Strollers are perfect conveniences to have not only for your baby but for you. They help you carry the baby along during errands and days out using the least effort. Finding such products should never be a daunting task especially since there are many in the market. In recent years, jogging strollers have become quite popular as you can use them to take your baby out on jogs and runs.
Safety should always take precedence over comfort, but practically speaking, it is important to have both. As a parent, it can be a little overwhelming to find something that is both safe and enjoyable for your child to ride in. With a little attention to detail, it is possible to have a worry-free workout while keeping everyone protected while have a fun outdoor expedition.
Key Safety Aspects
Modern running stroller manufacturers know how important safety is for parents and put much effort into integrating features to enhance this aspect of the product. Some of the things to keep an eye on while buying a jogging stroller include the following;
- Remodeled three wheels – Your typical four wheel stroller should never be used for jogging and running. It is not designed to suite such needs and will easily topple off balance without much force. They should not be used for this purpose. Instead, use the remodeled 3-wheel stroller that offers more stability and grounding for your baby. The design and balance achieved from three wheels makes it ideal for racing and jogging.
- Connected handlebar tether– Safe jogging strollers come with a safety wrist strap attached to the stroller’s handlebar. Make sure to use that wristband and always tie it around your hand when on the move, particularly when moving downhill. Strollers will quickly pick up speed moving downhill and may just slip out of your grasp if you were running. Using the safety wristband will ensure that stroller is constantly kept within your grasp thus protecting your baby from accidents.
- Wheel locks – Most jogging strollers come with a lever that you just need to flip to lock the wheels. These levers must be flipped every time you are not controlling the stroller (before and after running). Strollers are specifically designed to allow smooth effortless glide and will take off at any slight gradient when the surface is not level. If you have no wristband cuffed on you and are not holding the handlebar, then the wheel locking lever should be in action.
There are other minor safety features you may find in jogging strollers although most are just hyped up examples. ND-Magazine has some more precautions but the above 3 features form your core safety requirements.
While the safety features may help you prevent various accidents, it is your personal responsibility that will keep your baby safe. Choosing safe routes, assessing the weather forecast, avoiding danger by remaining over-vigilant during your outings are very important aspects of keeping your baby safe.
Ensure the stroller is kept at optimum working conditions by performing regular maintenance and inspections. Check the tires before each run and inspect the levers, handle, carrying compartment and wristband. Look for squeaky sounds and remember to lubricate the joints. By maintaining your stroller, you are ensuring you and your baby are safe and protected from a mechanical point of view.
It is also very important to assess your jogging form and habits. If you are keeping one hand on the handlebar while the other is pumping, remember to alternate the hands after every 5 minutes. If you have a wide (double size) stroller, it may be wise to keep both hands on the handle bar. Avoid leaning on the stroller even when you are tired. By trying to use the stroller for support, you are increasing the risk of toppling.
If it sparks your interest, you can sign up for stroller racing classes and competitions. There are several websites that allow parents to sign up for stroller racing classes and competitions. These platforms will equip you with insights and more ways to protect your baby and remain safe on the road.
These are just some of the safety precautions you should keep in mind while out running with your little one. As a parent, nothing is as important as protecting your baby and keeping them safe. Jogging strollers offer a chance to show your baby new things during your exercises and also creates a bond with them yet even this should not cloud your protective instincts. Choose strollers specifically made for jogging and always keep an eye on everything around you. If you park your stroller somewhere, remember to perform checks before starting the race again.