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How to Choose a Jogging Stroller

Features Worth Paying For

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Five-point harness
For your baby's safety, a five-point harness comes standard with most models. They are especially important when traveling at fast speeds-when you're running like the wind!

Canopy
An unhappy passenger can bring your run to a halt, so make sure baby is comfortable underneath a large, adjustable canopy to shade her from the elements.

Seat construction
Look for a padded seat that reclines. Reclining seats are great for running during naptime, and for young babies who have less head control. A neck roll is sometimes included, or can be purchased separately.

Suspension
Depending on what type of terrain you anticipate encountering on your runs, you might consider a stroller with shocks. If you intend to take the baby speed walking through the mall, then don't waste your money on this feature.

Arm Leash or Wrist Tether
This feature comes standard on a good jogging stroller. Basically it's like a dog leash attached to the back rear of the stroller, with the loop end worn around your wrist. It is necessary because these strollers are built for speed, and if you lose your footing you may have a runaway baby carriage.

One-Step Folding
Make sure it doesn't take two people to fold up the stroller. Have the salesperson demonstrate, and then try to do it by yourself a few times. Wrestling with the stroller in a hot parking lot probably isn't the kind of exercise you're looking for.

Size
Does the folded up stroller fit in your trunk? Some strollers are a little cumbersome, and some are downright huge, so if you've got a small car, look for one that can travel with you.

Frame construction
Jogging strollers with a welded aluminum frame, although more expensive, are lighter and much more sturdy than their competitors, which are made with metal tubes connected with plastic joints.

Adjustable Handlebars
If you're extra tall, this might be worth considering. If you buy your stroller from a store, take it for a test drive before purchasing to make sure it's the right height for you. If you go with large wheels, the stroller will sit higher too. To determine your optimal handle height, stand up straight with your shoulders back, arms to your sides. Bend your elbows so that your forearms are parallel to the floor. The distance between your hands and the floor is your optimal handle height.

Weight Limit
If you plan on jogging with child in tow for a while, consider the total cargo-plus-passenger weight limit. The higher-priced strollers usually have stronger welded aluminum frames and can support more weight. Remember that kids don't travel light, especially when you factor in the diaper bag, snacks, drinks and toys.

Cost
Although not really a feature, jogging stroller prices can range from $75 to over $400, so cost may factor into your decision as much as many of the features above. Quality strollers are easier to use, last longer, and retain their resale value. You really do get what you pay for.
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Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.

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