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Running strollers tend to top the baby registry picks for active families looking forward to introducing their babies to the world of movement and sports. With added functionality (handbrakes, swivel wheels, built-in suspension), the best jogging strollers make active adventures convenient and safe for families.
These rugged strollers are designed with safety and stability from the ground up. Some brands are longtime industry leaders while others have improved the genre. “Typically, we get the most questions on Bob Gear jogging strollers and both the Thule jogging strollers and multisport trailers,” says Katie Blozis, brand director for Albee Baby, a New York City-based baby store. “Both brands have been around for a while, focus their efforts in this category and are trusted brands with products that hold up and perform well.”
Some of these strollers serve multiple sports, doubling as bike trailers; others work as a family’s everyday wheels to get to and from the park and daycare. Here are eight of the best jogging strollers you can buy today.
Peruse the buying guide at the end of this article to help decide what to look for in a jogging stroller. For example, some models fold down to fit into smaller trunks or come at an affordable price point. There are also double strollers for running and joggers with extras like rain covers to snack trays.
Best Jogging Stroller Overall
Cleverly Built Stroller For Serious Runners
Best Jogging Stroller For Bumpy Roads And Trails
Tackle Any Terrain With This Bob Gear Stroller
Best Lightweight Jogging Stroller
Ultralight But Packed With Features
Best Jogging Stroller For City Dwellers
A New Performance Stroller From A Luxury Brand
Best Double Jogging Stroller
Light Enough To Jog With Two Kids
Best Hands-Free Jogging Stroller
A Stroller That Lets You Pull Rather Than Push Your Kid
Best Jogging Stroller For Tall Parents
A Taller Than Average Stroller With Nine Handlebar Positions
Best Multisport Jogging Trailer
Lightweight Multisport Trailer With Conversion Kits Available
How To Choose A Jogging Stroller
When purchasing a jogging stroller, there are a few things to take into consideration, such as your family lifestyle and where you normally like to go running or walking, as well as the age of your kids. Our experts agree that the main features to look for when shopping for a jogging stroller should include:
- Lockable front wheel for one-handed pushing/steering while jogging
- A handbrake to easily slow down while running downhill
- A mechanism that makes the stroller easy to open and close
- Storage basket
- Large sunshade
- Adjustable handlebar
- It should be easy to get your child in and out
- Easily-adjustable five-point harness
- Good on all terrain
- Comfortable for your child
- Reflective areas to be seen more easily
How Soon Can You Run With a Jogging Stroller?
Safety note: While many strollers designed for newborns allow parents to immediately stroll and walk with babies, the jostling of a jogging stroller means you should wait until your little one is a bit older and stronger before taking them on a run. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to run with a baby in a jogging stroller until they’re at least 6 months old or when they have better neck and head control, which could come later, depending on the child. It’s best to get the thumbs up from your pediatrician before enjoying the jogging stroller together.
Many jogging strollers work with car seats via an adapter so that they can be used right from birth for casual strolls before your baby is big enough to take on a jog. Depending on the manufacturer, you’ll be able to jog with your child until they weigh 50-75 pounds, with an adjustable harness to accommodate the growth of your child.
Kristen Philips started using her jogging stroller for casual walks with her son when he was just 3 months old. “He was in his infant car seat with the car seat attachment. He loved it,” she says. “It was so wonderful to see his face smiling and looking at everything before falling fast asleep. Now he’s 3 1/2 years old and almost 40 pounds, and the stroller is still going strong.”
Adapting to a Jogging Stroller
Jogging while pushing a stroller requires a slight form modification from running on your own. Keep in mind that pushing the extra weight of a stroller plus a child may mean you tire more easily. Don’t despair. Simply take frequent breaks for both you and your child and work up to longer distances gradually. One study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that running with a stroller results in a significantly higher heart rate, perceived level of exertion and lactate concentration.
Another, presented at a meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Boston, found that pushing the stroller with one hand increases the number of calories burned by about 6 percent; pushing and chasing the stroller ups calorie burn by about 8 percent. That study also found that even when runners ran slower than their usual pace while pushing a jogging stroller, they burned the same amount of calories as they would running faster without the accessory.
Run coaches tend to suggest running with one hand on the stroller handlebars, leaving the other one free to swing. Switch arms frequently so that one arm doesn’t get tired or cramp up. And while it may be tempting to lean on the handlebars for support, engage your core and hold yourself upright, keeping your arms bent and relaxed.
For hills or other unsteady terrains, it’s recommended that you keep two hands on the handlebars for added security and to help propel the stroller weight forward. Unless the jogging stroller is cleverly designed to accommodate a long-running stride, you may find that you occasionally kick the back. If this happens, simply shorten your stride and take quick steps.
Jogging Stroller Accessories to Consider
In addition to jogging stroller functionality, there are extras and accessories to keep in mind such as the below items:
- Car seat adapters
- Snack trays for parents and children
- Waterproof rain covers
- Handlebar console (for phone, water, keys)
- Sleeping bag/bunting