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Family Matters: Stroller


By the time your baby is about 6 months old, he’ll be ready to hit the road with you in a jogging stroller.

Because of the way a jogging stroller is designed, a baby should have really good neck and back strength before you use one with your little one (unless it is specifically designed for a baby under six months).

A jogging stroller is a great way for mom and dad to get in some exercise and get baby some fresh air. You don’t have to jog with one; you can walk, too.

A jogging stroller is generally more aerodynamic and much lighter than a traditional stroller. They usually have one wheel in the front and two wheels in back, making it easier to turn and maneuver. They also come equipped with a safety strap for the parent’s wrist so baby doesn’t accidentally get away. Most jogging strollers also have hand brakes for the parents, too.

To buy a jogging stroller, look for:

  • A fixed front tire that doesn’t swivel but can still maneuver around bends so the stroller stays on a straight path as you move.
  • A deep child seat and five-point harness safety belt so there’s no chance of your child sliding out of the seat while you’re on the run.
  • A safety wrist strap for you so the stroller doesn’t take off on its own if you accidentally loosen your grip.
  • A hand brake to keep the stroller from traveling faster than you can manage down a hill (or anywhere else, for that matter).
  • Be certain your jogging stroller has the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) seal, which indicates the product has passed rigorous safety standards.

Happy exercising!

TIP: While baby might be starting on solid foods during this time, there are still a few to avoid. Don’t give baby honey, strawberries or peanut products until after they turn 1 year old.


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