8 of the best buggy covers

These buggy covers provide shade and could help your baby to sleep better while out and about, while avoiding the safety risks of covering your pushchair with a regular blanket

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Many newborns and older babies love having a snooze while being pushed along in the buggy – but can get distracted by the sights and light around them.

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A buggy cover could be the answer, as it provides darkness and shade from the sunlight – but the materials are breathable and thin enough to allow air into the pram.

It is worth noting that the Lullaby Trust (which advises on safer sleeping for babies) advises no cover at all is best.  

However, it agrees that if your baby needs protection from the sun, a clip on sunshade, or parasol, is better than covering with a blanket.

Good ventilation and regular checks on your little one are also really important, it says.

But experts agree that if you are going to use a cover, it’s important not to go for a regular blanket or muslin cloth, as these could cause the temperature to rise so much in your pram it could put your baby’s life at risk.

Why covering your baby’s pram with a blanket could put their life at risk

These are 8 of the best buggy covers and where to buy them…

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1. SnoozeShade Original Deluxe, £24.99

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • UV protection: 97.5%
  • Features: Poppers to attach; zip front
  • Accessories: Carry bag (included)

Invented by a mum after the birth of her first child, the SnoozeShade launched in 2010 and is now sold worldwide.

The new SnoozeShade Original Deluxe blocks 97.5% of the sun’s UV rays, is made from an air permeable mesh, and has a zip front so you can take a peek as your little one sleeps.

The SnoozeShade Original Deluxe does up with poppers, rather than Velcro, and is machine washable at 30C, plus it comes with its own carry bag.

There’s also versions for car seats (from £24.99) and for travel cots (£54.99), as well as a range designed specifically for older babies over 6 months.

You can buy the SnoozeShade Original Deluxe from Amazon, Uber Kids, and Kidly.


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2. Lullaby Shade, £22.99

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • UV protection: 94%
  • Features: Integrated speakers for music; zip front
  • Accessories: Carry bag (included)

Lullaby Shades launched in October 2016 by mum Stacey who realised the combination of shade and music was the key to a good sleep.

The Lullaby Shade is the first ‘musical sleepshade’ that allows parents to plug in their little one’s favourite lullabies or white noise to help them sleep on the go.

Its innovative design impressed the judges in the MadeForMums Awards 2017, where it was handed the bronze gong in the best pushchair accessory category.

It costs £22.99 for the basic version with integrated speakers, to which you can attach your own music player, or £34.99 for a Lullaby Shade that includes an MP3 player and pre-loaded album.

Read our full review of the Lullaby Shade here.

You can buy the Lullaby Shade from Amazon.


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3. Koo-di Pack-It Sun and Sleep stroller cover, £14.99

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • UV protection: 93%
  • Features: Pocket on hood
  • Accessories: Carry bag (integrated)

This good value buggy cover doesn’t have as many features as some of the others, but it is a cheaper alternative if you aren’t after bells and whistles.

It’s made from a ventilated mesh, and its Velcro fastenings allow it to be used on a 4-wheeler or 3-wheeler pushchair.

Washable at 40C, it packs neatly into the integrated pocket in the hood, and can be attached to your buggy.

You can buy the Koo-di Sun and Sleep stroller cover from Amazon, Mothercare, and Argos.


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4. Dreambaby Strollerbuddy Extenda-Shade, £19.99

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • UV protection: UPF50+
  • Features: Mesh sides, folds for storage
  • Accessories: Storage bag (included)

Ideal for parents who want shade rather than a full cover, the Dreambaby Strollerbuddy Extenda-Shade has an extra long canopy to protect your little one from the sun’s glare.

Made from a fabric with UPF50+ sun protection, it also has mesh sides, and velcros securely to the top and sides of your pushchair.

Plus it comes in either black, or a funky Australian animal print, which we love!

You can buy the Dreambaby Extenda-Shade from Argos, Amazon, and Uber Kids.


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5. Outlook Sleep Shade, £22.50

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • UV protection: 99% – UPF50+
  • Features: Zip front
  • Accessories: Storage bag (included)

With a double zip opening, the Outlook Sleep Shade can be zipped from either side for easy access to your little one.

When fully unzipped, the sides can be folded back and fastened each side with the tabs that attach to your pushchair.

The sleek black fabric offers 99% sun coverage, with UPF50+ protection, and it’s washable too.

You can buy the Outlook Sleep Shade from Jojo Maman Bebe, Cheeky Rascals, and Amazon.


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6. Summer Infant RayShade, £14.99

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • UV protection: 99% – UPF50+
  • Features: Drinks pockets
  • Accessories: Integrated storage bag

Another option that won’t completely cover your pushchair, the Summer Infant RayShade is designed to provide maximum UV protection for your baby, whatever angle the sun is at.

The UV protective pushchair cover extends the stroller canopy coverage from head to toe, attaching quickly and easily to most canopied pushchairs.

The water-repellent fabric also keeps off the rain, and it has a hidden pocket to hold drinks, plus it folds into itself for compact storage.

You can buy the Summer Infant RayShade from Boots, Amazon, and Argos.


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7. Prince Lionheart Pop ‘N’ Play Pushchair Sunshade, £14.99

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • UV protection: 98% – UPF50+
  • Features: Viewing window at top, pop-up design
  • Accessories: Storage bag (included)

This unusual buggy cover has a pop-up design that can be used on most pushchairs with a hood.

Its mesh construction protects from the sun and insects, and it folds down easily into its own storage bag.

You can buy the Prince Lionheart Pop ‘N’ Play shade from Argos, and Amazon.


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8. Shade-a-Babe Double buggy cover, £39.95

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • UV protection: 73-93%
  • Features: Split design for each seat; adjustable length
  • Accessories: Storage bag (included)        

Fitting over most major brands of side-by-side, twin buggies, the Shade-a-Babe cover can be used to protect from the sun, or as an insect net or even for light showers.

It reduces UV by 73% to 93% while the fold back Shade-a-Babe UPF50+ Sun Visor reduces UV by 99%.

You can buy from Shade-a-Babe, Peppermint, and Amazon.

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