If you’re an athletic parent who considers your little one to be your training partner, then you’ll quickly discover that traditional baby strollers are not your speed.
Jogging strollers are designed to provide a secure and comfortable ride for your child and a more enjoyable experience for you when you’re on the trail.
Some bike trailers can convert into a jogging stroller, and can also be adapted for biking, hiking and cross-country skiing. If you and your child enjoy these sports, look for a bike trailer for kids.
Stroller manufacturers offer minimum-age guidelines for your child before you use a stroller for jogging or off-road use. Children develop at different rates, so always check with your pediatrician first. Remember to support your baby’s head and make sure he or she is dressed appropriately for the weather and is protected from the sun.
Video: How to Choose a Jogging Stroller
Jogging Stroller Seating Capacity
When choosing models for one or two children, be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for total weight. Double jogging strollers are designed to remain balanced even when they’re used with one child or with two children of different weights.
Jogging Stroller Features
Following are some of the features you might consider when buying a jogging stroller. Not all features are found on all jogging strollers.
Running brake: Typically located on the handle, a running brake helps control the speed of the stroller so you can maintain your pace while running downhill.
Parking brake: A stroller parking brake is a safety feature that keeps the stroller in place when you’re stopped and need to take your hands off the handlebar.
Reclinable seat: A reclining seat improves comfort for your sleeping child.
Adjustable handle: This feature lets you raise or lower the handle so adults of different heights can use the stroller comfortably.
Multisport options: Many bike trailers for kids can be converted into a jogging stroller; some also allow you to buy attachments for cross-country skiing use.
Locking front wheel: Many strollers have a front wheel that swivels for maneuverability when walking around town. When you’re ready to run, the wheel locks in place for smooth tracking and greater stability.
Harness: Jogging strollers feature secure 5-point harnesses that hold children securely in place.
Safety leash: A safety leash helps you maintain control and keeps the stroller from getting away while you’re running.
Quick-release wheels and a folding design: These convenient features make it easy to store or transport a stroller in a car.
Weatherproofing: Most strollers feature a retractable sun canopy. Many also allow you to purchase accessories like a bug screen or raincover.
Wheel size: Most wheels are in the 12" to 16" range. Smaller wheels are more compact when stowing your stroller, while larger wheels can roll over bumps more smoothly.
Shock absorption: A few models feature a rear shock for extra cushion that can be adjusted for light or heavy loads.
Jogging Stroller Accessories
Jogging strollers can be made even more useful with optional accessories.
Car seat adapters: Designed to fit specific car seat models, these allow you to attach your infant car seat directly to your stroller. Due to the higher center of gravity this creates, adapter use is recommended for walking only (no jogging).
Handlebar consoles/snack trays: These allow parents or toddlers a place for snacks or water bottles.
Cargo storage: Gives you more space for child or sport supplies.