stroller Bag – BEST IN TEST FOOTMUFF

Attractive, warm footmuff with a universal fit and clever slots for the pushchair harness

Footmuff length: 100 cm Front length: 72 cm Width: 50 cm Attachment: Flap that fits over the back support Harness openings: Velcro slot Detachable front: Yes, some models Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: Polyester

Elodie Details Footmuff Juniper Blue

Elodie Details’ cosy footmuffs suit different types of prams and can be used both in carry cots and pushchairs. The brand has been very skilful at transforming them from one season to another, with new designs every autumn. The latest version of the footmuff was released in autumn 2019, and now the models can be divided into three variants – in addition to the down footmuff that Elodie Details also have in their range:

  • a footmuff version with a single colour outside and a smooth, cosy fleece lining

  • a version updated in 2019 with a patterned outside and a new faux shearling lining.

  • a version new in 2019 with a pattern and faux shearling lining, but with a zip on the front

The two first of Elodie Details’ classic footmuffs have a zip all the way around. This means you can remove the front completely from the back part of the footmuff, or fold it down as much as you like. The front can also be attached around the frame of the pushchair with press studs. On the third variant, the zip is in the centre of the front. This means the front is not detachable. Instead, you can open it up wholly or partially and fold both sides of the front to the side, where they can be fastened in place with press studs.

The footmuffs are well designed down to the smallest detail to make them practical in everyday use. The back section has slits for a five-point harness, and these are closed with Velcro. This means you can quickly and easily insert the footmuff into the seat unit, even when the pushchair’s harness isn’t easy to dismantle. Regardless of the design and front, Elodie Details’ footmuffs have the same heat retention properties, and are effective down to several degrees below zero.

On the back of an Elodie Details footmuff there’s a pocket that you can slip over the back support, provided the back support and hood of the pushchair are separate. With the footmuff suspended over the back of the pushchair, there’s no risk of the footmuff sliding downwards. The length of one metre means that most children will fit in the footmuff up to 2-3 years of age. If you want pattern and colour to cheer you up in the winter gloom, there are few footmuffs that do a better job than those from Elodie Details. An attractive design combined with practical functions, reasonable price and a universal fit makes Elodie Details footmuffs a product almost everyone will be happy with.

Attractive designuniversal fitexcellent attachment to the pushchairwarm and cosy
Light coloured lining quickly gets dirtycan’t be adjusted for length or warmth

2. Voksi Urban – BEST PREMIUM CHOICE

Really warm winter footmuff that can be expanded to a full 120 cm

Footmuff length: 85-120 cm Front length: 66-97 cm Width: 50 cm Attachment: No Harness openings: Individual harness slots Removable front: Yes Extendable: Yes Spring/autumn front: No Filling: Down and feathers in the front and wool in the back part

Voksi Urban

The Voksi Urban is one of the warmest footmuffs you can find on the market, so it’s not surprising that it’s a big favourite in parts of the world with long, cold winters. As well as keeping your child warm, the Voksi Urban has a really long period of use.

The Urban consists of a back part and two different fronts that are attached to the back part with a zip. The shorter front makes the footmuff a total of 85 cm long, which is a suitable size for carry cots and for smaller children in pushchairs. The long front makes the Voksi Urban 120 cm long, which is 20 cm longer than standard and works up to at least 3-4 years for most children. One major advantage is that the front is a good height. The child is protected right up to the chin and doesn’t need to wear outer clothes as well.

Voksi have used several methods to create good insulation. Their footmuffs didn’t previously have openings for harnesses – instead you had to make holes yourself. Now the holes are ready-made, with flaps to cover any not being used. This means the warm air doesn’t leak out behind the child’s back. The back of the footmuff is compact and well padded, while the two different fronts are full of warming down and feathers. These are effective materials for providing warmth, but work less well for children and adults with allergies.

The Voksi Urban oozes quality, and in cold weather there are few footmuffs that can beat it. The only minor downside with this footmuff is that it doesn’t have a good way of attaching it to the pushchair. But if you get the Voksi Urban to sit in the right place, you won’t want to take it out of the pushchair all winter anyway.

Very warmlong period of usealso works in carry cots
No good way to attach itexpensive

3. Najell Winter Cover Footmuff – BEST ERGONOMIC CHOICE

Very soft footmuff which fits well both in a carrycot and an ergonomic pushchair.

Footmuff length: 97 cm Front length: 69 cm Width: 36 cm Attachment: Yes Harness openings: Velcro slot Detachable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: All material is Oeko-Tex Class 1, and the Sorona filling is made from recycled polyester.

Najell Footmuff Winter Cover

If it was possible to catch a cloud out of a blue sky and make a warm footmuff for the winter, it would probably look like Najell's Winter Cover Footmuff. You simply can’t find a softer and more fluffy footmuff. It’s also both warm and effective at keeping out cold air. Najell also produce SleepCarrier, a soft carrycot, and the idea of the Winter Cover is that it should have a double function. This footmuff is intended to work as an insert and front for a soft carrycot, but also as a freestanding footmuff specially designed for ergonomic pushchairs. But because the Winter Cover can be folded to fit into Najell’s SleepCarrier, it also works well in a carrycot, even a smaller one. The footmuff has a detachable front, and can also be opened at the foot end so the child’s shoes can stick out. The foot end of the back section has a dark, more resistant lining to better tolerate dirt.

The openings for the harness are long slits with Velcro, which means that the footmuff works well in most pushchairs and even with harnesses that are difficult to dismantle. What makes the Winter Cover specially designed for ergonomic pushchairs is that it has a back section in two parts. But also that there is a fabric strap on the back of the footmuff that can be slipped beneath the seat, so the footmuff doesn’t slide downwards. At the head end of the footmuff, there is an elastic strap that can be attached around the back support to further prevent slippage. Najell’s Winter Cover has a front that goes high up on the child but can also be folded down and held in place with buttons. There’s also a zip. The footmuff is standard length, but narrower over the child’s upper body, which can irritate children who prefer lots of room for their arms. The Najell Winter Cover is therefore most suitable for babies and smaller children up to around two years, and for them this is one of the cosiest footmuffs available.

Fits perfectly into ergonomic pushchairsincredibly soft and warmhigh frontworks well in carry cots
Tight over the child’s upper bodylight lining quickly gets dirty

4. Elodie Details Down Footmuff

Warm and cosy down filled footmuff with clever attachment on the back

Footmuff length: 100 cm Front length: 72 cm Width: 52 cm Attachment: Flap that fits over the back support Harness openings: Individual harness slots Removable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: 70% down, 30% feathers

Elodie Details Light Weight Down Footmuff Moonshell

Elodie Details’ Lightweight Down Footmuff is a warm winter footmuff filled with down and feathers. For many parents, Elodie Details are known for their cheerful colours and imaginative patterns. Their down footmuffs are an exception to this playful design, with a more classically stylish appearance. Elodie’s down footmuffs are available in a number of sober colours and can be matched to most pushchair upholstery.

The footmuff consists of a back section and a front section. The front is attached to the back with a zip. This can be removed completely, so the Elodie Details Down Footmuff can be used as a cushion in the pushchair. You can also fold down the front either wholly or partially, or attach it around the frame using press studs. The inside of the footmuff is lined with polyester and has a smooth, matte surface. This makes Elodie’s down footmuff extremely dirt resistant. Sand and dust can easily be shaken or vacuumed out of it.

Unlike Elodie Details’ standard footmuffs, the down footmuff has no Velcro openings for the harness. Instead, there are separate harness holes at several heights on the back section, so the footmuff works in different pushchairs. This does mean that you have to have a pushchair where you can easily dismantle the harness into its separate straps. Otherwise it becomes incredibly fiddly to put the footmuff in or remove it from the pushchair.

On the back of the Elodie Details Down Footmuff, there’s a flap to attach it to the pushchair. If you have a pushchair where the back support of the seat unit and the hood are separate, you can slide the flap over the back support. This prevents the footmuff from sliding down in the pushchair. Elodie’s down footmuff is delivered in a practical storage pouch. When it’s time to put the footmuff away after the winter, you can roll it up and put it in the pouch. Given that the footmuff is a standard length, it becomes amazingly compact when you pack it up. Perfect if you’re short of storage space at home.

If you want a really warm footmuff, down filled models are often recommended, and this also applies to the Elodie Details Down Footmuff. Down footmuffs can cope with slightly cooler temperatures than the brand’s standard footmuff models. Exactly how warm it keeps your child depends on their clothing, of course. But the Elodie Details Lightweight Down Footmuff creates a cosy bubble of warm air around your child, even at temperatures well below zero.

Very good heat retention propertiesstylish designclever attachment system
Separate openings for harnesscan’t be adjusted for length or warmth

5. Bugaboo High Performance Footmuff+

Ergonomically designed footmuff with adjustable warmth and perfect fit in Bugaboo pushchairs

Footmuff length: 100 cm Front length: 67 cm Width: 45 cm Attachment: Flap that fits over the back support Harness openings: Velcro Detachable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/summer front: Yes Filling: Down

Bugaboo High Performance Footmuff

The more expensive of Bugaboo’s footmuffs is now available in an updated version called High Performance Footmuff+. Just like with Bugaboo’s other products in this range, the idea of the footmuff is for it to be both high performance and multifunctional. The difference between the High Performance Footmuff+ and the previous model is that the earlier one had two separate fronts. The Bugaboo High Performance Footmuff+ has only one front, which consists of two separate parts. The thinner part can be opened from the inside with a zip. When the temperature begins to fall towards zero, you insert a thicker, down-filled insert into the thin front. The insert is attached at the corners with press studs. The thin front is also down filled, and with both fronts inserted the footmuff is really warm and will easily keep your child warm even in temperatures double figures below zero. The front can also be completely removed from the back section.

The outer fabric is both wind and water resistant, and on the inside the foot end is covered in more resistant material, so it can cope with wet or dirty shoes. The fit is designed for an ergonomic pushchair and the footmuff has a flap at the back to fit it over the back support. Of course the High Performance Footmuff+ works best with Bugaboo’s own pushchairs, where it fits perfectly and doesn’t slip. On the Donkey, Buffalo and Cameleon, you can also attach the footmuff under the seat to make it extra stable. The main disadvantage is that the front could have been a bit higher, so that you didn’t also have to use a blanket or coat on the upper body of taller children. Otherwise, the High Performance Footmuff+ is without a doubt the best choice for all Bugaboo owners who can afford a footmuff in this price class.

Very warmperfect fit in Bugaboo’s pushchairshigh quality material
Expensivelow front

6. Voksi Breeze Light

Very soft, long and roomy footmuff perfect for spring and autumn

Footmuff length: 110 cm Front length: 76 cm Width: 48 cm Attachment: Flap that fits over the back support Harness openings: Velcro slot Detachable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: Polyester

Voksi Breeze Light

For most people, Voksi are known for their very warm footmuffs intended for use in the coldest of winter conditions. But the brand has also created a perfect thinner spring/autumn footmuff in the Breeze Light. It’s also ideal for chilly summer evenings, as in many respects it’s like wrapping your child in a cosy blanket. The Voksi Breeze is an incredibly soft and flexible footmuff. Both the outer fabric and lining are made of cotton, while the filling is polyester, and all materials are certified according to Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1. The footmuff is thick enough for temperatures down to just above zero, depending on how the child is dressed.

The front on the Voksi Breeze Light can be completely removed so the back section can be used as a cushion in the pushchair or as a play mat on the floor. Because the footmuff is so soft, despite its length it’s easy to fold it to fit into a carrycot. The fact that the Breeze Light is 110 cm long is a major plus, because it's also quite spacious and wide, allowing for a longer period of use. The footmuff has no specific means of attaching it to the top of the pushchair other than a drawstring you can tighten. A proper flap you could slip over the back support would have made the footmuff less prone to slipping down. It does have anti-slip material on the back, but just like in other footmuffs this has a limited effect. The Breeze Light has individual harness holes, which can make things rather complicated if you have a pushchair where the harness is difficult to take to pieces. Even if the footmuff feels a bit old-fashioned in terms of function, you can’t give Voksi anything but full marks for material choice and design. The Breeze Light is as cosy for your child as it’s attractive, so once you've got it firmly attached to the pushchair there’s not much to complain about.

Very softlong and roomyjust the right warmth for spring and autumn
No good attachment at the head endindividual harness holes

7. Mini Rodini Footmuff

Aesthetically appealing footmuff that’s easy to attach to the pushchair and has clever functions

Footmuff length: 97 cm Front length: 71 cm Width: 50 cm Attachment: Folding edge and strap with buckle Harness openings: Velcro Detachable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/autumn front: No Filling: Recycled polyester.

Mini Rodini Alaska Check Footmuff

Mini Rodini is a brand that primarily manufactures children’s clothing, both indoor and outerwear. Their overalls are well known for standing out from the crowd in terms of colour and pattern, and the brand has now begun making footmuffs according to the same concept. We tested version 2 of the footmuff, which was released in autumn 2015. Mini Rodini have done extensive research and have covered most of the characteristics you’d want to see in a good footmuff. At the back there’s an attachment in the form of an elastic strap with a buckle, which means you can attach the footmuff firmly to pretty much any pushchair. There’s also an edge you can fold over, which isn’t as effective as a flap but which you can use either facing forwards as a screen around the child’s head or backwards to anchor the footmuff to the back support. The footmuff has Velcro openings for the harness, so it’s easy to put in and remove from the pushchair.

Inside, the footmuff is clad with a soft material that feels nice on the skin, except in the foot end where it’s the same waterproof and resistant fabric as on the outside. This is a clever way to keep the footmuff clean if it’s going to be used by a child who likes to keep their shoes on. The front goes high up and provides very good protection for the child. You open it with a zip along the edge and it can also be folded down in front if the child is wearing a coat. The length of the footmuff is standard and we assessed the filling as being medium-warm. It works well on a normal winter’s day, but if you're taking your child to see Santa in Lappland, you may want to add an extra blanket. Perhaps Mini Rodini will release a more thickly padded winter front for future seasons? In the meantime, this is a very functional and efficient footmuff.

Intelligent functionseasy to attach to the pushchairaesthetically appealing
Not the warmest model

8. BOZZ Ergo Footmuff

Ergonomically designed footmuff with good pushchair attachment and Velcro openings for the harness

Footmuff length: 98 cm Front length: 67 cm Width: 45 cm Attachment: Yes, attachment flap at the back Harness openings: Velcro slot Detachable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: Polyester, fleece lined

Bozz Ergo Footmuff

The BOZZ Ergo Footmuff is one of very few universal footmuffs designed for ergonomic pushchairs. This means that in this kind of pushchair, the footmuff does a better job of creating a seat unit for the child. The BOZZ Ergo is a modern footmuff with updated functions in all respects. Other than the back section being shaped to go in towards the back and fit into the ergonomic seat, the Ergo also has an elasticated flap to attach it to the pushchair. This flap also has a hole that works perfectly if you have a seat unit that folds down with a control on the top of the back support. If you slip the flap over the back support, it prevents the footmuff from sliding down when you put the child in it. The BOZZ Ergo has Velcroed holes for a five-point harness. This means you don’t need to take the harness apart to put the footmuff on, which is useful if you're in a hurry.

The Ergo is available in several different colours. The inside is clad with soft fleece, and the footmuff is plenty thick enough for a normal winter. One minor and unique detail is that the footmuff can be opened in two different ways. It has a zip around the front, which also means this can be removed completely. The back section of the footmuff can then be used in the pushchair as a cushion. But the BOZZ Ergo also has a zip in the centre of the front. The edge of the front can be folded down and held in place using press studs. However, in really bad weather, it would have been useful to have a longer front to provide better protection for the child. In an ergonomic pushchair, the BOZZ Ergo is a really good choice in terms of fit and attachment to the pushchair, and it's clear that the footmuff is designed for a particular purpose.

Good fit in ergonomic pushchairsVelcro openings for harnessgood attachment
Rather short front

9. BOZZ Lambskin Footmuff

Really warm footmuff with genuine lambskin and a snow and rain resistant outside

Footmuff length: 100 cm Front length: 65 cm Width: 48 cm Attachment: Yes Harness openings: Separate harness openings Removable front: No Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: Lambskin marked with Woolmark, Oeko-Tex Certified and 100% chromium-free

Bozz Wool Lambskin Footmuff

BOZZ have a wide range of universal footmuffs intended to work in most pushchairs. The footmuffs are also available in different sizes – a smaller one for car seats and carrycots and a larger model for pushchairs. The BOZZ Lambskin Footmuff is a normal length and very warm footmuff. The inside is lined with authentic lambskin, which you can get in long-haired or short-clipped versions. Which you prefer is a matter of taste. But if you have a child who’s fussy about getting hair in their mouth, the shorter haired lambskin may be a good idea. The outside of the footmuff is a durable and water-resistant material. In terms of fit, the BOZZ Lambskin Footmuff fits best in normal pushchairs, as its slightly stiff form can make ergonomic pushchairs feel very shallow. However, the fact that you can attach it with a strap on the back means it sits firmly in any pushchair where this can be slipped over the back support.

The BOZZ Lambskin Footmuff has a zip up the middle that runs right down to the child’s feet. You can also open up the entire foot end. This is practical if you want the child’s wet winter shoes to stick out, but also means that you can unfold the entire footmuff into a lambskin that can be used as a play mat on the floor. If you want the child’s upper body to be released further, you can fold the front of the footmuff down a little to the sides and hold them in place with press studs. This is a footmuff for really cold weather, and if you have the right shaped pushchair the BOZZ Lambskin Footmuff is a really cosy winter accessory.

Very warmcan be opened up into a lambskinvery resistant to wind and snow
A bit clumsy in smaller pushchairsfeels too warm in milder weather

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10. Bjällra of Sweden Footmuff

Warm and spacious footmuff with detachable fur trim and many clever functions

Footmuff length: 100 cm Front length: 76 cm Width: 47 cm Attachment: Yes Harness openings: Velcro slot Detachable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: Polar fleece, polyester.

Bjällra of Sweden Footmuff Velvet

The Bjällra of Sweden Footmuff is a multifunctional footmuff. In terms of appearance, you notice the broad fur trim first. Of course, the fur isn’t real, and the entire trim can also be removed as it’s only attached with press studs. The Bjällra of Sweden Footmuff works in most pushchair seats. On the back of the footmuff is a flap that can be slipped over the back support of the pushchair, provided the back support and hood don’t form a single unit. The footmuff is a standard length but feels spacious in terms of width. This is a warm footmuff that works well at temperatures below zero. The inside is very soft and for small children there’s a little head cushion attached with Velcro. You can remove this, and the Velcro is then covered so the footmuff remains comfortable.

The front is completely detachable, and on the upper edge there are two clips. The idea is that the Bjällra of Sweden Footmuff can also be used as a cover for a baby carrier. At the bottom edge of the front is a zip so you can tighten it a little around the child’s body. It’s very practical to have two functions in a single footmuff if you have a child who alternates between sitting in a pushchair and wanting to be carried. The Bjällra of Sweden Footmuff has Velcro openings for the harness, which makes it easy to put into or remove from a pushchair. The zip feels a little stiff but works fine. In smaller pushchairs, the footmuff can be a little bit bulky. The Bjällra of Sweden Footmuff has an appealing design that stands out, and its multifunctional design more than justifies its price.

Spaciouswarmclever functions
Bulky fitrather stiff zip

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11. Bugaboo Footmuff

Soft and convenient footmuff that fits perfectly in Bugaboo’s pushchairs

Footmuff length: 100 cm Front length: 69 cm Width: 43 cm Attachment: Flap that fits over the back support Harness openings: Velcro Detachable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: Polyester

Bugaboo Ant Footmuff

The Bugaboo Footmuff is the simpler model of footmuff in the brand’s range. The footmuff is a standard length at 100 cm, and has a detachable front with long Velcro openings for the harness. The back section can be left in the pushchair and used as a cushion. Because Bugaboo’s pushchairs often have ergonomic seat units, this footmuff is tailor-made for these, with the area around the child’s bottom being slightly dished. But it works really well in standard seat units too, such as the one for the Bugaboo Bee.

If you have a Bugaboo pushchair, there are good reasons to use their footmuffs. The footmuff can easily be folded to fit into a carrycot, particularly this model which is very soft and flexible. Bugaboo have adapted the attachment system so that the footmuff doesn’t slip down. On the back of the footmuff is a flap that can be slipped over the back support. If you’re using the footmuff in a Bee, there are two eyes that you can attach round the buttons for the hood, on the back of the back support, at the top.

In Bugaboo’s ergonomic pushchairs where you can lift up the seat plate (Cameleon, Buffalo and Donkey), you can also attach the footmuff at an additional point. The broad fabric strap on the back of the footmuff is then threaded beneath the seat plate. This keeps the footmuff nicely stable so that it never slips down when you put the child into it.

The Bugaboo Footmuff has a normal amount of space widthways and the front is a good height – it goes up to the chin on a two-year-old. So the footmuff provides good protection against wind and weather. The filling is ample but not as thick as in Bugaboo’s High Performance Footmuff. This means you might think it’s not warm enough to work throughout the winter. But you’d be wrong. The footmuff stays warm down to temperatures below zero, although obviously this depends on how the child is dressed otherwise.

Appearance doesn’t always play a big role when buying a product. But it does feel like a major advantage that the Bugaboo Footmuff is available in a wide range of colours and patterns, which means you can easily match it to your pushchair. If you want a footmuff that can cope with really cold weather, you should look at the Bugaboo High Performance Footmuff. But if you live in an area that’s never really cold and have a Bugaboo pushchair, you’ll be very happy with a standard Bugaboo footmuff.

Excellent fit in Bugaboo’s pushchairsgood attachmentconvenient openings for harness
Not as warm as Bugaboo’s High Performance footmuffs

12. Britax Shiny Cosytoes

Doesn’t slide in Britax or Brios pushchairs, warm with good harness openings

Footmuff length: 98 cm Front length: 65 cm Width: 48 cm Attachment: Flap that fits over the back support and buttons Harness openings: Velcro Detachable front: Yes Extendable: No Spring/summer front: No Filling: Polyester

Britax Shiny Cosytoes

The Britax Shiny Cosytoes builds on the older Brio Shiny model, but has been updated significantly. Costing a little less than £100, the number of functions it provides makes it really good value for money. Despite the fact that Britax produce their own pushchairs, the Shiny Cosytoes can be seen as a universal footmuff because it works in almost all pushchairs. It has double methods for attaching it – both a flap that can be slipped over the back support and buttons (which are used to attach it to Brio and Britax pushchairs). The harness opening is long and is closed with Velcro – in other words you don’t need to dismantle the harness.

The Shiny Cosytoes is a standard warmth footmuff and works well during mild winters, or in autumn and spring. The inside is lined with soft fleece. The front opens up around the footmuff and can be removed completely if you want to air the footmuff or to use the back section as a separate cushion. It’s a standard size and works for most children up to two years of age. Because it isn’t a thick model and has flexible material, it works well in a carrycot too.

Fits well into most pushchair modelsclever attachment
Works best in milder weatherVelcro in the back sometimes comes undone

All about footmuffs

A footmuff is a pushchair accessory that you use during the colder times of the year. The footmuff can be used in either a carrycot or a pushchair. For carry cots, special mini footmuffs are available, which can often be used in car seats too, but normal footmuffs often fit in a normal sized carrycot. Because seat units are different sizes in different pushchairs, and come in both standard and ergonomic shapes, it’s important to choose a footmuff that fits your own pushchair. The idea behind using a footmuff in a pushchair is to create an additional protective layer that keeps out the wind and cold temperatures and retains the child’s own warmth, in the same way that a winter overall does when the child is running around in the snow.

There are a wide range of footmuffs available in different price classes. Some have synthetic filling, while others use down or wool. Many footmuffs have detachable fronts so that you can more easily open them up if you go into a shop, but also so that the back section can be used as a cushion. Other footmuffs open up in the middle with buttons or a zip. It’s important to make sure that if you’re going to use the footmuff in your pushchair it has openings for the harness – ideally for a five point harness because these are the most common on pushchairs. If the pushchair’s back support and hood are not a single unit, it can be useful if the footmuff has a flat that you can slip over the top of the back support. This prevents the footmuff from sliding down in the pushchair when you put the child in it. Many footmuffs also have some kind of anti-slip material on the back.

Check out our buying guide with more important things to think about when buying a pushchair. Link to buying guide

The standard length of the footmuff is 1 metre. There are also footmuffs where you can attach one or more extension pieces, so that older and taller children can also sit in comfort. For a longer period of use during the year, there are several footmuffs with cold winter and milder weather fronts that you can swap as necessary. If a larger child is going to alternate between travelling in the pushchair and walking, it can be useful if you can either open up the bottom of the footmuff for shoes or if it’s lined with a more dirt resistant material at the foot end.

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