Picking out the perfect pushchair is an important milestone, especially for new parents. They’re a big investment, and will determine the comfort and worldview of your child from their first trips out. The decision on what is the best pushchair to buy for your child may depend on your location and lifestyle.
Finding the right pushchair for your child is an exciting part of the journey. There are many designs to match your child’s personality, with the Flamingo Fling being ideal if they love colour! After having bought a pushchair however, the next important step is making sure you maintaining it. Maintaining a pushchair properly will save you a lot of money especially if your child has younger siblings. It’s also an essential task because it determines your little one’s safety and comfort.
This article will look at the different parts of the pushchair that commonly need maintenance and cleaning. So, we’ll be looking at what to do to help you take care of the pushchair for the long haul.
Wheels, brakes and folding features
The wheels and brakes are the parts that often need the most maintaining. You can do this by removing all wheels and giving the tyres a quick wipe down. If you’ve been out in the countryside, you can use a brush to clean the mud and dirt off the wheels. More importantly if your wheels have bearings, spraying them with lubricant every month should keep them in good working order. The same should be done for the brake pedal and foldable features, especially if they start feeling stiff after a while. Remember to check the pushchair’s user manual to determine which type of lubricant works best for it. Before you finish cleaning, make sure that the wheels, brakes, foldable features and other locking devices are all working, as these can pose a safety hazard for your little one if not properly put back together.
Keeping the pushchair fabric clean helps in maintaining good hygiene. You don’t want your child sitting on a soiled seat. The Wife Choice suggests cleaning the fabric with a damp cloth, warm water and some mild soap. If there are specific areas that need extra scrubbing, use a soft fabric brush or a toothbrush.
Remember to keep the pushchair dry especially after a rainy day or a trip to the beach. The best way to do this is to unfold it in a warm heated room or under the sun, if possible.
Investing in a good pushchair
Ultimately, purchasing a good quality pushchair will determine how often you need to maintain it. Flimsier models might require additional upkeep because they’re more susceptible to wear and tear. The Independent lists some important tips parents should look out for when buying a good pushchair such as manoeuvrability, robustness and adjustability. In line with that article, iCandy explains that modern pushchairs should be robust, with a superior build quality that can take on various terrains. Try to find a pushchair that can adapt to different surroundings, as the cheaper pushchairs tend to get worn down easier when exposed to the elements. Investing in a pricier yet better quality pushchair will be beneficial in the long run because the costs of maintaining a cheap model will soon add up. A quality pushchair will have a longer life span, saving you money, as you won’t have to buy a replacement anytime soon.