A jogging stroller is a stroller that is has larger tires, enhanced suspension and three wheels instead of four to give you the most control and maneuverability at higher speeds. Jogging strollers help parents to maintain their healthy active lifestyles while being able to take their child along for the ride. Many jogging strollers today can accommodate infants while using an adapter and their infant car seat to ride safely, and many recommend that children are at least 6-8 weeks old, typically, to ride in the stroller without using their infant car seat.
Infants and babies without the ability to hold their neck up should have proper support for their head and neck, for all out running and jogging and off road use it is usually recommended for older babies around 8 months or older. A jogging stroller will usually accommodate children at higher weight limits than a typical stroller so they can be used well into toddlerhood. There is also a convertible bike trailer option than can be easily converted into a jogging stroller. Here is a list of important things to look for when considering which type of jogging stroller is right for you.
Fixed wheel or Swivel Wheel: A fixed wheel is a wheel that does not move and stays in place and is best for serious long distance running, but the downside is that you might not want to use this stroller for normal everyday errands or walking. A swivel wheel gives you ultimate maneuverability when walking, strolling through a store at the mall, or using the stroller for hiking. Some strollers will feature a lockable swivel wheel for using when jogging with the stroller.
Wheels: The tires on a jogger are air filled and come in 12”, 16” or 20”, the larger the tire the smoother the ride. For serious and long distance running you’ll want a jogging stroller with 20” tires, for everyday walking and errands on smooth surfaces a 12” will work, and for light jogging, walking, and use on rougher terrains the 16” is a good choice.
Hand Brake and/or Wrist Tether: It’s good to have these so you can ensure the most control so you don’t have a stroller that gets away from you at high speeds.
Seat Construction: Look for recline options and five point harnesses to keep your child in the stroller and safe.
Fold: Decide where you will use the stroller, will it need to be transported in the car or stored away when not in use?
Single or Double: How many kids will ride in the stroller, there are lots of double and single options available.
Be sure to look at all options to determine the best stroller for you and how often and far you will use it. Also it is good to determine your price range, and to know that there are several brands in the market. Some popular brands that we recommend are more expensive brands like Bob, Baby Jogger, Bumbleride and Metamorphosis. Mid price range brands such as Joovy, Schwinn, and InStep, and more affordable jogging stroller brands like Baby Trend, Contours, and Graco.