Basic Tips for Running With A Double Jogging Stroller
It’s one thing to have a beautiful new baby to take out for a stroll, and to manage them wiggling around, experiencing all there is to see. It's a whole other thing when two kiddos are involved! It can seem like a daunting task to bring both kids in the stroller and left them out into the real work, especially when you're new to the double jogging stroller scenario. If this is the case for you and your family than we are here to help you figure out all the ins and outs of running with and using a double jogging stroller with your kids.
Running With Double Jogging Stroller - Tips
I don't think it can be stressed enough the amount of safety concerns you should have when toting your babies around in a double jogging stroller, let alone any stroller. First and foremost, it is crucial that every time you use your stroller, you are strapping on those little ones correctly each time. I know because I've been there — you think to yourself that you're not going to be going that fast or that they will be fine, and you are so tempted to I leave last of the buckle undone for the sake of time Moms, this is a no-no. I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen kids squirming and wiggling their way out of their stroller seats. Making sure your kids are strapped in tight will give you a peace of mind on the walk and will also keep your kids safe and sound throughout the time out.
It is also good to give your stroller a double and triple check before you head out each time. You never know when a piece is on the verge of breaking, or when a strap is just not quite working the way it is supposed to. By giving it that twice over before going for your walk or run, your making sure your child will be protected and will be able to enjoy the time in the stroller as much as you are enjoying getting out of the house.
One more piece of safety advice for this section is more of a friendly reminder if you will. It is always a good idea to keep any belongings that you are planning to take with you off of the handlebars and in a pocket (if your stroller comes with one). If your double jogging stroller doesn't have a place for you to keep those essentials that you need, come up with a clever idea to carry it with you. For example, they make great armbands for carrying phones with you and out of the way. If that's not a great option either, try to ditch the essentials for the half hour to hour that you are walking. Enjoy the scenery, and the time with your children without all of the distractions of life.
During Your Outing:
There are many aspects of actually going out for a walk with your kids that many moms don't even think of until the inevitable happens. One of my tricks of the trade for my own girls is to bring along small snacks to keep them occupied for part of the time. Carrying along with you a couple of small pouches of fruit snacks or kid-friendly trail mix and a juice box or two can definitely be a lifesaver when your not close enough to the house to grab something. If you don't feel like bringing the mess with you, if that be the case with your family, give your kiddos a snack at home before heading out on the trail. By making sure they have full tummies or even just a snack to satisfy that hunger can give you more time out in the great outdoors with little to no fuss from the babies.
Another topic to keep in mind when you are using your double jogging stroller is where exactly you are going to walk. Luckily for my own family, we are in a small town with quiet roads and walking trails nearby. However, for the majority of other families in the world, that's not always the case. So, when you set out with your kids in the stroller, make sure to try and take roads or trails that aren't as crowded or busy. It can be dangerous to walk by super busy roads, especially when you're trying to maneuver a double-wide stroller. Taking the time to decide a safe route to take beforehand can be a big help in the long run.
One last aspect to keep in the back of your mind when you begin your walk is to remember to set a steady pace. You aren't running a race against anyone: You're merely taking a nice long walk or run with your kids. Let them enjoy their surroundings and not feel like you are getting frustrated or are even in pain from something that should be enjoyable for everyone. Remind yourself to keep a steady pace, and a pace that both you and your kids can enjoy. They are on the walk too in the double stroller, not just you, mom.
A Few Friendly Reminders:
Of course, as with any jogging stroller and a regular stroller, there are a few friendly reminders to keep in mind before you take it out for a stroll. The first is to make sure that you always use the brakes. They may seem like an extra step to do when you are toting the kids around, but strollers will move when you least expect them to. Even if you've to think you're on level ground and safe, your kids can also make the stroller move when they are sitting in them as well. Make sure to put down at least one brake each time you stop your stroller and you will keep your kids safe and protected. As a side not, it can also be a genius idea to take your stroller for a test run if you are unfamiliar with it. This is a good piece of advice for those moms and dads who are new to the size and shape of a double jogger stroller, as they can be bulkier and a little more difficult to maneuver. Learn the ins and outs of the stroller before trying to take your kids in it for a long journey.
This next tidbit may seem like something that everyone reminds you of in some way, shape, or form, but always remember to dress you and your children for the weather. Even if you know you're going to be sweating by the end of the trek, your kids are merely sitting in a stroller, and most of the time into the wind. Make sure that you bundle them up if need be, or make sure to take a blanket along that the babies can use if they feel like they need it while sitting in the stroller. Always dress accordingly!
Lastly, and probably the most obvious out of all the bits of advice giving this far is to never under any circumstances attempt to take your stroller up or down stairs of any sort. This can be very dangerous and risky, especially when you've got not one, but two kids strapped in (not to mention that double strollers would more than likely not fit in the width of the stairwell, to begin with, Regardless, make the smart decision for you and your family, and try to avoid the stairs to keep them safe.
Double jogging strollers can be another one of those tricky baby products to get used to, but trust me, once you get the hang of it, you will definitely fall in love. Jogging strollers allow for easy mobility, and comfortable travel for your little ones each time you take it out. Once you take these bits of advice to heart, you will be ready for your next walk or run with your family in no time at all.