Stroller blanket smackdown: The best of the cold weather best

Not sure how everyone else is feeling about their winter so far, but in my neck of the woods, the weather gods have not been kind. We’ve had snow, sleet, frigid temps…we’re only missing hail storms.

Ever since the first below 40 degree day hit, I’ve been hot on the hunt for the perfect, all-weather stroller blanket. Not such an easy task. Here’s what I’ve found so far to be the best of the best.

7AM Enfant Blanket 212 Evolution
Besides the fact that 7AM wins in the style department, their newest offering–the 212 Evolution (at top)–is also the most functional blanket I’ve found. Before you balk at the $199 price tag, note that this bunting is made for birth through 4 years old. It’s equipped with nifty zippered extensions that allow the blanket to grow with your child. The weatherproof outside, which includes a hood and zips all the way up to the chin, gives way to a warm and snuggly fiber-insulated inside.

What I also love about this one is that I can just zipper my little guy in without having to go through the whole rigmarole of strapping him in over layers of sweater and puffy coat. The cool metallic colors are made for urban babies. The only downside is I have to remove the blanket from the stroller in order to fold it. Which, truth be told, only takes about 40 seconds.

maclaren foot muff

Maclaren Universal Foot Muff
The Maclaren foot muff gets my vote for best on-the-go stroller blanket. Its fleece lining, while definitely warm, is significantly more lightweight than others on the market. It also doesn’t leave my son in a schvitz on the subway. Another plus: I can close the stroller without removing the blanket.

Since the Foot Muff only covers the lower part of the body, this would not be the one I reach for on those extra-freezing days, but that said, this one will be my first choice when the weather (finally!) starts to warm up. Also important to note is that the Foot Muff is tailor-made for Maclarens–which is great if you have a Maclaren.

JJ Cole Arctic Bundle Me stroller blanket

JJ Cole Arctic Bundle Me
Liz previously reviewed this heavyweight stroller blanket from JJ Cole, and you still can’t beat the price and get this kind of protection.

If you’re not experiencing Arctic conditions, grab yourself the shearling-lined original BundleMe starting at just $39.95 in so many cute colors. You’ll know instantly why it’s a registry favorite of moms everywhere. -Melissa

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Melissa

Melissa Schweiger is a seasoned author, journalist, blogger and proud mom of two troublemaking boys.

7 Comments

  • Reply January 26, 2011

    Globe trottin' mama

    when it hits 40 degrees here again, you might just catch me and my kid walking around without a stroller blanket and in shorts and t-shirt :p .

    i live in a place where high temps don’t always make it above zero. we’re 7 AM types all the way. last year i landed on sale at amazon.com where they were going for $50! i bought a bunch for friends and gifted them away. everyone loves me now :p .

  • Reply January 26, 2011

    katie

    I have the JJ Cole URBAN Bundle Me. I LOVE it. I have it for the car seat and the stroller. I didn’t like how the regular bundle kind of pilled up when it was washed….so this one is perfect. Plus, it’s stylish looking in the graphite. I’m jealous of my son….I want to crawl up in it when it’s cold out side. :)

    http://www.amazon.com/JJ-Cole-Urban-Toddler-Bundle/dp/B000G7YO7M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1296074081&sr=8-2

  • Reply January 26, 2011

    ste

    Have you ever reviewed the Warm as a Lamb stroller cover? I bought it last year and it was amazing. Haven’t been able to use it much this year because stupid people don’t shovel their sidewalks and I can’t get the stroller through.

  • Reply January 26, 2011

    Shellie Ross

    LilleBaby EuroTote is my fav by far.

    http://www.scichild.com/Shop/brand-lillebaby/lillebaby-EuroTote_2

    It covers cold and warm weather
    can be a carrier
    a stroller cover
    a portable bed when out
    a changing station pad

    it looks great, everyone who sees it wants one, and is so easy to use.

  • Reply January 26, 2011

    Jenny

    I absolutely LOVE our 7am Enfant Sac. My little girl will be two in May and this is the second winter we’ve gotten out of the medium size. It’s so stylish and cozy – like a duvet for the stroller and I love the fur trim on the hood.

    I’ll definitely be buying the next size for next year. Winters in Ottawa are COLD!

  • Reply January 29, 2011

    Nava

    Unless you cut the back out so it doesn’t interfere with the straps, BundleMes (and the like) are absolutely NOT for car seats!! They void the manufacturer’s warranty among other things and leave the straps loose; which could mean the difference between death/serious injury or walking away unhurt from a crash. Here’s a great article (with pics) on how a BundeMe really is a hazard when used in a car seat and how to remedy it (scroll down a few comments to see the picture with the back cut out): http://community.babycenter.com/post/a5724415/my_bundle_me_experiment_with_photos

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    Reply January 30, 2011

    Cool Mom Picks

    Thanks Nava. We’ve seen that post and it’s very compelling -thanks for sharing. (Although we’re always less concerned with warranty voiding, which is a legal maneuver, not a safety one.) Because so many moms use their infant carrier as a stroller bassinet with a snap n go or similar stroller base however, we’re happy to recommend the BundleMe products as great, affordable stroller blankets, as we did here.

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