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FRUGAL TIP: Ankle Weights as Stroller Counterbalance

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, February 28, 2023 | 0 comments
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I sure could have used this idea when my boys were babies! I had to quickly catch a falling stroller more than once!

Weigh down the front wheels of your stroller burdened with a jam-packed diaper bag hanging on the handles, by simply attaching ankle weights just above the wheels.

Of course, you could simply buy some Stroller Weights or even Ankle Weights, but that is not frugal.

If you can sew, and have an old pair of jeans you no longer wear, (or any other tightly woven cotton or woven nylon), you can cut out a couple of rectangles of fabric - 13 inches by 5 inches.

This one is a bit more work, so I will simply link to the sewing instructions.

Can't Sew?? No problem! You can make ankle weights out of an old pair of tube socks (sew closed any holes first!). Tie a knot about one-fourth of the way up a long tube sock. Pour beans, rice, or sand into the sock. Tie a second knot in the sock, about one-fourth the way down from the top of the sock.

Now your weight is secured in the center of your sock, and the ends of the sock are empty — so you can tie them around the front legs of your stroller. If it isn't long enough to tie it easily, attach stick-on hook-and-loop fastener strips, such as Velcro®, to the sock to fasten it.

Simply wrap them on the front legs of your stroller, and off you go!

Adjustable Ankle Weights
 • Athletic Works 5lb Pair Ankle and Wrist Weights (ad) - for Fitness, Exercise, Walking, jogging, core training, Cross Training, aerobics, gym and many other fitness workouts.

 • Stroller Safety Wrist Strap (ad) - This item is a safety wrist strap for baby stroller. It is made with polyester to keep it durable and comfortable in use. A nice aid for you to push stroller in slippery area.

 • Adjustable Ankle Weights (ad) - The Sportneer ankle weights come in pair, with 5 removable sand pockets for each pack ankle weights. Each pocket weights 0.6 lbs. One pack weights can be adjusted from 1.1 lbs to 3.5 lbs and One pair weighs from 2.2 lbs to 7 lbs by adding or removing the weights pockets.

 • Stroller/Pram Safety Wrist Strap (ad) - designed to ensure the safety of your baby and control of your stroller when your stroller out of your hand.

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up - and re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and Bella, the cat.

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