The shades on the carseat do not block the sun during the middle of the day. The twins shut their eyes tights and toss their heads back and forth trying to hide from the brightly glaring California sun.
A receiving blanket draped over the edge of the shade doesn't stay put. When the wind picks up, as it usually does here, the blanket flies right off and the shade is likely to collapse.
Clip on umbrella courtesy Google images
I have even tried this contraption where the umbrella clamps on to the side of the stroller. It broke barely into the second use.
I thought maybe a large receiving blanket would be big enough to cover the two carseats. It wasn't.
Then a stroke of genius came to me while folding laundry one afternoon (as I like to do about once a month when I've exhausted every single piece of clothing we own including the maternity pants that haven't made their way out of my closet and my children have been seen wearing Christmas sweaters in February! in California!).
Crib-size sheets. We have two toddler beds, a playpen, and a crib currently in use in our home. These crib-size sheets don't work perfectly for the playpen requiring some extra tucking around the edges. But since we have a need for them, I pick them up whenever I see them on sale or at a thrift store. I've even made a few for the playpen. But the crib-size sheets, well, they are the PERFECT size for the double stroller. Crib-size sheets work for me to block out the sun and protect my babies!
The first time I took it out I was a little nervous. I knew in my head what their thoughts were going to be:
There's that crazy lady with all the little kids hanging on her stroller. What on earth? A sheet? How tacky. How sad to be her.
Boy was I wrong! Instead:
Is that a crib sheet? You should market that! You could be rich. Wow, that sure beats buying those expensive covers! They probably don't even make a cover for a double stroller. You're one smart Mama!
*Nikki returns home patting herself on the back and indulging in a little afternoon blog-reading. Not quite famous and still semi-crunchy, she continues to live her life, undiscovered.*
This post is linked at Tuesday Tips, Tuesday's Tip Jar, and WFMW.