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From splash pads to soft serve, there's nothing quite like summer in the city.

But #citymom life also comes with its own unique set of challenges. Whether it's finding a durable stroller to tackle those bumpy streets or figuring out how to keep your little one cool all day, city mamas need just the right kind of gear to get them through the day, especially in the summertime.

We've rounded up six must-haves for city mamas to make your long, sunny days just a little bit easier.

1. A cool, comfy sneaker

If there's one thing we know about urban mama life, it's that you're going to be doing a lot of walking, so a lightweight, comfy shoe is a must, especially for those warm summer days.

We could not be more obsessed with our Tree Runners. To say they are the most comfortable shoes we've ever owned would be an understatement—we really love them that much. Made from sustainably harvested eucalyptus pulp (really!), they're super soft while also remaining totally breathable. The merino wool insoles do a great job of wicking moisture away from your feet, and offer a soft yet supportive cushion. If you're looking for the perfect shoe for all of your urban summer adventures, look no further!

Allbirds Women's Tree Runners
$95.00, Allbirds

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2. A portable picnic blanket

There's nothing like finding a quiet spot to play + relax among your favorite urban oasis. But even though we love any and all green space we can find in our favorite city, we don't love having to sit in the grass 🤣

Enter this 5'x7' water-resistant picnic blanket—a city mom's go-to for everything from music classes in the park to a Friday night family picnic. It folds up quickly and easily, making it compact enough to store under your stroller all summer long for whatever the day may bring. It's also super easy to wipe clean, and can even be tossed in the washing machine for those extra messy moments.

JJ Cole Extra Large Outdoor Mat
$49.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

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3. A city-friendly ride

Summer in the city is filled with parks to wander, new places to explore, and adventures to be had—all with your little one in tow. And few things are more important to an urban mama than her stroller. It's her workhorse, her main mode of transport, her keeper of all the things. From groceries to diaper bags, over smooth sidewalks and bumpy ones, a stroller is at the heart of city #momlife.

Enter the Hub, the newest stroller from innovative Dutch brand Joolz. The Hub (which stands for Hello Urban Beauty—genius!) is what an urban mama's stroller dreams are made of. It has all the perks of a full-sized stroller (think a reversible six-position seat, four-wheel suspension, one-handed navigation + more) but in a more compact, city-friendly size. It's only 20 inches wide—narrow enough to fit through all those tiny doorways and cramped stairwells—yet can hold up to 45 pounds. It's plush, roomy, features chic leatherette details, and even fully reclines to accommodate newborns. It's the perfect summer ride for any city babe.

Joolz Hub
$679.00, Albee Baby

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4. A hands-free diaper bag

Getting your kiddo in and out of her stroller...drinking your morning coffee...grocery shopping (then hauling those bags up to your 3rd floor walk-up that sounded like a good idea before you had kids)—all the realities of city mom life. And all things that require two free hands.

This gorgeous vegan leather backpack is an urban mama's BFF. It's super roomy with a wide, zip-around opening, features plenty of pockets (including a magnetic-snap insulated bottle pouch perfect for those warm summer days), and best of all has two padded straps for a comfortable carry. And if you ever need to set it down? The metal feet and structured silhouette prevent it from tipping over and spilling your stuff all over your the busy street. Win!

Ju-Ju-Be Ever Collection Forever Faux Leather Diaper Backpack
$180.00, Nordstrom

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5. A stay-cool solution

Summer days in the city can get hot ☀️. It's important to keep your little one hydrated throughout the day, and an insulated stainless steel bottle is an easy way to make sure your babe's water stays cool all summer long.

The double wall vacuum insulation in this bottle means that if you fill your kiddo's water bottle with ice + water in the morning, they'll still be ice + water in it by the afternoon. It features an easy-to-drink (and clean) top, a silicone bottom to protect from dings, and a bottle that's just the right size for little hands.

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth 12 oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
$29.95, Amazon

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6. A space saver

Now that you're all stocked up for summer, you're going to need some help carrying everything!

This durable aluminum hook easily attaches to strollers, shopping bags, grocery bags and more to give you hands-free control. The foam grip prevents slipping, and the wide opening clips onto almost any stroller handle. We especially love it during summer for trips to the splash pad—it's perfect for hanging wet bathing suits or towels on your stroller handle so nothing else gets wet.

The Mommy Hook
$7.99, Target

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