9 Things you Need to Know About Jogging Strollers
I love my jogging stroller, I use it pretty much every day but there are some things I wish I had known about before buying mine that might have made my stroller buying decision a little different. I decided to write down these things I learned after having a jogging stroller to help you be more informed before buying so you don’t make the same mistakes I did!
Recommendation #1: Jogging stroller tires go flat because they are not all plastic but filled with air. The ideal thing to do would be to get a jogging stroller with all rubber tires (no air) but I have yet to find one of those so my next closest solution that I have found is to replace the tire tubes with tubes that are flat resistant. This will save you a huge headache with having to replace flats all the time, it will also save you money in the long run. This is the best advice I could give about jogging strollers. I went on a walk and one week after getting our jogging stroller in the mail. I got a tiny little thorn in one of the tires and it went completely flat. After I finally went and got a new tube for the tire and fixed that tire, about 2 days later I got a thorn in the other tire! I was so mad! I have actually heard a lot of people who have this problem with the tires and who stop using their jogging stroller all together because of this. After about a month of just using the jogging stroller with a flat tire, I went to the store and got new tire tubes that self repair the holes – so far so good. I even accidentally walked through a prickly bush and had to pull out about 20 thorns and the tires didn’t even deflate!
Recommendation #2: Buy a jogging stroller with some storage. My jogging stroller has a basket on the bottom and it is my favorite feature of the stroller. It is useful for when you go to the store and pick up a few things or when you are on a run and don’t have pockets to carry your things. I think most jogging strollers have this feature but it is definitely something to make sure the stroller has.
Recommendation #3: Check reviews. Check reviews and get a jogger that is good quality and it should last you quite a while. Don’t get poor quality just because it is cheaper, you will regret it in the long run.
Recommendation #4: Make sure your car seat is compatible with your jogger. I love that I can just hook the car seat into the stroller. I don’t have to wake up the baby if he falls asleep during the outing and if I need to run an errand after I can just put him straight into the car. It also makes it so that you can use the jogger with your baby at a younger age.
Recommendation #5: If you are replacing the tire tube, fill the tire up slowly with air and make sure the tire isn’t pinching any areas of the tube. I made the mistake of filling up the tube too quickly and the tube bulged where the air goes into the tire and made for a very bumpy ride for the baby. I ended up having to get a new tire tube to replace that one.
Recommendation #6: If you are going out for a run, lock the front tire forward. This keeps the tire from turning when you are going quickly over bumps and flipping the stroller. It works great to keep the tire unlocked on a walk, you just don’t want to do that if you are going fast.
Recommendation #7: When you are running with your jogger, make sure that you keep your shoulders relaxed. This will help you keep better running form and cause less stress on your body. I like to just keep one hand on the jogger when possible because it helps me keep my body relaxed.
Recommendation #8: If it is hot out, it is recommended to not cover the baby’s car seat or stroller with a blanket. This traps in the heat and could overheat the baby. I try to just move the sun shield built on the car seat to block the sun so there is still always an opening for air to flow through and help keep the baby cool.
Recommendation #9: Check with your baby’s pediatrician to make sure that it is safe to run with your baby. Most strollers recommend to wait until the baby is 6-8 months old until you start running with the baby in the stroller because the neck muscles need to be strong enough to keep the head from moving around too much. My pediatrician gave me the go-ahead around 4 months because my baby had a strong neck so it is good to check with the pediatrician because it just depends on the individual baby.