There isn’t an easy answer about when you can safely begin to use a jogging stroller. On one hand you can find resources that say it’s OK to run with your 3 month old in a car seat using an adapter. But most jogging stroller brands recommend waiting at least until 6 or 8 months with the factory model seat. On it’s website, Bob recommends waiting until your child is 8 months.
Six months is when babies begin to sit up and have head control which is where the recommendation comes from. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to wait a little more for most infants.
I am not patient however… I also have a tendency not to read directions. Sorry.
I was sent the Chicco Tre while I was pregnant and used it in the beginning as my regular stroller to get through the snow with my car seat clipped in. I used it on long walks. I thought I could use it once Tommy was 3 months old for running but chose to wait because that is what Chicco suggested on their website. In fact, they suggest waiting until baby is a year to run! Walking is OK with the car seat starting at birth.
Now that Tommy is almost 6 months old (and 22lbs), he is sitting up well and has really good head control.
Still with his car seat, I’ve begun to run with Tommy. The car seat provides extra support and stability for his head and neck. I would not run without the car seat and his head wobbles more on the brick sidewalks of Boston walking! I don’t go off roading with the baby and the paved stretched I’ve used it on so far have recently been paved for a smooth ride.
I’d love to have a big review comparing jogging strollers but the Chicco Tre is the only one I can really talk about since it is the only one I’ve used. People have asked on Instagram which is the best, and I don’t honestly know since I do not have experience. I like Lucie’s list and Baby Gear Lab for reviews that go into serious detail comparing all the models.
I’m most excited to try out the Thule Urban Glide and Bob Revolution Flex next. I have a friend who offered to let me test out her Bob on the cape and I guess I’ll have to find a Thule in the mean time.
After using a jogging stroller for just 3 weeks however, I do have some thoughts I wanted to share with my mommas who might want to buy a jogging stroller in the future.
Running is not the same! It’s not an freeing or enjoyable as it once felt. I didn’t expect it to be but after 3 or 4 miles, I’m happy to be done. I don’t wear headphones but still play music quietly from my iPhone in the cup holder.
I only run on freshly paved paths or side walks. In the city, I wait until I get to the esplanade running and biking paths. This tacks on an extra 30 mins to any runs. The brick sidewalks are too bumpy. The stop lights are a pain and yes, you now have to wait for the walk sign.
The stroller is 30 lbs plus Tommy who is pushing 22. The lightest one I could find is the Thule which is just over 20 lbs.
Pushing isn’t fun and you’re constantly trying to keep it going in a straight line. I bet this is different with each stroller but this is my experience with the Tre. I like that the front wheel on the Tre is not locked though. I would definitely recommend a stroller with a wheel that is NOT locked.
In addition, you’re also worried about the sun and if it is in the baby’s eyes. This is stressful, not to mention you’re trying to keep the baby happy and entertained too unless they are asleep.
Your pace is not nearly as quick as it would be either. I have however been passed in races by people pushing jogging strollers!
So, should you buy a jogging stroller as a second stroller?
That depends on your needs. If you are a runner like me, home most of the time without help, then I would say yes if you can afford it AND have space to store it. The Chicco Tre is $380 and the other two I mentioned above are $400 and $480. The cheapest one, Baby Trend Expedition is just under $150 on Amazon. They are big and living in the city, space is a precious commodity.
I love going to fitness studios for workouts when child care is offered but it’s nice to get in a workout on our schedule and when we travel. I brought the jogger as my main stroller to the Cape the past few weekends. It’s been nice to have Tommy join me for my Saturday workout. It may not compare to the freedom of running by yourself, but it makes you feel like you can go where ever you want for a little while.
If you are not a runner, then obviously save your money. However…
One of my friends who is not a runner did get a Bob as her regular stroller. She loves it. You can walk briskly with a good stroller, pause and do some burpees, pushups and planks for an outdoor workout. I have one coming next week for you on Thursday on YouTube.
Also, you don’t need one until your baby is at least 6 months if it will be used as a jogger unless you use your car seat
This blog post was not sponsored. Chicco did provide me with a jogging stroller for review consideration though.