Little ones love to play with things while they’re out and about. Watching the world go by will entertain them some of the time but while you’re waiting in a queue or on a long journey having a few fun toys to distract with can be a lifesaver.
Some toys are specifically designed to attach to a pram or pushchair, they come with clips or ties making them easy to attach. However, not all your babies favourites will have a handy way to keep them from falling to the floor
Great accessories to attach toys to prams and other favourites
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- Dummy clips aren’t just great for keeping pacifiers to hand, they’re also great for attaching to toys. Plenty of baby toys have loops of fabric on them and even an arm or a leg works well on a soft toy. You can attach the clip to clothing or the fabric of a pram or baby carrier. Dummy clips are designed to be baby-friendly and are often just as much fun to play with as the toy itself.
- Fabric straps with poppers. You can buy these or make your own if you are feeling crafty. Loop one end around the side or safety bar of your buggy, the handle of your car seat or the shoulder strap of a baby carrier. The other end can then be attached to a toy, and you can pop several together to make a longer strap.
- Plastic links can be found in lots of places and make a great fiddle toy or teether for little ones. And they’re really handy for attaching toys to your buggy. They aren’t as secure as some of the other options, and your child will probably figure out how to detach them pretty quickly if they are in reach but they are still great for quickly securing anything with a loop to a buggy or pram.
- Ribbon. Sometimes it’s the simplest options that are the most effective. A colourful piece of ribbon is readily available and easy to tie to most things without damaging them. You can even sew a loop onto soft toys. Plus the ribbon has a lovely texture for babies to explore.
We all know that babies love dropping toys out of a high-chairs or prams, it’s just soo much fun watching us bend over to pick them up. But hopefully, these toys and tricks will help keep toys from getting lost and dirty.
How to Wash Pram Toys
Cleaning pram toys or any other type of toy for that matter is one of those things you most likely never thought about until you had kids. In a time before children when you never left the house with regurgitated milk on your clothes, showered every day and drank your coffee hot, cleaning toys just wasn’t on the agenda.
However once you have kids you quickly realise that everything they touch ends up on the floor and in their mouths, so keeping toys clean has to be considered. And pram toys are amongst the worst as if they end up on the floor it’s usually outside rather than in your home.
How often you clean toys is entirely up to you.
Washing wooden pram toys
Wooden pram toys such as the Heimess toys can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. And as they clip to the pram they’re much less likely to end up in the middle of the road.
Wooden toys are best cleaned with a mild dish soap solution or diluted white vinegar and dried fully before given back. Bleach can be used but as the toys are highly likely to end up in babies mouth make sure all the bleach has been thoroughly rinsed before you hand them back.
Plastic toys can be cleaned in the same way and many plastic toys can even go in the dishwasher, provided of course they don’t have any batteries.
Cleaning soft pram toys
Most soft toys including pram toys, rattles, and activity toys will have a care label to let you know how best to clean them.
Soft toys for newborn babies and toddlers. They are made of soft and cuddly material. They are available in many different shapes and sizes, and some even come with a built-in nightlight.
If they can go in the washing machine great. Pop them in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag first and choose a gentle, scent-free washing powder that’s suitable for babies. Washing toys in a bag will protect any tags, ears, eyes, or tails, etc from getting damaged.
Some toys may be able to be tumble dried on a low setting, again leave them in the bag to protect them, while others should be hung to dry. Running a fine comb through any flurry bits will keep toys nice and fluffy.
For toys that need to be hand-washed, you can use a hand wash liquid, mild dish soap or even baby shampoo. Make up a bowl of warm soapy water and use a cloth to clean the toys, using a circular motion to massage gently over the toy. Rinse the cloth well or use a clean cloth and clean water to remove any soap residue and allow to air dry.
Again you can give the toys a little bush to re-fluff them if they’re looking a little flat.