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Whatever type of pushchair, stroller or pram you may own, an English winter without a storm cover would render even the poshest travel system utterly useless. The risk of rain in this country is always hanging over us and so I think it's best to be prepared, especially when you have a little one who is reliant on you for their storm protection.
Our Phil & Teds storm cover was given to us with the pushchair itself which we inherited from my cousin, but it is available to be bought separately for £20 from Amazon. A single storm cover is also available for Phil and Teds pushchairs, but if you have bought the pushchair because of its ability to accommodate two children in the long run, I think a double cover is a much better investment, although it is quite bulky to transport. In fact, with the storm cover and my waterproof jacket in the shopping carrier under the pushchair, there is very little room left for anything else.
Using the storm cover is easy, and it is much quicker to put on than the cover on the Quinny pram I used when Baby Frank was newborn. The really good thing bout it is that you can just throw it over the pushchair to start with and then attach it securely, but your baby is dry while you do this. With the Quinny, it took a long time to actually fit the cover as it was a really snug fit, so your baby would be getting wet as you wrestled to put it on the pram.
The storm cover has a flap which you put under the handle and then velcro together with the main body of the cover. You can then pop the two front poppers into place either side of the front wheel and then do up the two toggles either side by the back wheels. These help to keep it out of the way of the wheels and keep it secure. This part is a little fiddly, but at this stage, your child is dry and so there is no pressure to do it really quickly.
The cover is made of thick, transparent plastic which seems very durable. It has a thick plastic strip of plastic on the inside of the cover which forms an arch of the child's feet to keep the cover away from their feet. This has got a little misshapen on ours but still does the job with a little tweaking.
All in all I am pleased with this storm cover and am always happy to see how dry and snug Baby Frank looks under it. She does not mind the cover at all as she can still see out well. I think this is a must-have for any Phil & Teds pushchair owner as it enables you to use your pushchair in all weather conditions for only £20.