I recently wrote about what to think about when you are considering buying a jogging stroller. Things like frequency of your jogs, whether you are new to jogging or a seasoned marathoner, budget and terrain were all topics upon which I touched. In this post, I’d like to cover some features that I think every running pushchair should have in order to make it a good stroller.
This is by far one of the most important safety feature’s to look for when buying a jogging stroller. This is a strap that can attach to the stroller and also loops around the adult’s hand. Some even loop around the adult’s waist. It is imperative that if you are on a jog while pushing a stroller that the stroller not only be equipped with a safety strap, but that you USE IT! If you are pushing a stroller forward, there is ALWAYS the chance that if you trip or fall, the baby buggy could keep on going…into traffic, down a hill, etc. Personally, I think EVERY pushchair should be equipped with one of these.
I’m sure we are all well-versed in what a five point harness is, but when it comes to jogging, the harness has an even greater purpose–to contain your child while you are on the move! The safest place for a child to be while jogging is leaned flush against the back rest of the stroller while securely buckled and restrained at the hips and the shoulders. This allows for head and back support as well as added protection if there were to be an accident of some kind, whether it be with a car, pedestrian, or just the parent tripping over their own feet.
Locking Front Wheel
When going for a run, the front wheel of the stroller should always be in a locked position. Some of my favourite jogging strollers have a swivelling front wheel which is wonderful for when we are out and about just walking, but the minute we start running, that front wheel needs to lock. A swivelling front wheel could get caught on rocks, curbs, debris, or cracks in the side walk and cause a very uncomfortable jolt for both you and your passenger.
I don’t care if you jog in the middle of the day in Arizona, your jogging stroller (really any stroller that will be used outside needs to have reflectors of some kind or be made out of a reflective material. Also, I will add that whomever will be pushing the running stroller should also have some kind of reflective gear on for maximum visibility and protection.
I hope this post helps you as you maneuver the world of jogging pushchair as well as brings some important safety issues to mind when purchasing a stroller. Thank you so much for reading and please feel free to leave a comment or a question!
As usual, any views expressed in this post are my own opinion and come from my own personal experience.