Momfluencer Brianne Manz Swears By These Essentials for Busy Parents

I live in New York City with my husband, our three children, and our puppy Cooper. My blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion, and all things mommy. Over the years, the blog that was initially intended for friends and family, evolved to what it is today. As our family grew so did our fun-filled city experiences. As a family of 5 in NYC, we love soaking up everything our great city has to offer. From the newest broadway shows to the best new restaurants, raising a family in the city is such a blast! 

At the same time, raising a family in NYC can be a tricky endeavor. But it's a rewarding one!  I absolutely love that my children are growing up exposed to art, culture, diversity, and amazing cuisines. I know they will be better for it. That said, I do think there are certain essentials that help city life and mommyhood. Here they are. 



UPPAbaby Vista Stroller

If your children are younger, you need a great stroller! It’s worth the investment because in the city you’re going to use it every day and for longer periods of time. My personal current favorite is the Uppa Baby. The Cruz model is smaller and more compact for city life, but does not convert to a double the way that their Vista does. The Vista is larger and has a great basket for all your baby and toddler needs.

Honest Hand Sanitizer Spray

Using the subway and other public transportations comes with great convenience but also germs! Making sure your children are keeping their hands clean will keep your whole family stay safe. Honest makes a great gentle sanitizer. If your children are a bit older, getting the hand sanitizer with a fun playful holder will get them more excited to regularly use it.


As first-time parents, we have a tendency of overpacking the diaper bag, and by the third child, it’s just the bare essentials. Tote Savvy’s tote organizer is a great happy medium. Allowing you to pack everything your young child might need while keeping it to an organized minimum. A great addition for any busy city mom on the go.

Hunter Boots: Women's Original Tall Rain Boots

There’s nothing worse than getting caught in the rain in NYC with your kids in tow. Rain boots are so essential for those wet days to keep your whole family dry. Hunter is my go-to for rain gear. They have a style and color for all personalities! Go Outside Outdoor Blanket

Get outside, but don’t forget your picnic blanket! NYC has amazing parks perfect for a picnic. Kids love picnics and it’s a great relaxing activity for all families. This outdoor blanket is one of my personal favorites! So playful and easily folds up into a little bag.

Thermos Pink Funtainer 12 Ounce Bottle

Whether the kids are headed to school or on the go, we have to always keep them hydrated. Having a great quality thermos helps keep them cool and hydrated during those hot humid summer days!

Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Face Stick

We all know how important it is to apply daily SPF but how often do we take it with us on the go? This small and compact Sun Bum face stick is the perfect way to keep your kids protected from the summer rays! It also smells so good!!

Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. I live in New York City with my husband, our three children and our puppy Cooper. My blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things mommy.