Most strollers come equipped with a rain shade. What a great concept! When it is pouring rain outside and you have to travel with your child in the stroller…we strap on the rain shade so our kids are in a cocoon & kept nice and dry while we brave it in the driving rain. I have a vivid memory from the summer of strolling the loop in Central Park with another dad. The sky appeared dark & gloomy, but we plowed along hoping it would blow over. Dead wrong!
The sky opened up with an intense thunder storm. When I finally made it home (water logged shoes squishing with each step & the shirt on my back plastered to my body), I peeled away the stroller rain shade only to find that my son was completely dry!
Pictured above, is my content son under the rain shade of his stroller. I know it is not raining. Consequently, most parents have discovered another resourceful way to use their stroller’s rain shade. It can be used as a wind chill and cold protector. We needed to go to a playdate while NYC’s temperatures were hovering in the teens yesterday. Strolling on the streets in the middle of the day, about 50% of the strollers I observed, also had the children covered under the protective rain shade. If your child refuses to wear gloves or mittens, this is a great option for you to still get out of the house in the freezing cold.
I have seen families using their rain shade as a tarp for a picnic in the park during the fall. I wonder if there are dozens of other ways to maximize the usage of your rain shade?