When Can You Go Jogging With Your Baby?

Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but it can take a toll on the body. Many mothers are eager to get back into shape after they have delivered, but it can be a while before they are ready. A nice way to ease into exercise is to start jogging with your baby. Here’s how.

When Can You Start Jogging?

This is the big question. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you had an uncomplicated delivery, you can start exercising just days after delivery. However, your baby will only be ready for a jogging stroller until they have reached 6 to 8 months of age, because most jogging strollers will not have a fully reclining seat. At 6 to 8 months of age, your baby will have developed the required neck muscles to hold their heads up and move around. SO they will be able to control their heads and move around to get comfortable as the jogging stroller is going. If you start too early, your baby may suffer some kind of injury to the head.

You should also check the manufactuers’ guidelines to see at what age their stroller is appropriate. Typically, the manufacturer will have run tests to see what the age-appropriate level is for their jogging strollers.

How Should You Start Jogging With Your Baby?

You should start off by taking your baby for a walk in the stroller, and gradually increasing the pace as you monitor how the baby responds. It will also help you figure out how to use the stroller.

What Equipment Do You Need?

There are many options out there, all with different features, so it can be overwhelming to go shopping for equipment. The important thing is to balance safety concerns with your budget.

You have to check to see if the products you are buying have been subjected to a recall by the manufacturer, especially if you are buying secondhand. You can check for this on the website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

You want to narrow your search to jogging strollers whose stroller has a wide base, so that it is less likely to fall over. Another safety concern is that your baby must be kept in place, and the best way to do this is if there is a 5-point harness protecting your baby. Babies are very sensitive and any abrupt stops can hurt the baby or potentially throw the baby out of the stroller. So look out for a 5-point harness.

Although manufacturers place age limits on their products, babies are different and you want to make sure that your baby matches the height and weight requirements first. Your baby may be smaller or bigger than their age group.

Finally, you want a jogging stroller whose front wheel can be locked in place when you are running. When you are walking with the stroller, you can unlock the front wheel. This ensures that the stroller doesn’t tip over, or that you don’t lose control as you’re jogging.

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