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Hello All,<br><br>
I would greatly appreciate any recomendations anyone can offer for a jogging/running stroller. My child is only 5 weeks old so safety for him is a big issue as well as user friendliness for long distance running. I have had wsome problems healing due to busted stitches so it will be at least another two weeks before I start back.<br><br>
I wish I would have done my research before he was born b/c now I have a high needs child who requires being held at all times which makes it difficult for me to be on the internet. I refuse to "just let him cry."<br><br>
TIA for any suggestions you can offer or which ones to NOT buy.<br><br>
Thnks you
 

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I've read that due to them not supporting their heads well and the ground being bumpier in the stroller no matter how smooth you shouldn't use a jogging stroller until 6 months. (Or, obviously, go jogging with a regular stroller.)<br><br>
So I'll be <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">: on this one to see how experiences have been.<br><br>
Right now, I'm just doing brisk walking with her in a sling. It's not as good as running, but better than walking unweighted.
 

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Hmmmm. My regular stroller takes bumps much, much harder than a jogger. If you are going to do serious running, I'd invest in a serious stroller. We have a Dreamer Design we LOVE. I know Phil & Ted's are very popular.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've read that due to them not supporting their heads well and the ground being bumpier in the stroller no matter how smooth you shouldn't use a jogging stroller until 6 months. (Or, obviously, go jogging with a regular stroller.)<br><br>
So I'll be <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">: on this one to see how experiences have been.<br><br>
Right now, I'm just doing brisk walking with her in a sling. It's not as good as running, but better than walking unweighted.</div>
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Our ped (and many other peds in the family) all said the same thing: No stroller of any kind til 6 months. No jogging til 6 months, and before that, the only safe way to use a stroller is with one of those travel systems where the car seat snaps into the stroller to make a carriage. Even for a small baby who is lying down, you can't safely strap them in lying flat without the car seat in there.
 

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I have also heard the six month rule, you don't want to give your baby shaken baby syndrome.<br><br>
That being said if you are an avid jogger BOB strollers are excellent. I love mine it has adjustable shocks so it will hold a child up to 70 lbs. It also has a locking and unlocking front wheel so when you are not jogging it steers nicely. You can also buy an infant seat adapter if you need to.<br><br>
If you do get time to go on the net check out <a href="http://www.joggingstrollers.com" target="_blank">www.joggingstrollers.com</a>. They have a large selection and great customer service. GL and congratulations on your new baby!<br><br>
ETA: I just clicked on the link to see if it worked and they are having a 10% off sale on BOBs until the 24th with free shipping.
 

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I really like my jogging stroller. I didn't want to spend too much and I found this one which is great. It also supports Breast Cancer research so that's a plus. DD is now 4.5 months and we have been using it since she was 3 months. She loves it. We don't jog, but I rollerblade and DH skateboards behind it. We only use it on the beach board walk so it's nice and smooth.<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSchwinn-13-SCHOPE-Hope-Jogging-Stroller%2Fdp%2FB000NUS4CS%2Fref%3Dsr_1_6%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dsporting-goods%26qid%3D1223697764%26sr%3D8-6" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-13-SCH...3697764&sr=8-6</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Our ped (and many other peds in the family) all said the same thing: No stroller of any kind til 6 months. No jogging til 6 months, and before that, the only safe way to use a stroller is with one of those travel systems where the car seat snaps into the stroller to make a carriage. Even for a small baby who is lying down, you can't safely strap them in lying flat without the car seat in there.</div>
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Why would you need to strap them in lying flat? Don't they have strollers where you can see the baby the whole time anyway?<br><br>
True Blue, I think I wasn't clear. Using a regular stroller to go jogging was obviously a bad idea, not an obvious alternative to a jogging stroller.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Why would you need to strap them in lying flat? Don't they have strollers where you can see the baby the whole time anyway?....</div>
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I always use the straps (I'm a safety nerd that way) after our stroller was knocked off a curb and tipped over. Thankfully, DS was in his carseat snapped into the stroller and no part of him ever touched the ground. Several times, I've gone down curbs that seem like little inclines and then realized that if he hadn't been strapped in, he would have slid out the front, under the snack tray!
 

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The in-laws purchased a baby style jogging stroller for us. It reclines to an almost flat position for babies who are still limp noodles. (the majority of joggers I've seen do not recline) I used it to push dd along the trails behind my home, probably from the second month on or so. I don't think I would've attempted to actually jog with her in the stroller until her neck muscles developed.<br><br>
I don't know what kind of shape you were in before you got pregnant, but please don't rush yourself to get back into pre-preggers shape. Take it easy while you can.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I always use the straps (I'm a safety nerd that way) after our stroller was knocked off a curb and tipped over. Thankfully, DS was in his carseat snapped into the stroller and no part of him ever touched the ground. Several times, I've gone down curbs that seem like little inclines and then realized that if he hadn't been strapped in, he would have slid out the front, under the snack tray!</div>
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I hadn't considered the stroller tipping over, that's an excellent point. I was only thinking about the slipping out factor, and with a really flat stroller like <a href="http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/in/inglesina-otutto-pram.jpg" target="_blank">this one</a> that wouldn't be a concern. I don't think of infant seats as the baby laying flat.
 

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The Mountain Buggy was the only place DD would happily go to sleep already from the beginning. It was the only way we had to calm her down, except feeding (and we had plenty of feeding troubles). She hated the sling until about 2 months, and still, at 7 months, only tolerates it.<br><br>
The back of the buggy can be turned down almost flat (DD has always preferred to be more upright than the lowest setting anyway). It is first now that we've felt the straps fit particularly well. We used a blanket to support around her head and upper body, and just left her arms out of the harness (i.e., the upper straps went over her shoulders, but her arms didn't stick out. She was perfectly safe in there, I'm sure she would have been even if the push chair turned over.<br><br>
It is an all-terrain buggy, and I certainly ran with it when she was little (to catch trains and buses), but it is quite smooth. There was a while when she was quite little when she needed a really bumpy ride to fall asleep - so we had to take her to a hole-ridden mud-pit of a short-cut behind the park, to make it bumpy enough!!!!
 

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I should preface this by saying that I walk for exercise. I don't run or jog unless I'm being chased.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I have a BOB Revoltion and we've been putting my son in it for the last three weeks. I like it, dad likes it and takes him to the coffee shop every morning in it. It's our only stroller that can take bumps in the concrete smoothly, our travel system bounces all over the place if we take it for a walk. Since my son can't hold his head up we just lay the seat down as far as it can go.
 

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bob revolution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
we bought the car seat attachment and our baby is 4 months old and we are still snapping the car seat in. WE LOVE IT. it is the only stroller we bought---it actually fold up to a smaller size than a travel system so I use it on trails, the road, in the mall, grocery shopping----did i say, I LOVE IT!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">True Blue, I think I wasn't clear. Using a regular stroller to go jogging was obviously a bad idea, not an obvious alternative to a jogging stroller.</div>
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LOL I <i>thought</i> that seemed like a strange idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Honestly though, my babies never really liked being flat in strollers...a slight incline by the time they are a couple months old, depending on head control, seems reasonable to me. I would of course use a head support thing if I were going to go running though. I still think if you had a good stroller with shocks and such, and paid attention to your baby's reactions, you'd be ok. Some shocks are so nice they would be no bumpier than when you bounce and rock your baby in your arms! Oh and when I said Phil and Ted's I meant Bob's ROFL. I don't know which ones have the best shocks though.
 

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I have two. I bought a Baby Trend Expidition when my son was brand new, because the car seat snaps in the top of it. It's a great all around stroller. Very sturdy and rugged for walking around outside (we've even taking it on some flatish hiking trails) and folds down very compactly, so it was easy to take to the mall when he was tiny. Once he was old enough, though, we switched to an umbrella stroller for shopping trips.<br><br>
Recently I started running again, and when I tried to use the Baby Trend, it didn't work. Despite looking like a jogging stroller, it just wasn't up to the task. You get what you pay for, I guess. So we found an old Baby Jogger II on craigslist, and that has been working great. I highly recommend it. It's super light, easy to corner, well made, and very smooth. The only complaint I have about it is that it doesn't fold down compactly. We have to take the front wheel off to fit it in the trunk of that car. But we don't take it places much since I tend to run close to home, so it hasn't been an issue.
 

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Thank you all very much for your input. I have been looking at the BOB and so far I think I am leaning toward the revolution. I was curious though what the deal is with the locking/swivel wheel options. If I undersand it correctly you want the wheel to lock when you are running. But that seems like it would make it difficult to take corners unless you slowed your pace. Is it easier to push fast when locked? Can someone please elaborate.<br><br>
One more thing is there somewhere in Houston area where you can buy a BOB. I want to check it out personally before I spend the money online.<br><br>
Also thank you neko for your comments on rushing back in. I am very depressed about post-baby shape and very eager...I have to keep reminding myself to take it easy. In time I will be back to myself. My son is worth every minute of being heavier than usual. My mind needs some good runs to though...desperately!!!!<br><br>
Thx,
 

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Jogging strollers are made so that you barely have to push it to go, you don't push against lot of extra weight when you run. I literally can push my BOB with two fingers. This makes it easy to run with but it's also easy to waver side to side. This is why you have to test a BOB to make sure it doesn't pull in one direction before you use it.<br><br>
To run the wheel needs to be locked or the stroller is unstable. With a fixed wheel the stroller goes straight. With a swivel wheel the stroller can veer off to one side if say, you hit a bump (crack in sidewalk) or the surface is uneven (where a driveway slops down to meet the street). That's why the front wheel has to be locked to run even if it comes with a swivel option. If you don't lock it you're gonna fight the stroller as it tries to turn when it hit's something.
 

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I'm not jogging with it yet but I love my BOB Revolution. You can get one at REI. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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