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Is a footmuff necessary?

(36 Posts)
TwitchyTail Mon 06-May-13 16:54:23

Continuing my series of embarrassingly daft first time mother questions...

Is it? smile

I have a Baby Jogger City Mini, if that makes any difference, and it will be used in pushchair mode from about 6 months of age.

Boggler Tue 07-May-13 09:05:26

Nothing looks worse that blankets dragging along the pavement, so cosytoes everytime grin

Bananasinfadedpjs Tue 07-May-13 09:02:15

Just came on to say about how you don't lose socks with them! Plus if they always ripping their gloves off, you can tuck their hands inside the foot muff.

I think they are brilliant, and warmer than a snow suit - once I had the footmuff in the wash so put DD in (expensive, down filled) snow trousers, and her hands and feet were really cold (weather was well below freezing), but in the footmuff she was always toasty and cosy.

We have a sheepskin one for the really cold snowy weather and it is fantastically warm, and a buggy snuggle one for when it isn't quite so cold.

The other good things is that my pushchair still looks like new because the seat has always been protected.

MortifiedAdams Tue 07-May-13 08:57:58

I live in the NE and only took ours off yesterday. Its been used daily for six months minimum. Ive put it under dds cot to use again from next autumn. Worth it totally.

Startail Tue 07-May-13 08:49:22

Yes I'd forgotten about their sock catching function!

MiaowTheCat Tue 07-May-13 08:46:08

I can't be arsed with snowsuits - I just don't like them. I'd rather do a thick coat and footmuff combo anyday.

Plus I have a foot nudist - the footmuffs prevent sock-loss.

kipperandtiger Tue 07-May-13 02:57:41

grin yep, that's colder than the Southeast! Enjoy your shopping! smile

TwitchyTail Mon 06-May-13 20:26:45

kipperandtiger, I live in the Manchester climate grin enough said.

Thanks very much for input everyone! I am admiring all the beautiful footmuff options while poor DS entertains himself on his playmat.

Elkieb Mon 06-May-13 20:15:46

I love the footmuffs and use the one that zips open so includes a seat liner. I would check it fits your pram before you buy it, as some 'universal' ones are a pain, I'm contemplating cutting extra strap holes in one of mine! My sister has a BJCM and the official footmuff looks great and fits brilliantly.

mikkii Mon 06-May-13 20:10:08

I prefer them for all the reasons given above, except DD1 hated it so had to go and buy snow suits which I hadn't needed for quiet DS who was happy with blankets or cosy toes whatever.

kipperandtiger Mon 06-May-13 20:04:57

OP, I suppose it depends on the climate where you live and what else your little one is wearing. I never needed one. We went out in an all-in-one (sorry I forgot what they were called!) - those with the feet and a hood, sometimes with cute animal ears, and it zips right up, and a blanket, and that was enough, sometimes more than enough.

Startail Mon 06-May-13 20:01:01

Ours was a very cheap mothercare one with extra slots cut in it, so it would fit the baby and toddler seats for my mountain buggy. This the only time knowing how to hand button hole has been useful.

Genuine Mountain buggy accessories were very hard to get and very, very expensive. I only had the buggy due to a DF who lent my mounds of baby clothes, a crib and other stuff.

Ihateparties Mon 06-May-13 19:53:26

These are really good for bucket seats but I have used them in my city mini gt too. They are the same shape as the icandy one but with less plush fleece etc. But they don't slip down at all where a lot of universal ones do.

Startail Mon 06-May-13 19:52:17

Yy to the zip apart sort. way more versatile than a snow suite, which as the poster above said, not all babies like snow suits. DD1 absolutely hated hers, woke up the split second it got faintly warmer and yelled.

You can quietly zip and unzip a foot muff and add and remove a blanket tucked inside it without waking the child. For shopping or lifting a child in and out of a warm car, this is way better than fighting with a snow suit.

Also you you can hide an extra blanket, a muslin square and a couple of soft toys at the bottom of a footmuff when they are small.

alienbanana Mon 06-May-13 19:50:02

Nice one.

Tidypidy Mon 06-May-13 19:49:24

It's worth having as an extra layer underneath your baby too, especially in the winter as I found with my dc they would get cold without a liner up their backs. Try to get one that can be tied at the top to the buggy otherwise they tend to slip down and off.

RooneyMara Mon 06-May-13 19:48:25

Oh but make sure you can access the fold handle without too much bother, and also, another thing they are good at is protecting the actual seat from crumbs/spillages etc. Even if you just have a liner, like a sheepskin one or a fabric padded one.

RooneyMara Mon 06-May-13 19:47:11

Nice thing about the BJ is that you can fold it with footmuff attached - they really can impinge on the folding of say a maclaren.

alienbanana Mon 06-May-13 19:46:44

Yep, get a buggy snuggle. They're nice and big so last ages (unlike lots of smaller footmuffs).

Blankets are fine but they get kicked off, and end up getting stuck in the wheels or dumped in a puddle. Of course you cam manage without a footmuff, but tbh its one of those things that makes life easier.

CheungFun Mon 06-May-13 19:44:28

Yes I think they're really good in the winter especially when it's very windy or snowing - much warmer than a blanket IMO. I think they are worth the money.

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Mon 06-May-13 19:40:54

They aren't tat smile

Personally I like the ones that have the zip that undoes all the way around so the 'top' detaches, it means you can take the top right off if they get too warm without waking them up and/or having it flap about/catch in the wheels and you can take them off in the summer months and you still have a comfy bit for them to lie on/spill crap on smile

chocolatemartini Mon 06-May-13 19:38:42

Yeah I think they're necessary. And I'm all about having the minimum stuff possible.

Ihateparties Mon 06-May-13 19:36:22

I've always found them really useful, blankets get pulled off, padded trousers and suits need putting on and off everytime you go out and come in. If you're shopping you unzip the top inside, if you come into the house while the baby is still sleeping you can unzip and leave them there. The sleeping bag ones that go right up to the face sometimes make coats unecessary, which is even handier imo.

I do like cheap ones too though, customised with a pretty bit of fabric on the top bit grin

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 06-May-13 17:52:12

I've always used one for both girls. Then you can zip the front off and use the back as a liner in the summer. Easier to wash that instead of pushchair fabric. I used a buggysnuggle on mybjcm.

LadyintheRadiator Mon 06-May-13 17:50:02

Buggysnuggles are fab and fit nicely on a BJCM. I got one of the thicker ones and have used it solidly for two winters and it washes as good as new. You can unzip from the bottom too so you can stick muddy shoes out when DC are older.

starfishmummy Mon 06-May-13 17:49:57

Had one, hardly used it. Ds had padded trousers and a blanket with a big raincover if needed.

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