With warmer weather finally round the corner, now’s the time to get out and about with your little one and make the most of the spring sunshine. Our extensive range of pushchairs and strollers are designed with modern living in mind, but with the addition of a few well chosen accessories you can make sure you’re also ready for summer.
Warm weather brings its own unique challenges when you’re travelling with babies and toddlers; whether it’s bright sunshine, high temperatures or insects. Silver Cross even have their own summer pack for use with Surf models, which includes a ventilated hood, sunshade and insect net as well as padded seat liner.
Protecting young skin in summer months is a must. You can choose from parasols, which act like an umbrella; rigid sunshades, which fit onto your pushchair like a hood; or elasticated shades, which fit over the whole pushchair to create a totally dark environment. Whichever you choose, these practical accessories are a lot easier than dealing with cumbersome blankets pegged to the pushchair.
Parasols make a stylish and colourful addition to your pushchair and they can be adjusted as you move around to provide directed shade. Look out for brand specific designs, or choose a universal design like this one from John Lewis, which is designed to fit onto a range of different chassis. Rigid sunshades are a great choice for windier days; this universal design from Maclaren is designed to fit all models in their range. Alternatively, if you want to create an entirely dark environment for naptime, then why not go for the Snoozeshade+? The extra long design is suitable up to the age of four.
A seat liner isn’t just for winter months; they’ll also help keep your little passenger cool when the temperature rises. Most manufacturers produce their own bright and colourful designs, but there are also universal designs like this one fro Tivoli. Look out for liners made from breathable fabrics that keep children cool and wick away moisture, like this design from Bugaboo.
The addition of an insect net to your pushchair is a good idea as it will keep the pesky bugs at bay. This universal design is a great choice as the elasticated edges mean that it will also fit prams or carrycots. The British weather will almost certainly guarantee a shower or two. A raincover will keep little ones dry, but care needs to be taken in the summer months as they should never be used in hot weather.
Whatever the season, safety will always be your top priority when out and about and a few well chosen pushchair accessories can give you added peace of mind. The Buggy Tug Wrist strap fits easily over your pushchair handle and once you’re wearing it, you won’t even notice it. It’s ideal if you’re strolling through a busy, city environment as it will prevent your pushchair from rolling away if you happen to be distracted for a moment. The summer is the ideal time for family day trips. If you’re out with a toddler why not pack some of their essential toys in a Littlelife Toddler Daysack? The ingenious design incorporates parent safety straps, so you can stop them roaming too far if they decide to have a walk.