Running with Kids | Mom Hacks for a Great & Safe Stroller Run

Keeping active and healthy while taking care of little ones can be a challenge at times. One of the things that I have struggled with the most is exercising on days that I have no one to watch the kids. On those days, I turn to my trusty double jogging stroller (my very ancient, yet amazing BOB) and hit the road with the kids in tow! Running with children in a jogging stroller can be super convenient, but some planning does need to take place for a stress free and happy run for everyone.

We love hitting the bricks for a stroller run for so many reasons. The kids enjoy getting out and checking out new scenery while we zoom along, the fresh air keeps everyone happy, we all get a little quiet zen time and it’s especially great on those days when my youngest is fighting her nap time as going for a jog usually jostles her to sleep.  While the kids love riding along, there are definite steps that I take to ensure that we all have a fun, safe and stress-free jog.

Below are a few tips for making your stroller run with kids a smooth and stress-free time!

Snacks

I always make sure to have snacks on hand for both kids. If they start to get a little antsy, giving them some snacks to nosh on can completely allow me to get another mile or two in. Lately we’ve been loving on Go & Grow Similac Pouches for toddlers. They are the only fruit and veggies pouches with OptiGRO, a blend of nourishing DHA, Lutein and Vitamin E, all of which are great for eye and brain growth. I love the convenience of the easy to serve and hold pouches (no refrigeration required) and that I am not filling them up with a bunch of junk food. Each pouch has 3-4 servings of combined fruits and veggies, at least 1/3 the daily recommended servings for your toddler. They get proper nutrition with the addition of fruits and veggies in their diet, while mom gets a workout! Win for everyone! Right now you can get $.50 back on any one Go & Grow by Similac pouch at Ibotta.

The Mango, sweet potato & pear and apple, butternut squash, banana & blueberry are our definite favorites.

Drinks

Make sure to pack drinks for everyone! A lot of the time I’m so busy getting their stuff together, that I forget my own water bottle. You don’t want to be stuck stealing sips from their sip cups…just trust me on that one. 😉  When my daughter is going through her picky eating days, I use Similac Go & Grow Toddler Drinks. I simply mix one packet in with water in her cup and off we go. Each packet has over 25 vitamins and minerals so it’s an easy way to supplement her diet and ensure that she is getting additional nutrition.

Dress with Weather in Mind

I get super hot quickly, so I always wear lots of layers. Make sure to do the same for your kids as well. Remember, while you might be hot, your child could be cooler since they are not expending much energy while sitting there as you run (plus the wind from movement can add a chill). I always keep a light blanket in our stroller for additional warmth or sun coverage. A hat to shield your child’s face is a must too for sunny days. Don’t forget bright colors and reflectors on clothing as well to ensure that you are easily seen by motorists.

Sunscreen

Use it and use it liberally. I always lather everyone with sunscreen a half hour before heading out the door to make sure to have full protection.

Don’t forget the top of the feet!

ID

Always carry ID. You never know when you might need it or in case of emergency. I usually keep $10 in my stroller too, just in case.

Attach Your Toys

We have toys that are always in the stroller and attached via links. No one wants to have to backtrack when a favorite toy is thrown out and also it prevents potential trips and falls.

Wrist Strap

I cannot stress this enough, use the wrist strap that comes with your jogging stroller. If you don’t have one, get one ASAP. Using the straps ensures that if you were to fall or lose grip of the stroller that you child and stroller don’t go flying down a hill, ravine, into water and so on. I’ve read tragic stories of parents losing control of strollers with dire consequences. It’s not worth it and gives you additional peace of mind. This sad story solidified it for me. PLEASE, use one. Accidents happen.  You can purchase one here (affiliate link) from Amazon.

Brakes & Levers

If you need to stop, use the back brakes or levers so that the stroller doesn’t roll off with your precious cargo.

Running Form

Be aware of your running form. It can take some time and practice to get used to running with a stroller. Your gait changes and arms are actively being used. Run tall, don’t slouch and alternate what arm you use to hold the handle.

Time is Everything

Don’t go during your child’s fussy times (before meals, while tired unless you want them to nap while you run). I like to choose early morning because everyone tends to be in happy and more laid-back moods.

5 Point Harness

I highly recommend a stroller with a 5 point harness. They protect your child better in case of a quick stop.

Age

Be aware of what age is safe for your child to ride in a jogging stroller. Most professionals warn against jogging with a stroller before 6 months of age (some even 12 months). While young, their neck muscles are not strong enough to support their heads and for the potential jarring motions during a run.

Have Fun

Kids can be finicky. Some days they may not want to go for a long run or may rather walk alongside. Try to keep your cool and go with the flow. The one thing I’ve learned above all when it comes to kids, is that being flexible is a huge factor in happiness. I try my best to not get too thrown off when things don’t go according to plan. Having a pit stop at a playground along the way or at the end is always great motivation for kids to stick out the run.


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Do you have tips for a great stroller run? What hacks have you found for sneaking in workouts with kids?

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By | 2017-07-23T20:29:24+00:00 July 14th, 2017|health|19 Comments

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  1. Sophie R. August 9, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Really great tips and what a wonderful idea! Never thought I would be able to go running with my kids in a stroller without getting me or them hurt. Thank you for the post.

  2. Amber Battishill July 23, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

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  3. Angela Amores July 18, 2017 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I wanted to start running these are great tips!!!
    Anhela

  4. Linh July 18, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    I need this stroller in my life! Love these tips and I need to try those pouches for the girls

  5. Kerry July 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of these pouches before! I’ll check them out because my daughter loves her fruit pouches!

  6. Karen Lizarraras July 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    This post came at the perfect time! I have been taking my babe on walks and had wanted to pick it up a notch and start jogging! Thanks for the info! Do you recommend to only jog with a jogging stroller?

  7. Torry July 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I haven’t been able to start running yet because I’ve lost too much weight PP about I can’t wait to and this is a great guide!

  8. Hanna July 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    YES! Running with my son was the highlight of my day!! I have yet to get a double jogger and probably won’t for the time being as there isn’t really anywhere to run that I don’t have to drive to. These pouch snacks are MY FAVE!! So easy to just grab and go!

  9. Nicole Banuelos July 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    These are great tips for a fun workout for mom and a fun ride for kids! I always keep some spare change on me too… you never know!

  10. Ron Leyba July 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    This is really great. Will share this out for other moms to see. Amazing tips you got here!

  11. Ryan | The Blessed Mess July 18, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

    We love our Bob! Best investment ever. I always try to remember to pack a sippy cup and a toy to keep my son occupied. Although, the scenery usually is enough until he falls asleep. 🙂

  12. Tamara July 18, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Having snacks and drinks with my for my kiddo when I’m jogging is the only way I get to be out for long enough.

  13. Mamabasic July 18, 2017 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Never thought of these things like ID.. great post!

  14. Surbhi July 18, 2017 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Great post! I could never bring myself to run with a stroller. Keeping money is great idea. Emergencies can occur anytime.

  15. Bailey July 17, 2017 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    What stresses me most about running with kids is pushing the weight? I was learning to run before I got pregnant with my toddler, but fast forward two years and now the thought of pushing a stroller with 45 pounds of kid sounds intimidating>

  16. Kayla July 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I have been wanting to do this, but so nervous of hurting baby girl so I am so so so glad I came across this!!!

  17. Rachel July 16, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Really great tips! I have found that our 1.5 year old thinks its hilarious to ‘drop’ (aka throw) her drink out when I’m in the middle of a run… over and over and over again. 😛 Oh and I think we have the same stroller!!

  18. Cammeo July 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I love running strollers! We’re gonna need a double though soon after baby girl arrives

  19. LVR July 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    great post…great ideas….and the safety tips are smart and needed…..love this..well done.

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