6 Surprising Reasons to Consider a Jogging Stroller
I am not a runner, so the idea of running with my baby never occurred to me. Well, that’s a lie, it might have occurred to me for a brief second, then it was quickly pushed out of my head with lots of laughter at the ridiculous idea on my part. Then, when my son was born, I realized that I had to run more than I ever would have liked while he was in the stroller. Yes, you read that right – HAD TO. I would put him in the stroller to take out my dog for a stroll or bathroom breaks, and at one point during the stroll, he would start crying without any apparent reason. The only thing that would calm him down was if I started running as fast as I could with the stroller (much to my dog’s delight). Since I did not have a jogging stroller and I had to use one hand to hold the leash, it looked like I was “drunk-strolling.” The stroller would hit a small pebble and veer to the right and in my attempt to straighten it out, I would overcompensate and veer to the left. Oh, how I wished I had a jogging stroller!
Sarah from Baby Brain is here to tell us all about why you should consider purchasing a jogging stroller…even if you are not a jogger! I wish I have read this article before deciding to buy a traditional stroller!
When I was pregnant with my daughter I never considered a jogging stroller. I thought the price was too high, and I was not about to go jogging with my child.
Now that I know more about jogging strollers, I wish I had given it a second pause. I use my stroller for so much more than just carting my baby around. I use it to walk around the house with her when she gets bored (and so I can get my steps in). I use it to unload groceries. I’m definitely going to be using it at parks, zoos, and museums when this Texas heat goes away. Here’s what I wish I knew about jogging strollers when I was still pregnant and shopping for baby gear (silver lining is there are plenty of choices when it comes to double jogging strollers if my daughter ever gets a sibling!):
They Don’t Have To Be Expensive
When you think of purchasing jogging strollers, you assume it’s going to cost you hundreds of dollars. Not true. There are plenty of solid jogging strollers under $200 out there. And if your heart is still stuck on one of the pricier models, you can often find them at consignment stores or on Craigslist.
They’re Not Just for Joggers
When you hear “jogging stroller,” you think about how you may not be a jogger, but it’s not only for joggers. Yes, it is great for when you are running with your little one, but it is great for simply just walking around. You can push the jogger much easier than a generic stroller. It feels much lighter (although the weight is relatively the same).
Fabulous on All Terrains
My friend decided to take her kids to the zoo once and found herself pushing her stroller up a huge hill and breaking a sweat. She got in the “pushing something up a hill” position where her butt was sticking straight out and her arms were stiff trying to give it everything she had. She soon starts seeing other moms pushing their jogging strollers past her and clearly thinking, “I am so glad I bought my jogging stroller.”
Jogging strollers go up hills with easier and they feel lighter. They’ll go over rocks, dirt, grass, and even sand. Before you assume you won’t be an all-terrain mom and just stick with a generic stroller, think again! I never knew how much I was missing out on until I borrowed a friend’s jogging stroller. It didn’t feel like I was pushing anything at all. It was a night-and-day difference.
If you are pushing a normal stroller and you see a gravel road, you will try to find a way to get around the gravel because you know it is going to be difficult for you to push and it will be a bumpy ride for your baby. With a jogging stroller, you don’t have to be concerned about waking your baby up every time you run over a rock, or if you have to go through a questionable terrain. It’s amazing how you can push a jogging stroller over cracks and bumps without having your whole stroller jumping up or shaking. Not only will a jogging stroller be more comfortable for you, but it will also be better for your baby.
Bigger, Better Wheels
One of the first things that you will notice about the jogging strollers is how much bigger the wheels are than a generic stroller. The wheels are one of the greatest and best parts because that’s how the stroller gets over surfaces so smoothly. The big wheels can go over rocks and pebbles without the stroller even noticing. Think of it this way: Schwinn and Jeep jogging strollers – these are brands that have brought us some of the best bicycles and off-road vehicles in the world. And now they’re known for the J is for Jeep Brand Adventure All-Terrain Jogging Stroller and the Schwinn Interval Jogging Stroller!
One of the reasons that people don’t choose a double stroller is the bulky feel that they have. That is what I thought and that is why I decided to purchase a regular generic stroller. However, what I didn’t know is that the regular strollers don’t turn worth a darn (especially if they are double). It takes massive amounts of efforts to turn the stroller, especially if you are on a rocky (or another type of un-smooth) surface. The jogging stroller can make quick turns and change directions with ease. Parenthood is hard enough; don’t let the added mess of a stubborn stroller complicate your life.
Jogging strollers are meant for the parent who wants to be active and doesn’t want parenthood to slow them down. When you purchase a jogging stroller you are doing so because of the amazing “shocks” that this product has. The shocks take away some of the pressure and make pushing the stroller much easier. They become a sponge so that you don’t have to feel every single bump. It’s what creates the perfect ride for you and your little one.
There’s Always Next Time …
If I had to do it again, I would have bought a jogging stroller instead of a traditional one. It would have been a much better purchase and it would have saved me a lot of hassle. And when I have my second child, I’ll get my second chance!
Sarah is the writer (and brains) behind Baby Brain, a blog about baby gear and mom life. When she isn’t working at her 9 to 5, she enjoys flying superhero style with her baby girl, making bento boxes and geeking out on Game of Thrones with her husband. Connect with her on Twitter or Pinterest.