A stroller is a necessity every parent needs, but taking your kids (plus a stroller, diapers, backpack, snacks, etc.) with you wherever you go is no walk in the park. It can be extremely cumbersome and trying to calm your crying toddler while also pushing a stroller and digging around for snacks or other essentials can be frustrating.
You don’t have to go out and buy new products to make life with a stroller easier. If you want to up your stroller game and remove the stress from your outings, check out these ten stroller hacks:
1. Minimize tipping
When you’re out running errands, you may accumulate lots of bags. Having multiple bags hanging from your stroller can create an imbalance in weight and increase risk of tipping. Adding ankle weights to the front legs of your stroller will help keep it balanced and sturdy, even with all the weight from those shopping bags.
2. Free up space
Strollers are not only a hassle to take with you, but also to store in your home. They can take up a lot of room, but you don’t want to keep your stroller somewhere you can’t access it easily as you’re running out the door. Using over the door hooks in your garage, closet, or any other space you may have will help get your stroller up off the floor while making it easy to grab when you need it.
3. Keep it clean
Every parent knows the struggle of cleaning up messes out of a stroller. It can be difficult to take apart, and confusing to know how to wash it. Many brands, such as the Doona Car Seat & Stroller, have removeable inserts that make it easy to machine wash. If not, try using warm water and mild soap for any of those hard-to-clean spots.
4. Portable snack time
Snacks are a great way to keep your little one happy on a day out. There are many snack trays you can find online that clip onto the stroller handle and make it easy to keep treats within their reach. You can also make one yourself, by using zip ties to hang cups or pouches.
5. Keep them entertained
Bringing toys along are a great way for your child to stay occupied while you get things done, but it can be hard to bring toys while on the go and there’s always a risk they’ll drop them out of the stroller. Attaching mobile or hanging toys in the stroller helps ensure you won’t lose them and will eliminate the need to dig around in your bag for their favorite toy.
6. Keep your hands free
For those days when you have too much to do and not enough hands to do it, try attaching a bag to your stroller. This will give you a place to store all your essentials while freeing up your hands. Try one that can transition into a messenger bag so you can clip it off and on with ease, like the Doona Essentials Bag.
7. Stay visible
Night walks can be so relaxing, but also dangerous if you can’t be seen by others. Adding some reflective tape onto your stroller will help keep you and your little one safe in the dark.
8. Organize your storage
If your stroller doesn’t have a cup holder, it can be difficult to keep bottles and cups upright and spill-free. Hanging a shoe organizer from the handle will help minimize messes and make it easy to access anything you need.
Trying to keep both you and your baby dry can be difficult. Don’t let the weather get in the way of your errands. Keep your little one protected from the rain and wind by adding a rain cover to your stroller, like this one from Doona.
10. Keep track of loose items
Any parent knows how often the sippy cup or bottle gets thrown right out of the stroller at a moment’s notice. Losing so many cups or bottles can be frustrating and costly. Attach a leash to a cup, bottle, or any other loose item that could get lost, and tie it onto the stroller. You can buy pre-made leashes or make your own out of any rope you have handy. When trying out any hacks, keep in mind that safety comes first. Additionally, make sure to price check everything as sometimes it may end up being cheaper to buy rather than spend extra energy and money to DIY. It’s important to also consider how long this hack will last and if it will be easy to reuse for any future children. Taking your baby on stroller outings doesn’t have to be a hassle, and with these DIY stroller hacks, you don’t have to break the bank either.