Specially designed stroller blankets are more suitably sized and made from fabric that will keep your baby comfortable in the ever-changing conditions outside the home.
If you have ever tried to use a standard baby blanket while your child is in a stroller then you may have battled with excess fabric that you just can’t get to stay in place!
We recommend the far more practical stroller blanket solution, and in this article. we will help you understand exactly what a stroller blanket is and how it can help you in your parenting journey.
What Makes It A Baby Stroller Blanket
A stroller blanket is lighter and smaller than a traditional baby blanket which makes it very portable, and perfect for stroller use.
Some blankets are only 30 inches wide, which may sound small but it provides ample coverage for your baby to keep them warm in a stroller.
They are a low-cost accessory with a number of practical applications beyond keeping your baby warm, that will make your life easier as a parent.
Stroller Blanket Features
Here is a list of the most common materials used in manufacturing stroller blankets. Each will have a different feel but generally, all are soft to touch and made for comfort.
- Polyester – Soft and comfortable but not as breathable.
- Bamboo – Light, breathable, and environmentally friendly.
- Cotton – Breathable and good for sensitive skin
- Acrylic yarn – Light and breathable.
- Blended fabric – Performance will vary depending on the blend.
Most manufacturers will claim to be hypoallergenic but we all know that babies will react differently to various types of fabric. So it is always worth knowing what your stroller blanket is made of.
Pro tip: Check for the UV rating of your blanket if you plan to spend lots of time in the sun. For example, there is a stroller blanket made from a blend of cotton, bamboo, and elastane rated UPF50+ that will block 98% of the UV rays.
There will be variations between each design but the most common size range is as follows:
- Small: 30″ x 40″
- Medium: 47″ x 47″
- Large: 40″ 60″
- Twin: 60″ x 80″
The largest size is very useful for side-by-side double strollers when you are moving multiple kids.
Types of Stroller Blankets
Most lightweight stroller blankets are made from the natural materials bamboo, and cotton, and are much more suitable for everyday use in mild temperatures.
It is easy to tuck your little one into a cozy position while maintaining a comfortable temperature in the stroller due to the breathable fabric.
A heavier blanket is great for winter and will usually be made from polyester material with a plush or fleece layer for extra warmth.
You will also find some made from thicker cotton or acrylic material.
These are usually larger in size and less portable than the lightweight designs. However, if your stroller has a large storage area then it is easy to toss them in the basket when not in use instead of a diaper bag.
When Should I Use a Stroller Blanket
You should always have your stroller blanket ready for use in case the weather turns when you are out and about.
I keep my stroller blanket in the storage basket at all times so that it is always ready. If you use it in the car seat more often then you can easily leave it in the trunk or in the baby seat without it getting in the way.
Considering how messy babies can be I would even carry a spare in the car at all times!
It is also just a handy item to have that can be useful for the following tasks:
- Picnic blanket
- Nursing cover
- Car seat cover
You can pick up most stroller blankets for a modest $20-$40 price tag depending on the quality and type of material used in its manufacture… and they are worth every penny!
If you are living in a colder climate then the heavyweight materials might be better suited to your needs.
The lighter natural fabrics are great for your typical everyday routine going in and out of air-conditioned buildings (like shopping malls), traveling in your car, or outdoor trips in mild conditions.