After I gave birth to Mia, I wanted to get back into my regular running routine as soon as possible.

I’ve always found jogging to be one of the best ways to keep fit, particularly around my hectic work schedule.

I usually run 5k two or three times a week, but with a little baby now on the scene, it was going to be a lot harder to find the time.

Therefore a jogging stroller seemed the best option.

To be honest, I didn’t see many mums using one where I live in London, and part of me thought it might look a bit strange running with a stroller…

But I wanted to get fit, lose the baby weight and I knew it would give Mia some fresh air too!

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Photo by nworbleahcim

This blog post will address some of the pros and cons of jogging strollers, a few tips on how to run with them, and finally look at some of the best options to consider when buying one..

…especially if you’re on a tight budget like I was at the time!

A few key facts about strollers

Regardless of whether you’re buying a jogging stroller or just a standard one, the most important aspect to consider is safety.

According to this study between 1990 to 2010, 2 children get hurt every hour in the United States using a stroller. Unfortunately some of these are head injuries, but the majority of incidents involve falling over (67%) and tipping over (16%).

It seems obvious to consider safety, but when you’re in the market for a cheaper jogging stroller, you have to really check whether there are any issues, or any faults with a particular product. Like most things, you usually get what you pay for, but if you shop around,  you can find some great jogging strollers at a reasonable price.

And there are a lot of options…

According to the market research company Technavio, the stroller and pram market is expected to reach over $3.5 billion by 2020.

That means there is a lot of money to be be made by manufacturers and they’ll likely be more products available.

Europe accounts for 42% of the total stroller and pram market worldwide, partly because prices have been coming down (great!), improvements in product quality (also great!) and an increased demand for convenient baby travel gear.

Furthermore, governments have become a lot stricter about baby safety in products and this has led to strollers offering improved features; better suspension, adjustable foot rests, slip-resistant handles to name but a few.

As a result, it now gives us some great options when it comes to finding a suitable jogging stroller.

jogging stroller photo

Photo by Wright1968

How to run better with a jogging stroller

I found this video below gave me some valuable pointers about how to run more efficiently with a stroller, and to minimize the risk of injury.

Here are some negative consequences that can happen when someone goes running with a stroller:

1) Decreased trunk rotation – less side to side movement from the hips.

2) They lean forward too much – especially going uphills. it puts a lot of strain on the back.

3) Anterior pelvic tilt – rib cage can stick out too much.

4) Decreased hip extension when legs move back.

 

Here’s how to run better and experience less pain when running with a stroller:

1) Better posture – your rib cage should be over pelvis

2) Keep the stroller close to you

3) Run with one hand on the stroller 

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Pros of jogging strollers

1) Stylish and sporty

Using a jogging stroller is a great way to avoid that “mum” look! They generally have quite a chic and sporty design.

2) Use on bumpy paths and uneven surfaces

If you want to go off road, a jogging stroller will give you a lot more options than your usual stroller.

They come with shock absorbers which will ensure a smooth ride over all sorts of bumpy surfaces!

3) You can still compete in races

If you are used to running 5k or 10k races, then with a jogging stroller you can bring your baby and still take part. It’s win win for you and your baby. You get some exercise, and she gets some fresh air!

I’ve seen some mums do this in the UK, but I guess it might be more common in the US.

Don’t feel embarrassed. Just go for it!

4) Lose baby weight

Although I’m quite petite in stature, I did have some baby weight to shift after giving birth to Mia.

A jogging stroller is a great way to stay in shape and get healthy.

best jogging stroller under $200 photo

Photo by magenta_777

Cons of jogging strollers

1) How often will you really use one?

I use the jogging stroller every week, but there are times when I think it would just be easier to just go for a run myself. It can be a hassle to dress your baby, strap them in and pack a few accessories just to go for a run. Before Mia I was running 4 times a week. Now I’m lucky if I can do it twice!

2) Your baby might not like it

Fortunately, Mia loves going with me in the jogging stroller, but what if your little one starts kicking up a fuss? All babies are different and some might not like moving so fast, or being strapped in.

3) Costly

Jogging strollers come with extra features, such as improved suspension and handbrakes. Consequently, this jacks up the price so you have to really shop around if you’re looking for one at the cheaper end of the market.

Also, you can’t use a jogging stroller straight away as you’ll have to wait until your baby is at least 6 months old before using it.

4) They’re bulky

My jogging stroller is pretty good at maneuvering round shops and small spaces, but a lot of jogging strollers are on the larger side, so bear this in mind if you wish to go shopping after you’ve been out for a run.

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What to consider when buying one

Here are some important things to keep in mind when purchasing a jogging stroller…

1) Make sure you buy one which has a solid safety harness.

2) You need a stroller with one front wheel with the option to lock it in a fixed position when you are running.

3) Choose one with good shock absorbers and a handbrake

4) For storage, look for a stroller with a snack tray and built in storage.

5) If you’re the adventurous type, you may want to look for a stroller which can easily be adapted for other activities such as hiking, biking and even cross country skiing!

6) A detachable rain cover is a must if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

7) If your infant is younger than 6 months, you’ll need to attach your car seat with an adapter, as they will be too small to sit upright in the main stroller. (For your baby’s safety, don’t break out into anything more than fast walk when you use this though)

8) Make sure it folds easily. If you want to drive to the park for a run, the stroller should conveniently fit in the boot of your car. It might not be an issue if you have a large SUV, but you should be able to fold it and set up it up easily without any hassle.

9) Choose one which is lightweight. If you’re pushing a stroller with your baby strapped in, you don’t need the added weight of a heavy frame as well.

Best jogging strollers under $200

Here are some options for buying a stroller at the cheaper end of the market. Use the checklist above to find one which suits your needs.

1) Schwinn Arrow Jogging Stroller, Nightshade


Although this stroller is just a touch over $200, it is a great purchase if you can stretch your budget a bit more.

Pros

  • Very lightweight and easy to manoeuvre.
  • Great shock absorbers ensuring a smooth ride.
  • Seat and straps are well padded making it very comfortable for your baby.
  • Large tyres make it smoother over uneven surfaces.
  • Adjustable handle
  • Brake system works well
  • Clear window so you can see your baby as you push/run with the stroller.
  • Great canopy to protect your baby from the sun and rain.

Cons

  • Brake is a little tricky to set up (according to some users)
  • Some users say that folding and unfolding could be easier.

=> Click here to learn more about this stroller

2) Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

One of the cheaper options on the market. Lacks some of the features of the more expensive models, and the build quality could be better, but you get what you pay for. A basic, no frills kind of jogger!

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Adjustable canopy which can protect your baby from the sun at all times of the day.
  • Lightweight and easy to push.
  • Easy to fold and pack away.

Cons

  • Build quality could better. Some users have reported some issues with the front wheel.
  • Braking system is not as good as other models.
  • Warranty only lasts for 6 months.
  • Storage underneath lacks support – could be problematic for heavy items.

=> Click here to learn more about this stroller

3) BabyJoy Jogger Stroller

A well designed and well priced product. Comes with a sturdy iron frame and rubber tires for a smooth ride.

Pros

  • Smooth ride
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to control and manoeuver
  • Easily adjustable handle and seating

Cons

  • Storage underneath lacks support – could be problematic for heavy items.
  • Doesn’t fold flat
  • Short back seat (not great for bigger babies!)

=> Click here to learn more about this stroller

4) Graco Road Master Jogger Stroller

A jogging stroller which is very compact, making it a great option if you have small storage space at home or in the boot of your car.

Pros

  • Large storage basket underneath
  • Smooth ride – comfortable for you and baby
  • Easy to put together
  • Folds compactly and easily, making it very easy to transport
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Adjustable handle

Cons

  • Quite heavy. Other strollers are more lightweight
  • Doesn’t feel as sturdy as other strollers

=> Click here to learn more about this stroller

5) Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller


Pros

  • Easy to fold
  • Convenient for travelling (it can fit in an overhead cabin on planes)
  • Smooth ride
  • Lightweight and easy to move around.

Cons

  • Some users feel the seat is not deep enough
  • Storage is on the small side

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Conclusion

I chose the Baby Jogger City Stroller and I’ve been happy with my purchase.

However, I bought this over a year ago, just before Mia was born and there are constantly new models being released on the market.

If you’re in the market for a jogging stroller, just do your research and read customer reviews of the product if you can’t see a display model in person.

Here’s to some fun running experiences with you and your little one!

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions, or maybe to let me know which stroller you decided to purchase.

Additional Resources

  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/strollers-baby-carriers-accidents/
  • https://www.technavio.com/pressrelease/technavio-expects-global-baby-stroller-and-pram-market-reach-over-35-billion-2020
  • https://www.moneycrashers.com/best-baby-running-jogging-strollers/