Do you want to turn your hand-me-down Graco into the Porsche 911 Roadster Express of Library Storytime? Have you always dreamed of putting your baby in one of those faux sheepskin stroller burrito bags even though it’s not actually that cold out? Or do you just want someplace to rest your giant coffee while you pull that CVS receipt your baby has been chewing on out of his mouth?
Either way, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of all the best gear to trick out your stroller.
Cupholders (because: coffee):
- Can fit any stroller
- Only $20
- Can apparently hold 55 lbs of liquid which is approximately how much coffee new moms need
- Cons: does not do well with enormous big gulps. Apparently does not attach well to snow blowers (according to one reviewer).
- Also well-reviewed
- Can fit any stroller
- Only $10
- Fully adjustable fabric/velcro straps that stay put and can handle a heavy load
- Insulated to keep drinks hot or cold
- Mesh around the exterior can hold keys or a very small flip phone in case it’s still the 90’s
- Designed to withstand folding/ crushing/ torture from small children
- Easy to clean
- Tall side accommodates taller bottles
- Has “sleek design” that will matter not even one little bit when cracker crumbs are indefinitely cemented to it with apple juice glue.
There are also many of these that are not universal, but designed specifically to attach to the stroller you bought.
- Colorful, interactive, did we mention “wacky”?
- Doesn’t attach well to all strollers
- Can easily be unwrapped and moved from stroller to car seat to jumperoo
- Is a moose wearing a scarf
- Great for teething
- Squeeky body, activity legs (just like me!)
- Durable, easy to clean
- Well reviewed and loved by babies everywhere
- Small, just clips on
- Large arch that attaches over baby and offers many different types of amusements, from crinkly thing to pully thing to mirror thing
- Can be attached to almost anything, and used to amuse you baby so you can do things like pee and eat food
Three main types: small adjustable shades, giant umbrellas (not practical, bulky, and weird), and stroller covers.
- Alternative to full coverage covers
- You’ll retain good visibility of your baby, so you won’t miss an instant of her trying to figure out how to eat her own boogers
- Can be repositioned over baby to cover wherever the sun is shining
- Would not be ideal for winding paths where you may look like an insane person constantly readjusting this thing
- Hidden pocket for bottles, keys, emergency chocolates
- Offers more extensive shade and protection than traditional covers
- Folds up for convenient storage
- Because you want your baby to resemble the lady at the office who puts on one of these and fans herself with papers when the room hits 65 degrees
Any swaddle blanket will do in a pinch
- Just cover your stroller or car seat with a lightweight, breathable blankie or cloth and voila
note: make sure you aren’t trapping in the heat like tinfoil on a casserole – any covering should be loose and allow air flow.
Many shades can be stroller-specific, so check out what’s available for your stroller-of-choice too.
- Waterproof and leakproof
- Dual cupholders
- Mesh, zippered, and velcro pockets so you can easily stay organized
- Comes with a lifetime guarantee
- At $18, it’s inexpensive but won’t fall apart (and even if it did – the company will replace it for free)
- Dual cup holders are deep and secure
- Includes cleverly-designed zip off pouch that stores in the stroller, but removes for you to take with you when you need it (for your valuables)
- Well-reviewed best-seller
- Mesh and zippered pockets
- Fits most strollers- great for umbrella strollers!
- Stylish chevron design if you’re into that
- Made out of neoprene, aka wetsuit material, so good for insulation (and very sporty)
- Comes with a leash you can use to attach your baby’s snack container to your stroller (never did I ever think I’d need a leash for my snacks until becoming a mother)
- Dual cup holders and multiple zippered pouches
- Wallet/phone pouch with wrist strap
- Clips onto front of frame to keep umbrella strollers standing – nobody likes a tipped umbrella stroller
- If your diaper bag doesn’t come with hooks that attach it to your stroller handles, you can invest in clips like these that will do the job (this will keep your stroller bag right where you need it – in front of you- at all times, and you won’t have to carry it)
- Strong, aluminum hooks with velcro straps
- Great for purse or diaper bag
- Loops onto your stroller so the belligerent 3+ set can hold onto this instead of your hand
- Can go onto any part of the stroller so it’s at a kid-friendly level
Canopy covers and Bunting bags:
- Good for mild temperatures (not particularly warming or cooling)
- Complete coverage (fully covers all of your baby while they’re in their seat)
- Cute chevron design
- For car seat that clicks into stroller
- Does the job of protecting babies from wind, cold, sun and the wandering pointer fingers of touchy strangers in the grocery store
- Perfect for very cold weather
- A warm little sleeping bag for your baby
- Top is adjustable and removable for temperature control
- Wish this came in adult sizes and I could be strolled around in a fuzzy sleeping bag, permanently
- Forces baby to keep their damn socks on because they can’t reach their feet to pull them off and throw one into a black hole, never to be found again
Note: I don’t recommend the Bundle Me for an infant car seat because the padding goes behind them and that’s no bueno in a crash. I would recommend the Car Seat Cover for a safer ride.
- Basically, mosquito netting for your stroller (can use with pack n’ play too)
- protection against bugs, bees, mosquitos & flying insects
- Keeps your baby cool
- Tropical vacation, anyone?
- At first glance, these may seem dumb but they are actually brilliant because they stay with the stroller bar – not on your hands
- Easy to access your baby, your phone, your coffee without dropping or losing a mitt
I think it takes a special kind of asshole to steal a baby stroller, but they are pricey so it happens.
- Extended cable length to loop through one or two wheels or lock your buggy to any stationary object
- 4 digit resettable combination dial; Perfect so you don’t have to worry about losing any keys
- Fits all strollers and keeps lock tucked out of the way until you’re ready to use it; Also doesn’t interfere with collapsing the stroller
So there you have it – strolling in style. What else would you add?