For active parents with newborns, a car seat adapter for jogging stroller is one of the most important accessories they will buy for their joggers. It may sound obvious that the purpose of a car seat adapter is to allow parents attach a compatible car seat to a stroller, converting it to a travel system that is suitable for carrying babies from birth, until they can be placed in a stroller seat without head support.
Newborns and very young babies are too tender to be subjected to even the smallest bounce that is possible in the seat of a jogging stroller, as they are not sufficiently padded to cushion newborns and very young children. Car seats however, are well padded with mandatory crash impact protection systems, and when fitted to a stroller, offer great protection that allows a baby to ride smoothly and comfortably in a jogging stroller.
You will find that car seat adapters are specifically made to fit certain brands and models of jogging strollers. The car seats they can be used with are also specified. It is important to check if your stroller, or car seat is listed to be used with an adapter before making a purchase. Some stroller manufacturers like BOB and Baby Jogger produce car seat adapters that can be used with a range of their jogging strollers. Others may have different adapters for different strollers.
Any Universal Car Seat Adapter for Jogging Strollers?
Parents would love to have a universal car seat adapter that can be used with their existing jogging strollers and car
seats, but because jogging strollers across brands are designed with different dimensions, it is difficult to have a truly universal car seat adapter for strollers. What manufacturers refer to as universal adapters often mean that they can be used on multiples of their own brand joggers and strollers, and they also provide a list of compatible infant car seats.
Some adapters are semi permanently attached to jogging strollers and can fold with the strollers, while others are attached every time you want to use an infant car seat with a jogger, and must be removed before you fold the stroller. Adapters from the same brand of your jogging stroller tend to be easier to fit and use, with one step clip-on systems that firmly secure a car seat in place.
How Safe Are Car Seat Adapters for Strollers?
Some early designs of car seat adapters, particularly for side by side double jogging strollers suffered from tipping problem, where unequal weight distribution over the two seats causes double strollers to loose their balance. However, innovative designs in modern car seat adapters and strollers have overcome this tipping issue.
It is important to note that not all strollers can be used with infant car seats, and because it is a desired feature in a stroller, manufacturers clearly state which strollers has been equipped to be fitted with an infant car seat.
While an adapter may allow your baby to safely stroll with you in a jogger, it is advised that you should never jog or run while carrying a baby in the car seat. You should only jog with babies when they are placed and strapped on a stroller seat, and only when they are old enough to hold their head unsupported. You will also find that an infant car seat adapter for jogging stroller has a limit to the weight of an infant it can hold, so please check that you do not exceed the specified load for your adapter.
Infant Car Seat Adapters for BOB Jogging Strollers
There is a good choice of infant car seat adapters for Bob Single and Double jogging strollers, and many of them you will find are compatible with a large range of popular child car seats from Britax, Graco, Chicco, Perego Primo and much more.
Car Seat Adapters For Baby Jogger Strollers
Use the Baby Jogger Car Seat Adapter Guide to check adapter will fit your brand and model of infant car. You may find that an older and a newer model of adapter may be listed to fit your infant car seat. An example is adapter model #BJ90123 (older), and #BJ90127 (newer) can be used on the Summit X3 jogging stroller if you have Peg Perego infant car seat model Primo Viaggio SIP or Primo Viaggio SIP 30. It is a very comprehensive Baby Jogger adapter guide, use it.
Just like with BOB strollers, Baby Jogger strollers also enjoy a good number of adapters which parents can use to convert their strollers to a travel system. The adapters will fit multiple models of infant car seats from popular brands.