How Do Jogging Strollers Work?

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New parents can easily be overwhelmed by all the products you need to buy or might want to buy when a new baby comes into your family. The building your first baby registry often is a wild experience for parents and a shock to those with no experience sizing up baby gear. In many cases new parents have no idea what they need or even want and little idea of how to size up products and compare them against one another.

Strollers for instance are one of those items that every parent needs but no parent really knows exactly which stroller is best or right for their needs until well after the first stroller is ever purchased. When I become a parent my wife and I went through about four strollers in the first six months before we really knew what we liked.

When new parents start thinking about jogging strollers a few questions almost always pop up:

  • what is a jogging stroller exactly,
  • how do jogging strollers work, and
  • should I get a jogging stroller.

The other two questions are answered elsewhere on this site but the third is easy to explain.

True jogging strollers are designed to make it easy for someone to actually jog with their stroller. They usually have fixed front wheels so that the stroller goes straight even when you don’t have your hands on the stroller. They typically have good suspension systems to keep your child from bumping around too much and they should be lighter and very easy to push or retain forward momentum.

When you jog with a stroller you should have a strap attached to the handle of the stroller and to your wrist. This ensures that the stroller doesn’t get away from you. You could hold the handles but that would make it harder to actually jog.

The speed of jogging compared to running basically causes a lot of jostling in the seat so you really shouldn’t jog in a stroller without good suspension… especially if you have a younger infant in the seat. The bumping could be too much for him.

See Are Jogging Strollers Safe For Infants for more on this topic.

Lastly good joggers need to be lightweight enough for them to be easy to jog with. You don’t want to have to strain to push a stroller while you jog. If it’s light it will be easier to push along and if the wheels are good the forward momentum of a moving stroller should require minimal effort to keep up.

See this post for more details on the differences between jogging strollers and regular strollers or just take a look at Jogging Strollers 101 for more of the basics.