Post # 1
Anyone have any experience with jogging strollers? Or done some research and registered for one?
DH and I agreed to do a mini marathon next summer and I can’t wait to get back to running after the baby is born. But looking at jogging strollers is kind of stressing me out. From reading reviews it sounds like you really need one with a front swivel wheel if you are going to keep a good pace. Also it sounds like a lot of the cheaper ones are very hard to push once you get to the toddler stage. Of course DH thinks they are all the same and doesn’t see the need to spend a lot on a second stroller but it sounds like if you are running 10 miles at a time then it might be necessary.
Of course I would love a Phil & Teds but I don’t want to spend the money just for a name. I want to know if that extra money is really worth it.
Anyone have any thoughts or experiences?
Post # 3
Have you tried looking on craigslist? I know nothing about baby products except that you can always seem to find what you’re looking for on craigslist since kids grow so fast!
Post # 4
if you’re doing serious jogging, i’d suggest the bob. everyone i know that has it LOVES it and RAVES about it.
Post # 5
We have researched this up and down. We are going with the Bob Revolution in conjunction with the Britax Chaperone car seat (until the baby is 30 lbs, then she doesn’t need a car seat to sit in the Bob). AAP doesn’t recommend running with the baby until there is a degree of head control, but I’ve seen several people use this system successfully starting at about 6 weeks of age (for light jogging).
We want to get back to running as soon as we can, so this is the system we’ll be using. Plus we’ll be living in an area where there is lots of well maintained trail running, so we’re excited for the off-trail capabilities of the Bob. My friend’s kid is 2 and her Bob is still like brand new (and I can’t even tell you how many miles she’s logged with it!)
Post # 6
I can’t recommend a particular stroller, but I tried to jog around Babies R Us with a stroller without the swivel front wheel and it SUCKED. I also tried the same thing with a regular stroller, and it’s pretty impossible. You NEED the bigger wheels that the jogging strollers have.
Post # 7
@Labor- I have been scouting out Craigslist but no luck so far. Only the cheaper ones but most of them say they are barely used. I have a feeling a lot of people buy them with hopes of becoming joggers to get back in shape and then it doesn’t happen.
Thanks for the recommendations on the Bob…I am doing some serious looking at them now and they seem to have great reviews. I haven’t found hardly any negatives which is even better than the Phil & Teds. We have decided on the Chicco Keyfit 30 carseat and it is said to work with their adapter even if its not listed on their website.
@Mighty— A swivel wheel is a definite requirement. I don’t want to be having to stop and lift the stroller for the turns.
The other one that I really liked from online research was the Chicco S3 all-terrain but it hasn’t been out long enough to get any reviews on it. Its the same price as the Bob and it would fit the car seat we like with no adapter but only goes to 40 lbs.
Man they make this baby stuff hard with so many choices!
Post # 8
I have a BOB and I love it. It rides/handles like a dream even on trail running and it’s excellent for more than just running/jogging. It’s the only stroller we’ve ever used.
Got a Peg perego as a gift..used it twice.
I bought an umbrella stroller “just in case” never needed it.
Since my son was born in November, I didnt need the infant seat adapter(he was over 4 months old before it was warm enough to do any running with him) So I cant offer any advice there.
But the BOB rules the school.
Edited to add. He’s 2 1/2 now and the stroller is still very easy to push with him in it. The problem is keeping him in it. He’s rather walk/run himself at this point!
Post # 9
My sister has the Bob. She is 5’10” so her main purpose of this stroller was b/c she’s so tall. She’s not really a jogger. She loves it though.
Post # 10
The Bob is definitely the front runner at this point. I think I’m still trying to justify the cost to myself.
Maybe that will be my motivation to make sure I do the mini marathon…to justify an expensive stroller!
Post # 11
check out rei. they have specials and you can get the bob stroller for 20% off.
Post # 12
I’m looking at the BOB Revolution car seat adapter, and the specs say:
“Please note: Car seat adapter must be moved from stroller while jogging”
What does that mean?? Can you jog with it or not?
Post # 13
Do you have a BuyBuyBaby near you? They have an enormous stroller selection and they are super knowledgeable about each of them, at least at the one near me. I also really appreciated the fact that they weren’t just trying to sell me the most expensive stroller. I fell in love with the Uppa Baby Vista, but knew it was impractical for our lifestyle. Rather than trying to convince me otherwise, the salesperson said, “you are absolutely right, I love it too, but I won’t buy it for the same reason.” He then showed me options that were better suited to our needs.
Ok, I’m rambling. The point is that they are a great resource and have strollers at all different price ranges. However, for a quality jogger, you should be prepared to spend a good amount of money. i can’t wait to start running again either, I actually crave it. But I’m not getting a jogger because I’m not a long distance runner, just a couple miles at night and that is MY time to decompress!!!
Post # 14
I have a Baby Jogger that I got surprisingly cheaply at an online outlet. It’s a twin stroller, and it works well.
If you’re serious about running with it, do NOT get a front swivel wheel. Fixed is better for running. Also, get three 20″ tires (I think that’s the size?). The bigger wheels are also a million times better on sand, if you ever want to go to the beach.
Post # 15
Many people I know have jogged with the BOB and the adapter. I think that they have to say that because AAP does not recommend jogging with an infant until they have steady head control. However, if you delve into the recommendations further, there is no real evidence to support either position, so pediatricians will often ok light jogging on paved trails for well secured infants.
I think we have to be reasonable as to benefits and risks of our daily activities, and in this case (for me, maybe not my colleagues) the benefits of exercising with baby far outweigh the risks if the car seat is well secured and the baby is well secured.
(Did I put enough caveats in my answer? I sure hope so!)
Post # 16
P.S. Especially if you get the bigger wheels… Make sure there’s a VERY secure wrist strap, and ALWAYS use it. My jogger has started down a hill, and it can go far faster than I (or anyone else) can run.
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