Did you know that your jogging stroller may be the longest lasting piece of baby equipment in your home? Unlike many baby products that your baby outgrows in a short time, a good jogging stroller can carry you from newborn well through early childhood. So, it’s important to find the right one for you. Here are some things to look for.
Swivel / Fixed Wheel – We suggest a swivel wheel for its turning ease. You can literally turn it with one hand. A traditional fixed wheel jogger has to be pushed on the back wheels to turn. But for longer runs, you want a fixed wheel. The ideal stroller can be set as fixed or used as a swivel.
Reclining Seat – When baby is happy, mommy is happy. Look for a jogger that can recline back in case your little one wants to take a nap.
Infant Adaptor – Many of the jogging strollers now have adaptors so you can put your car seat in it right from the start.
**PLEASE NOTE: Most jogging stroller manuals recommend not running/jogging with the infant adaptor. The infant adaptor is a great way to make your jogging stroller an easy transition from sleeping in the car to the stroller, but is not recommended to run with due to the higher center of gravity.
Wheel Size – Bigger wheels are generally best for heavy runners or rough terrain. Smaller wheels are better for walking on smooth surfaces.
Height – Check the height of the stroller. You should be able to walk naturally and not have to hunch over to push a stroller. Posture is very important.
Transportation – A stroller might push great and look great but it does you no good if you can’t get it in your car if you want to take it somewhere. Actually test out how easy it is to fold up and lift. Then test out how easy it is to unfold and set back up. A good jogging stroller can be folded and unfolded in one step. Make sure it fits in your trunk!
Baby Comfort – Look for things like padded seat, an adjustable canopy and possibly a snack tray option. You want your baby as comfortable as possible during the ride.
Remember, a jogging stroller can last you for many years so choose wisely. It will be a worthwhile investment!