Accessory Overload - What Do You Really Need For Your Pushchair?
In their quest to create the most practical pushchairs possible, manufacturers are launching ever more accessories alongside their buggy models. These days it's easy to end up buying a pushchair and then spending the same again on must-have accessories - not what you need when making do with maternity pay... You have to ask, are these accessories absolutely necessary, or just an excuse for cynical manufacturers to squeeze more cash out of excited parents-to-be?
Certainly though, some of the accessories on offer can be a lifesaver; but with an array of foot muffs, parasols, cup holders, buggy liners and even phone holders on offer, how are you supposed to decide what you really need and what's just an indulgent luxury you could really live without?
A parasol or a foot muff can make a great difference and make sure that your buggy is a super snug and comfy environment for your baby and a buggy liner can be useful, making the seat unit more cosy and protecting the seat from the inevitable spills and stains that come with babies and toddlers; but beyond that choosing your accessories is really about working out what will make your life easier. Depending on where and how you plan to use your pushchair, different accessories may be especially useful to you; a dedicated jogger might find an attachable cup holder invaluable, or a travel case might be great for a jet setting family.
Yes, the massive choice on pushchair accessories currently on the market can help to make your buggy into a truly invaluable addition to your family but it's hard to ignore the fact that perhaps there is a more cynical, commercial reason behind the choice. New parents are rightly concerned with buying everything they need to make their new baby as comfortable and safe as possible and it's easy to get carried away in the excitement of preparing for your new arrival and some of the options on offer do seem to appeal to this desire to buy anything and everything your baby might need.
Added to this, there is a growing trend towards personalised buggies, which require you to buy essential elements, like seat units, separately from the buggy chassis - pushing the overall cost up considerably. And, as more and more pushchairs become travel system compatible there is the additional cost of purchasing a compatible car seat, along with adaptors. So, once you've bought everything you need for your pushchair the costs can really start to mount up.
Pushchair accessories are now an important factor to consider when you look at the different pushchairs, buggies and prams on offer. As well as looking at what models will work best for your new family it's worth taking a little time to think about what comes with the buggy and what you have to buy separately. What initially looks like a good deal can become very expensive when you add on the cost of the accessories you need. Shopping around can also really help you to keep the costs down - there are some fantastic deals and package offers available.