It’s the start of a new week and a great time to switch up your morning routine with baby. Going for morning strolls is a great way to get out and be active. To kick it up a notch, you may want to try (or get back to) jogging.
Like adults and older children, babies delight in the sounds of birds and the smell of flowers. Connecting to the outdoors is important as they discover the world around them. Joining you as you exercise models healthy behaviour for your little one.
The intensity of your jog is up to you. Pushing yourself is great if it’s realistic and safe. Unlike the Kardashians, most women can’t give birth one day and appear in a catsuit for the paparazzi the next! (Not to mention the photoshopping and personal trainers involved!) This article at BabyCenter can help you decide whether you’re ready for regular workouts.
If you were a jogger before baby, adjust your expectations about keeping your usual pace as you get back to it. However, what you might lack in speed you’ll make up for in resistance while you push the stroller.
The best jogging stroller is specifically designed for this activity. A standard stroller has four, smaller, hard plastic wheels. A jogger has three bicycle tires filled with air, for a more comfortable ride and better navigation. The jogger is also lighter—something you’ll appreciate when you’re going uphill.
The RoadMaster Jogger Stroller by Graco folds 20% more compact than Graco’s other leading jogger. It is designed to fold using one hand, helping to make it easier to stow or take with you. Its removable stroller seat converts it into a portable infant car seat carrier. The RoadMaster jogger accepts all Graco Click Connect infant car seats. Baby must be securely harnessed in an infant car seat if they are less than 6 months old.
Most jogging strollers aren’t engineered to recline. Unless joggers are designed as a travel system (like the Graco RoadMaster Jogger Stroller), jogging strollers aren’t appropriate for babies until age 6 months, according to Mayo Clinic.
Some jogging strollers have a lockable front wheel. This lock action can help keep the stroller heading in a straight line if you hit a stone or uneven pavement. And the back wheels should lock for safety when you’re stopped.
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Wearing comfortable active wear that helps you look and feel good makes a lot of difference when you’re convincing yourself to get back out there. If you feel good about how you look, you may find yourself wanting to stay out longer! We can help with that.
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You’ll likely warm up as you move, but your baby won’t so make sure they’re dressed appropriately for the conditions. Avoid bringing a blanket or other loose material because it can fall out of the stroller and get tangled in a wheel.
Babies tend to enjoy the ride as mom jogs. Some infants and toddlers may even fall asleep. I know a mom who times her jogs to coincide with her son’s naptime because he almost always dozes off.
As you work up a sweat, you might not notice how hot the sun is getting. Ensure you’re protected by sunscreens developed with you and your baby in mind. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sunscreen application 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow ingredients to fully bind to the skin.
This Waterbabies sunscreen stick helps provide broad-spectrum coverage for your baby’s delicate face, hands, legs—wherever skin is exposed to the sun. Coppertone’s SPF 50 stick helps reduce mess and waste during application. It is PBA and Paraben free. Use Waterbabies sunscreen at the pool or the beach, too, as it is formulated to be water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
You’ll need a sunscreen specially made to help provide active protection. Ombrelle Sport Endurance is a broad-spectrum sunscreen by Garnier that is formulated to be water and sweat resistant. It uses Mexoryl technology—an organic compound which is added to many sunscreens to help filter out UVA rays. It is oil-free, fragrance-free and claims to be fast absorbing so you can get out the door quicker!
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A final bit of advice: Go easy on yourself! If you only make it around the block on day one with your best jogging stroller, that’s okay. Baby steps count. Remember that, with each step, you’re modeling healthy behaviour for your baby. Like anything, it gets easier the more often you do it. To help keep you motivated, check out these Perks of Running with a Jogging Stroller by Runner’s World. Set your expectations at a realistic level and enjoy the fresh air.