You know what’s kinda funny? Everyone seems to call them “jogging” strollers, but so many runners get offended when you refer to them as “joggers.” Hmmm, just a little food for thought. Did someone say “food???”
I am by no means an expert on this topic, but since Ethan has become my little running buddy, I thought I’d share the wisdom I have acquired over the past few months. We’ve done two races, and my longest run with him has been 5 miles. I don’t want to keep him there longer than an hour, but that’s obviously a mommy decision – to each her own.
I went with the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller, in Tangerine (aka: Clemson Orange). I also bought the matching infant car seat that clicks into this stroller so that wee little babies can ride in it.
Is it the fanciest/nicest/”best” out there? No. But it was best for me. I planned on casually jogging with my baby but didn’t plan on running any competitive races. I was also on a budget. The BOB I wanted was $460 MSRP, and the Graco was $160.
I’m still happy with Graco. It has the necessities:
- inflatable rubber tires
- the aforementioned car seat adapter
- locking or unlocking front wheel (I lock for jogging, but I wanted to be able to unlock since this is my primary/multi-purpose stroller, not just running.)
- suspension (It’s the cheapest stroller I found with suspension, but I may be mistaken since I got this information from a third-party site)
The downside? It’s heavy. This is the heaviest stroller I was comparing, but if a smoother ride for my baby means a harder workout for me, I say bring it on!
When can I start?
Most resources state that you should not jog with baby until he or she is 6 months of age because the bumpy ride can cause lasting neck and/or spinal injuries. Many sources also state that if you have a car seat adapter you can jog earlier, about 4 months, because the infant car seat has a more secure harness and keeps baby snug.
I ran with E in the car seat adapter for the first time around 5.5 months, but we avoided bumpy areas (ie: cracked sidewalks). We completed a 4-mile race which was on hilly but very smooth pavement on just our second run.
Tips n’ Wisdom
- Lock the front wheel when running.
- Always run with the safety strap around your wrist.
- Try to avoid bumpy terrain and routes near cars.
- Keep baby comfy! If it’s too hot, cold, windy, sunny- go find yourself a treadmill.
- Protect baby from the elements. (ie: pack sunscreen or bundle him/her when chilly)
- Don’t expect to run your normal pace.
- Push lightly, usually with one arm when possible to maintain your best form.
- Don’t lean over the stroller; poor form can lead to injury.