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9 ways to make baby strollers better

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Strollers are so expensive these days. As an example, the UPPAbaby Vista starts around $1,199 and the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Classic+ Collection Complete starts at $1,349.

With these prices, I would expect top of the line safety and lots of amazing features. I think they cover off the safety well (remember the building falling on a stroller with a baby, and the baby being unharmed??), but when it comes to forward thinking features, these strollers stink.

I am very new to using a stroller, but I have already identified 9 ways to improve the stroller functionality, and while there are plenty of hacks, I don’t want a stroller that looks like a souped up car (especially if dropping over $1000).

Here is a list of 9 items that I thought should be included in the specs of the stroller:

  1. Build in a hook. The under storage can be great,  but there are times you want easy to access bags, and a multi-purpose hook built in would be beneficial. One hack that people use is the “Mommy Hook“, which costs just under $10 – I am sure you can get a no-name brand for pennies.
    The Mommy Hook
  2. Have a cup holder that doesn’t spill drinks all over the place. Ugh. We bought the add on to the UPPAbaby, and it is garbage – and costs a whopping $30. Putting a drink in there is the equivalent to just spilling the drink all over the floor.
    This drink is going to spin upside down, and end up on the floor
  3. Have optional “winter tires” for bad weather. There is a hack circulating the internet that you can use zip-ties, but dangnabbit, no chance that will create a comfortable ride for the precious passenger.
    Zip Ties on Stroller Tires
  4. Reflectors on the rims. Take a second, and think about when you cross the street with your stroller – your stroller hits the road before you do. Don’t you want to keep your baby safe from cars??? So, why the heck isn’t there reflectors all over the stroller? This should be standard.
    Reflectors on tires

    (Update: after posting this, UPPAbaby contacted me, and told that they just started selling reflectors. You can check them out here. But, I still think that with their price-tag, these should be included.

  5. Blanket Clip. Every time we take Haddie for a walk in the cold, we drape a blanket over the stroller to keep in some warmth, and keep out the wind. But, the wind always wins and blows the blanket off the stroller. Why isn’t there a clip for the blanket to stay secured??
  6. Built in GPS locator. As mentioned, strollers cost a fortune these days, but people just leave them outside their houses. You wouldn’t leave an unlocked bike in front of your house, so why are you leaving a stroller??? Actually, I don’t care why you do this, but shouldn’t the stroller manufacturers have a built in GPS tracking system, along with proof of ownership? Yes.
    The TrackR Bravo
  7. Light over the bucket. Isn’t it nice to check on your baby while you are driving, or walking? But, without a light, it is a pain in the butt. Sure, you could use the light on your phone, but that doesn’t work when driving, and that light is so bright. If a light can work on a BBQ for lobster, it can work for a stroller in the same way. So, lets get a built in nice and warm light installed.
    Give me light!!
  8. Light in front of stroller. While talking about lights, lets also get some lights installed on the front of the stroller, so people can see you better.
    Integrated Lights
  9. Built for a world of escalators. Is it unsafe to take a baby on an escalator?? I’ve heard that there are ways, but surely these strollers can be built to handle it.

Have any other hacks or features you’d like to see? Share them in the comments.

4 Responses

  1. Andrew Sicari
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    “Oversized” tires, with shock suspension system with independently folding axles for the tall daddies of the world that have that “slightly longer stride”. – – I have to walk like a much smaller person otherwise I constantly kick my daughter’s stroller’s rear axle.

    • iSlutsky
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      Which brand/type of stroller are you currently rocking?

  2. Raquel
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    Excellent tips. Particularly concerning reflectors on the strollers. I always have to wait for a few people to hit the road before I push my stroller forward (which can result in heavy anxiety when I’m alone at a crossing). It would be nice to know that my little one is visible even as we cross the road. An additional feature I would advocate for is a light at the front of the stroller. Sometimes dark comes in on an unlit stretch and it can be pretty unnerving to attempt to navigate the stroller while barely seeing the path ahead.

    • iSlutsky
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      I agree with all the above. I love the idea of the lights and the reflectors.

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