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Find hundreds of jogging strollers like the BOB IronMan at joggingstroller.com
If you're expecting a baby, or planning on one, you are already anticipating all the
major changes your life will go through. If you have a passion for fitness, you may be wondering how
you're going to fit in any sort of exercise program when your priority is going to be rearing the
new little one. A lot of times it may be tough, but owning a jogging stroller can make it just a bit
easier, since you're taking the baby along with you on your run or walk. Jogging strollers first saw
the light of day in 1983, and they've become extremely popular (did you know that a good jogging
stroller is actually more sturdy than a regular stroller?). There are now jogging strollers for all
kinds of exercise levels and family sizes: jogging strollers for one, two or three passengers; for
runners and for walkers; for city sidewalks and trail running. You can even get jogging strollers
that double as bike trailers
. In any case, here are a few tips to help you choose the jogging
stroller that's right for you:
- You get what you pay for. A good jogging stroller is not cheap. You want something sturdy
and that is made from quality materials — this is about your baby, after all. You don't have to get
the most expensive, top-of-the-line stroller, but don't hunt too hard for bargains, either.
- Choose alloy over steel. You will be using your jogging stroller outside, and steel rusts. Plus
steel is heavier than alloy, making it harder to pack up and carry. Alloy is rust resistant and
lightweight. This is a no-brainer.
- Get the jogging stroller that suits your activity. If you're just going to be taking casual
walks around your well-paved neighborhood, you don't need 20" wheels, shock absorbers and other
details a runner would need. On the other hand, if you're going to take your baby on trail runs, you
certainly don't want the instability of a swiveling front wheel. Here are the basic rules:
- Serious runners will want 20"+ wheels and a fixed front wheel. In addition, trail runners
will want adjustable suspension or shock absorbers. (Shock absorbers may also be a good idea for
parents who live in an older neighborhood with lots of bumpy sidewalks.)
- Parents who sometimes jog, sometimes run and sometimes walk will be happiest with a 16" wheel
size and a fixed front wheel. This type of jogging stroller will work the best for most people.
- If you're not planning to do more than walk, go for a 12" wheel, and a swiveling front wheel
will give you more maneuverability (something to keep in mind if you plan on using it while you're
shopping). As mentioned before, however, if the neighborhood consists of a lot of old sidewalks and
high curbs, walkers may still want to consider a bigger wheel, since it will be less jarring on the
Keep the height of the handlebars in mind — there are some models of jogging strollers that a
shorter person will feel more comfortable using, and others that are better suited for taller people.
(If one parent is tall and the other short, you'll just have to compromise.)
Other important features include a deep seat, good seatbelt, a locking break, and a wrist strap
to prevent the stroller from running away. And there are other things to consider. How much storage
area do you need (in other words, what else will the stroller be carrying besides junior)? Does the
jogging stroller fold away easily? (Keep in mind that with bigger wheels you will have to sacrifice
some on the foldability factor — those 20" wheels just can't get any smaller!)
Once you've got your jogging stroller, there are some common sense guidelines to keep in mind:
- Go for a trial run or two with the jogger but without the baby. That way you can practice
getting used to handling the jogging stroller safely.
- When you're putting the baby into the stroller, or taking him out, make sure the parking break
- Wait until your baby has enough neck strength to hold her head up before taking her out. The
general recommendation is to wait until your child is six months old before taking her out with the
jogging stroller. If you want to start earlier, check with your pediatrician and get a jogging
stroller with reclined seat.
- If you're planning on trail running, or running on bumpy surfaces, wait until your kid is at
least a year old before doing so.
- Keep your baby's comfort in mind. You may be working up a sweat, but she's just sitting there
with the wind blowing on her. So dress your child warmly and bring a light blanket if more cover is
needed. If, on the other hand, it's a warm, sunny day, put a hat or bonnet on your kid, and use
- Always, always use the full harness. Keep that baby firmly strapped in! You also might consider
getting a bike helmet for junior to be extra safe.
- Consider scheduling your runs for just before naptime. The rhythm of your running may lull the
baby to sleep, and you can run in relative peace.
- Never let go of the stroller. It can get away from you in a heartbeat! And don't use a jogging
stroller while wearing inline skates.
- Use caution always. Keep an eye out for goings on around you. Wear colorful clothes (your baby
too) so you are easily seen by traffic. If you are running near dusk, put reflective material on
yourself, the baby and the jogging stroller.
JoggingStroller.com has a nifty tool to help you choose the jogging stroller that's best for you.
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