Stroller Accessories Guide

Stroller Accessories Guide

Last Updated: March 4, 2016
Stroller Accessories Guide

Selecting a stroller can be overwhelming enough (speaking of, check out our Best Strollers of 2016 picks). The last thing you need is to stress out about accessories. Does your stroller really need a rain cover, sun cover, organizer, and 5 cup holders?

The truth is that gear add-ons aren’t absolute necessities, so don’t sweat it, especially if you’re on a budget. But many parents do find that, depending on their location and lifestyle, a few key accessories can be extremely useful, for both themselves and their little ones. Here are our top picks that might save you a headache or two.


For Your Kids

Weather Cover

WHY WE LOVE IT

You never know when you’ll get caught in a rainstorm, and much as kids love splashing in puddles, few babies think sitting in the rain is fun. Many strollers come with a built-in rain cover, but if yours doesn’t, it’s a good accessory to have. And if you live in a cold climate, consider an insulated weather cover to keep the inside of your stroller comfy even during a walk in the snow.

PERFECT IF

Your family lives anywhere that gets rain or snow.

SKIP IF

You live in a pretty dry and sunny climate, like California.


Sun Shade

WHY WE LOVE IT

A little sun is good to give your baby some vitamin D, but a long walk on a bright day can quickly turn into a sunburn if you’re not careful. Many strollers have sunshades included, but if you’re looking for a simpler stroller, consider adding a sunshade.

PERFECT IF

You frequently take baby on sunny walks or adventures outside.

SKIP IF

Your stroller already comes with a substantial canopy.


Bug Net

WHY WE LOVE IT

If you hate the smell of bug spray, or if you just don’t like the idea of spraying something all over your baby’s sensitive skin, a bug net is an innovative solution for mosquito season. Put in on your stroller before you leave the house, and you’ll keep your baby comfortable and bug-free.

PERFECT IF

You live in a place that gets mosquitos and you’ll be taking baby outside during the warm months.

SKIP IF

Your location doesn’t get a lot of bugs and/or baby will mainly be traveling during the winter season.


Stroller Bunting or Bundle

WHY WE LOVE IT

This is the cold-weather solution, especially if baby likes to toss his blanket off. A bunting is an insulated blanket that attaches to your stroller seat, so your baby will stay warm on cold walks without you having to constantly tuck the blanket back in.

PERFECT IF

You and baby will go through a pretty intense winter.

SKIP IF

Your home climate doesn’t get too cold.


Toy Attachments

WHY WE LOVE IT

When your baby is little, toys will stay right where you put them. But as soon as she learns to throw things, she’ll want to practice watching gravity at work, which means her favorite toy could get tossed on the side of the road and lost forever. A few toy straps that attach to your stroller could save you a lot of tears later.

PERFECT IF

Your little one usually travels with at least a few toys.


Snack Tray & Cup Holder

WHY WE LOVE IT

It’s hard to imagine now that snacks will be such an important part of your life a year from now, but once your baby starts solids, you might find that snack trays are your best friend. When you’re in a hurry to finish shopping and your toddler really wants to practice walking, a little snack in the stroller will go a long way.

PERFECT IF

You take your stroller on long days out, like to a park, mall, or festival.


Running Board

WHY WE LOVE IT

A running board turns your single stroller into transportation for two without the expense of purchasing a double stroller: the toddler stands on the back in front of you, while baby rides in the seat. Many toddlers love this option. It gives them the fun of standing up without the work of actually walking.

PERFECT IF

You already have a toddler, or if you plan on having another baby within a few years.


For You

Diaper Bag Strap

WHY WE LOVE IT

Some diaper bags include straps that let you snap the bag onto the handle of your stroller. If yours doesn’t have that, you can buy clip-on straps as an accessory. It’s a great way to keep your diaper bag handy while saving your stroller storage space. Just make sure the stroller is sturdy enough that it doesn’t fall over when you clip your loaded bag on.

PERFECT IF

You don’t want to always carry your diaper bag on your shoulder.


Parent Organizer

WHY WE LOVE IT

If you’re going to be out for longer than a few minutes, a parent organizer will make your walk much more pleasant. Most include cup holders as well as space for your keys and wallet.

PERFECT IF

You don’t want to keep digging around in your bag for your essentials.


Stroller Travel Bag

WHY WE LOVE IT

A carry bag can make your stroller much easier to bring on a plane. Plus, the extra protection makes it less likely that you’re not-so-cheap piece of gear will get damaged.

PERFECT IF

You plan to travel cross-country and want to bring your stroller along.


Choosing what’s right for you

Consider your lifestyle, your budget, and where you live when picking out accessories. Also keep in mind that you don’t need to buy all you stroller add-ons at once. As you start using your stroller, it will be easier to figure out what you really need. And if you’re still deciding on which stroller to use, check out our picks for the Best Strollers of 2016 right here!