I had a jogging stroller when my kids were small, and my family loved it. Jogging with your family is a fun and easy way for moms to get back in shape (dads can use them as well). The whole family can go jogging together before baby can even walk! But how do you choose the right jogging stroller for your family? Here are some tips.
Jogging Stroller Types
There are various types of jogging strollers, while they have basic features in common. For example, all jogging strollers are specially designed for speed. They have three wheels instead of four, and the wheels do not pivot. Within these basics there are various types.
Stroller for two – Some jogging strollers are built for two children (this is the type I had). These double strollers can accommodate up to 125 pounds. A two-child design could come in handy for those with twins, two young children who are close in age, or an older child and a newborn. Most have a choice between 16- or 20-inch wheels.
Bike trailers – A variation of the jogging stroller is the bike trailer, which can be converted back into a jogging stroller with a special kit. These usually accommodate up to 125 pounds, too.
Single stroller – The one-baby stroller is probably the most common jogging stroller. These usually accommodate up to 75 pounds. Like the double stroller, you can usually choose between 16- and 20-inch wheels.
Jogging Stroller Features
Various jogging strollers have different features. Here are some to consider.
Weather – If you live somewhere where there is a lot of harsh sun or long periods of rain (snow in my area), some weatherproofing features might be a good idea. Most jogging strollers have a sun canopy, while bike trailers are more likely to have rain and insect protection.
Safety – Sources point out the importance of a hand break and secure harness for holding children safely in the stroller. You might also want to look for a parking lock.
Wheel size – As noted above, you can choose the size of the jogging stroller’s wheels. You may not think this is important, but it actually can make a lot of difference depending on your terrain. At the beach, for instance, or for long-distance running, you’ll want larger wheels (20-inch). For strictly smooth and level surfaces, 12-inch wheels will do. In the middle are 16-inch wheels, which work well for grass and off-road terrain.
Price – There’s a rather wide range of prices on jogging strollers. They can be as little as $75 or as much as $400. Some of the cost depends on size; larger strollers cost more. Other factors are the features – the farther you get from the basics, the more expensive the stroller (usually). Sometimes it’s just the brand name that costs. A good rule of thumb is to look for a jogging stroller that has the basic safety features and has good safety reviews, and go from there.