Running with a Stroller

TIPS FOR RUNNING WITH A STROLLER

Jogging strollers may be one of the best inventions ever for running moms and dads. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when running with your child in a jogging stroller:

  • Invest in a good quality jogging stroller. Check out Consumer Reports’ ratings and recommended strollers.
  • Use a stroller made specifically for jogging; do not run with regular 4-wheel strollers.
  • Use your jogging stroller’s safety/wrist strap when you are in motion and when you are stopped.
  • Never take your hands off the stroller. Switch hands as you run, but always keep one hand on the stroller.
  • When you are stopped, use your strollers wheel lock (but keep the safety strap on).
  • Alert runners or walkers when passing them by shouting, “On your left.” Then pass on the left.
  • Obey the age requirements listed with your stroller. BOB brand jogging strollers recommend that children are at least 8 months old to make sure their neck can withstand the normal stops, bumps and turns typical on a run.
  • Try not to run with your jogging stroller on crowded routes, or routes with a lot of obstacles or loose dogs.
  • Choose smooth or paved trails, if possible, especially when your child is very young.
  • Don’t run on busy roads with your jogger.
  • Dress your child for the elements.
    • Put sunscreen on your child if it is sunny.
    • Bundle your child if it is cold and remember to factor in the wind being created as you run.
    • Use a rain cover.
    • Use the sun cover.
    • Inspect and maintain your jogging stroller regularly.
        • Keep tires inflated.

      Tighten any loose screws.

  • Above all obey Road Running Etiquette found here.