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7 of the best sheepskin pram liners tried and tested by parents

The best temperature-regulating sheepskin pram liners to keep your baby cool in the summer and warm in the winter, tried and tested by families

Best sheepskin pram liners
Published: August 19, 2022 at 1:39 pm

A sheepskin pram liner offers a way to keep your baby comfortable in their pushchair, whether it's boiling hot or freezing cold. Not only do they have great benefits for your baby – more on this below – but they also look gorgeous in your pushchair, adding a sense of luxury.

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However, sheepskin pram liners are not cheap. Natural materials like this come at a cost, therefore, we got parents to test lots of the different pram liners available on the market with their babies to help bring you a list of the very best that may be worth the investment. And we really did put these through their paces, as some of the testing happened to take place during a heatwave (almost 40°), meaning our parent testers and their babies really put those temperature regulating abilities to the test.

Best sheepskin pram liners at a glance

  • Best budget-buy liner: JoJo Maman Bebe Lamb Fleece Buggy Liner, £54
  • Best liner for a nice scent: Mamas & Papas Sheepskin Pushchair Liner, £69
  • Best liner with a bag for portability: The White Company BINIBAMBA Chalk Sheepskin Pram Liner, £102
  • Best liner for a variety of colours: Natural Sheepskin Pram Liner, £59.95
  • Best liner for a variety of shapes for different pushchairs: Baa Baby Sheepskin Pram Style Liner, £89
  • Best liner for several strap options: John Lewis Pushchair Lambskin Liner, £60
  • Best dual sided liner: Bugaboo Wool Seat Liner, £114.95

What to look for when choosing a sheepskin liner

Number of holes for straps – It's important to get a liner that will fit your pushchair well. Having a look at the number of holes each liner has (listed in the specs for each product below) will help you choose which one is best for your pushchair, whether you have a 3-point harness or a 5-point one.

Colour and style – Some of the liners only come in 1 colour, however, some offer lots of different colours and styles. So, depending on your pushchair colour and style you should be able to find one that looks great.

Washing – Although sheepskin liners have the benefit of being anti-bacterial and cleaning themselves, it's still a good idea to get one that is fairly easy to wash so take care reading the washing instructions – especially if your baby has the tendency to be a bit messy.

Pushchair fold – It's impossible to say whether the pushchair will be able to fold with the liner in, as it really depends on the pushchair you have. For example, compact folds may struggle more, as the fold is so tight. Be sure to read the descriptions below to see what our testers said regarding folding the pushchair with the liner in.

How we tested these sheepskin liners

We conducted our own initial research to search the market for an array of different sheepskin pram or pushchair liners on sale in the UK. We compared their materials, features and price tags to find the ones we felt were the most appealing. Then, we put those liners to the test with families from our Top Testers Club.

We asked our parents to use the liners with their babies on trips out and about, during naps and for day-to-day activities to see how they felt, how easy they were to fit and use, and how well their temperature regulating abilities performed. They were tested in temperatures up to 40°.

Our parent testers gave us their honest feedback on a number of criteria, from value for money to ease of care, to help us choose the best.

Benefits of sheepskin pram liners

Some people don't know how beneficial a sheepskin pram liner can be. At first glance, you'd assume they're only suitable for cold weather use, but Baa Baby – which specialises in making sheepskin products for babies – explains that they're a year-round product. Here are some of the benefits that can come from using a sheepskin pram liner:

  • They're naturally thermostatic: they will regulate your baby's temperature to keep them cool in the summer and cosy in the winter
  • They're kind to sensitive skin: if your baby has sensitive skin then a sheepskin liner should help and soothe it as it's a natural moisturiser
  • Sheepskin is naturally self cleaning: they are dirt repellent and should stay clean without the need to constantly wash them
  • They're naturally-antibacterial: which could help with asthma and boosting immunity

Sheepskin liners not only go in pushchairs, but some can be used in Mosses baskets, bassinets or bouncers too.

Best sheepskin pram liners to help keep babies cool in the summer and warm in the winter

1. JoJo Maman Bebe Lamb Fleece Buggy Liner, £54

– Best budget buy

JoJo Maman Bebe sheepskin pram liner tested by baby

Lining: 90% sheepskin leather 10% polyester | Size: 78cm x 37cm | Number of strap holes: 0

Sheepskin pram liners can be quite expensive, so if you're after the most affordable option then this JoJo Maman Bebe one is for you. It's made from dense New Zealand fleece and it shapes to fit the harness of most pushchairs without needing any holes or slits. Our tester Katie, mum of 7 month old baby, said it fit the popular BabyZen YoYo absolutely fine.

"The liner is fantastic, in the 40 degree heatwave it kept my son cool and there was no sweating when he was napping inside in a 28 degree room, which is a testament to the quality of the product," said Katie.

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Unlike all the others in this list, this one comes in 2 parts to fit to your pushchair without the need to thread it. Katie said, "the headrest area was a tad too tall but it's great for bigger kids and longevity. The 2 pieces fit together using using good strong velcro so it doesn't just come apart accidentally".

Katie loved the liner and thought it was "beautiful quality, thick, soft and luxurious" but there were some cons too. She found that as it doesn't have any pre cut holes it comes away from the pushchair seat easily and slips around slightly. However, she did really appreciate how, when in place, the pushchair could be folded fully with the cover in place.

Pros: Budget option, effective at regulating temperature, thick and soft, fits folded pushchair
Cons:
Quite a tall head rest and moves around a fair bit

Available from: JoJo Maman Bébé

2. Mamas & Papas Sheepskin Pushchair Liner, £69

– Best for a nice scent

Mamas & Papas Sheepskin pram liner tested by baby

Lining: 100% sheepskin | Size: L70cm x W49cm | Number of strap holes: 3

The Mamas & Papas sheepskin liner is slightly more expensive than the JoJo Maman Bebe one, but it still one of the more affordable ones on the list. It's made from 100% sheepskin and is designed to fit most pushchairs – our tester said it looked brilliant in the Mamas & Papas Ocarro – and like all the others, regulate your baby's temperature.

Parent tester Lucy tested this liner with her 7 month old baby, Elodie (pictured above) and was surprised at how well it worked: "I was a bit worried that she would be too hot but it actually stayed surprisingly cool under her, more so than the previous liner we were using. It looks very well made and feels and smells nice which was something I was concerned about with sheepskin".

Lucy really put it to the test on an extremely hot day, "My baby was sat in the pushchair for a day around the farm and was very happy, not fussy at all. The liner wasn't warm to touch and was doing a good job at keeping her happy in the heat. She also wasn't sweaty (unlike the rest of us) so I think it did a great job at regulating her temperature".

It's really easy to clean, our tester said she could just wipe it down and any dirt removed easily.

Although our tester sang the pram liner's praises there were a few things she mentioned worth noting, "It did shed quite a bit which was a bit annoying," she admitted. It's also not the best design for a 5-point harness as "fitting it isn't the easiest as it has a hole for the shoulder straps and the buckle between the legs, but no extra opening at the side for the waist strap to thread through so I had to feed them around instead which caused the liner to not sit as flat as it should". It is shaped to take a waist belt, but if you need more of an indent, sheepskin doesn't unravel so you could cut your own deeper slits in either side.

Pros: Very effective at regulating temperature, smelt nice, looked good and was easy to clean
Cons: Shed a fair bit and was a little fiddly to fit to the pushchair

Available from: Mamas & Papas and Very

3. The White Company Binibamba Chalk Sheepskin Pram Liner, £102

– Best for bag for portability

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Lining: 100% merino sheepskin | Size: L44cm x W68cm | Number of strap holes: 5

Binibamba collaborated with The White Company to make a beautiful luxury sheepskin pram liner. Unfortunately its luxury quality is represented in the price, however, from what our tester found, it seems it's worth the larger price tag. The 100% merino sheepskin is designed to fit any pram, bassinet, Moses basket or bouncer.

Parent tester Bella, mum of 7 month old Liana (pictured above) put this liner to the test: "We tried the liner when it was 25 degrees plus and she did not complain, we originally thought that she would get sweaty with the liner but it kept her cool on her walks".

It has carefully positioned pre-cut strap holes for 3 and 5-point harnesses. Our tester found that it looked super sleek and fit their Ickle Bubba Stomp V3 really well, "Once you know which straps go in, fitting it to the pram is very quick and easy".

As for cleaning, it claims to have easy-care and be naturally dirt repellent, you can easily sponge off spills with a damp cloth – one of the big pros to sheepskin liners. Katie found that it doesn't moult at all, unlike the Mamas & Papas one, which she really appreciated. As for putting those cleaning claims to the test Katie said, "We did have trouble removing some crumbs but other than that it was easy to clean".

Another great thing about this liner is that it comes with a reusable dust bag for storage when not in use. Bella found the bag really helpful as it meant they could protect the liner when storing the pushchair in the boot, where it would've otherwise gotten dirty.

Pros: Storage bag inclued,, effective at regulating temperature, easy to fit to pushchair
Cons: One of the more expensive options

Available from: The White Company

4. The Little Green Sheep Natural Sheepskin Pram Liner, £59.95

– Best for variety of colours

Little Green Sheep sheepskin pram liner tested by baby

Lining: 100% natural sheepskin (front) 100% cotton (back) | Size: L77cm x W35cm | Number of strap holes: 5

Little Green Sheep's 100% natural sheepskin liner is one of the more competitively-priced options, similar to the option from JoJo Maman Bebe. There are 3 colours to choose from to coordinate with your pushchair; charcoal, natural or mimosa.

Parent tester Shirley, mum of 7 month old Kayleb (pictured above) tried out this liner and said, "It was soft, simple and comfortable. My baby has sensitive skin and the liner is very soft and seems made from organic materials which didn't irritate his skin, and in fact he enjoyed sitting in the pram more with the liner."

As for temperature regulating, she said " I believe it helped regulate cold weather very well and it did seem to keep nice and cool before the temperature hit 28 degrees – then my baby started getting a little grumpy".

Much like all the others the liner is designed to be suitable for most 3 or 5-point harnesses. Our tester used it on a BabyZen YoYo 2 and found that it fit perfectly.

The liner can be spot cleaned with a damp cloth. Shirley had to test this when her baby spat up milk on it: she found that it easily came off when she wiped it with a damp cloth.

It may also be of interest that these sheepskins are sustainably sourced.

The only downside our tester mentioned was that this liner did make the pushchair slightly difficult to fold, and as it was facing towards the floor when folded, it did get a bit dirty. However, this is one of the smallest-folding pushchairs on the market so there's not much room for manoeuvre here!

Pros: 3 colours to choose from, didn't irritate sensitive skin, easy to fit, suitable for compact pushchairs
Cons: Made the pushchair slightly difficult to fold, not so good in very high temperatures

Available from: The Little Green Sheep

5. Baa Baby Sheepskin Pram Style Liner, £89

– Best for variety of shapes for different pushchairs

Baa Baby Sheepskin pram liner tested by baby

Lining: 100% New Zealand merino sheepskin | Size: L80cm x W40cm OR L80cm x W42cm | Number of strap holes: 5

One thing that sets Baa Baby apart from the other pram liners on this list is that they offer specific pram liners designed different pushchairs. Instead of trying to make a 1 size fits all design, they have options specially made to fit specific brands, such as Bugaboo. They also have styles best for buggies and prams. They have a special guide to help you choose the right size pram liner for you.

Parent tester Catherine, mum of 6 month old Adaline (pictured above) tested this buggy liner in her Maxi Cosi Addora Luxe and said, "It looks gorgeous and Adaline looks so comfortable sat on it. It's made so well and I think it's going to be really long lasting. I love that it has uses even after they grow out of their pram" - it can be used outside the pushchair too.

Catherine tried it out on a really hot day to test its temperature regulating qualities: "We have recently just experienced a really hot weekend and Adaline stayed nice and cool in her pushchair while remaining comfortable. She usually sweats when she sleeps in her pushchair but she hasn't".

Again, thanks to sheepskins natural qualities it should stay fresh and it should be easy enough to spot clean with a damp cloth. Catherine put this to the test and agreed, "We have found the liner really easy to shake off crumbs and wipe clean when Adaline eats in her pushchair and it has stayed super fluffy after".

Catherine recommends the pram liner saying, "Not only does it looks beautiful, it really helps to keep your baby cool in summer and warm in winter".

Pros: Different designs for different pushchair types, effective temperature regulation, easy to clean and seems long lasting
Cons: Can be a bit confusing to make sure you buy the right liner for your pushchair

Available from: Not On The High Street and Baa Baby

6. John Lewis Pushchair Lambskin Liner, £60

– Best for several strap options

John Lewis Sheepskin Pram liner tested by baby

Lining: 100% lambs wool | Size: L68cm x W44cm | Number of strap holes: 5

John Lewis' pram liner is another one on the lower end of the price scale. It's made of 100% lambs wool and is carefully designed with well positioned holes to thread the harness and crotch straps through to ensure it fits pushchairs with various straps. It claims to be suitable for all pushchairs. Our tester said it fit the Mamas & Papas Ocarro and Bugaboo Butterfly well and it was super easy to fit thanks to its several strap options.

Parent tester Krista, mum of 7 month old Mia (pictured above) said, "It's beautifully soft, fluffy and feels luxurious. I used the liner on the hottest week of the year and my baby usually runs very warm so I was curious if the cooling properties would work for us. I was shocked to find that she was cooler sleeping on the sheepskin than on her cotton sheets in temperatures up to 37 degrees".

This liner is machine washable on a cool cycle – Krista found that it didn't pick up dirt easily so shouldn't need washing too often.

Krista also loves that it can be used year-round and will last the lifetime of the pram. However, style wise, she found the yellow colour clashed with her pushchair slightly and she found it a bit frustrating that the Ocarro wouldn't fold with it in which is something to note.

Pros: Works with multiple strap options, effective at regulating temperature and machine washable
Cons: Does not fold in popular pushchair

Available from: John Lewis

7. Bugaboo Wool Seat Liner, £114.95

– Best for dual sided

Bugaboo pram liner tested by baby

Lining: 100% natural wool (front) mélange knitted cotton (back) | Size: L76cm x W40cm | | Number of strap holes: 3

Bugaboo's pram liner is the most expensive one on our list but it does offer the benefit of being dual sided, offering a sheepskin pram liner and a knitted cotton one depending on your preference.

Parent tester Tina, mum of 9 month old Theo (pictured above) said, "We tested this during the heatwave and I can hand on heart say we love it, it appeared to regulate our baby's temperature, no sweaty/cold back, flushed cheeks or fussiness whilst in the pram. What has put me off in the past from buying a sheepskin liner is the not so fragrant farmyard smell some have but this product does not have this which in my eyes makes it even better".

Other than having the versatility of both sides - which our tester loved - they are also made to fit Bugaboo pushchairs, therefore, if you do have a Bugaboo, it may be worth spending the extra money for a good fit. Tina used the pram liner with a Bugaboo Fox 2 and found it fit the buggy really well although, she did say, "as it is a universal fit there were black loops visible on the top of the grey mélange fabric side as well as the fabric strap to hold the liner in place on other models but that's only a minor issue". She went on to say, "the holes for the harness have plenty of room for when they have to be adjusted for a growing child".

The liner is easy to attach and detach to clean or wash too.

Pros: Dual sided - offers versatility, effective at regulating temperature, smells nice
Cons: Showed some straps and loops as universal fit, expensive, made to fit Bugaboo only

Available from: Bugaboo, Samuel Johnston and Natural Baby Shower

How did we choose our 10 of the Best?

When testing and selecting the best sheepskin pram liners, we considered important features such as effectiveness at regualting baby's temperature, ease of cleaning and how well it fits into certain pushchairs.

Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.

Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don't just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.

Are sheepskin liners safe to use?

Although we are evaluating these products as pushchair liners, rather than sleep items, it's worth noting that there have been some concerns raised online about the safety of using sheepskin with newborns for sleep, and obviously babies are likely to fall asleep in their pram or pushchair.

A New Zealand study from 1998¹ looked into a possible connection between sheepskin and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The study concluded that for infants placed to sleep lying on their backs, as they would be in a pram, "sheepskins are not associated with an increased risk of SIDS".

We reached out to both The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and The Lullaby Trust for any specific advice on the safety of sheepskin liners. Neither were able to provide to comment to us regarding this type of product.

However The Lullaby Trust did publish a statement on Facebook in 2015 which said, "As long as it is a real sheepskin, they are safe for babies to sleep directly on up until they start learning to roll over – around 3-4 months. After this time, the sheepskin can still be used for supervised play in the daytime and in prams and buggies".

Can you use a sheepskin pram liner in the summer?

As mentioned in the benefits section, sheepskin pram liners are brilliant year-round. It may seem crazy to put a fluffy liner in your baby's pushchair in the heat of summer but if it's a real sheepskin, it should cool them down. The wool allows the air to flow next to your baby's body whilst absorbing moisture, leaving your baby feeling cool even in the bright sunshine.

Can you fold a pushchair with a sheepskin liner?

It all depends on the pushchair you have. Ideally, sheepskin pushchair liners are designed to be able to be folded on the seat. However, our testers found this is not always the case. If you have a compact pushchair that has a very tight fold (one designed for air travel, for example) then you may struggle. If you have a larger pushchair with a roomy seat then – in an ideal world – the sheepskin should be small and thin enough to fold on the seat.

About the author

Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products for parents, ranging from best sleep aids to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development.

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¹Mitchell EA, Thompson JM, Ford RP, Taylor BJ. Sheepskin bedding and the sudden infant death syndrome. New Zealand Cot Death Study Group. J Pediatr. 1998 Nov;133(5):701-4. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(98)70116-7. PMID: 9821434.

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