12 Best Jogging Strollers For Every Family Size & Budget in 2021

Best Jogging Strollers

When you’re juggling a full-time job and personal life, it can be difficult to find time to run or do any form of exercise. Factor in a baby and any little leisure time you had vanishes into thin air.

But thanks to new technology, it’s now possible to go for a morning run or jog without spending additional costs on a sitter. With the latest jogging strollers, you can explore your neighborhood alongside your toddler.

In this post, we’ll provide in-depth reviews of top-rated jogging strollers on the market. We’ll also guide you on how to purchase one.

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Have you been looking for the best jogging stroller to purchase in 2020? Well, the Bob Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 makes a strong contender. It’s chock full of features and has a mid-range price point so it’s not too expensive that a majority of parents can’t afford.

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 28.5 lbs.
  • Maximum child height: 44 inches
  • Fit: birth to 75 lbs.
  • Colors: glacier blue, sedona orange, graphite black, luna black
  • Compatibility: Bob or Britax infant car seats
BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

Main Features

Adjustable Handlebar

A key highlight of this jogging stroller is that it comes fitted with a 9-position adjustable handle bar. To be specific, the height of the handle can be adjusted between 34.5 and 48 inches. This makes it incredibly easy to configure to a level that you’re comfortable with navigating.

Superior Suspension and Wheels

What is the similarity between mountain bikes and the Bob Revolution Flex 3.0? It’s the fact that they share the same type of suspension. The manufacturer has opted to use the best possible mountain bike-style suspension to provide a smooth ride.

The rear suspension comprises of 2 shocks that do a pretty good job of absorbing any impact. This means you’ll be able to jog on any terrain without being limited by the type of surface that the stroller can handle.

Also worth pointing out are the three massive air-filled tires that also contribute to the smoothness of the ride. The rear wheels, which measure 16 x 1.75 inches are bigger than the front one that measures 12.5 x 1.75 inches. Keep in mind that the front wheel can be locked into position for ample stability.

Better yet, these tires are equipped with Schrader valve- yes, the same one that’s used in some motor vehicles.

UPF 50+ Canopy

As is common with strollers made by Bob Gear, the Revolution Flex 3.0 sports a high-quality canopy. This canopy offers 50+ UPF UV protection, meaning that it reflects and absorbs sunlight; hence shielding your child from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

Seat

We’ll start off by specifying that the stroller can handle a total weight of 75 lbs. This weight comprises of both the baby’s weight and any additional weight from the luggage. However, it is possible to use the stroller for a newborn if you connect it to a compatible car seat using an infant car seat adapter.

The seat is constructed using the premium-quality Poly and Dobby weave fabric. Factor in the water repellent coating and open-cell foam padding, and you have one of the most cozy seats for your toddler.

Another important point to note is the seat’s reclining capability. You can position it so that it’s totally upright.

If your baby wishes to take a nap, you can also position it so that it’s almost completely reclined to a 70-degree angle. That said, exercise caution when you recline the baby’s seat as this also increases its likelihood of toppling backward. For safety, the seat is equipped with a 5-point harness.

Storage

One of the reasons why the Bob Gear Revolution Flex is a favorite of many parents is because of its storage space. This stroller offers an array of storage compartments from an ultra-large storage basket to a cell phone pocket and snack pockets.

Pros

  • Easy to navigate thanks to the advanced suspension, pneumatic tires, locking front swivel wheel
  • Large canopy for protection against uv rays
  • Adjustable handlebar; hence suitable for parents of varying height
  • Decent amount of storage
  • Roomy and reclining seat
  • Doubles up as a car travel system

Cons

  • Slightly heavy
  • Lacks an automatic braking mechanism

Coming in at almost the same price price point as the Bob Revolution Flex, Thule Urban Glide 2 is another classy jogging stroller worth considering. It is slightly pricier than our top pick, but this is not surprising considering that it’s superior to the Flex 3.0 in some aspects.

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 25.3 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs.
  • Color options: jet black (with a black frame), Thule blue, dark shadow, mars
Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller

Main Features

Design

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that this stroller has a sleek design. But where the Urban Glide 2 seems to have the upper hand over Revolution Flex is its weight. While the Flex 3.0 weighs 28.5 lbs., Urban Glide tips the scales at 25.3 lbs.

This makes it one of the lighter strollers in our review, and subsequently, easier to navigate. Despite being lighter, this stroller doesn’t compromise on load capacity. It’s capable of holding up to 75 lbs. of weight.

Wheels and Suspension

Like most jogging strollers, Thule Urban Glide 2 is equipped with three wheels. The front wheel measures 12 inches in diameter while the two rear ones are 16-inches wide. Keep in mind that these are pneumatic tires, which means you’ll need to pump them every once in a while.

When you’re navigating the stroller on a flat surface, consider using the swivel front wheel which makes it easier to maneuver. However, if you’re jogging on rough terrain, be sure to lock the front wheel into position for stability.

The manufacturer has incorporated suspension into the stroller, to absorb every kind of impact; hence provide your baby with a smooth ride.

Safety Features

A key highlight of Urban Glide 2 is that it includes a dozen safety features to make the experience of jogging with your baby as worrisome-free as possible.

For starters, the stroller has a built-in twist handbrake- a feature that you’re not likely to find in other jogging strollers. This helps you control your speed, which is particularly handy when you’re jogging on steep terrains. You can engage this handbrake-by twisting it- any time you wish to decelerate or slow down.

There’s also a foot-driven parking brake that’s positioned between the rear wheels. It’s relatively big and thus easy to flip when you want to engage. The only problem with the parking brake is that it’s not easy to operate when you’re wearing flip flops. But to be fair, this is a jogging stroller- and you don’t usually run in your flip flops, right?

To keep your toddler securely in place, the stroller offers a 5-point harness. The best thing about this harness is that it’s padded, so it feels comfortable on your baby’s delicate skin.

Also, the stroller has a strap attached to the handlebar. This is meant to be attached to your wrist, to prevent it from rolling away. If you tie the wrist strap, then be careful not to trip as this means that you’ll pull down the stroller with you.

Seat

As you can expect from a stroller that costs this much, the Urban Glide 2 has a reclining seat. In fact, this reclining feature is so intuitively set up that it can be operated with one hand. Thus, if your baby wishes to take a nap, recline the seat to help them sleep more comfortably.

The seat is attached to a beautiful canopy that provides maximum protection from external elements. Even better, this canopy has venting side windows to enhance airflow. There’s also a peekaboo window, which lets you check on your napping baby without disrupting their sleep.

Storage

If you’d like to store a couple of baby accessories, use the ultra-large basket located underneath the seat. This storage unit even has a zippered cover, which helps to protect delicate valuables. You can also use the mesh pocket on the rear of the seat, which gives you quick access to EDC items like your phone or wallet. 

Pros

  • Sports a sleek and lightweight design
  • Foldable
  • One-handed reclining seat
  • Large storage basket under the seat
  • Canopy has peekaboo window for easy baby monitoring

Cons

  • Does not have any snack or cup holders

If you like jogging and would love to take your baby with you on your exercise activity, getting a decent stroller is a must. Unfortunately, a majority of jogging strollers are pretty expensive. Luckily, the Baby Trend Expedition defies the odds by offering a good selection of features at a reasonable price. 

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 25.5 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 50 lbs.
  • Color options: pink, red, raspberry, bubble gum, emerald, lemon zest, optic green e.t.c
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

Main Features

Size

This jogging stroller measures 47 x 21 x 41 inches and is very lightweight. This is a reasonable amount of weight in case you have to maneuver, lift or store the stroller in tiny spaces. Given these dimensions, the jogging stroller can accommodate one child weighing up to 50 pounds.

Build

One thing you’ll notice about the Expedition Jogging Stroller is that it’s well-built. The frame is constructed using rugged steel. Though steel has a bad rep for making things heavy and bulky, this stroller is surprisingly lightweight which explains why it weighs a measly 25.5 pounds.

More importantly, the lightweight steel makes this stroller highly durable. Thus, you’ll be able to use it until your toddler outgrows it.

Some components are also made of high-quality plastic, which makes for a stylishly-designed stroller. In fact, this is one of the few jogging pushchairs that’s available in such a wide range of colors. Whether you want it in optic green, optic pink, topaz, mosaic blue, lemon zest or emerald, you’ll find a color that works for you.

5-Point Harness

Apart from its affordability and sturdy build, another aspect we love about this jogging stroller is the seat. The multi-positioned, reclining options make it easy to find that sweet spot where your baby feels most comfortable.

Better yet, adjusting the recline is a breeze. All you need to do is pull the straps then secure your baby into place using the 5-point harness. Also worth mentioning is that the seat is padded to enhance comfort.

Adjustable Canopy

Another feature that makes this jogging stroller stand out is the canopy. The canopy is pretty large and can be adjusted to cover an extensive area. This way, you’re guaranteed that your baby is completely protected from the harmful rays of the sun.

Car Travel System

This is where the Expedition jogging stroller falls a bit short of our expectations. While you can use the pushchair as a car travel system, it’s limited when it comes to the number of car seats that it’s compatible with.

To be specific, this stroller is designed to be used with Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat. If you have car seats from other brands like Chicco or Graco, you might be able to squeeze them in. However, we don’t recommend doing so.

Wheels

If you’re looking to purchase a jogging stroller, one of the things you should look for is whether it has a front wheel that swivels.

Some buyers complain that this tire tends to slow one down. But when you’re jogging with your baby, speed does not matter as much as the fact that you’re getting a regular workout. Here’s the best part, the Baby Trend Expedition is designed to not only swivel but also be locked into place.

The 3-wheel configuration on this stroller works pretty effectively. It provides a relatively smooth ride even on rough terrains and rocky sidewalks. The wheels are big-sized- which is one of the factors that facilitates a smooth ride. 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Ultra-large wheels that provide smooth ride and flawless maneuverability
  • Equipped with a canopy for maximum protection
  • Adequate storage space including parent trays and 2 cup holders
  • Folds into a compact size for convenient storage

Cons

  • Customer service and support can be improved
  • A little bulky when it’s opened

One of the areas where the Baby Trend Expedition disappoints is the fact that it’s not compatible with Graco car seats. This can be an inconvenience if you wish to use the stroller with such car seats on occasion. Luckily, the Graco FastAction Jogging Stroller doubles up as a better travel system.

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 31.97 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 50 lbs.
  • Color options: Azalea, Gotham, Pierce, Tangerine
Graco FastAction Fold Jogging Stroller

Main Features

Travel System

Graco is one of the most renowned baby product brands. Thus, it’s not surprising that one of their jogging strollers is among our favorite models.

One of the main reasons why we’re reviewing this jogging stroller is because it includes a car seat. Essentially, you’ll get the Graco FastAction stroller and the Graco SnugRide Click Connect Infant Car Seat.

Best part is, the manufacturer provides all these without charging an exorbitant price. In fact, this pushchair is among the most affordable units in our review. The car seat is designed to hold an infant weighing anything from 4 to 35 lbs.

Another aspect that drew us to this jogging stroller is its ease of assembly. It’s designed in such a way that you don’t necessarily have to detach the toddler seat to be able to connect the baby car seat.

Instead, the stroller transforms seamlessly into a car travel system. No need to look for car seat adapters and other tools you’d usually require to connect a stroller to a car seat. For those parents who are not DIY enthusiasts, the ease of setting up this stroller is a huge plus.

Folding Design

In case you were wondering, the “fast-action” term refers to its quick folding mechanism. According to the manufacturer, the stroller only takes a second to fold, and you can achieve this task using just one hand. All you need to do is pull the handle strap situated in front of the seat and the stroller will fold into a compact unit.

Moreover, the manufacturer has incorporated a lock which automatically holds the frame in place once you fold the stroller. This way, you don’t have to worry about the pushchair accidentally opening up when it’s stored in the trunk of your car or other tiny storage place.

My favorite feature about its folding mechanism is the fact that it’s self-standing once folded. Thus, you don’t have to place it on the ground or lean it against a wall or other stable surface if you’re trying to run another errand.

Perhaps the only feature that you might not like is the fact that it’s heavy and bulky. While other strollers like the Baby Trend Expedition weighs just 25.5 pounds, the FastAction tips the scales at 31.97 lbs.

The redeeming feature is that this pushchair comes in some beautiful color combinations. You can choose between Azalea- which has pink accents; Gotham- with grey accents or Tangerine- with shades of orange.

Seat

A stroller is only as good as the quality of its seat, and thankfully, this is one area where Graco FastAction doesn’t disappoint. This seat compares pretty well to other pushchairs in its price range.

It’s about 13 inches wide and is designed to hold toddlers weighing up to 50 lbs. This provides ample room for your baby to grow. Plus, it allows you to bundle your baby in layers of warm clothing when the weather is cold.

The seat is also padded, which helps to provide a smooth and comfortable ride to your baby. Furthermore, it has reclining capability in case your baby wishes to take a quick nap a you’re doing your workout.

To guarantee a smooth ride for your baby, the stroller also comes equipped with 3 air-filled rubber tires. These provide good suspension to absorb bumps and any other imperfections on your jogging trails. 

Pros

  • Easy one-hand folding process
  • Includes Graco infant car seat
  • Seamless transition to a travel system
  • It’s reasonably-priced

Cons

  • It’s bulky, especially when equipped with wheels
  • The handle is slightly high for some users

Have you been looking for a jogging stroller that you can ride not just on the city streets but also on rugged terrain? If you have, the Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller is your best bet. It’s equipped with premium-quality wheels and suspension, enabling it to tackle a variety of surfaces. 

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 28.5 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 55 lbs.
  • Color options: Titan
Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller - Titan

Main Features

Design

You’ve probably guessed by now that Chicco TRE jogging stroller has a three-wheel setup like the others in our review. The 2 rear wheels measure 16 inches while the front one is 12 inches.

Another vital component of this stroller’s design is the handlebar. To provide utmost comfort for the parent navigating the pushchair, the handlebar is padded. Its height can also be adjusted making it suitable for both tall and short parents.

The buggy also has a storage compartment underneath the seat. Here, you can store bulky baby items like a diaper bag. There’s also a parent console, which is one of my favorite features. This comprises of a bottle holder and a middle section where you can store items you’d like to access with ease such as your phone, keys and wallet.

Wheels and Suspension

As we mentioned earlier, Chicco TRE is the type of stroller that allows you to go anywhere with ease. The large-sized tires mean that you can jog on any terrain without worrying that your toddler will experience a bumpy ride. Like many of the strollers we’ve reviewed, this one also has a front wheel that can swivel as well as be locked into position.

But what really contributes to a smooth ride is the advanced Flex Core suspension system. This suspension is attached to each of the two rear wheels and they provide two different configurations to help you adjust the stiffness of the ride. The first setting is tailored for rough terrain while the second is meant for smooth surfaces.

Weight Capacity

Another thing we like about this stroller is its weight capacity. Though it cannot support the 75 pounds of weight like our top pick, it goes a step further than Baby Trend Expedition and Graco FastAction. Simply put; it’s designed to accommodate at least 55 lbs.

On the surface, this may seem like a negligible difference. But when you take into account all the extra baby items you’ll be able to carry with the additional 5 pounds, you’ll realize that this trivial difference matters.

Ease of Use

When you’re juggling between work and family life, the last thing you want is to get a baby accessory that takes hours to assemble. At times, you’ll have just a couple of hours or minutes to spare for your jogging activity.

Thankfully, the manufacturer takes this factor into consideration which is why they’ve designed TRE to be user-friendly. Once you get the stroller, it will be very easy to piece the parts together. There are clear instructions on how to go about this, and everything you’ll need for this process is provided.

After you’ve assembled, things get a lot easier. You can fold the pushchair in three different ways, and using just one hand. The three folding configurations to choose from are: a self-standing fold, flat fold- convenient when storing in tight spaces like your car trunk or a compact fold for permanent storage. 

Pros

  • Adjustable and padded handlebar
  • The front wheel is lockable and it swivels
  • Adjustable suspension system
  • Doubles up as a travel system when combined with Chicco infant car seat
  • Smart storage units
  • Provides a variety of folding configurations

Cons

  • Few color and design options

When you have more than one toddler, scheduling time to exercise- leave alone jogging- can feel like a tall order. This is where double jogging strollers come in handy. They make it incredibly easy to take your kids with you as you’re exercising. One of the best double jogging strollers is BOB Gear Revolution Pro Duallie.

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 36 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 100 lbs.
  • Color options: black
BOB Gear Revolution Pro Duallie Jogging Stroller

Main Features

Wheels and Suspension

As we’ve come to expect from BOB Gear’s range of baby strollers, the Pro Duallie also has a lockable swivel front wheel. In total, the buggy has three polymer, air-filled tires that are able to absorb shock; hence, allowing you to jog on uneven terrain.

The front wheel - which measures 12.5 inches- is much smaller than the two rear ones that are 16 inches wide. Being pneumatic tires, they need to be inflated on a regular basis. Don’t worry, the inflation process is not difficult. In fact, you can use a regular bike pump to inflate them.

Another feature that sets this stroller from the crowd is its superior suspension. This guarantees a smooth ride, which comes in handy for parents who like to jog on sandy beaches and rocky terrain.

Braking System

While most jogging strollers only have one type of brake, the Pro Duallie constitutes two brakes- a foot-operated brake and a handbrake. The foot brake is great for securing your stopped position while the handbrake makes it easy to control your speed.

We like that the foot brake is easy to operate even when one is wearing flip flops. The hand brake is also easy to use and it helps you to start decelerating almost immediately.

Handlebar

One feature that dissuades parents from investing in strollers is because they turn out to be too tall or too short. Luckily, BOB Gear has found a way around this by providing an adjustable handlebar.

While some strollers have a 3 or 5-position adjustable handlebar, the Pro Duallie’s handlebar can be adjusted in 9 different positions. This makes it comfortable for parents of varying heights to navigate it.

Seats

Given that you’ll be carrying both of your toddlers using this buggy, it’s important that the seats be as comfortable as possible. BOB Gear has incorporated padded seats to provide maximum comfort to the passengers.

Each of the seats can hold an infant weighing up to 50 lbs., which sums up to a total weight limit of 100 lbs. Even better, the seats are designed to recline individually. This way, you can configure one seat in a reclining position -in case one baby wants to take a nap- and the other seat fully upright.

We like that the reclining feature is not difficult to operate. All you need to do is pull the straps situated on the rear. However, remember that it’s not advisable to run or jog with the stroller seats fully reclined.

Canopies

Every quality stroller comes equipped with a canopy to provide protection against external elements. For the Pro Duallie, it has two canopies, which as in the case of the seats, can be configured separately. They can be set up in 5 different positions, and they provide up to 125 degree range of coverage.

Also, every canopy is fitted with a peekaboo window, allowing you to check on your baby in a convenient manner. Perhaps the only drawback is that the peekaboo windows have velcro enclosures that can be a little noisy.

Storage

When you’re carrying two babies, it’s likely that you’ll need to bring a ton of accessories. Thankfully, the Pro Duallie has plenty of room for storage. There’s one large storage basket underneath the seats. There are also 2 interior seat pockets and 2 seatback pockets. 

Pros

  • Simple to assemble
  • Offers a smooth ride thanks to the advanced suspension
  • Can handle bumpy terrain
  • Can be operated with one hand
  • Sports a sturdy build
  • Comfortable fit for parents of different heights
  • Numerous storage options
  • Compatible with BOB orBritax car seats

Cons

  • A bit bulky

If you’ve been looking for a buggy that can pull double-duty as a jogging and everyday stroller, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 is a pretty solid choice. It has all the features you’d want in a jogging stroller and then some. 

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 32.2 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs.
  • Color options: black/gray, green/gray, orange/gray
Baby Jogger Summit X3 Single Stroller

Main Features

Design

The Summit X3 is an upgrade from its predecessor- the Summit XC. Compared to the older version, this is a more modern-looking pushchair thanks to the curved and moulded footrest that forms the ‘nose’ shape of the X3. The fabric used is premium-quality canvas and the hood stands out due the bold defining color panels.

This jogging stroller comes in some pretty cool color combinations. You can choose between black with gray, green with gray and orange with gray. Surprisingly, its pricing differs based on these color patterns. So if you prefer a cost-effective option, the orange and green models are slightly cheaper.

Seat

One feature that makes this buggy unique is the seat. It’s padded to provide maximum comfort to the rider. It’s also elevated and this helps your baby to sit higher up than in other strollers; hence, providing an excellent view. We particularly like the foot area which accommodates your infant’s feet really well, so that they’re not left dangling on the sides.

The manufacturer has also incorporated a back and base board, which ensures that your baby stays in an upright and comfortable position. Also, you can recline the seat if you wish to change your baby’s sitting position. Just use the toggle recline provided.

Another thing we like about the stroller’s seat is the mesh added on the rear side. This enhances ventilation, which comes in handy in hot weather. The mesh also prevents items from falling out of the seat’s back.

When it comes to securing your baby, the pushchair is equipped with a 5-point harness system. It’s adjustable so you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for your toddler.

Moreover, the seat is attached to a massive sun canopy, which has peekaboo windows and side vents. The peekaboo windows make it easy to monitor your baby while the side vents enhance airflow, especially if the baby is all covered up under the canopy. You can adjust the canopy as you desire to ensure that it provides maximum coverage.

Storage

The Baby Jogger line of strollers has never disappointed in the storage aspect and the Summit X3 is no exception. It has a huge enclosed and easily accessible undercarriage basket. There’s also a large mesh pocket on the back of the seat where you can store small items like sunglasses, cell phone and keys.

Wheels

One of the reasons why we chose this stroller for everyday travel is because it provides a really smooth ride. The rear wheels are 16 inches while the front one is 12 inches. All three wheels feature air-filled tires with inflatable rubber. Factor in the all-wheel suspension and you have a buggy that’s suitable for all kinds of terrains.

The front wheel can easily be locked into position when you’re jogging or running. Using the advanced remote swivel lock, you can switch between jogger and stroller modes within seconds. This offers a great deal of convenience as you don’t have to stop and touch the front wheel to shift from locked to swivel position and vice versa.

Handle Bar

One of the greatest drawbacks of this buggy is that it has a fixed handlebar. At 40 inches, this can be a little too high for some parents.

On the brighter side, this handlebar is coated in rubber. This gives you a solid grip of the stroller, which is essential when you’re running or jogging. The rubber cover also makes for easy cleaning process. Other strollers are equipped with foam handlebars, which, overtime, absorb sweat and become too slippery. Thankfully, this is not the case with Baby Jogger Summit X3. 

Pros

  • Has a 3-wheel suspension
  • Slip-resistant handlebar
  • Large storage basket
  • Remote wheel lock located on the handlebar
  • Multiposition canopy with peekaboo windows and vents

Cons

  • Fixed handlebar is not suitable for all parents

Investing in a jogging stroller can, at first, feel like a lost investment. A majority are too bulky and heavy, which can be inconveniencing when you have to carry it down a flight of stairs. By the time you reach your apartment’s exit, you barely have any energy left to go jogging.

This is where lightweight jogging strollers like Joovy Zoom 360 come in handy. It weighs just 25.7 lbs., and still has all the features that should be incorporated in a jogging pushchair.

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 25.7 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs.
  • Color options: black, blueberry, charcoal, red
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

Main Features

Design

One of the things that makes this stroller so lightweight is the fact that its frame is constructed using aluminum.

Some strollers have steel frames, which although durable, tend to add a lot of weight to the buggies. Aluminum is a better option as it offers the best of both worlds. Yes, it’s lightweight but it’s also durable. Joovy describes this stroller as “ultralight”. Although it’s not excessively light, the manufacturer reduced its weight by 10% compared to the previous model.

The pushchair measures 46 x 25 x 54 inches and it comes in bold plain colors. You can get it in all black, blueberry, red or charcoal.

Joovy Zoom 360 comes with a variety of accessories. Included in the package is a tire pump- for inflating the wheels, a parent organizer and running leash.

Wheels

Like most jogging strollers, Joovy Zoom 360 has a front wheel that can be locked in place. This not only makes the stroller stable but also safe for physical activities like running and jogging. You can also configure the front wheel to swivel.

Unfortunately, the switch to change between the swivel and locked modes is not remote but located on the front wheel. As such, you will have to stop and bend down to adjust the setting. This front wheel, which measures 12 inches is smaller than the two rear ones that measure 16 inches.

Some manufacturers equip their jogging strollers with handbrakes. However, Zoom 360 only has one foot-operated brake. Good news is, it’s easy to use even when you’re wearing your jogging shoes. Also, the buggy has a strap that you can attach to your waist to keep it in place.

Seat

A primary highlight of this stroller is its incredibly spacious seat. Measuring 14 inches wide with a 22-inch backrest, this seat can comfortably accommodate a bigger child.

Even better, it has a maximum weight capacity of 75 lbs., allowing you to carry your baby and as many accessories as you’d like. The maximum height of the passenger should be 42 inches. But with the canopy folded, even a taller, older child will be able to fit- up to 47 inches tall.

The seat can also be easily reclined using the two strips located on either side. Be sure to loosen the two strips equally to prevent the backrest from leaning excessively on one side.

We love that the stroller’s reclining capability is infinite. This means you can configure a full recline and have it lie almost completely flat. Though the stroller has a deep, near-flat recline, it is not recommended for newborns. According to the manufacturer, the seat is suited for babies aged 3 months and older.

Also important to note is that the seat is more elevated than in other strollers. This allows your baby to sit higher, giving them a better view of the surroundings.

Compatibility

The stroller can be converted into a travel system using car seat adapters. It’s compatible with a variety of car seats ranging from Britax to Chicco, Cybex, Maxi-Cosi, Graco, UPPAbaby and Peg Perego. Just be sure to get an adapter that is specific to the brand of car seat that you have. 

Pros

  • High-placed seat provides an excellent view
  • Seat provides a good, deep recline
  • Comes with many accessories
  • Lightweight
  • Compatible with many car seats

Cons

  • Not the most compact when it’s folded

Baby products like strollers remain a staple in your home for years. So wouldn’t it be nice if the buggy was as good for the environment as it is beneficial to your toddler? Well, the Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller is the answer to your quest for an environmentally-friendly pushchair.

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 36 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 65 lbs.
  • Color options: maritime blue
Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller

Main Features

Design

One of the things that sets this jogging stroller apart is its design. It has an elegant, upmarket look, which isn’t too sporty. This makes it suitable for jogging and for everyday use.

In terms of color, it comes in a beautiful maritime blue. You can also get it in dawn grey mint, although this variety is limited.

When folded, the stroller measures 33 x 19 x 10.5 inches and weighs about 36 lbs. Based on these statistics, the Bumbleride is not as lightweight as we’d like it to be. On the plus side, it has a superior wheel and suspension system that makes it worth investing in.

Seat

The seat is what makes this baby stroller really stand out. It’s been constructed using recycled plastic bottles that are ingeniously spun into polyester. The black section is constructed using an exceptional solution dye process that results in less water usage and water pollution. This process is also energy efficient.

The seat on its own, measures 14.5 inches wide by 9 inches long. Thus, it’s wide enough to accommodate heavier or larger toddlers. Better yet, the space between the seat and the canopy is 23 inches, which provides enough headroom for older kids.

Another feature worth noting, and one that relates to the seat is the 5-point breakaway harness. This helps to secure your kid firmly in place.

Compatibility

One of the things that parents look for when purchasing a stroller is whether it can be turned to a car travel system.

Fortunately, the Bumbleride Speed is one that allows for this flexibility. In fact, it’s compatible with a variety of car seats including Chicco, Graco, Nuna, Cybex and Peg Perego. It goes without saying that you’ll need to purchase separate car seat adapters for each of these brands.

All Suspension System

This buggy is one that can be ridden on any terrain thanks to the all wheel suspension. The 12-inch wheel at the front and 16-inch wheels at the back provide an extremely comfortable ride for your baby.

Since these are pneumatic tires, the manufacturer has conveniently included an air pump that you can use for inflation. This saves you both time and money.

Important to note here is that the pushchair offers three modes of steering. You can ride it in Run, which involves having the front wheel fully locked into position. In Jog, the wheel is locked at 30 degrees, allowing a partial swivel for easy turning. Lastly, Walk steering mode allows a complete 360-degree swivel.

Apart from the all-wheel suspension, another component that makes this buggy easy to navigate is the inclusion of an adjustable handlebar. To be specific, the handlebar can be adjusted between 35 and 46 inches.

Storage

If you’re looking for a jogging stroller that provides plenty of storage area, the Bumbleride doesn’t disappoint. It’s equipped with 5 easy stow pockets, and these include a sippy cup holder and a cargo basket underneath the seat with a capacity of 29 liters. 

Pros

  • The seat is made of plush and eco-friendly fabric
  • Comes with all-wheel suspension for easy steering and to provide a comfortable ride
  • Spacious storage compartment
  • Equipped with an adjustable handlebar
  • Compatible with an array of car seats

Cons

  • A little pricey
  • Only available in Maritime Blue, which might not work for everyone

If you’ve been looking for a baby stroller that allows you to engage in multiple sports, WIKE Premium Trailers is your best bet. This unit easily converts into a bicycle trailer, ordinary stroller or jogger. 

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 24 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 100 lbs.
  • Color options: red and orange
WIKE Premium Double Child Trailers

Main Features

Design

What we love most about the Premium is that it converts very easily into either a stroller, jogger or bicycle trailer. This is made possible by the quick-release pneumatic tires and a patented mechanism that makes the conversion from one version to another a breeze.

As a trailer, the Double Premium is equipped with two bicycle hitches. The manufacturer also provides essential accessories to convert the trailer to a jogger/stroller such as a set of parking brakes and an adjustable handlebar. You’ll be able to adjust the height of the handle between 33 and 43 inches.

At first glance, this stroller looks overly large, which is why many assume that it’s heavy. Surprisingly, the buggy weighs just 24 lbs.- making it lighter than a majority of jogging strollers.

Here’s where it gets more interesting: even with a lightweight design, the Premium is designed to accommodate up to 100 lbs. As you’ll see later, it has enough space to accommodate two older kids.

Interior

WIKE Premium Double is one very roomy stroller! It’s tall and long- aspects that enable it to provide ample head and legroom. A five-year old can comfortably ride in this stroller without having to squeeze into the available space.

The only feature that some parents might not like is the fact that its seat cannot recline. It has an upright back, making it suited for only those kids who can sit comfortably without additional support. The child should also be able to hold their head up steadily.

Another feature that can be improved is the curved entrance. It’s a bit high, making it challenging for smaller kids to climb into the stroller on their own.

Seat

The manufacturer has used bench-style seats for this jogger. These provide ample support and space for older kids.

The two helmet relief cushions are a nice addition to the stroller’s seats. Their purpose is to enhance the safety of a child’s neck by providing support and protection in case of sudden stops.

Furthermore, the seats are fitted with a mesh back. This facilitates ample airflow, which comes in handy when you’re jogging with your toddler in hot weather.

Base

The bottom of the Premium trailer is constructed using stiff polyethylene. Unfortunately, this material is more susceptible to breakage compared to high-quality fabric.

Front Cover and Rain Guards
WIKE Premium includes a mesh outer cover, which attaches to the stroller using Velcro straps. Also included in the package is a rain guard, which is handy for rainy or snowy conditions.

Unfortunately, the rain guard uses the same Velcro system to attach to the stroller. If you want to use the rain guard, you’ll have to roll up the mesh cover first to get it out of the way.

This is tedious and time-consuming. High-end strollers include two sets of zippers, making it possible to use the mesh cover and rain guard simultaneously.

Folds Flat

A key highlight of this buggy is that it folds into a compact size. When unfolded, the Premium Double trailer provides 30% more interior space than conventional models. Despite this fact, it folds flat into a small unit that’s not only easy to carry but also store.

What’s more, the folding process is incredibly easy. Once you’ve removed the wheels, pull out a pin, lift the bar and voila! It’s folded. You don’t have to undo any latches or press any buttons.

Pros

  • Very spacious with plenty of headroom, legroom and storage
  • Easy folding technique
  • Can be folded flat
  • Includes stroller and jogger attachments

Cons

  • The tall entry makes it challenging for small kids to climb into the stroller
  • Seat lacks reclining capability

Parenting in the city has tons of perks. But it can also be challenging, especially when you think of purchasing a stroller.

The right jogger should be lightweight enough so that it’s easy to lift and put in your car trunk. But it should also provide adequate storage space to store baby essentials and other travel gear. One buggy that fits the bill is BOB Blaze Jogging Stroller.

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 27 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs.
  • Color options: citron
BOB Blaze Jogging Stroller

Main Features

Size

BOB Blaze jogging stroller comes in a sleek design, making it suitable for everyday city life. It measures 49 inches long by 24 inches wide by 43 inches high. However, it can be folded into a smaller unit using a simple two-step process.

The fact that it can be folded means it can easily fit into tiny spaces. This really comes in handy for parents living in a small apartment, which is a common occurrence with city dwellers. The buggy weighs a total of 27 lbs. which is manageable in the event that you have to carry the stroller through a flight of stairs.

In spite of its lightweight design, the Blaze has an astounding weight capacity of 75 lbs. This makes it suitable for using with older kids.

The only drawback associated with this stroller’s design is color. While other joggers are available in multiple colors, this one comes in a single color scheme- citron and black. So if you’re not a fan of the yellow color, you’ll have to consider other options.

Adjustable Handlebar

Handlebars can be a major source of inconvenience when using a baby stroller. What feels comfortable for one parent could end up being too high or too low for another individual. So the fact that this stroller comes with an adjustable handlebar is quite an advantage.

Like most strollers made by this brand, the pushchair gives you 9 positions of handlebar heights to pick from.

Handbrake

If you’ll be using BOB Blaze primarily for jogging, then you’ll love the fact that it comes with a hand-controlled brake. Thanks to this feature, it will be a lot easier to jog on steep terrain as you’ll be able to control your speed with ease.

Pneumatic Tires

If you want a pushchair that can tackle unpaved surfaces, then one thing you should look for are air-filled pneumatic tires. Plastic wheels just aren’t designed for rough terrains.

Another thing that makes this buggy unique is that all three wheels come in the same size. Most strollers include a small wheel at the front and larger wheels at the back. However, all three wheels of the BOB Blaze are 16 inches, making it comfortable to ride in all kinds of terrain.

Since the wheels are the same height, the stroller is more stable than other joggers. Furthermore, they’re designed to function like road bike tires, so you’ll be able to jog at a faster pace if that’s what you prefer.

Storage

For a city mom, getting plenty of storage space in a stroller really comes in handy. The handlebar has a console that can hold 2 water bottlers and a zippered pocket where you can stash your phone. The stroller also has a massive cargo basket underneath and 5 additional pockets.

Comfy Seat

The air-filled tires and improved suspension make for a smooth ride. But what makes the ride even more comfortable is the padded, compression seat. The seat has ventilation features and a 5-point harness to keep your toddler safe.

Better yet, your child has the freedom to sit completely upright or recline if they wish to take a nap. To activate the reclining feature, all you need to do is squeeze a button.

UPF 50+ Canopy

WIKE Premium stroller has a rain guard but it doesn’t have a sun-protection canopy. Luckily, BOB has equipped their Blaze Jogger with a canopy that provides maximum protection from the sun.

We like that the canopy is equipped with a peekaboo window, enabling you to check on your toddler without having to stop.

Travel System

If you wish to use this jogging stroller as a car travel system, you’ll need to purchase BOB infant car seat adapter. Although this is an additional cost that you’ll incur, BOB points out that it will allow you to pair the stroller with car seats from other brands as well.

Pros

  • The seat has ultra-padded compression and additional ventilation to enhance comfort
  • Equipped with handbrake for added control
  • Handlebar has nine adjustable positions

Cons

  • Available only in citron color
  • Fixed front wheel which limits range of motion

In the automobile world, Jeep model of cars are known for their cross-country prowess. The Jeep Deluxe Patriot is no exception. It’s a buggy that’s tailored for dedicated joggers and little adventurers.

Specifications

  • Stroller weight: 26.98 lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 50 lbs.
  • Color options: Berry Tracks, Galaxy, Charcoal Tracks
Jeep Deluxe Patriot Open Trails Jogger

Main Features

Wheels and Suspension

The Deluxe stroller lives upto its reputation as it can be distinguished by the overly big wheels and heavy-duty suspension. Thanks to these features, this jogger can tackle all kinds of terrain with ease.

The large size of the wheels not only helps with rugged terrain but also helps to cushion the ride. This means your baby won’t feel the dozens of vibrations and shocks that occur when crop up when you’re jogging.

The suspension is another feature that sets this jogger apart. It’s wider than the one in other jogging strollers- an aspect that enhances the stroller’s stability. It’s also not likely to skid even if your kid has a tendency to bend or turn unnecessarily in the buggy.

Seat

Safety is one of the most important aspects to consider when you’re jogging with a toddler. Thankfully, this buggy has a 5-point harness, which secures your baby better than a 3-point harness does.

Better yet, the 5 straps are very easy to fasten and unfasten. The stroller also comes with a tether strap that you can attach to a wrist leash to prevent the stroller from rolling away accidentally.

Plus, the stroller is backed by JPMA certification. This means that it’s been tested thoroughly and found to conform to the necessary safety standards.

Accessories

The Deluxe Patriot comes with an array of attachments, making it more versatile. The padded and reclining seat is attached to a snack tray. The pushchair also has a canopy with UPF 50+ rating, meaning it provides maximum sun protection.

If you want to keep your cell phone or car keys within reach, you’ll be pleased to know that the stroller comes with a parent’s organizer. What’s more, there are 2 cup holders and a variety of other storage compartments. 

Pros

  • Plenty of storage areas: cupholders, undercarriage, parent’s organizer
  • Safe-design; JPMA-certified
  • Has extra-large wheels to provide a smooth ride
  • Doubles up as a travel system
  • It’s foldable for easy storage
  • It’s affordable

Cons

  • The canopy can be improved to provide greater coverage

Differences Between a Jogging Stroller and a Regular Stroller

Both a regular and jogger stroller allow you to spend quality time with your little one. Whether you’re shopping at a mall, exploring a new park or simply taking a leisurely stroll, any one of these strollers will come in handy. But that is as far as the similarities go.

A lot of times, parents aren’t sure of which type of stroller to go for. So an easy way to choose between the two is to compare the attributes and benefits of each. This chart provides a quick summary of each stroller’s properties:

Jogging Stroller

Regular Stroller

Equipped with 3 pneumatic rubber tires

4 hard-plastic wheels

One handlebar for one-hand operation

Some have separate handlebars that require a two-hand operation

Front wheel is lockable to provide stability when jogging or running

Front wheels cannot be locked

Smooth ride due to the suspension provided by the wheels

Ride can be a bit bumpy; not the best suspension

Easy to navigate even on rough terrains such as grass or gravel

More suited for smooth surfaces like floors at malls and shopping centres

A little bulky due to the size and build of the wheels

Compact

Let’s delve into these differences:

Physical Attributes

Wheels

One of the easiest ways to identify a jogging stroller entails the three-wheel configuration. This comprises of one front wheel and two on the rear. 

These wheels comprise of pneumatic tires, which are made of rubber- fairly similar to the small tires you see on bicycles. However, the pneumatic tires provide adequate suspension so as to absorb shock from navigating through rough terrain.

Initially, the front wheel on a jogger stroller was either stationary or fixed. Over time, this has changed with a majority of manufacturers choosing to equip their buggies with swivel front wheels instead. This means that you can lock the front wheel into position, and this makes for easier maneuverability. 

Stroller for Big Kids Buying Guide

Conversely, a regular stroller has four wheels- two at the front and two rear ones. Often, these wheels have hard plastic tires. However, it’s not unusual to find regular strollers fitted with rubber linings to provide a smooth ride. Also, most front wheels have swivel capability.

The only challenge a jogging stroller presents is size. Most of these strollers are bigger compared to regular models. This is because they have larger wheels for easier navigation on rough terrains. Unfortunately, the larger size of the wheels also makes the strollers bulkier and more challenging to transport.

Handle Height

If you’re an average-sized being, then the handlebar is not going to be a problem. But if you’re on the shorter side of the height spectrum, you’ll want to look for a handlebar whose height can be adjusted.

It can be very frustrating to jog with a stroller that doesn’t fit. In such a situation, your arm swing will be limited by pushing the buggy. On the same note, you might be forced to extend your arms too high to reach the handle. If you experience either of these, it’s likely that you’ll prefer to hire a babysitter next time than bring your toddler along.

Wheel Width

The two key reasons why you should consider the wheel width entail space and aesthetics. Even if there aren’t many pedestrians on the way, you’ll feel guilty navigating a buggy that’s occupying half of the space on a sidewalk.

Let’s not forget, this also makes storing the pushchair more difficult. If you live in an urban area, chances are you don’t have as much room to spare to store such a big stroller. Another challenge is that the wide wheels might not fit through some hallways and doors.

The advantage of ultra-wide wheels is that they also tend to provide more onboard storage space. Also, strollers with wider wheels fit larger kids more comfortably, and they’re more stable than their narrow-wheeled counterparts.

Thus, the best thing you can do is assess your situation. This way, you can establish whether or not a stroller with wide wheels meets your needs. If it doesn’t, then stick to one with reasonably-sized wheels, that is, it shouldn’t be too narrow that it compromises on stability.

Hand Brake

Hand brake stroller

The handbrake is another feature that you’re likely to find on jogging strollers but not on regular models. Initially, you may think that the handbrake is just another lovely accessory, But once you start jogging with the stroller on a hilly or steep terrain, you’ll notice how beneficial this piece of equipment is. 

When you’re running or jogging downhill, you can use the handbrake to regulate your speed.

So no matter how steep the terrain is, you won’t have to worry about losing control and colliding into something or falling. 

Guide for Buying a Jogging Stroller

With thousands of jogging strollers to pick from, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for your family. Here are the main factors you should take into account:

Type of Stroller

Standard stroller

Standard pushchairs come in a variety of styles and designs. Almost all of them will have a comfortable seat that’s padded and reclinable. Most of these strollers will also have canopies and storage compartments, which are often located under the seat.

Some standard strollers are designed in such a way that the baby faces forward. In others, the child will be looking in your direction, giving you an excellent view. Still, there are a few models that allow you to switch from one orientation to another.

Car-seat stroller frames

These are pushchairs equipped with lightweight frames. They rely on infant car seat carriers to accommodate the child. Often, these strollers come with frame-on-wheels for seamless attachment.

These kinds of buggies come in handy because they can be used even with newborns. However, they also present a challenge as they can only be used with kids who can fit in the infant car seat.

Travel systems

These are standard or jogging strollers that can be used in conjunction with an infant car seat. They differ from car seat stroller frames in terms of pricing, size and weight. More specifically, you’ll find that travel systems are bigger, heavier and pricier.

Now even though you’ll spend more on a travel system, the good news is that you’ll be able to use this stroller even after your child outgrows their infant car seat. A majority of these strollers’ manufacturers provide a standard stroller and the compatible infant car seat.

Double and triple strollers

As the name implies, this stroller allows you to carry 2 or 3 kids at once. If you have twins or plan to get a child in the near future, consider investing in a double or triple stroller. In most cases, these strollers are more economical than purchasing two individual strollers. Plus, they make it possible to push 2 or more kids at once. 

Safety

Safety stroller

We’ll look at how you can keep your baby safe when jogging in a bit.But first, you should invest in a jogging stroller that has all the essential safety features.

To start with, the frame should be able to lock firmly into position.

This way, you’re guaranteed that it won’t collapse or fold while you’re carrying your baby. On the same note, the frame shouldn’t have any sharp edges or protrusions of any kind that can injure your toddler. 

Whenever possible, look for a pushchair that has been approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). If the stroller has JPMA certification, you can rest easy knowing that it meets the necessary safety standards. 

Harnesses

A quality jogging stroller ought to have a restraint system. If you’re purchasing a baby stroller for the first time, you might not notice the different types of harness systems incorporated.

Usually, there are two main types of harness systems: a 5-point and a 3-point. The 5-point harness will have 5 straps- two straps that go over the baby’s shoulders, another strap positioned between the baby’s legs and two more straps securing the baby’s hips.

In contrast, a 3-point system will have two straps that go over the shoulders and one strap routed between the legs. However, it won’t have any straps that secure the baby’s hips.

If you’re keen, you’ll notice that most of the jogging strollers we’ve recommended have a 5-point harness. This is because they provide better security than the 3-point system. Essentially, the higher the number of straps used to secure your baby, the better.

Apart from providing better security, a 5-point harness absorbs extreme forces of collision better than a 3-point one. In the event of an accident, the 5 straps are able to distribute the forces all across your toddler’s strongest body points. With a 3-point system, the shoulders absorb most of the shock leading to unnecessary strain. 

Adjustable Seat

Another thing you should check in the jogging stroller is whether the seat has reclining capability. This is particularly important if you plan to use the buggy with an infant or younger child. If the seat has this feature, then you’ll be able to recline it whenever your baby wants to take a nap or sleep.

You should also check whether the seat’s reclining feature is user-friendly. Ideally, it shouldn’t be difficult to engage. 

Maneuverability

A good jogging stroller is one that is easy to steer. Some of the features that make a pushchair easy to navigate are swivel wheels and handlebars. A front swivel wheel allows you to make turns more easily. Similarly, the handlebar should be easy to reach so that you’re able to steer in a straight line effortlessly.

Brakes

When it comes to the braking systems, you should check whether they’re easy to operate. If the stroller has a foot brake, then it should be easy to engage regardless of the type of footwear you have.

Also, check whether the buggy has a handbrake. This is an excellent addition to any jogging stroller as it makes it easier to control your speed. 

Canopy

canopy stroller

A majority of jogging strollers are equipped with canopies. However, not all canopies can be adjusted. Thus, you should check whether your canopy can be adjusted to provide bigger coverage from external elements.

With this canopy, you’ll be able to protect even older kids from UV rays, dust and wind; hence, making their ride more comfortable. 

Storage

Before deciding to purchase a particular jogger, check whether it provides enough storage space for all the things you’d like to carry. For instance, if you want to carry a diaper bag, then the undercarriage should have ample space to fit the bag.

Similarly, if you want to keep some of the baby items within reach, then the stroller should have a pocket on the seat’s back or a handlebar console.

Versatility

If you want to attach other accessories to the stroller, you’ll need to look for a versatile model. The most versatile jogging strollers can be used with bassinets, infant seats and riding boards.

On the same note, a versatile buggy can be used for an array of sports and not just jogging. A good example is the WIKE Premium Double that can be converted to a bicycle trailer in a matter of seconds! Such a stroller comes with separate attachments for walking, jogging and cycling.

When Can a Baby Ride in a Jogging Stroller?

Having your baby become a part of your daily exercise routine is not only fun but also presents a good opportunity to strengthen the bond between the two of you.

However, you should first determine whether they’ve reached an appropriate age to be engaged in such activities. Here’s a guide to know if your baby is old enough to ride in a jogging stroller.

Necessary Infant Development

At a very tender age, your newborn doesn’t have enough head control because their neck muscles and motor skills are not fully developed. As they grow older, they will ultimately be capable of sitting down on their own because their muscles will have developed fully.

They will also have developed the necessary neck and head control, which is essential when you’re subjecting them to fast movement. The age at which infant development occurs will vary from one child to another.

According to babycenter.com, the appropriate age for a child to start riding in a jogger stroller is 6 months. Other websites will recommend waiting until your child is 8 months or 1 year old. If you’re not sure whether your infant has reached the right age, consult your pediatrician.

The type of jogging stroller you use also matters. Some manufacturers make pushchairs that can be used with babies that are as young as 3 months. However, others are tailored for toddlers aged 6 months and older. Thus, always check the age-limit recommended by the manufacturer of your jogging stroller.

Important Safety Guidelines

Even if you’ve purchased a high-end jogging stroller that’s advertised as being safe for your baby, there are a couple of things you can do to further improve the safety of your baby when running. Here are a few tips to make riding with a jogging stroller easier, safer, fun and more comfortable for your baby.

Ensure Your Baby is Old Enough

Adhere to the guidelines given by your pediatrician. If they say that your baby is too young to ride on a jogging stroller, then don’t put them on one unless you’re attaching the buggy to a car seat.

If the jogger has a car seat adapter, it means you can attach it to a car seat.

Using the stroller in this way is safer as it provides ample stability to your baby’s head and neck.

Plus, it prevents your infant from being bounced around excessively. 

Stroller Buying Guidelines

Lock the Front Wheel

Depending on the brand you purchase from, you may end up with a stroller whose front wheel is fixed or one that has a switch- allowing you to lock and unlock it into a specific position. When running or jogging, it’s safer to lock this front wheel in place. This ensures that the pushchair won’t turn unexpectedly, causing you to crash or fall.

Pack Wisely

Nearly all jogging strollers will have an undercarriage storage basket as well as other storage units and holders. Thus, you have plenty of room to carry everything you need for the baby. Essential baby accessories that you shouldn’t forget are diapers, wipes, snacks, spare clothes and toys or books for entertainment. 

Protect Your Toddler

One of the benefits of working out- regardless of whether you’re doing it in the morning or evening- is that you’ll work up a sweat. This will also help to keep you warm even though it’s cold. However, this does not apply to your baby. If it’s freezing outdoors, your child will likely experience cold if they’re not well-dressed.

So if it’s cold and windy, ensure you dress your baby in layers of warm clothing. Similarly, during warm or hot weather, avoid overdressing your baby and protect them with sunscreen to avoid sunburns. On days when it’s extremely hot or cold, keep your jogging sessions brief. Alternatively, leave your baby with a sitter. 

Strap Your Child

Why Use a Bassinet Stroller

Even if your child is old enough to support themselves, it’s important that you secure them using the harness provided.

Another assumption that parents make is that they don’t need to use the harness since they won’t be moving at high speed.

But this shouldn’t be the case, especially if you’re walking with the stroller in front of you. Chances are, you won’t have a good view of the obstacles on the ground.

And hitting just a tiny rock, can send your toddler flying from their seat even if you were walking at a slow pace. 

Don’t Jog in High Traffic Areas

If you want to jog with your toddler, then it’s important that you identify the most stroller-friendly jogging trails first.

The best areas to go jogging with a stroller are in parks, bike paths and sidewalks. This way, you don’t have to worry about car traffic. In addition to enhancing your child’s safety, these jogging areas provide a more comfortable ride. You won’t be forced to stop and cross the street to avoid oncoming traffic, so you can jog continuously without disrupting your baby. 

Time Your Jogging Sessions Wisely

If you want your child to enjoy jogging sessions as much as you do, then you’d better time them wisely. Advisably, the ideal time to go for a jog is right before they sleep. As long as the ride is smooth and comfortable, they’re likely to fall asleep as soon as you start jogging.

On the other side of the spectrum, the worst time to take your child jogging is when they’re feeling hungry. Chances are, they’ll be in a grumpy mood and are likely to start crying to express their discontent. 

Make It Fun

If all your baby does is sit in their stroller as you jog, it’s likely that they’ll become bored overtime. If they lose interest in your jogging sessions, then they won’t want to accompany you and you might be forced to hire a sitter.

Even though jogging is meant to help you incorporate some workout into your daily routine, you should also consider your baby’s needs.

If they’re older, you can stop along the way and let them out to enjoy the scenery or play for a short amount of time. If they’re too young, then consider buying them a couple of toys that they can play with along the way. 

Use Parking Brakes Everytime You Stop

Use Parking Brakes Stroller

Do you like to stop mid-way and perform a couple of lunges and burpees? If you do, then you should look for a jogging stroller with parking brakes. Jogging strollers ride seamlessly and you’ll be surprised at how fast the buggy drifts away because it’s blown away by a small breeze.

Even if you’re making a stop to tighten your shoelaces, it’s important that you engage the parking brake to keep the pushchair in place. 

Inspect the Stroller Regularly

Most parents will never inspect their strollers unless something goes amiss. But this should not be the case. You should check your stroller on a regular basis, preferably, you should inspect each time you’re about to use it.

Here are some of the things to look for during your inspection:

  • Wear and tear on the toddler seat and other fabric used on the stroller
  • The pressure of the wheels if they have pneumatic tires
  • The tread on the wheels- this can wear out quickly if you navigate the stroller on bumpy terrain
  • The buckles on the harness- they should be working properly so that they secure your child firmly

Don’t Wear Headphones

Even if you’re jogging on a route that has little to no traffic, you should never wear headphones. When you wear headphones, you won’t know what’s happening in your surroundings. You might not even hear your baby when they start crying or complaining inside the stroller.

If you have to listen to music as you jog then look for a stroller with a handlebar console. This way, you can place your cell phone or music player in the console and play music as you run.

Alternatively, you can invest in high-end strollers that come with built-in speakers, enabling you to enjoy your favorite music on the go. And even when you decide to play music, ensure that it doesn’t compromise your ability to pay attention to your environment.

Avoid Adding Gear on the Handlebars

One of the main causes of stroller-associated injuries arises from product tipovers. Often, this happens when there’s excessive weight bearing down on the handlebar. This is particularly risky if you’re carrying a child who is less than a year old or much lighter.

If your stroller doesn’t have any storage compartments underneath the seat, consider carrying another bag where you can store additional gear. For instance, if you want to carry your water bottle, look for a hydration belt that you can tie around your waist. 

How to Clean and Maintain a Jogging Stroller

Jogging strollers- even those that are fairly priced- are one of the few baby essentials that you don’t have to replace every season. But even then, there are a couple of things you can do to ensure your jogger lasts longer.

We’re talking about cleaning and maintenance. Sure, this is not going to be as fun as jogging on the trails. However, it will help you spend more time with your baby outdoors, so it’s still a win-win situation! So how do you get started on this process?

Read the Manufacturer’s Manual First

If your jogging stroller was easy to assemble, there’s a good chance that you never consulted the manual. But now that you’re planning to clean it, this might be a good time to read the manual. Even if you’ve cleaned a stroller before, it’s important that you don’t skip this step.

As uninteresting as it might seem, the manual can ease your cleaning task. Essentially, it guides you on how to remove those parts that are detachable. In fact, it helps you identify which parts are detachable to start with. It also provides guidelines on how to clean the rest of the stroller.

In the unfortunate event that you can’t access your manual, visit the manufacturer’s website and look for guidelines on how to clean it. 

Cleaning the Fabric and Seat

The good thing about jogging strollers is that a majority are covered in a fabric that can be removed. Still, it’s not unusual to find pushchairs with fabrics that are fixed permanently. The former makes for a very easy cleaning process since it helps you access every nook and crevice of the stroller.

If the seat and fabric are detachable

  • Start by removing the frame and be careful not to damage any component of the frame. Also, be keen and take note of the hidden bolts that can only be removed using a screwdriver.
  • Using a handheld brush, remove any food particles, twigs, dust, which may be trapped at the joint where the seat’s back meets the base.
  • If there are tinier pieces that you can’t remove using a hand brush, use a vacuum to remove them
  • Once you’ve removed smaller pieces, you can now stash the fabric, seat and canopy in a washing machine. However, you should first confirm whether these parts are safe to wash in a machine by referring to the user’s manual. If they’re not machine-washable, consider washing them by hand. If using a washing machine, stick to the gentle cycle to avoid ruining the fabric. After washing, air-dry them in an outdoor setting.

If the seat and fabric cannot be removed from the frame

Here, you’ll have to find a way to clean every inch of your stroller without removing the seat or fabric. To do this:

  • Vacuum any food particles and dirt from the seat, fabric and attachments like pockets and sippy cup holders.
  • Soak a soft towel in soapy water, then use it to wipe down the toddler’s seat and fabric sections. Remember that a baby’s skin is delicate and sensitive. Thus, use mild detergents that cannot harm your child’s skin.
  • If there are soiled parts that are difficult to clean using the soft towel, look for a soft fabric brush to clean out the dirt. You can also use a toothbrush if you don’t have a fabric brush. When dealing with such stubborn stains, a solution of vinegar and water or baking soda can also help. Besides, these ingredients are safe to use on delicate fabrics.

Cleaning and Maintaining the Frame

The frame of a jogging stroller is one of the most essential components. This is the part responsible for holding everything together. While you might not realize it, this component also tends to accumulate the highest amount of dirt.

Compared to other stroller components, the frame is also very difficult and expensive to repair or replace.

For these reasons, you should take good care of this element, and this will in turn, extend the lifespan of your buggy.

Follow these steps to clean the frame:

Cleaning Stroller
  • Take the frame apart, that is, disassemble by removing any attached accessories. These include cup holders, snack trays, consoles, bassinets and baskets.
  • Clean all the accessories separately; remember to use baby-friendly cleaning solutions.
  • Inspect the frame’s nooks and joints for accumulated dirt and debris. Remove using a brush or vacuum if necessary. At this point, you should also check whether the frame has any damage, breakage or loose parts.
  • Soak a clean and soft towel in a solution containing water and a kid-friendly detergent. Use this towel to wipe down the frame. Once you’re done cleaning, look for a dry piece of cloth to wipe off excess water.
  • Since the frame is mostly made of metal, ensure the products you use won’t damage, scrape or cause corrosion of the metallic components.

If you want the frame and other components of the stroller to dry, place them in a well-ventilated room. If you’re drying them outdoors, ensure you place them in a shaded area. This is because it’s wrong to subject any of the stroller parts and accessories to intense heat.

Cleaning and Maintaining the Wheels and Tires

Whether you’ve been navigating the jogger on city sidewalks or a rocky terrain, there’s a good chance that the wheels have accumulated a great deal of dust and dirt. Thus, you’ll need to give them a thorough brush down before you take it out for another jogging session.

To clean the wheels, use a powerful blast with a hose so that you can dislodge mud and dust that’s adhered to the wheels. Next, wipe them dry using a clean piece of cloth. Although doing this will enable you to clean the wheels, it’s advisable to detach the wheels occasionally and give them a deep clean.

Most wheels are equipped with a quick release mechanism, which makes it easy to remove them. Once you’ve removed the wheels, clean the tires in a solution of warm, soapy water. If there’s any dirt or mud that has adhered to the tires, use a stiff brush for dislodging.

If your stroller’s wheels use bearings, this is the perfect time to lubricate them. For the lubrication process, we recommend using a non-stick teflon lubricant. Although oil and silicone-based lubricants are equally effective, they have a tendency to attract dust, which makes cleaning and maintenance harder.

Other than the bearings, you should also lubricate the moving parts where you detached the wheels from. It’s important to clean these areas thoroughly as they could be harboring dirt or tiny stones that can hinder a smooth operation.

Often, stroller buyers clean the fabric, seat and canopy but they forget about the wheels. But it’s vital that you pay as much attention to the wheels as well.

In fact, you should clean the wheels right after your jogging session, especially if you were jogging on a sandy or snowy terrain. The combination of salt and sand can wreak havoc on your wheels by causing corrosion. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Jogging Strollers

What Makes a Jogging Stroller Different?

A jogging stroller is designed specifically for parents with active lifestyles. There are several things that make this type of pushchair different but the main ones are:

  • A 3-wheel setup- a regular stroller usually has 4 wheels while jogging stroller has 3 wheels (one in the front and two rear ones).
  • Size- compared to regular smodels, joggers weigh a lot more because of the wheel configuration and improved suspension systems. These two features provide you and your baby a smooth and comfortable ride.

Why Should I Invest in a Jogging Stroller?

If you’re a parent who leads an active lifestyle, a jogger will address your needs more efficiently than a regular buggy. Most joggers are equipped with pneumatic (air-filled) tires to provide a smooth ride. This feature particularly comes in handy when you’re exercising on a hilly or steep terrain.

Jogging strollers also have shock absorbers, designed to minimize the intensity of impact that your toddler may experience when you’re working out. More importantly, these strollers have a ton of safety features such as hand brake, wrist strap, 5-point harness system and more.

Can I Use a Jogging Stroller Even if I’m Not a Runner?

Contrary to conventional strollers, joggers are fitted with larger wheels that make them easier to navigate even on rugged terrain.

The larger size of the wheels also make the buggy more stable than regular models. If these features are important to you, then you can invest in a jogging stroller even if you don’t exercise as much.

However, keep in mind that joggers are considerably heavier and pricier. If you don’t want to navigate a bulky or heavy stroller, then you’re better off using a standard stroller.

How Old Should My Baby Be to Start Using a Jogging Stroller?

Advisably, your baby should be at least 6 months old. By this time, their muscles are developed to a point where the baby can support their head and neck. Thus, putting them in a jogging stroller doesn’t pose any health hazard.

Still, it’s important to consult your pediatrician. On the same note, ensure you buy a jogging stroller that’s suitable for your baby’s age. 

What is the Meaning of Height Adjustable Handlebar?

This means that the height of the handlebar can be adjusted up to a certain point. Strollers with such handlebars are useful to short parents. They help the caregiver configure the stroller to a comfortable height. 

Are Jogging Strollers Safe for Newborns?

No, they are not. The best and safest way to use a jogger with a newborn is if you’re attaching it to an infant car seat. These car seats are designed to provide ample head and neck support since your baby is not old enough to sit on their own. 

Can I Use a Secondhand Jogging Stroller?

Yes, there’s nothing wrong with using a hand-me-down jogger. However, you should first inspect the stroller and ensure that every component is working properly. The wheels should be rolling smoothly, all the straps should be present to secure your baby firmly and the seat should be padded to provide comfort.

What Can I Do to Keep Jogging Stroller in Good Condition?

If you want the jogger to look brand new, here’s what you should do:

  • Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions
  • Vacuum or clean out any crumbs
  • Take care of the fabric by washing it on a regular basis
  • Clean the frame on occasion
  • Keep the snack tray and other accessories clean
  • Wash the wheels after every stroll
  • Store your stroller in a clean and dry area
  • Occasionally lubricate the moving parts

Wrap Up

Raising your child means making significant changes to your lifestyle. However, your active lifestyle doesn’t have to change; not if you invest in a jogging stroller.

This pushchair is meant to help you take your baby along when you’re running or jogging. It’s equipped with extra features such as safety elements, improved suspension and larger wheels to help it achieve its intended purpose. 

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