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Choosing A Jogging Stroller
You don't have to be a jogger or runner to use a jogging stroller; they are useful for walkers too. If you want to maintain an exercise routine and take your baby with you, then this type of stroller is a good choice. Jogging strollers cost between $300 and $600. More expensive models are generally sturdier, better designed and more durable while cheaper brands may be flimsy.
When choosing a jogging stroller, think about where you intend to use it (the terrain) and whether you will be jogging or running. Jogging strollers generally have three wheels, one at the front and two at the back. Wheels may be fixed or may swivel. Strollers with swivel wheels are easier to maneuver in tight spaces and work well on trails and pavements. However, if you are a serious jogger or runner, a fixed wheel will give you more stability when running.
Wheel size is also important. Wheels are available in sizes of 6 inches (only on swivel wheel strollers), 12 inches, 16 inches and 20 inches (only on fixed wheel strollers). Smaller wheels make it easier to move the stroller around; bigger wheels improve control and shock absorption, especially off-road.
Another important feature is adjustable handlebars. Your running shoes might raise you an inch above your normal height, and it's good to know that you won't have to hunch to manage the stroller. Other issues to consider are whether the stroller is compatible with a car seat or bassinet and whether your baby can recline or lie flat (not recommended if you are running).
Finally, consider the weight limit for your jogging stroller. Your baby may be small now, but even four year olds sometimes get tired and want to be pushed. A jogging stroller that takes up to 100 pounds in weight may be a good long term investment.