If we're talking essential stroller accessories, a good stroller cover is probably at the top of my list to protect your stroller and kids from rain and cold. If you haven't noticed through your own trial and error, I'll go ahead and burst your bubble - not all stroller covers are created equally. The solid plastic ones are budget-friendly and can get the job done, but they have some major downfalls, the three most annoying being A) you have to pull back or remove the whole cover to get your kid in and out, and if it's covered in rain or snow this is a big nasty mess, B) in the winter, the plastic covers crack if you try to fold or roll them before they are totally thawed out, and C) the plastic is all wrinkly, providing a HORRIBLE view for your child!
BUT, I have some great news. There is a "universal" stroller cover I've recently come across that I am absolutely in love with. Say hello to my strollers' bestie, MANITO Stroller Shield!! Keep reading to learn more about these covers, and click the link at the bottom to enter to win one in my $500 value 11-product best stroller accessories giveaway!!
How a Manito stroller cover will change your life:
The design of Manito's stroller covers is brilliant - the main cover is made out of a wind-proof and water-resistant Oeko-tex 100 Certified fabric, and the windows are made of a hard flat plastic (providing a great clear view for the kids and protection from 99% of UV rays - actually made of poly-carbonate optical sheet that is widely used on many eye-wear products such as ski and laboratory goggles). The front panel zips open so you can quickly get your kids in and out, or stroll in "convertible mode" (as I call it; pictured above left) if the weather turns milder. They also have a built in nap time panel that flips over for extra shade (pictured above right and below #5). The cover extends over the back of the stroller, and there are several hooks that can be latched under the stroller so it won't be blown off in a gust of wind!
Above you'll see some pix I snapped of some of my favorite features of the Manito stroller covers, explained below:
We love love LOVE our Manito Elegance Twin & Single Stroller Shields, but nothing can be totally perfect. There are a couple of minor issues I have with it... The main thing I don't like is that it doesn't have a peekaboo window. My kids snack on the go, because it's one of the only ways they will be content and not screaming in the stroller. But, for me to be able to see them while pushing, I have to keep the canopies completely pulled back and then the cover's windows are resting on their heads. They don't mind, but I just wish there was a way they could incorporate a peekaboo window or another window panel on the top that would correspond with most strollers' peekaboo windows. Also, my strollers have HUGE canopies, but I can't fully extend them when the shield is on. The built in shade has decent coverage, and is as good as most strollers' canopies, but isn't nearly as good as the jumbo stroller canopies. But really, those are my only 2 issues, definitely not deal breakers, barely annoyances really!
I simply cannot recommend Manito's stroller covers highly enough. They're pricey, but you won't regret it. As a mom blogger, I get most products free to review, but I'll let you in on a little secret: I wanted this cover so badly for our double stroller that I bought it myself, NEW, RETAIL PRICE!! Like, what!?? When's the last time I have done that!?!? Anyway, worth every darn cent! Not only has it been a total life saver, it's also absolutely stunning, I love our big red beast LOL!!!
Manito has several stroller cover options to choose from. They have the Elegance and Castle lines, and you'll have to pick between Twin, Plus, Alpha, and Beta, depending on which type of stroller you have (click here to see the visual guide to figuring out which type you need). They also have a great assortment of colors to choose from!! Head on over to Manito's website to browse all of their goods, which include stroller covers, stroller seat liners, sun shades, stroller hand muffs, stroller organizers, baby carrier windbreakers and warmers, and baby shampoo caps!! You can also shop Manito goods on Amazon (affiliate link).
One lucky winner will receive a Manito Elegance Single Stroller Shield and 10 other fabulous stroller accessories in my $500 value giveaway running through March 15, 2017.
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge and was compensated for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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