When the temperatures begin to drop it’s time to think about buying a stroller cover for winter. Your baby is more vulnerable to the elements than you are because they are so small and their bodies haven’t yet learned to regulate temperature. You may be warm because you are walking and pushing the stroller but your child is just sitting there so they need extra protection to stay warm.
Adding blankets is one way to provide extra warmth but often babies and toddlers will kick off their covers. If your baby is facing away from you then you probably won’t even realize they’ve kicked off their blanket until you have run over it with the stroller and stepped on it. Buying a winter stroller cover can help keep your baby warm and avoid the hassle of blankets.
You have two options when it comes to choosing stroller covers: a bundle bag or a full stroller cover.
If you don’t want to deal with putting on a snowsuit or jacket every time you leave the house, then you may want to consider investing in a stroller bunting bag such as the JJ Cole BundleMe or the 7A.M. Enfant ‘Le Sac Igloo’. These bags are weather resistant and leave only the child’s face exposed. For rainy conditions then you’ll have to either use an umbrella or your stroller canopy to shield your child’s face.
If you’d rather go for a full cover for your stroller then you won’t have to worry about an umbrella and you can dress your child according to the weather. Most weather shields will keep them warm inside so you may not need a complete snowsuit under the cover. Another great thing about a full stroller cover is that if you do decide to use a blanket, it won’t fall on the ground when kicked off.
JJ Cole Urban Bundle Me Stroller Cover for Winter
The JJ Cole Urban Bundleme stroller cover comes in two sizes, infant and toddler, and in nine great colors. The bundle bag is designed to fit into the car seat, stroller or jogger. The seat belt from the car seat or straps from the stroller can be threaded through the holes in the back of the BundleMe so that they fit securely around your child.
The Bundleme has a waterproof and wind resistant quilted nylon exterior and a plush thermal inner layer. The exterior wipes down easily for spot cleaning or you can put the whole bundle bag in the washing machine.
This winter a stroller cover is designed with two zippers, one on each side, so you can open the bag or remove the top cover in order to control the temperature. This is a great feature when you’re going shopping, you can just unzip the bag instead of struggling to remove coats or a snowsuit.
For very cold weather there is the JJ Cole Polar BundleMe winter stroller cover. If you compare the two winter stroller bundle bags, the Urban Bundle Me is like wearing a coat and the Polar Bundle Me is like wearing a snowsuit.
Le Sac Igloo Winter Stroller Cover for Babies and Toddlers
Another great option is 7A.M. Enfant’s ‘Le Sac Igloo’, a winter bundle bag that can be easily installed on your car seat or stroller. There are holes in the back to accommodate a five-point harness.
The thermal bag has a cotton-lined waterproof outer shell that is also wind resistant and a removable fleece inner layer for extra warmth. Because the fleece lining is removable, the bundle bag is adaptable to the changing seasons. When Spring comes around, simply remove the inner layer and keep on using the weatherproof exterior.
The ‘Le Sac Igloo’ is very versatile because the top of the bundle bag can be removed and used as a warm stroller blanket or you can use the inner fleece layer as a light blanket. The hood of the stroller cover comes with a faux fur trim that you can remove if your baby doesn’t like fuzzy things next to their face.
The winter stroller bag can be wiped clean and the whole thing can be washed in the machine.
The bundle bag is available in three sizes: small (for newborn babies up to six months), medium (for infants 6 – 18 months) and large (for toddlers 18 months to 3T). Available in four colors: Black, Kiwi, Cafe and Pink.
Winter Stroller Weather Shield
If you’d rather opt for a full stroller cover than just a bundle bag, then the Manito Elegance Plus cover is a great option worth considering. This cover can be adapted for use with small, medium and large strollers (even joggers) provided that the canopy is between fifteen and nineteen inches. The materials used to create this cover are non-toxic and eco-friendly.
One of the great things about this cover is that is can be used year round to protect your child from the sun, wind, rain and snow. The cover wraps around the stroller footrest so that head-to-toe weather protection is achieved. The front boasts a large clear window that won’t cause distorted vision and there is a sun canopy that can be pulled down on sunny days. The sides have small ventilation holes to help with air circulation.
One of the best things is that you don’t have to remove the cover to take your child in and out of the stroller. You just need to unzip the front panel. If you’re shopping then you can unzip and flip up the front to help prevent your child from overheating while in the store.
The Manito Elegance Plus Stroller cover can be folded up and placed into the included pouch for easy transport. There are also two additional pockets that can be installed at the rear of the cover if you need extra storage room. The entire cover can be wiped clean and on some models you can even fold up the stroller without removing the cover.
Available in six colors to coordinate with your stroller: Black, Blue, Grey, Green, Pink or Red.
Updated: November 20, 2016
Featured Image: Winter Stroller Bags by surlygirl, used under CC 2.0.