Tips to Keep in Mind When Using a Double Jogging Stroller
It takes lots of willpower to go out jogging with your babies. I have a tendency of giving parents who go jogging with their babies a mental nod of appreciation for their dedication to a workout routine. Jogging in itself is never an easy task. Pushing an extra forty to eighty pounds is another task altogether.
Even when you are jogging on your own, it is imperative that you be cautious about your safety. And when you are accompanied by your twins, then you have more reason to prioritize your well-being. A double stroller is often more challenging to keep in control than a single stroller.
If you have been using a single jogging stroller or you are using the double jogging stroller for the first time, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. For the most part, these tips may sound routine. But together they help make the jogging session less burdening, fun, and safe.
11 Tips for Jogging with Twins on a Jogger
1. Twins must be old enough to go jogging
The golden rule for the use of joggers is that the baby must be older than 6 months. This rule is important, especially when the stroller is used for jogging and not normal use. The reason behind this is because when jogging, there are too much shaking and vibrations.
Babies below six months cannot cope with the bouncing around as their head and neck support is inadequate. Alternatively, if you can fit two infant car seats on the double jogging stroller, then that would be an ideal workaround.
2. Lock the Swiveling and Use parking brakes
Different models have varying designs on the front wheel. While some joggers have a fixed front wheel, there are options with a freely pivoting wheel which can be locked in place. If you have the latter then it is safe to lock it in place when jogging. At any point where you stop, ensure the parking brakes are engaged even if it is for a couple of seconds.
3. Pack the Right Essentials
Joggers have plenty of storage space. There is the cargo basket underneath, side pockets, zipped compartments and meshed pockets. Use these to pack everything you will need during the jog.
Water for 3, diapers, wipes, snacks, extra clothes and toys to entertain the babies are typical essentials you might need. When going jogging, I think of the opportunity as taking my kid for an outing. Therefore, I bring all the possible gear to make the baby comfortable.
4. Start Slow and Short
First of all, jogging with a double jogging stroller is no easy task. After adding all the essentials you may require, then the stroller’s and babies’ weight, you may end up pushing close to 100 pounds. Obviously, you therefore have to jog slowly if you are to cover the meaningful distance. For starters, going a mile or 2 would still be great.
5. Be Mindful of Your Jogging Posture
The rule of thumbs when using a jogger is not to push downwards on the handlebar. Rather, push forward when jogging uphill. When you are on a flat surface or going downhill, use your momentum to push the stroller forward.
Work to stay upright without hunching towards the stroller and leaning on it. It may be hard at first, but after a couple of runs, you’ll get the hang of it.
6. Keep The Stroller Under Your Control at All Times
Resist the temptation of giving the double jogging stroller a push then running hands-free behind it. That is not a very wise idea as it’s not safe for both kids and those around you. The safe stroller use routine is to use the wrist wrap provided on the handlebar.
As you go downhill, the stroller will gain momentum and pick up speed. The wrist wrap comes in to keep it close to you to prevent the unthinkable from happening.
7. Double Check the Safety Harnesses
Safety harnesses are meant to keep your babies from being shaken too much. It is, therefore, important to ensure that the 5-point harnesses are in top working condition. You may try to argue that since you won’t be jogging too quickly, then falls would not be possible.
However, do not take chances with the safety of your twins. On long runs, a bored baby may try to wriggle himself out of the stroller. Worse still, a finger may get caught between the wheel spokes.
8. Stay Away from Hilly Routes
In my opinion, I would rather jog along a longer stretch than follow a hilly one. And that is when I am not even pushing a stroller. Now imagine yourself pushing over 100 pounds of weight uphill. When you have a double jogging stroller, keep away from hilly terrains.
To prevent you from tiring out too soon, take the flattest paths. But if you have the endurance, take your time to go uphill slowly. Afterwards, revel on your way downhill as you keep the stroller close to you.
9. Stops are Great
You brought along snacks, right? Well, there comes a time when you have to stop and have a bite. Double jogging strollers are tiring, and you need to catch your breath too. Another instance is in the event that your son has stolen his sister’s toys, a melee might erupt and this might force you to stop.
Basically, there is bound to be tons of reasons to have a stop. A diaper change can also never be ruled out. Don’t get frustrated, simply stop, sort out the mess then proceed with a smooth ride.
10. Keep Distance from Cars, Sidewalks and Busy Roads
Most sidewalks are bumpy in nature hence making for a very uncomfortable jogging session. Stay away from these. Also, as you jog, don’t get too close to cars. In as much as drivers are often mindful when you have a double jogging stroller, I find it best to give them space as well as avoiding them entirely.
11. Perform Routine Maintenance on the Stroller
Your jogger is just like a bike. Routine maintenance is what ensures it rides all the time smoothly. A creaky double stroller is either too hard to push or uncomfortable. Inspect the tires to ensure they have enough air, check the suspensions and also ensure the brakes are in top condition. The shock pistons may require routine lubrication using a bicycle chain lubricant.
The safety and well-being of your babies when using a double jogging stroller cannot be underestimated. This is why the 11 tips listed and discussed above are very important. While these may not be the only tips that you need to know, they will go a long way in making sure that both you and your babies are always safe when using the strollers.