Pimp Their Ride: Four Truly Useful Stroller Accessories
These days, you don't just buy a stroller and stop there. Seems like everywhere you look there's an add-on being hawked—to make the ride that much cushier for both mom and baby.
And having tried nearly every single one over the last two-and-a-half years, I feel ever-so qualified to hold forth on the ones that didn't end up collecting dust in the closet. (Those shall remain nameless.)
In the end, you don't need to trick out your stroller with every invention EVER, but a few critical items will definitely make it a much more pleasant stroll.
1. The Mommy Mitten. If you live in an area that gets cold enough to wear gloves, then you need this. It's a fleece-lined muff for the bar of your stroller and makes long walks measurably more cozy. Plus, you can keep your hands un-gloved so you can easily open your wallet, use your phone, etc. ($30)
2. Think King Soft Buggy Cup. Don't be swayed by the ones that are rigid plastic. I've found that they tend to snag on things or get banged around during folding, and ultimately come flying off—sometimes quite worse for the wear. This mesh version cradles your beverage carefully but allows you to easily fold up the stroller when necessary and squeeze through tight spaces, with your drink intact! ($15)
3. The Mommy Hook. (Hmm, I'm noticing a bit of a pattern in the naming conventions...) While no stroller is meant to be used as a pack mule, that's what ends up happening. Purse, groceries, other bags--they all need a place to hang, and if you have a bar-style pram (like those from Bugaboo, UppaBaby and Baby Jogger), you'll need at LEAST one of these easy-on, easy-off carabiner style hooks. ($10) Similarly: Consider stroller hooks for your stroller bag. I like the ones from Think King; 2 for $15.
4. The Texthook. Look, I'm NOT advocating strolling and texting or talking. On the other hand, I don't know a mom who hasn't tried to make/take a call or send a quick text while pushing a stroller. Just insert your phone into this little square of upright plastic, and you can do that with a bit less fumbling. It mounts on most strollers' handlebars with a quick flick of Velcro. No more fumbling in your pocket for your phone, no more staring down at the ground while texting "I'm here" to a fellow mom on the playground. ($26)