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Whether you’re new to motherhood, or just in need of a new stroller, how do you know how to pick the perfect jogging stroller for you?
There are so many options out there, and even if you think you know what brand, there are still too many options!
The key is being honest with yourself as to what you’re really going to be using the stroller for.
Just want it to hold more stuff?
You feel pressured to get one because everyone seems to have one?
They look cute?
So much can go into picking out the right stroller, and with how expensive they are, you really want to make sure you find the one that fits your lifestyle.
Decide What You’re Using It For
If you’re not an avid runner, and have no intention of ever being an avid runner, that’s ok! But there is no need to buy the top of the line jogging stroller if you never plan on going more than 3 m.p.h., just like picking one that isn’t built for heavy mileage won’t do you much good if you are an avid endurance runner. Another point to consider is whether you’ll be taking it on trails, because those have different wheels.
I personally ended up with the BOB Ironman Stroller because I knew I would be using it for road running 98% of the time. To me, a jogging stroller is too much effort to lug around everywhere, and I’d rather use a smaller umbrella stroller for quick trips or out to lunch. One of the main reasons I went with this stroller is the weight. It was the lightest BOB stroller around. With adding the car seat, baby, and other extras, that thing can get heavy!
Look at Your Budget
Baby related items are expensive. And the jogging stroller is no different. Honestly, I feel like new parents just can’t catch a break! But really, your budget can help you narrow down which strollers you’re really looking at. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to baby items, but looking critically at what works best for you at the time you’re making the purchase is the best way to go.
I hear a lot of people talking as if the BOB is the only way to go with a jogging stroller. And while I did end up with a BOB, I also have some really good friends that are marathon runners who went with a completely different brand!
Look at the Different Features
Do you want one that the handle adjusts? Is the swivel wheel really important to you? Do you plan on needing a double stroller in a short period of time?
These are all things that will go into making the decision. If you and your significant other have a huge height difference, you might be really happy with a stroller that has an adjustable handle. That way you both can have the handle at the height that is most comfortable for you.
What’s right for one person
isn’t necessarily right for another.
You might plan on using the stroller for casual walking most of the time or going to the mall and navigating through a lot of people. If this is the case, a stroller with a swivel wheel would be much easier to handle. The stroller with a fixed wheel does take some getting used to, but is great for distance running. The manufacturers actually suggest that you fix the front wheel for running even if you have one that swivels.
Most people I know don’t follow that recommendation… (and the attorney in me cringes!!)
Test It Out
Many times the different baby stores have several strollers in stock that you can test out. Or if you have friends that have kids, test theirs out!
By being able to test them out, you’ll be able to see how the different weights feel, the various heights, and the different types of wheels.
This is such an expensive item, that you really want to know what you’re getting before you spend the money.
Talk to your friends, family, or people you see out and about. Ask them what they like and don’t like.
But still make your own decision. What’s right for one person isn’t necessarily right for another.
I’m the perfect example.
I had a ton of people tell me that I shouldn’t get the stroller with the fixed front wheel, and that I would hate it and regret it. Well, guess which one I bought? The one with the fixed front wheel.
And they were all wrong. I LOVE it. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier.
I did my own research and was honest with myself about what I was going to be using the stroller for 99% of the time. I’m only 5’2″, so I was a bit nervous about getting one that didn’t have an adjustable handle. It has never been an issue, and I never have felt like it was too tall. The fixed front wheel is great for running because the stroller is more stable, and the safety of your baby is important! It does make it a bit more difficult to go around corners if you’re walking, but you get used to it, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
If you are looking for your first stroller, what do you think you’ll use it for the most?
If you’re in the market for a new one, what did you like best/least about your last one?