Buggy running is a popular practice among parents who want to keep up their running routine.
Taking your child with you on a run means you won’t have to worry about finding someone to babysit them. But it’s also more work that running on your own, and having your baby with you could lead to a stressful experience if you aren’t prepared.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts that will help you get the most fun out of your run.
Wait until Your Baby is Old Enough
While it may be tempting to attempt to get back to running as early as possible after the birth of your baby, running with your offspring is not recommended until they are at least six months old. This is due to the neck and head control they require to be positioned upright in a jogging stroller as the majority do not have the option to be tilted back far enough for younger infants.
Invest in a Jogging Stroller
If you intend to start buggy running, the first step is to get a jogging stroller. These strollers have larger wheels and better suspension systems than the typical stroller. This makes the ride less bumpy, and easier to control at a running pace. Using a stroller not intended for running could result in injury, so it’s worth it to shop around for a jogging stroller before your first run.
Always Use a Wrist Strap
Most jogging strollers come with a wrist strap, and standalone straps are inexpensive and easy to install. These straps are crucial because they let you maintain control if you lose your grip. Be sure to use your wrist strap at all times during a run.
Make Use of Nap Time
For younger kids, nap time is the perfect time to head out for a run. The motion of the stroller is just as good at helping babies drift off to sleep as any car ride. A nap time run will make the experience more comfortable for you and your baby.
Fine Tune Your Stroller
Many jogging strollers include adjustments that can be made to accommodate your growing child. Take a look at the manual for your stroller to see if you’re able to make your running experience more ideal. If you are able to adjust the handlebar, set it so that you can comfortably rest your hands on the handles with your back straight.
Going for a run is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your child. Play games like I Spy with your toddler while you run to keep then involved. That way, it’s a fun activity for both of you rather than your kid simply being along for the ride. Another fun way to involve your kids more is to run to a destination they’ll enjoy, like a park.
Avoid Bumpy Trails
Dirt roads or trails tend to be bumpy, which leads to an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous experience for your baby. Plan a route that you can navigate without leaving smooth, paves surfaces If you plan a route that goes on the sidewalk, choose an area where the gaps between tiles are as smooth as possible.
Stay Away from Traffic
Don’t plan your run to involve any areas where you’re likely to encounter traffic. Not only could crossing a busy street be hazardous but stopping and starting will make the ride less comfortable for your baby. Stick to bike paths or paved park trails, if possible.
Don’t Forget to Pack
Nothing puts an end to a run faster than forgetting something important qt home. Most jogging strollers have enough space to store a diaper bag with room to spare. Be sure to pack everything your baby will need for a trip, like diapers, wipes, and a bottle or snacks. Also, it is best to bring some toys to keep your kid entertained on longer runs. The ones that attach to the pushchair’s frame to ensure it is secure are recommended.
Buggy running is the perfect way for parents to pick up their running routine without finding a babysitter. With the right gear, a bit of planning and a positive attitude, it will quickly become a fun routine for you and your child.