Did you know even though you have a swivel wheel on your jog stroller, you should lock it while running? Or limit your activities to walking until your child is 8 months old?
I didn’t until Tuesday afternoon before the National Stroller Running Day Twitter party. Some of these jogging stroller safety tips are new to me too. I’ve had my BOB jog stroller since before my first child was born. I’ve run with it probably 500 times by now and rarely – if ever – have I locked my front wheel. Manufactures recommend locking the front wheel before running because it provides more stability and less possibility of the stroller tipping. I’ve always found locking the front wheel provides less mobility and makes my stroller much more difficult to turn, but I understand the reasoning behind it. When running down hills fast, your stroller can flip over. In my opinion, this is a feature that as a stroller runner and a parent you will decide what works best for you and your little one.
Really, walking until my child is 8 months old!
As most of you know, I have been walking and running with my children since they were very young. Yes, younger than 8 months old. I have stated this numerous of times, and I’ve been very public about my reasoning behind running with a jog stroller. You can read about my story and why in my article published in the Huffington Post.
I never knew that manufactures recommend not running with a child less than 8 months old. I never even thought about asking the question whether I could run with them in the stroller. However, I never shied away from discussing my exercise regimen and my kid’s participation with my pediatrician. They knew my love for the BOB jog stroller and how my kids loved being in it too. My pediatrician never advised against it, actually they encouraged it.
Based on what I learned, I would recommend speaking with your pediatrician before jogging with your baby. The reason is that children less than 8 months old generally do not have the neck strength for jogging motion until they are 8 months old. As all parents know, all children develop differently and hit their milestones when we least expect it.
The coolest thing I learned though was the Duallie holds up to 100 lbs. Yes, I can keep running with my two little ones longer.
Here are some more safety tips that Britax presented at the National Stroller Running Day Twitter Party Kick-Off on Tuesday, November 4th.
To learn more about National Stroller Running Day on Saturday, November 8, 2014, click here. Go out and join the celebration and do it safely! #StrollerRun14
Lara is a full time, working, Ironman mom of two young kids. Lara is the founder and CEO of Run Stroller Run, an organization inspired by her own frustration as a competitive former athlete, unable to find races where she could run with her stroller after having a child. Now, Run Stroller Run hosts the world’s only directory of stroller-friendly running races and family-friendly events.
Lara is an honoree of the 2015 Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and she has been featured on RunHaven.com and Women’s Running Magazine.