The Mamas and Papas footmuff is a must-have for wintertime stroller trips. Rather than fussing with blankets that constantly get caught in the wheels, this footmuff stays snug to the stroller while keeping your baby warm. Unfortunately, just like any other baby item, it gets dirty and requires semi-regular washing.
The Mamas and Papas footmuff can be washed. To ensure its longevity, always follow the product’s specific cleaning instructions. You can wash the footmuff by hand or in the washing machine and then hang it to dry, but never run it through a dryer as this will shrink the product.
In this article, I’ll explain what a footmuff is, how to wash your Mamas and Papas footmuff, and what you should use when washing it as well.
What Is a Footmuff?
A footmuff is a winter accessory that can be added to your baby’s stroller for extra warmth. Most footmuffs are made to grow with your child as your child grows. This is possible due to its ability to extend at the bottom, usually in the form of a button and loop.
The footmuff fits on your stroller by sitting on the stroller seat with each belt strap fed through provided slots on the footmuff itself. It’s super easy to install on your stroller and doesn’t need to be taken off every time you’re done using the stroller either.
It’s designed basically the same way as a sleeping bag. Your baby sits right inside and you can zip the footmuff up as snug or loose as you’d like. They also come with a hood to help keep your baby’s head warm too.
It’s important to keep in mind that footmuffs are designed specifically for certain strollers. Before you make the purchase, make sure you’re buying one that will be compatible with your stroller choice too.
If you’re interested in a detailed step-by-step installation, check out this YouTube video:
When Is a Footmuff Necessary?
A footmuff is necessary for families who enjoy brisk walks in the snow, or those who live in a generally cold climate. However, if you don’t spend much time walking outside during the cold weather months, you may not need a footmuff.
Footmuffs come in a variety of styles and they’re incredibly easy to store when summer rolls around again too. They’re also great to use when you first bring home your newborn. While you won’t be sitting them in the stroller seat for a few months, at least, some footmuffs are designed specifically with new babies in mind.
Can You Wash the Mamas and Papas Footmuff?
You can wash the Mamas and Papas footmuff’s surface using a wipe or wet washcloth to give it a quick rub-down. Since the footmuff is dirt and water-resistant, complete cleaning isn’t always required. However, you can wash it in a washing machine in a gentle setting if the stains are tough to remove.
Although you can dry them in an electric dryer on a low tumble setting, it’s safest to let the footmuff hang dry afterward. Using any type of heat to dry the fabric may lead to shrinkage, and it’ll no longer fit over your stroller. If you want to go the absolute safest route, you can spot clean any stains and then hang dry afterwards.
How To Wash The Mamas And Papas Footmuff?
You can wash the Mamas and Papas footmuff using gentle laundry detergents and water by hand or in the washing machine. However, a clean wipe will do if the footmuff isn’t too dirty. Give it a complete clean only if it has a tough stain that won’t come off.
Depending on the severity of the mess and the fabric of the footmuff, your cleaning solution will vary. Follow the cleaning tips below, whichever that suits your needs:
- Use a wipe or wet washcloth to clean light dirt or immediate spills. In most cases, spot treatment will easily remove the stain. If the stain is more prominent, you’ll need to follow more steps to get the footmuff clean again.
- Use household items like baking soda, borax, lemon/lime juice for removing stains. Gently rub the solution into the stain with a brush or washcloth until you notice the stain lifted.
- Put the Mamas and Papas footmuff in a mesh bag before putting it in your washer. Doing this will prevent the fabric from getting tangled and twisted. These should be put through one gentle cycle in your washing machine. You may also choose to hand wash.
- Hang your Mamas and Papas footmuff to dry. While some fabrics will do fine on a tumble dry low setting in a dryer, many parents choose to let their footmuff hang dry.