Why would any dad write (or read) about best footmuffs? Simple, they save you a lot of time when it's cold outside. This topic can also be interesting if you want to know how to deal with your baby during winter. Just keep reading.
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Best Footmuff for Running as it's Waterproof
Best Footmuff for Freezing Winter
Guide to Babies Sleeping Outside
It had never occurred to me that somebody would find babies sleeping outside interesting. Yet, in 2018 The Telegraph wrote that this old-fashioned Scandinavian practice was undergoing a revival in The UK.
So...not everyone was pushing their little ones out in a pram to sleep?
If you’re wondering if the rumors of Scandinavian babies sleeping outside even during winter are true, then the answer is yes. It’s considered perfectly normal even with 14 degrees (-10 C).
That said, parents in northern countries follow certain general rules:
Is it a Good Idea to let Your Child Sleep Outside?
In the U.S the practice has become so uncommon than in the 90s one Danish woman was imprisoned for it. She was accused of child endangerment.
In many big cities, it may not be the best idea to let your babies sleep alone outside because of crime.
But from the health point of view, the baby was not in danger. It’s not harmful to babies to sleep outside.
I took this photo last year when our boy refused to sleep, and it was my turn to go out with him.
Our baby sleeps very well in a stroller, and last winter my wife went to walk with him every single day for an hour.
We live in a city, and we don’t leave prams outside unless we can see the stroller all the time.
But when we visit our parents (who happen to have big gardens), we always let our baby sleep in the pram. Even if it's 14 degrees (-10 C).
Baby Winter Clothes
Clothing provides thermal resistance between the child and its environment. So the child's body temperature stays acceptable even if the temperature of outside changes. The insulation is provided by garments and by the air trapped between the layers of them.
It means that clothing consisting of many layers protects the best!
Why use a Footmuff?
Warmth & Temperature Control
Footmuffs are great as they provide your child with the warmest outer layer of clothing. They are in essence quite big warm sleeping bags, and you may be able to use one even for up to four years.
It's also easier to control the temperature with a bunting bag. When you visit friends or go to a mall, you can quickly open the zipper if it's too warm. Done.
You may be able to save a lot of money if your child grows fast because otherwise, you would have to buy many snowsuits. That said, last year we had a cold winter, for many days it was -4 degrees (-20 C) outside, so we still had to buy a snowsuit.
Best baby sleep sack for winter saves you a lot of time because you can take your little one quickly out of it. Handling a snowsuit with sleeves requires a lot of time...and patience...
What to Look for When Searching for the Best Bunting bag?
How Cold you Expect it to be Outside?
There are footmuffs for milder temperatures and even for summer. Most parents buy stroller footmuffs for winter though.
Should Your Footmuff be Waterproof?
It very much depends on where and how you use it. Your stroller probably has a rain cover, so you don't have to invest in an insulated footmuff. It may be worth it if you’re an avid runner and have purchased a jogging stroller though. You may want to check out my guide on best jogging strollers.
Consider your Stroller Brand (or don’t)
Universal stroller footmuffs fit in most strollers. That said, most stroller manufacturers sell suitable bunting bags for their models. My baby sleeps in a universal footmuff as it was cheaper than the one sold by our stroller maker.
Want to use a Footmuff in a car Seat?
Best footmuffs for cars have holes in them for car seat harness. You shouldn’t use a footmuff without holes as it’s essential that the harness fits properly.
That said, most car seat manufacturers prohibit the use of accessories. The main reason is that they can’t guarantee the safety of their product with random objects attached to it. I can’t think of a reason why something soft between a car seat and your baby’s head would be dangerous if the harness fits.
The only real downside of using a footmuff in a car seat is that it may become uncomfortably warm for your baby to lie on it.
The Position of a Zipper is Important
Footmuffs that have a zipper in the middle are more comfortable to use.
Best Footmuffs for DadProgress Reviewed
To Sum Up
I hope this guide will make your decision easier. I’ve reviewed five great baby bunting bags. Skip Hop Stroller Footmuff (also sold on Amazon) is the best overall footmuff for me.
If you’re searching a footmuff for a newborn then the JJ Cole Original Bundle Me Footmuff (Check the latest price on Amazon) is probably the best choice as it’s so cozy.
Waterproof footmuffs aren’t usually a necessity, but if you want one (for running, for example), then LEMONDA Waterproof Footmuff (Check the latest price on Amazon) is one of the best options.
If you’re expecting a freezing winter, then the 7 A.M Enfant Blanket Footmuff (Check the latest price on Amazon) may be the best choice. It also grows with your child.
If you’re searching for an organic footmuff, then check out the Orbit Baby Green Edition Footmuff (Check the latest price on Amazon).
Have a fun winter!
Last Updated on January 27, 2021