You have the stroller, you have the baby and now you need a way to keep baby warm and snug when you are out and about? Finding a blanket for your stroller is the best answer.
Another option is to dress your baby in extra clothes. The problem with this is that when you change environments, such as walk into a shopping mall, you will need to remove the clothes. This can be a big hassle especially if your baby has fallen asleep. It is much easier to just take a blanket off your baby. This also makes it easier when you go outside again, you can simply replace the blanket.
Which blanket is best?
Unfortunately, it is not a good idea to just use any blanket in your stroller. You will find most blankets are too big and will become a bigger hassle than they are worth. We recommend buying a purpose made blanket or finding one that is the right size for your stroller. This is because if you use any old blanket, it will be too big and will end up draped over your stroller and in your stroller wheels. This will make it hard to manoeuvre.
It is also a safety hazard to have a blanket larger than you need as it may end up covering baby’s face. You need one that will fit in snugly to keep your baby warm without hanging over the stroller or accidentally ending up in baby’s face.
The other thing to consider is the material that the blanket is made from. It needs to be suitable for your weather conditions. You do not want something too warm so that baby ends up too hot or something that is too lightweight and doesn’t keep baby warm enough so that you end up having to use extra clothes as well.
To ensure you have the right warmth level, you may need to purchase several blankets of different weight and thicknesses so you have something for different weather conditions.
The final thing to consider is which brand to buy. It can be tempting to buy the cheapest one you can find, but then you may end up with a blanket that does not last very long. Ideally, you want something that will last for as long as you need it, not fall apart in the wash the first time you wash it.
You could also make your own – BBC has some great patterns.
However you decide to go about it, a stroller blanket is an essential baby accessory and one you will not regret buying.