We thought it would be helpful to write a series of product “close ups” to explain how our products work and why they are worth every penny!
Late in 2009 Jo & I spent a day in London doing “shop research” and visiting lots of big nursery shops to check out the latest pushchair designs and colours. One thing that became apparent was that quite a few buggies had changed how their harnesses worked and either didn’t unclip at all or were very tricky to un-do between the shoulder and the waist.
Our original Buggysnuggle had been a best selling nursery product for 12 years, but this discovery was still quite alarming, as the way our original Buggysnuggle design (and every other footmuff) worked was that you needed to unclip and thread the straps through the slits. But if the straps didn’t unclip, you wouldn’t be able to thread the straps, which would mean the Buggysnuggle would not fit these buggies. The whole strap threading palava was also a bit of a long winded affair and usually took a good 5 minutes. So we thought how great it would be if we could make the fitting quicker and easier for every buggy.
I therefore spent the winter of 2009/10 re-designing the Buggysnuggle and solving the strap threading problem. We made at least 20 different versions in the process and once we were happy with the finished re-design, we spent a lot of cash getting the design registered! (Registered Community Design No: 001690074-0001)
The advantages of the new Buggysnuggle design are:
It literally takes 30 seconds to fit into the pushchair, compared with 5 minutes before – this is one of our customers favourite things! The shoulder to waist straps pull through the vertical slots without having to be unclipped.
There is a flap at the back as well as corner ties, so you can hook the back over the seat or use the ties or even both, depending on what type of buggy you have.
The Buggysnuggle now has 2 zips which meet at the bottom. This means you can:
- Remove the top completely and use the back as a liner in warmer weather and the front as an impromtu blanket.
- Un-do both sides for extra ventilation in hot shops.
- Un-do from the centre bottom to allow muddy feet or older children’s feet to stick out!
- Useful zip pulls make the zip easy to grab.
The Buggysnuggle is one of the longest footmuffs available: 100cm long and 46cm wide, it fits until at least 3 years of age. In fact as I never tire of telling customers, I have used Buggysnuggles for all 3 of my sons (who were tall for their age) until they outgrew their pushchairs (almost 4 years old) and once Dan got into his Buggysnuggle when he was 7! (though that was a bit of a tight fit!)
I also did a calculation: if you use your Buggysnuggle 5 days a week for 3 years, that would be 780 days, which means the “cost-per-use” is as little as 5p! We also hear from many customers who have used the same Buggysnuggle for 2 or 3 children making it even cheaper! That seems to me to make the Buggysnuggle footmuff a very reasonable product that you shouldn’t be without!