Rain covers for your pushchair to keep little ones dry on the move

Girl in pram with rain cover

by Eleanor Weaver |

If you’re often travelling by foot or public transport with your baby, or plan to go on trips to the park come rain or shine, you’re going to need a rain cover for your pram to keep your little one protected from the elements.

Here in the UK, the weather seems to be particularly temperamental with blue skies turning grey and gloomy in what feels like a matter of moments. Having a rain cover on standby will prove to be worth its weight in gold to keep your baby dry and warm whilst you take the brunt of the wind and rain.

We’ve found the best rain covers available to buy and broken down everything you need to know so you know exactly what you’re looking for.

Do prams come with rain covers?

A rain cover for your pram is a must-have, so it’s no surprise that most pushchairs come with a rain cover built-in. However, you may find yours doesn’t or find that the rain cover provided doesn’t give the coverage you think you’ll need or has begun to suffer from wear and tear. In these instances, you’ll want to buy this pram accessory yourself.

What to look for in your pram rain cover


It goes without saying but first and foremost, your rain cover needs to be waterproof, and watertight. You should look for rain covers made of non-toxic, BPA-free plastic such as polyurethane or EVA that are lightweight, waterproof, and breathable.


The Lullaby Trust has warned that covering your pram with blankets, cloths, and covers can prevent air circulation which could lead to overheating. Whilst the best materials are breathable and many rain covers come with air holes to help with air circulation, the cover will still provide extra warmth. You’ll need to make sure your little one isn’t overdressed beneath the rain cover to prevent them from getting too hot.


You’ll need to make sure your rain cover fits your pram, and there are different styles of rain cover to fit different pram shapes and sizes but the most common is the universal rain cover which is designed to fit most single pushchairs, buggies, and prams. You can also find double buggie rain covers for larger prams, and sometimes specific rain covers for different pushchair brands.


Most rain covers come with a clear viewing window and air holes, but you might find some have some extra handy features such as built-in pockets and storage bags. It’s also worth keeping in mind that the more fastening points on the rain cover, the more watertight your pram will be. You’ll also want these to be easy to install on your pushchair with fastenings such as Velcro or popper buttons – there’s nothing worse than faffing with a rain cover in the pouring rain!

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