A 4-Week Plan for Getting Started With a Jogging Stroller:
The most common question I get asked is “How do I start using my new jogging stroller?”
or “I want to buy one but it’s too expensive.” Well, here is your answer!
Jogger’s Guide to the Best Baby Running Gear:
You may have heard that there are many different types of joggers out there. You may even have tried some of them. However, if you really wanted to make sure that you will not regret buying any of these products, then I suggest that you read through this guide before making your final decision.
What is a Jogging Stroller?
A jogging stroller is basically a car seat that you can use while jogging. They come in various sizes and styles. Some of the popular brands include ErgoBounce, GoGoBaby, BabyGO, and Smart Start. These strollers are designed specifically for babies so they provide the best possible support when used in this way. There are other models available which are meant for older children or adults to use while running.
Why Should You Buy a Jogging Stroller?
There are many good reasons why you should buy a jogging stroller. One of the big reasons is that it will allow you to get outside and exercise while spending quality time with your child at the same time. Since most children learn through play, taking them out for a jog while they are in their stroller is a great idea.
They can also give you some time to bond with them if you feel like you are always rushing from one place to another. You can also meet up with other parents that enjoy jogging and strolling as well, which can help you to build a social circle outside of the home as well.
When Should You Introduce Your Child to a Jogging Stroller?
There is no specific rule that you have to follow in this situation. Some parents start using jogging strollers when their child is a few months old, while others wait until their child is a toddler. The final decision is really up to you on this one, but it is important that you know the risks of each option and decide from there. Let’s take a look at both of these options so that you can come to a logical conclusion on the matter.
If you decide to start your baby out in a stroller as a newborn, then the main reason would probably be due to them being so fragile at this time. It is known that babies love to take naps while being pushed in a stroller and seeing the world go by. This is great for parents who have to go places but do not have a lot of free time to get there.
You also will not need to worry about them getting tired and cranky before or during your jog, which means that you do not need to worry about them while you are out either. The main downside is that they may not be able to hold their heads up very well yet, so keeping them in the stroller may make it harder on them. You will also need to buy a special infant carrier for this as car seats are too big for jogging strollers.
If you decide to wait until your child is older, then you will have a toddler that can do a lot more. They can already hold their head up and they most likely take multiple daily naps. This means that you can take them out for a jog and not have to worry about them getting cranky or tired during the experience. Also, they will be able to enjoy the sights a lot more since they will be able to see over the walls of the stroller.
The main downside is that if they still take daily naps they will be getting up at least an hour earlier than usual, unless you time your run just right. There is also the issue of them possibly getting tired during the run and getting cranky if they do not have a nap before hand. They will also not be able to enjoy the views as much since they cannot see over the walls of the stroller.
The Different Types of Jogging Strollers
Just like normal strollers, there are a wide variety of jogging strollers to choose from. It is important to know what each one is before you buy one so that you can get exactly what you want. The good news is that they all seem to serve the same purpose and have very similar features, so you should not have any trouble finding one that fits your individual wants and needs.
The Frame: The stroller frames themselves come in a variety of materials. The most common ones are either going to be plastic, aluminum, or steel. As you might expect, the more durable and heavy duty frames are typically made out of steel, but they also tend to be the heaviest. Aluminum is going to be lighter than the other two options, but it is not quite as strong so it might not be able to handle as many wear and tear situations.
Finally, the stroller frames that are made out of plastic will be the lightest and least durable. A lot of parents seem to like this option since they say it feels the easiest to push around for extended periods of time.
The Seats: Naturally, all of these strollers have seats in them for your little ones. The difference between the seats will be a combination of material and size. You will see some strollers with padded seats while others have plastic ones. The padded seats are obviously going to be a little bit more comfortable, but they can get hot in the sun and they might not dry as quickly if your child spills a liquid on them.
The plastic seats are not quite as comfortable, but they can help prevent a child from getting burned if they are sitting directly in the sun. The size of the seat will also differ from one model to the next. Obviously if you have a smaller child, you are going to want to get a stroller with a seat that is sized for them. This is especially important for younger babies since they cannot sit up on their own yet and might get frustrated if they are sitting in a big seat.
The Canopy: One of the most important parts of any stroller is going to be the canopy. Not only does this provide shade from the sun, but it also protects your little one from rain and potentially harmful UV Rays. The best canopies will extend out quite far and will also provide a good amount of coverage as well. In addition, you will want to make sure that the cover is made out of a breathable material so that your child does not get too hot.
The Storage: Almost all jogging strollers have some sort of storage compartment on them. This is important since you will want to keep your valuables with you rather than leaving them in the stroller. These storage compartments are usually fairly large, but some are larger than others. Obviously, you are going to want to look for one with a lot of space, especially if you like to go on long walks or runs.
The Extras: Most jogging strollers have a few special features that set them apart from regular strollers. The first is a tray that you can attach to the handlebars in front of you. These trays usually have a cup holder on them so you can bring your water or other beverage with you while you are out and about. Next, you will see some strollers that have speakers on the front.
These can be handy if you want to listen to music while pushing your child around. Finally, there are a few jogging strollers that come with their own parent tray. This tray has spots for your cell phone, water bottle, keys and other smaller items you might need while out and about.
Is It Hard To Put Together?
Most of the jogging strollers are going to be fairly easy to put together. Of course, some are going to be easier than others, but as a general rule all you need is an Allen key and you should be able to get through the process without too many problems. The harder part is really going to be packing it up once you are done. This is mostly due to the size and weight of these strollers.
How Heavy Are These Thing?
They can get pretty heavy, especially the more feature-rich ones. Also, some are heavier than others because of what materials were used to make them. The really nice ones will weigh around 30 pounds, while the less impressive ones could weigh as little as 25 pounds. The difference may not sound like much, but if you are someone who is going to be moving your stroller around a lot (like picking it up to get it into your car) then the extra weight could become a problem.
What Else Should I Look For?
There are a few other things that you are going to want to take into consideration before making your final choice. The first one is going to be the wheel size. The bigger the wheel, the smoother the ride is going to be, but the stroller is also going to weigh a little bit more. The second thing you are going to want to think about is whether or not you would prefer a three or four wheel design. Three wheeled strollers are easier to maneuver, but they do not handle rough terrain as well. Four wheeled designs are more ideal if you plan on doing a lot of walking on varying terrains.
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