Stroller shopping might be one of the most intimidating experiences a new parent can have. Giving birth is pretty intense, yes, but there aren't that many options for how to get the baby out. Trying to pick a stroller, on the other hand, is...overwhelming, to say the least. There are just SO MANY CHOICES.
I'm the type of person who gets it in her head that if there are hundreds of options to choose from, there must be One Right Answer that will be absolutely perfect for my needs. This is ridiculous, not to mention crazymaking, and that is why, in the throes of pregnancy and postpartum hormones, I abandoned the idea of trying to find that reasonably-priced needle in the haystack and instead just bought a few basic strollers and added accessories as I needed them.
Did you know you could do that? As soon as I saw my first clip-on cupholder, I was sold on the idea of customizing my own strollers rather than researching hundreds and hundreds of endlessly varying options trying to find the One Stroller That Would Rule Them All.
What sorts of things can you add to your stroller? Cup holders, hooks for diaper bags and/or purses, snuggly buntings to keep baby warm in winter, umbrellas and sun shades, clip-on toys for the baby, a tray that goes across baby's lap for in-stroller snacktime, zippered pouches for phones and mp3 players, weather shields, riding boards for older siblings, side bags, under-stroller storage nets, pretty much anything you can find on a stroller you can buy separately as an accessory. I even found something called "stroller links," which join two single strollers side by side to make a double stroller. Genius!
Through two kids, we've been happy as can be with our three basic strollers (a universal base that the infant carseat clips into, a cheapy umbrella stroller, and a no-frills jogging stroller) tricked out with a few accessories that fit our unique needs. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't do it any other way.
Did you buy extra accessories for your stroller? What are some of your favorites?
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