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Discussion: No running stroller?

in: Samantha; Samantha > 2017-11-18

Nov 18, 2017 7:16 PM # 
No running stroller?
Nov 19, 2017 2:44 PM # 
Not yet. I think we’re going to buy one in the US where it’s cheaper. Plus, I haven’t figured out how to get her to like the regular stroller yet!
Nov 19, 2017 6:35 PM # 
Aw... makes sense :)
Nov 19, 2017 6:57 PM # 
I think you're supposed to wait until babies are 6 months old and have stronger necks before running with them anyways. Although I'm not sure if that's a recommendation people actually follow.
Nov 19, 2017 7:31 PM # 
Depends on how they are positioned, I guess there are some joggers with a car seat adapter so you *could* go out when the kid is younger. OTOH, you're not supposed to have little babies in a car seat for very long, either, so I'm not sure it's worth the worry. And then there's the fact that it's hard to tell whether or not the kid is cold, especially since you will be warmed up from the running and they don't know / can't tell you they are cold.
Nov 20, 2017 10:48 AM # 
Some strollers have infants attachments that you can use. The Thule Chariot has an infant sling and the Thule Glide has an attachment for the car seat and a bassinet that can be attached. I think that people would still be divided though on whether or not its good to go running with them.
Nov 20, 2017 1:01 PM # 
We took Inara skiing in the chariot with the infant sling at one month. We didn't even consider whether it was OK to ski with her that early.Because it wasn't "running", we hadn't thought about it. She did fine. She loves the stroller way more than the car seat, and with the bundling up, didn't seem to get too cold.
Nov 20, 2017 2:55 PM # 
I think it's the bouncing they are worried about? I think skiing is pretty smooth!
Nov 20, 2017 3:03 PM # 
From having pushed your stroller carriage, I think you could jog slowly with it, which you should be doing anyway (going slow) after not having run for many months. Even walking fast would be a good start.
You survived skiing in the snuggli, even getting dunked in the snow when I fell, (deep snow).
Nov 20, 2017 3:26 PM # 
Babies are pretty hardy.

I'm too risk-averse and too much of a worrywart to have taken Lukas out when he was tiny. I wouldn't have been able to enjoy myself. Every parent is different, though!
Nov 20, 2017 5:31 PM # 
I'm thinking about starting with the carseat attached to the jogging stroller (Bob) soonish- I worry a bit about the jostling, but figure a totally smooth bike path has got to be ok. We tried to get on of the Thule chariots off of craigslist, but it wouldn't fit in our car!
Nov 20, 2017 5:34 PM # 
We got a roofbox specifically so we could transport the chariot, and that has worked very well so far.
Nov 20, 2017 9:54 PM # 
One of the concerns with car seats (and the six month rule of thumb) is not so much jostling but falling asleep and having their head roll into a position where their little airway is blocked. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dangerous just that there’s something to be careful about beyond jostling. I think it would be pretty easy to keep an eye on them if they are facing you in the jogger, for example.
Nov 20, 2017 11:28 PM # 
Aha! Yeah, we probably will need a roofbox to make going skiing work anyways. Or the skis are going to get jammed in at a very awkward angle and probably on somebody's lap...

Good to know that's a concern for carseat/jogging stroller combo - will keep the small-infant head pillow in if I do go jog soon and keep and eye on her!
Nov 21, 2017 12:11 AM # 
omg these baby critters need to come with much more explicit instruction manuals. This all sounds terrifying to me. You spent so much effort making a baby, just to have it try and kill itself at every turn... and that's before the teenage years.
Nov 21, 2017 7:59 AM # 
I did basically wake Sofie up the other night when she was sleeping because I wasn't sure she was breathing. And Sofie often naps for 1-2 hours in her car seat, though I am aware of the danger and keep an eye on her. For awhile it was the only place she napped.

We have a big trunk on our car (Volvo v70) so hopefully the chariot (or other jogger) will fit. Ali, is the Bob much smaller?
Nov 21, 2017 8:53 AM # 
Alex, yes, being a parent is terrifying. Even though the vast majority of time things are just fine that doesn’t stop my imagination from going wild with possible not good scenarios. I have a lot more nightmares now and *still*, after two years, check on him often while sleeping (just like Sam!). I accept that I’m maybe on a tail as far as my level of anxiety goes...

Of course, they are (usually) pretty cute, too, so that helps. :-)
Nov 21, 2017 2:09 PM # 
I had to interrupt writing this comment to pull Inara away from the electrical socket, from which she had diligently ripped away the masking tape that was covering it.
Nov 21, 2017 2:15 PM # 
Katherine likes the oven, stairs, power cords, and electrical sockets. Toddlers are way more exciting than infants! Hang in there Sam and Ali! I wouldn't necessarily say it gets easier, but watching them grow and turn into independent little people is pretty rewarding!
Nov 21, 2017 2:20 PM # 
Pretty sure being woken up by a 2 year-old trying reallly hard to pronounce "pancakes?" invokes temporary memory loss of anything difficult the previous day.
Nov 21, 2017 3:21 PM # 
Probably a good thing that human memory is imperfect... :)
Nov 21, 2017 11:15 PM # 
Not sure if the Bob is much smaller- we were trying to fit a double Chariot in, because that's what we found on craigslist that had the ski attachment too. So a single might actually fit. And I haven't actually tried to fit the Bob in, yet, it was shipped to our house and hasn't yet taken a car voyage... but I think it will?
Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM # 
Sam>>I say, invest in a roof rack. Not having to worry about making the space for the stroller in the trunk (not to mention skis) has been a lifesaver.
Nov 22, 2017 1:34 AM # 
Did you have to get a particularly big roofbox to fit Chariot + skis? Definitely thinking about getting one.
Nov 22, 2017 2:31 AM # 
Yes. For my classic skis to fit, we had to get the Thule Force XXL:
We have been very happy with it so far. (Our car is a regular sedan, a 4-door subaru legacy, so nothing extra big or long, but the box fits just fine.)
Nov 22, 2017 2:32 AM # 
The clearance with our car is about 6'6", which has not been a problem with any garages so far.
Nov 22, 2017 6:09 PM # 
We will bring our chariot to Boston in December. If you can hold out, you can try Sofie in it and see how you like it. Maybe that can help make your decision.
Nov 22, 2017 6:11 PM # 
I wonder if Inara, Sofie, and Barney can all fit into the chariot at the same time...
Nov 22, 2017 7:05 PM # 
Let a women of experience chime in;-)
-the double chariot fits into the back of our Skoda octavia, but then nothing else does, so we have to have a roof box to travel anywhere. We use the chariot a lot all year long, with the bike and on skis.
-we have a running stroller with 16" wheels from the brand TFK. It was recommended to us from the Niggli family when Simone was training with her first child. You can attach a carseat to it for the first 6-8 months. The baby is facing you, so you can watch it the whole time running. With the carseat they are really safe from any kind of bouncing, especially if the jogger has shocks, as ours dose.
-if I needed to buy a new one (no third child on our end, but we did manage to break the frame of our jogger), I would buy the Thule Glide with the big wheels, not the one where the front wheel can turn/blocked for running.
-having the baby in the car seat for an hour or so is no problem, I think the recommendation is because some people may otherwise leave their baby in there for the night, since some baby sleep best after being "rocked to sleep" while driving around the block. Sleep deprivation will make you do funny things.
-Matti went on 54 separate stroller runs with either Marc or myself in the carseat for a total of 58 hours in total in 2013 (he was born in April) and he seems pretty normal so far. It was always a lovely experience running with him.
-Skiing with the chariot is awesome if you are strong enough. Marc pulled both kids last winter, but that is the only time I am actually faster than him on the uphills. He says skating is better than classic, because the classic movement makes the belt/poles hit your back over and over again. We used the baby hammock the first winter.
-The single chariot is really narrow, no room for groceries next to the kid, but it probably fits into the cars and busses better. We regret not buying the better version with a hand break because we basically never run with it for that reason.

I think that is all the wisdom I can impart. Good luck! It's exhausting, but in a good way.

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