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18 Summer Stroller Accessories You Don't Know You Need

The warmer months call for parents to spend more time outdoors, pushing their strollers.

Whether you’re strolling the sidewalks, running the trails, or exploring new vacation spots, there are plenty of stroller accessories designed specifically for summer heat and summer travels.

Here are some stroller accessories that you might not know you need this summer:

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  • Protect-a-Bub Classic Sunshade 1 of 18
    Protect-a-Bub Classic Sunshade
    If your stroller could use some extra coverage, this universal sunshade (fits all strollers and joggers!) is rated UPF 50+. It's made from a breathable fabric, it provides much more sun coverage than most stroller umbrellas, and it even folds down with the stroller. (Available for singles and doubles.)
    Buy from Protect-a-Bub, $44.99
  • Stroller Sunshades 2 of 18
    Stroller Sunshades
    Many stroller companies also make their own version of a sunshade, most providing SPF protection — such as Bugaboo ($39.95 - $79.95), Joovy ($29.95), BOB ($69 - $75), and Maclaren ($45). While most stroller sunshades are designed specifically for their models, the Maclaren canopy fits on most umbrella strollers.
  • Stroller Parasole 3 of 18
    Stroller Parasole
    Another option besides a sunshade is the parasol, such as this one from Bugaboo ($39.95). If you don't have a Bugaboo, Mamas & Papas makes a universal parasol as well ($49.99). Both clamp down on the stroller and pivot to provide shade wherever you need it.
  • Snack Trays 4 of 18
    Snack Trays
    If you don't already have a snack tray, now would be the time to pick one up — what with all the eating-on-the-go. There are two new snack trays on the market: Bugaboo ($39.95) and UPPAbaby ($34.99). Although UPPAbaby has a snack tray right now (shown), they're coming out with a universal snack tray in mid-July.

    And for UPPAbaby CRUZ users, they're coming out with a travel bag and bumper bar in mid-May, followed by a CRUZ piggybank ride-along board in August.
  • Stroller Liners 5 of 18
    Stroller Liners
    Many stroller brands offer stroller liners — and I especially love the variety of reversible, machine-washable liners from Maclaren (which fit any
    umbrella-type stroller).
    Find out how you can win a new stroller liner, along with more stroller accessories!
  • BuggyLove 6 of 18
    BuggyLove
    If your stroller is looking a little icky from the slush of winter, spruce it up with this organic stroller cleaning kit.
    Buy from BuggyLove, $9.99 - $49.99
  • Universal Stroller Organizer 7 of 18
    Universal Stroller Organizer
    If you're switching over to a lighter umbrella stroller for your summer travels (whether it's a Maclaren or not), you might need some extra storage space — which is where a universal stroller organizer, like this one from Maclaren, is invaluable.
    Find out how you can win this stroller organizer, along with more stroller accessories!
  • Insulated Organizer 8 of 18
    Insulated Organizer
    Britax recently introduced their own version of a universal stroller organizer — and it includes two insulated cup holders! The center compartment is the perfect size to stash your keys and cell, along with some snacks and diapers.
    Buy from Britax, $29.99
  • Basic Organizer 9 of 18
    Basic Organizer
    If you just need a little extra space for your keys and some drinks, this basic organizer from Sunshine Kids should do the trick.
    Buy from Amazon, $13.99
  • Cup Holder 10 of 18
    Cup Holder
    With summer comes cool summer drinks. If you don't already have a cup holder (or if you need another), this soft pouch from Think King is big enough to hold a 32 oz. bottle or fountain cup — plus it folds flat with your stroller when time to pack-up. (It also fits on bicycles, wheelchairs, and even bed frames.)
    Buy from Think King, $14.99
  • Stokke Xplory Summer Kit 11 of 18
    Stokke Xplory Summer Kit
    If you already own a Stokke Xplory, you might want to upgrade to their Summer Kit — complete with SPF 50 fabrics, a terry cloth liner (to absorb sweat and help ventilate), rear and side ventilation, a parasol, and a sun-shielding sunsail.
    Buy from BabyEarth, $199.95
  • Stokke PramPack Stroller 12 of 18
    Stokke PramPack Stroller
    Summer traveler? This smartly designed, airline-approved stroller protector will keep your stroller safe and sound on your flight. And it fits pretty much any stroller!
    Buy from Amazon, $194.88
  • Dreambaby Stroller Fan 13 of 18
    Dreambaby Stroller Fan
    Is this a must-have? Nope. But it's kinda cool.
    Buy from Amazon, $13.95
  • Munchkin Stroller Netting 14 of 18
    Munchkin Stroller Netting
    Depending on where you live, this UV-protecting, bug-banning netting just might be your baby's saving grace this summer.
    Buy from Diapers.com, $5.99
  • Maclaren’s Insulated Pannier 15 of 18
    Maclaren's Insulated Pannier
    Maclaren's Insulated Pannier ($35) fits right on the side of any umbrella stroller (specifically designed for Maclaren, of course), and it has enough space for bottles and snacks. This frees up precious space in the undercarriage basket and/or universal organizer pouches.
    Find out how you can win this snack insulator, along with more stroller accessories!
  • Snooze Shade 16 of 18
    Snooze Shade
    This one-size-fits-all "snooze shade" is designed as a breathable, ventilated black-out curtain so your baby can take a nice, long nap in a dark, cozy environment — even when the sun is beating down. It also acts as a UPF 50+ sun protector. (Available for both singles and doubles.)
    Buy from SnoozeShade, $34.99
  • Universal Rain Shield 17 of 18
    Universal Rain Shield
    A rain shield is definitely a must-have stroller accessory, especially in the summer. Many strollers come with their own rain shields, but not all — which is where this universal rain shield comes in handy. Designed to fit any stroller with an overhead canopy, it protects babies from the rain and wind. (Available for both singles and doubles.)
    Buy from Protect-a-Bub, $34.99
  • 4-Season Weather Shield 18 of 18
    4-Season Weather Shield
    ... Or you could opt for this all-purpose shield that protects from the sun, wind, rain, and bugs — all in one! And like other Protect-a-Bub products, it has a universal fit for both singles and doubles.
    Buy from Protect-a-Bub, $54.99

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