How to Clean Car Seats, Baby Gyms, Prams, and Buggies - dummies

How to Clean Car Seats, Baby Gyms, Prams, and Buggies

By Gill Chilton

Your children’s transportation is subject to all the same cleaning problems as their bedding. You should treat these similarly. Here are some tips to help.

Depending on where you live, there is any number of names for the various methods to transport young children. In the UK, a pram is a device on wheels in which an infant can lay flat. A buggy is more portable and more like a seat, albeit one that the infant or toddler can lie right down in also. Both versions are called strollers in the US.

Most lie-flat prams for newborns have lift-out mattresses. So clean these and the sheet, as you do cots.

Buggies, unfortunately, can be tricky to wash just when your older baby or toddler starts to eat all manner of sticky things. Most fabric you can only sponge off. However, you can also try vacuuming up dirt with the upholstery tool.

To clean the wheels, shift dried mud and other deposits with a stiff brush. If this fails, lower the front two wheels into a large bowl of soapy water – an outgrown baby bath is ideal. Let the water soften the dirt, then rub away whilst the wheels are still submerged, and air-dry on an old towel.

Car seats typically have machine-washable, detachable covers, which is just as well as they get dirty quickly. It’s fine to sponge down the hard plastic part of the seat with mild soapy water. But don’t use detergent on or around the buckle or integral seat belt – repeated washing may make the buckles not work as well as they should.

Baby gyms made of plastic are simple to clean. Just spray disinfectant and wipe. Fabric gyms, which get dirty faster than plastic ones, need sponge cleaning. Dip the sponge into warm soapy water, then work systematically over the fabric mat and arch. Hanging toys that don’t have battery cells inside them are generally safe to go into the delicate cycle of the washing-machine. If in doubt, simply sponge.