Traditional strollers lack features that reduce the jarring shocks your baby could be subjected to from moving quickly over uneven terrain. When buying a jogging stroller, consider these safety features:
- You should be able to lock the front wheel into position, so the stroller stays on a straight path as you run.
- A stroller with a deep seat and five-point harness safety belt will keep your child from skidding out of the seat or leaning to the side while you’re moving.
- A handbrake is essential for you to stop the stroller at a moment’s notice without having to come to a complete stop yourself.
- All jogging strollers should include a shock-absorber system to protect your child from jarring bumps.
Here’s a round-up of our favourite jogging strollers:
Bébé Confort High Trek
R8 999, Baby City and selected baby specialist stores
This stroller is suitable for various terrains, thanks to its three big wheels, inflatable tyres, ultra-padded seat, high-performance suspension and shock absorbers. Even forest tracks can be tackled safely, as the stroller has a braking lever that’s located in the middle of the handle. The large seat, which is forward- and rear-facing, fully reclines, so your child will always be in a comfortable position.
TFK Jogger – Joggster Twist Lite
R13 499.99, babygroup.co.za
The Joggster Twist is a sturdy, sporty- looking stroller. It features a large canopy with integrated mosquito net, and the three-position adjustable footrest lifts, so your baby can lie flat when it’s nap time. We love the convenient large storage basket and side and hood pockets. The wheel locks easily and a handbrake makes braking on hills a cinch. When you’re done with your run, the pram is easy to fold and compact to store.
Chelino Coco Jogger
R1 299, specialist baby stores and leading retailers
The Chelino Coco Jogger features easy-ride wheels and a five-point safety harness. It has both a storage bag and a shopping basket for your convenience. It is lightweight and can be folded with a one-hand mechanism for easy transportation and storage. The seat is padded and reclines back, so your little one will be extra-comfy, whether you’re taking a gentle stroll or vigorous run.
Chicco Activ3 Stroller
R7 999.99, Baby City, Baby Boom, Makro and specialist baby stores
Thanks to its extendable hood with UV50+ protection and five-point safety harness, this stroller has everything you need to create a comfortable and secure environment for your baby’s earliest adventures outdoors. The puncture-proof wheels have adjustable shock absorbers and the front swivel wheel provides maximum manoeuvrability. It folds compactly and stands upright when closed.
Bounce Titanium Jogger
R6 999, Toys R Us
This three-wheel stroller has a four-wheel adapter – reducing the need for separate strollers for different situations. It features strong suspension and three big wheels for easy manoeuvrability. The stroller offers versatility, with an adjustable handlebar and footrest and a detachable seat pad and foot cover. The seat can be adjusted into three positions, and can be forward- or rear-facing.
Thule Urban Glide 1
R8 999, takealot.com
This sports stroller features a swivel front wheel for manoeuvrability, which also locks into place for jogging. The stroller features an ergonomic handlebar with a range of heights for your comfort, while the rear suspension allows your child to experience a smooth ride. The padded seat, which has a vented canopy, reclines to a near-flat position for on-the-go naps. You can fold the pram with one hand, and it is compact for easy storage and transportation.
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