As silly as it may sound, a jogging stroller is useful for both mother and baby as it will accommodate the needs of both. Have you ever seen a mother trying to maneuver on rough terrain using a standard stroller for the baby? It doesn’t look very comfortable for either of them does it?
A jogging stroller is built to fit these situations perfectly, making it easy to exercise for the parent while the baby can sit back and enjoy the ride. The large air filled tires of jogging strollers make them easy to push over smooth and rugged surfaces. Those with swivel front wheels turns well in tight corners, and joggers with fixed front wheel keep to straight lines better – really great for runners!
It is important that you chose a stroller that is most suitable for your family to ensure the most cost efficient and long lasting purchase, and here are things to consider when choosing a jogging stroller.
Where do you go most?
Do you live in a mountainous or rural area? Maybe a big city with flat roads and too many buildings? You need to think about where you will be taking your baby and buy a stroller suitable for the conditions. This will make for a smoother ride and more enjoyable jog!
What wheels do you need?
The more exercise you do or the rougher the terrain, the bigger the wheels you will need. Jogging strollers with small wheels will work well on smooth and flat surfaces, but the size depends on how long you exercise and the terrain.
Keen joggers usually use off road trails, and this is where the size of the wheel in an all terrain stroller can make a big difference in your comfort, and even more so, your baby’s comfort while you jog.
- A 12 inch wheel – Should be used for walking on flatter, smoother surfaces.
- A 16 inch wheel – A wheel of this size should accommodate for most situations and allows flexibility. They are not necessary for flat surfaces and may not be suitable for rough terrain, but it will make the ride a comfortable one for the parent and baby.
- A 20 inch wheel – This is the best size wheel for long distances in rocky areas. It will make the strolled easy to manoeuvre and provide grip.
Take a look at our reviews of popular jogging strollers and you will find the most appropriate stroller that will best suit you and your baby.
How many passengers will you be taking for the ride?
Standard strollers come as either single or double that accommodates one or two babies. The thing about jogging strollers is that they are designed to stay strong and sturdy, and heavy duty strollers can take hefty babies, allowing you to still push the stroller smoothly without needing any extra force.
It is essential that you and your baby are both safe, and no harm is done due to a poorly designed jogging stroller. A comfortably padded five point safety harness to keep your baby secure and a hand brake so you know you can stay in control of the stroller should be top considerations when buying your jogging stroller. Also try to get a stroller with a canopy to shield your baby from the sun to ensure their safety and comfort. Although it is not essential, a wrist strap may be worth investing in so your baby can’t roll away on a mission of their own! Stay safe and have fun!