BUYER’S GUIDE Best jogging strollers for active parents [Photo Gallery]
Turn your mini-me into a workout buddy with a running buggy that’ll help you achieve your get- and stay-fit goals!
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Keeping fit while caring for your kewpie can be challenging for anyone. Needless to say, you’ll be hard-pressed to find time for a workout, unless you have a helper or nanny to help with baby-care duties.
So that you don’t have to shelve your plans for getting back in shape, getting a jogging stroller may just be your ticket to a healthier and happier you. The bonus, running with your rugrat gives you the chance to hang out and bond with him even as you work up a sweat. But before you start, do check with your doctor if it’s safe to bring junior along for the ride. If your infant’s neck isn’t strong enough to support his head ― usually at around 6 to 8 months ― he might sustain an injury.
Jogging strollers usually come with three wheels, compared to the four in conventional prams. The suspension system and swivelling front wheel ensure a smooth ride for your little one, while a pull-down canopy offers UV protection from the sun. Such buggies do tend to be larger and sturdier as they are required to navigate more rugged terrain.
WHAT Its Forever-Air tyres are filled with lightweight foam instead of air, so you’ll never have to worry that it’ll go flat if you plan to run in rough terrain. You can lower the padded seat to a near-flat position, so that bubba enjoys a more comfortable ride, especially if he falls asleep as you run. Supports bodyweight of up to 29kg.
PARENTS SAY Sam Tan, father of a 1-year-old son, notes the handle bar on the pram can be easily adjusted to a suitable height for both him and his wife. Compact when folded — 26cm by 74.9cm by 61.5cm — he easily stores it in his car boot. The large front wheel means it takes sharp corners smoothly without tipping over.
WHAT This pram boasts lots of storage space, especially if you have plans to stay out the whole day. It can hold two cups, plus a zippered neoprene organiser where you can stash your smartphone or wallet while you’re running. If this isn’t enough, there’s more in the basket below, as well as mesh pockets on both sides of the stroller. The seat’s lightweight mesh material boosts air circulation, which lessens your little one’s chances of developing a heat rash. Supports a weight of up to 32kg.
PARENTS SAY Shirley Ong, 34, notes that the pram offers plenty of leg room for her 2-year-old, and gives a thumbs up for its generous storage space. The basket holds her mini-me’s necessities, including milk bottles and diapers, in addition to a tire pump for the wheels.
WHAT It features two cup holders ― one for you and another for bubba ― as well as a convenient tray table, all the better to place his snacks for self-feeding. The entire pram collapses compactly for easy storage or transport at the push of a button. It can support a weight of up to 22kg.
PARENTS SAY Eric Loi, 42, enthuses that the footrest reflectors provide great low-light visibility as he often runs in the evenings. The lightweight yet rugged steel frame is also much more steady than the non-jogging strollers he used before as the latter tended to veer off-course.
WHAT No matter how bumpy the journey gets, this stroller’s New Zealand-designed Aeromaxx wheels ensure a smooth ride for your kewpie. Nor do you have to worry about stopping to fix a flat as the tyres are filled with rubber foam. A five-point seat harness and soft-aerated seat secures your mini-me snugly, even when the course is bumpy. The 50+ UPF sun protection canopy also shields your sweetie from the harsh rays of the sun. Supports up to 20kg in weight.
PARENTS SAY Krista Thng, 40, who finds the pram easy to use, likes the one-hand steering option. The stroller also folds and fits neatly into her car boot, with space to spare. The basket below can store basic necessities like bottles and sippy cups.
WHAT You can modify the lightweight yet sturdy aluminium frame of this three-wheel stroller to fit just two wheels, all the better to zip through sand or snow with ease! The seat can also be removed to hold a newborn’s bassinet. The sun canopy has an easy-to-open window flap on top that allows your curious cherub to enjoy the view above him as you zip around. Supports a weight of up to 17kg.
PARENTS SAY Ashley Tan, 34, says this stylish set of wheels is not only easy to manoeuvre, it boasts a forward- as well as rear-facing seat. Simply by pushing a lever for every 5kg added, she can also adjust the suspension system to suit her child’s weight. This Bugaboo also features a nifty handbrake that comes in handy when you need to run down slopes.
WHAT With the simple twist of a knob, you can lock the front wheel of this all-terrain stroller or make it swivel like a four-wheel drive to stay on course. An extra-large storage section underneath even comes with an all-weather cover, which prevents your baby supplies from getting soiled. Supports a bodyweight of up to 34kg.
PARENTS SAY Siti Khaliq, 39, loves that she can handle the pram easily even through paths covered with sand or gravel without a hitch. The covered storage amenity gets her thumbs up, too, since it not only provides protection from the weather, it prevents her things from falling out.