Jogging prams are a fun way for mums to get back in shape, and dads can use them, too. The whole family can go jogging together before baby can even walk! But how do you choose the right one for your family? Here are some tips.
Types of Jogging Prams
There are various types of jogging prams, while they have basic features in common. For example, all jogging prams are specially designed for speed. They have three wheels instead of four, and the wheels do not pivot. Within these basics there are various types.
* Pram for two - Some jogging prams are built for two children. These double prams can accommodate up to 125 pounds. A two-child design could come in handy for those with twins, two young children who are close in age, or an older child and a newborn. Most have a choice between 16- or 20-inch wheels.
* Bike trailers - A variation of the jogging pram is the bike trailer, which can be converted back into a jogging pram with a special kit. These usually accommodate up to 125 pounds, too.
* Single pram - The one-baby pram is probably the most common jogging pram. These usually accommodate up to 75 pounds. Like the double pram, you can usually choose between 16- and 20-inch wheels.
Various jogging prams have different features. Here are some to consider.
* Weather - If you live somewhere where there is a lot of harsh sun or long periods of rain, some weatherproofing features might be a good idea. Most jogging prams have a sun canopy, while bike trailers are more likely to have rain and insect protection.
* Safety - Sources point out the importance of a hand break and secure harness for holding children safely in the pram. You might also want to look for a parking lock.
* Wheel size - As noted above, you can choose the size of the jogging pram's wheels. You may not think this is important, but it actually can make a lot of difference depending on your terrain. At the beach, for instance, or for long-distance running, you'll want larger wheels (20-inch). For strictly smooth and level surfaces, 12-inch wheels will do. In the middle are 16-inch wheels, which work well for grass and off-road terrain.
* Price - There's a rather wide range of prices on jogging strollers. They can be as little as £75 or as much as £400. Some of the cost depends on size; larger prams cost more. Other factors are the features - the farther you get from the basics, the more expensive the pram (usually). Sometimes it's just the brand name that costs. A good rule of thumb is to look for a pram that has the basic safety features and has good safety reviews, and go from there.