5 Things To Remember Before Running With a Baby

For new parents, getting back in shape is fundamental, yet it’s not always possible to find the time when caring for a newborn. Runners, however, have the advantage of bringing their babies along for a jog in a stroller. Yet before lacing up, it’s important to keep a few things in mind to ensure their safety and yours. The following list is essentials before taking your baby out for a jog:

Consider Your Baby’s Age

It is important that your baby be able to support their neck before taking them out for a jog in a stroller. Most babies aren’t able to hold their head up on their own until they are six to eight months old. Before planning a jog, check with your pediatrician to see if your baby can sit comfortably and safely in a stroller while you push them on a jog. If you decide to start jogging earlier, find a stroller that has been designed to accommodate an infant car safety seat. For a baby strapped into a safety seat, there should be no danger in going out for a run as long as you stay on smooth surfaces like sidewalks rather than rugged dirt trails.

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Purchase The Right Jogging Stroller

The stroller you use for a walk in the park is not the same stroller that you will want to use for running with your baby. It pays to invest in a good jogging stroller that will keep your baby safe and make it comfortable for you to run while pushing them along. Jogging strollers tend to have larger tires and adjustable shocks that keep your baby from bouncing around. A jogging stroller will also have a lockable front wheel, which in swivel mode will make it easier to maneuver and handle turns. Also, in lock mode, it will afford the stability needed during sprints, so the stroller doesn’t accidentally topple over. In addition, a good jogging stroller should have a good handbrake and a wrist strap, so the stroller doesn’t get ahead of you when going downhill.

Avoid Dirt Trails At First

Joggers should skip the dirt trails in the beginning and stick to smooth surfaces. Initially, a baby needs a chance to adjust to the jogging experience, therefore, the bumps along a dirt trail will probably rattle them and you’ll have a wailing baby on your hands. Dirt trails can also be dangerous if you accidentally hit a rock or an uneven surface. To avoid accidentally injuring your baby, ensure you have the right equipment, check with your pediatrician to see if it’s safe to take your baby jogging and start off on smooth, flat surfaces.

Perform A Routine Safety Check

Before heading out, perform a routine safety check to make sure you and your baby are protected. If you’re jogging early in the morning or late in the afternoon, equip the stroller with reflective accents on the front, top and sides. Also, wear reflective accents on your running clothes and shoes so both you and your baby are visible to traffic and try to avoid busy streets, so map your route out along safe neighborhood streets or better yet around a track or running path. In addition, complete a safety check of the stroller itself. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and securely attached. Make sure your baby is correctly buckled in and remind older children to not remove their arms from the safety belts or unbuckle their belt. Also, lock the front wheel to prevent tip-over accidents, and secure your wrist strap to keep the stroller from getting away from you. Finally, whenever you stop, remember to put the parking brake on.

Make Sure You’re Both Properly Dressed

Although you’ll be running, your baby will simply be sitting in the stroller, therefore make sure they are properly bundled in colder weather, and lightly dressed and protected from the sun in warmer weather. If it’s raining make sure you have a rain shield to keep your baby sheltered, and a good raincoat to keep yourself dry. Also, bring extra clothing and diapers in the storage compartment in case the weather suddenly turns, and you can’t make it home as quickly as you’d like.

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Pick The Right Time

It’s important to schedule runs around your baby's feeding and napping times. A hungry or tired baby will grow fussy. Also, be patient. See how your baby responds to their first run. If they can nap while you’re running, take them out when they’re ready to be put down. If not, try to schedule the jog for a time when they’ll be contentedly be entertained by being out and about. Happy running!

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