Jogging with Baby
I’m not sure about you, but the turn in the weather just makes me want to get OUT! And for those of you with little ones at home, the cooler temps probably have you wanting to pull out the jogging stroller, too.
Here are some tips for jogging with baby:
- The general recommendation is to wait until your baby is 6-8 months old before running with him/her in the jogger. By this age they have stronger neck muscles to handle the bumpy ride.
- Make sure you have a jogger that is matched to your activity. Strollers that are designed for running have unique features that you will appreciate: good suspension (to reduce bouncing), non-swiveling front tire (best for running, swivel is ok for power walking), tether strap (for safety on steep inclines), lightweight frame for easier maneuverability, five point harness, etc.
- Practice with the stroller before heading out for a long run. It will take some getting used to!
- Be aware of your route, and make sure your stroller is appropriate for the terrain (wheel size, suspension, etc). Make sure you will have wide enough passage for the stroller, the area is free of obstacles, and do not run with the jogger in the dark.
- Never take your hands off of the stroller while running. The wrist strap is a safety device, it is not intended to be your sole contact with the stroller.
- Be courteous to other runners, walkers & cyclists. Give them plenty of room when passing or move over to allow them to get around you if necessary.
- Don’t forget the sun! Be sure to cover your baby from sun exposure and use recommended sunscreen for small children.
BOB strollers are one of the more popular brands of joggers for a good reason. They offer a variety of features and a good price. Check out this fact sheet for more information!
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