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Tips On Stroller Running Safety

Did you know if you have a swivel wheel on your jog stroller, you should lock it while running? Or limit your activities to walking until your child is 8 months old?

I didn’t until Tuesday, November 4, 2014 before the National Stroller Running Day Twitter party. Some of these jogging stroller safety tips are new to me too. I’ve had my BOB jog stroller since before my first child was born. I’ve run with it probably 500 times by now and rarely – if ever – have I locked my front wheel. Manufactures recommend locking the front wheel before running because it provides more stability and less possibility of the stroller tipping. I’ve always found locking the front wheel provides less mobility and makes my stroller much more difficult to turn, but I understand the reasoning behind it. When running down hills fast, your stroller can flip over. In my opinion, the lock/swivel is a feature that as a stroller runner and a parent you will decide what works best for you and your little one. Although, I will caution you that if your wheel isn’t locked, if you hit a big rock the wrong way, it might make your stroller pull and feel like you are skidding out. This just happened to me while running on a trail in Northern Virginia for National Stroller Running Day; however, I was able to control my stroller with the hand break. And, no, to the question you were thinking, “will this make me lock my front wheel in the future?”

Really, walking until my child is 8 months old!

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As most of you know, I have been walking and running with my children since they were very young. Yes, younger than 8 months old. I have stated this numerous of times, and I’ve been very public about my reasoning behind running with a jog stroller. You can read about my story and why in my article published in the Huffington Post.

I never knew that manufactures recommend not running with a child less than 8 months old. I never even thought about asking the question whether I could run with them in the stroller. However, I never shied away from discussing my exercise regimen and my kid’s participation with my pediatrician. They knew my love for the BOB jog stroller and how my kids loved being in it too. My pediatrician never advised against it, actually they encouraged it.

Based on what I learned, I would recommend speaking with your pediatrician before jogging with your baby. The reason is that children less than 8 months old generally do not have the neck strength for jogging motion until they are 8 months old. As all parents know, all children develop differently and hit their milestones when we least expect it.

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The coolest thing I learned though was the Duallie holds up to 100 lbs and the single holds up to 70 lbs. Yes, I can keep running with my two little ones longer. Plus, when my oldest starts riding his bike along us, my youngest can still be pushed in our single BOB. Most stroller runners might not be excited about this as I am, but my daughter who just turned two years old is the height and weight of three and half years old. Even though she looks older and does like to get out in run next to me, she still needs to ride in the stroller longer.

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Here are some more safety tips that Britax presented at the National Stroller Running Day Twitter Party Kick-Off on Tuesday, November 4th. To learn more about To learn more about National Stroller Running Day and the impetus behind it, click here. If you weren’t able to participate on Saturday, November 8th, you can still do so now by:

• Spreading the running bug with friends,• Finding a stroller-friendly and/or a family-friendly race on Run Stroller Run in your local area,• Getting a group of friends together that you can run with on regular basis,• Signing up to participate in the next Moms-in-Training program in your area, and• Taking pictures of you and your little ones out for a run or walk and share on your social networks with us by using the hashtag #StrollerRun14.

Continue demonstrating your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle safely and join the movement. #StrollerRun14

Lara Coffee, Founder of Run Stroller Run DISCLAIMER:  The opinions expressed by Lara Coffee and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Lara Coffee.  We definitely advise that you consult your medical provider before you embark on any exercise program.

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