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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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Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

This article was sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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