For the city mom, the stroller is everything: your minivan, your shopping cart, your portable nap station, your changing table, you name it. It is the single most important piece of baby gear you purchase, but choosing the right one is just the beginning. Just like you accessorize an outfit, it is key to do the same with your ride. Here are my city mom stroller must-haves – all tested by this city mom of two.
One other great option if you want to leave the bulky diaper bag at home for a quick trip is the Skip Hop Grab & Go Stroller Organizer holds a cup or bottle for baby, your coffee, money, keys, phone and has velcro straps so it adapts to any stroller.
You really can’t hang a diaper bag securely off of a stroller without these. I love the Think King Mighty Buggy Hook, 2 Pack. These are great open hooks that you can easily hang a shopping bag off or the built-in clips of your diaper bag. They adapt to any stroller and can hold a ton of weight.
Watching my 13-month old daughter trying to eat Cheerios in her stroller is like watching a bride and groom get showered with rice. Any loose snack cup, even the ones with the traps on top to avoid spilling just don’t cut it. I am stopping on every corner cleaning her off and she maybe consumes only a quarter of them. I love the snack trays that snap on. We have the Bugaboo Snack Tray for our Cameleon. Both kids, at one and three, love keeping their cup and snack in it. It’s like their own little tray table on the airplane. The cover slides to avoid snack spills and the whole tray is moveable for when it is not in use. Most of the big name strollers offer these: UppaBaby, Baby Jogger, etc.
Since a stroll usually involves a shopping trip for the city mom, having a heavy-duty hook to hang your shoppings bag from is essential. I have tried many that easily break, but The Mommy Hook I found to be one of the best and most durable.
In heat like New York has had lately, a stroller fan is a great, inexpensive accessory to keep baby (or toddler) cool. Just add batteries and clip it to the awning and baby is happy. The Kelgar Baby Stroller Fan is a brand I just purchased and love.
Any veteran mom knows you are CRAZY to venture out without an arsenal of snacks and drinks. One of the most common stroller add-ons you see adorning the city streets is a bottle/lunch tote. These are great for bringing snacks, bottles, and cups on the go. The Skip Hop Grab and Go Double Bottle Bag, Chevron is cute and practical.
9. Foot Muff
In the winter, a foot muff is a great way to keep baby warm on the go. A good foot muff should attach easily and securely to your stroller and act as a warm sleeping bag of sorts. Most stroller brands have one tailored for your stroller, but 7 A.M. Enfant’s design and style are far superior. They have created one for every age, style, and season, and in the winter theirs is sure to keep your little one warm. Their 7 A.M. ENFANT Blanket 212 Chevron is visually beautiful, but more importantly, super warm and designed to keep the chill out for napping and extended winter strolling.
If you have stroller that cannot add an additional seat when Baby #2 comes along, or if your older child prefers to stand over sitting, a Wheeled Board / “boogie board” is a worthwhile investment. Since we had the Bugaboo Cameleon and wanted to continue to use it for two kids, we bought the wheeled board. The older my son got, the more he loved it. One downside is it can be difficult to walk directly behind, as your feet might hit the board, but this is a small price to pay. It is great when you want something lighter than a double stroller and is like an adventure for your toddler.