As soon as nice weather hits our little ones are ready to gear up and get outside. That means it's time to make sure your stroller has all the bells and whistles for an easy ride. After all, you never know what the day might bring.
From picnics in the park to camping trips under the stars, make sure you and your kiddos are prepared with a stroller that fits your needs. To help, we’ve compiled our six top favorite stroller add-ons to help make your life easier.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when taking a baby out into the heat is sun protection. Unless using an umbrella stroller, most strollers have some sort of canopy to help with this. However, that doesn't mean it's enough.
For extra protection, we recommend getting a sunshade extension. These will protect your child’s entire body from the sun, so you don’t have to worry about sunburns as you enjoy a nice walk outside. There are also certain sunshades you can buy that stretch over the front of the stroller so your little one’s body is protected.
2. Rain Shield
There's nothing like a fresh spring shower...unless you're caught in it. While we don't mind a little seasonal sprinkling, having your baby and stroller soaked isn't ideal. That's why the rain shield was invented. This clear plastic cover drapes over the canopy and covers the majority of the stroller, protecting your little one entirely. The best part: these can fold up into a pouch to be kept in the storage basket below or clipped onto the handlebar.
Just make sure the rain shield you get fits your stroller. UPPAbaby makes a few different ones depending on if it's for the Minu, Vista, Cruz or a bassinet. Graco also makes a rain shield that fits its Modes travel systems, and other brands of a similar shape. If using the BOB stroller, make sure to get the single or double rain shield so you can jog in any weather.
3. Snack Tray
Feeding a hungry toddler makes everyone's life better. If you find yourself reaching for your bag of cheerios and then watching your little one spill them everywhere, you may need a snack tray. Snack trays are great for holding your toddler’s snacks while you’re on the go. It will also give them a place to rest food between bites, instead of spilling or cramming it into the seat of the stroller.
The Orbit Snack Tray is one of the best out there as it comes with a lid. That means not only does your little one have access to all their goodies, but they won't spill out if you hit a pothole. This tray is compatible with the Orbit Baby G2, G3, and G5 Strollers. A lot of other strollers have snack tray options too, just make sure to look for samples that can be removed and are easy to wipe clean.
4. Piggy Back
If your toddler wants to walk with you or you have other children joining in on the fun, consider getting a ride-on board to make these trips easier. Also called a piggy back when buying for the UPPAbaby brand, this handy attachment allows kids to stand and hold onto the handles as the stroller is pushed. It's a great alternative to lugging around a double stroller.
5. Stroller Caddy
Add some organization to not only your life, but your stroller too with a handy stroller caddy. Stroller caddies are a great place to hold snacks, toys, keys, phones and anything else you may need on your trip. Many brands make their own, but there are plenty of generic options on the market.
6. Stroller Hooks
Who doesn't need more ways to carry things around? With a stroller hook, you can take the baby out for a summer shopping trip or frolic around the farmers market knowing all your new goodies can be carted home. The stroller hook is basically a giant carabiner that clips onto the handle of your stroller and allows you to layer on bags.
It's such a simple yet magnificent device that every stroller needs, no matter the season. Just make sure the shopping bags aren’t heavier than the baby, or else it might tip over when you let go.
However you like to roll this spring, consider adding on a few of the items above to make your trips easier. If you’re looking for a sustainable way to shop the above items, consider shopping secondhand baby and kid gear at GoodBuy Gear. From stroller caddies and hooks to snack trays and sun protection, we’ve got everything you need to make this summer with your family one of the best yet.