What Is the Best Jogging Stroller?

Jogging StrollerIf you are the adventurous type you are no doubt looking for a stroller that is more capable than your standard push through the mall umbrella stroller. (ack the mall).

It is a fact that Natural Parents tend to spend way more time outside with their children, so good for you!

For those times when you are not carrying or wearing your precious baby you will want to understand what the best jogging stroller to suit your needs is. It is important that you think about the strollers primary use, as this will determine the best stroller for you!

Jogging strollers come outfitted with a more robust feature set and sturdier build making them suitable around town, off road, on the trail, or at the beach.

Two of the top rated jogging strollers are the Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller and the Bob Revolution SE Stroller. While the price point differs quite dramatically, buyers often compare the two when shopping for jogging strollers.

Lets take a look at how these two jogging stroller ratings compare.

The Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller features a three wheel design. Inflatable wheels absorb bumps in the terrain effortlessly allowing for a smooth comfortable ride.

The front wheel has the ability to both swivel or be locked in place. The swivel feature allows for fantastic maneuverability and offers a full 360 degree range of motion. This allows the stroller to actually pivot in place in order to navigate within tight quarters or around obstacles.

With the front wheel locked in its fixed position the stroller is ready to tackle rough/soft terrain and sports increased stability while jogging. The rear wheels contain lockable foot brakes that can be engaged when stopped to prevent the stroller from rolling.

An adjustable seat back (adjusted with a strap) and adjustable five-point harness allow your child to ride securely in a variety of positions from sitting up, to lying almost flat.

Additionally the overhead umbrella is attached to the back seat and covers a full range of motion to provide shade from the sun. The umbrella features a small clear plastic window allowing you to peek in on your little one from above. Fantastic for impromptu games of peek-a-boo and Hiiiiiiiii Ma ma Hiiiiii Da Da!

The detachable front tray accepts bottles and cups within the child’s reach, as well as includes an attachable steering wheel/gear shifter toy for the aspiring off road racer. Additionally the Seat and tray combination is designed to allow for a variety of infant car seats to be secured into place. No additional adapters are needed. Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain compatible infant car seats include:

Baby Trend Flex-Loc, Baby Trend EZ Flex-Loc, Baby Trend Latch-Loc, Britax Chaperone, Chicco KeyFit, Chicco KeyFit 30, Cosco First Ride DX, Cosco Starter, Graco Safe Seat, Graco SnugRide Infant, Graco SnugRide 30, Graco SnugRide 32, Graco SnugRide 35, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30, Safety 1st Designer 22, Safety 1st onBoard 35, Safety 1st onBoard 35 AIR.

The Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller offers TONS of storage space. Two large compartments at the base of the stroller easily swallow sand toys, buckets, towels, or even a backpack! Additionally two detachable saddlebags adorn the side of the stroller for smaller items like toys, pacifiers etc.

Up top in front of the push handle there is a tray for Mom and Dad. Two cup holders and a storage location for an ipod, mp3 player or phone complete with a plug in 3.5mm adapter and a detachable speaker for on the go tunes! While we wish this speaker played louder it is a great feature at no extra charge.

The Stroller can be folded tightly in half with one hand, is easy to manage (albeit a bit bulky due to the front wheel ‘jeep’ fender) and will slide into the trunk of most standard sized sedans including our subaru impreza (which is on the small side).

If you are in the market for a full featured jogging stroller, and have been scouring jogging stroller reviews you will be hard pressed to find a better bargain than the Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller.

Now, On to the competition.

Hello Bob! You sleek Devil you! As far as Jogging Strollers are concerned it should be no secret that the Bobs are the top of the line and the Bob Revolution SE Stroller is no exception. If you have the budget and are looking for a jogging stroller that will take you further and faster then the BOB is for you.

While the Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller easily takes everything that you throw at it, you cannot help but feel that it is a bit more family oriented and geared toward the park or a day at the beach, perhaps the casual run here and there.

The Bob Revolution SE Stroller is in a whole different class. The Bob was built for the athlete. The Bob is lighter, faster and smoother with generally the same feature set plus more, not to mention it folds down smaller.

The Bob Revolution SE features an adjustable back seat (adjusted using straps, and accompanying clips). A five point harness keeps your child safely in the seat with a multi-position canopy umbrella.

The umbrella can be positioned in a full range of motion, is independent of the back seat and can therefore be positioned in a greater variety of locations than the jeep stroller, to block the sun. Foot locking brakes are found on the rear wheels to prevent motion while the stroller is parked.

Like the Jeep, The Bob can accept infant car seats however, an additional accessory (sold seperately) is required. Bob Revolution SE Compatible infant car seats are:

CS1001 Graco, CS1002 Peg Perego, CS1003 Chicco

A fair amount of storage can be found on the seat back, and under hanging basket to hold items like keys, wallets, or a small bag. Remember, Emphasis has been placed on active/jogging therefore you will not be carting around large amounts of gear. The Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller wins in the storage department.

So what sets the Bob Revolution SE apart from the Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller to justify this dramatic price increase?

The key differences that you will find in the Bob are A lightweight aluminum alloy frame and a suspension system that aids the inflatable wheels in damping bumps in the road. This combination results in an unbelievably smooth ride ride that actually feels as if the stroller is self propelled. Luckily a convenient wrist leash attached to the push handle prevents the stroller from getting away from you! Like the Jeep stroller the Bob’s front wheel can swivel 360 degrees allowing for fantastic maneuverability, or can be locked in place for increased stability while jogging or on rough/soft terrain.

Do these features warrant the higher price point? Absolutely, if you are serious about jogging on trail, or on the road and are planning to use the stroller for its intended purpose then the BOB is the clear choice for you.

There you have it! Personally, we use the Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain because we love the storage features it provides. This allows us to walk down to the beach or park and bring all of our gear with us in the stroller, but if you are a runner, and are interested in pushing your child along with you while you exercise. The Bob Revolution SE Jogging Stroller will win every time.

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Baby Car Seats Safety Tips

Baby car seats can prevent serious injury to your child in the event of an accident. It is the law that all children under the age of twelve should be seated in the back seat. This is especially true if you have airbags in the front.

From the time you bring your baby home from the hospital, s/he should be placed in an appropriate car safety seat. Infants must be in a rear facing infant only seat or an appropriate convertible seat until s/he weighs twenty pounds or reach the age of one.

After twenty pounds and after the first birthday, toddlers can use a forward facing seat until they reach approximately forty pounds or their ears reach the top of the car seat.

Over forty pounds, a child must be in a seat belt positioned booster seat.

Your car seat belts should not be used by a child under the age of eight unless they are four feet nine inches tall. A booster seat should be used until then. There are many different types of booster seats are available.

Your child should be appropriately restrained at all times. Your child will not be ready to use regular seat belts until the shoulder trap fits across the shoulder not the neck. The lap belt must fit across the hips and not his stomach.

When installing car seats the manufacturer’s directions must be followed exactly. if you don’t have them call the company for a replacement. The car seat will have a label which will have the manufacturer, the address, and the phone number. It will also show the name of the car seat.

You must have this information to get a replacement. If there is no label on the seat do not purchase it. It could be a seat that was damaged in a car accident.

If you are purchasing the car seat second hand, inspect it thoroughly. Check all the belts for fraying, all fasteners for cracks, and the padding of the seat to be sure it is not ripped or torn.

Always check to see if there is a label on the seat, it will have the information you need if there is no manual available. Ask questions such as has this seat been in a crash?
If so, do not purchase it. It may look fine but its safety may have been compromised. There could be a misalignment of the frame resulting in your child’s safety being compromised.

No matter what type of seat you purchase, and there are many, consider how much you can spend. If expense is a concern a convertible travel system maybe in order. A rear-facing car seat can be used as a front facing car seat until the appropriate age.

There is a base that remains in the car. The infant/toddler car seat then can be attached to a stroller frame and later it can reattach to the base that’s in the car.

Check out your options and consider what will be best as far as expenses are concerned. Do your research and determine what will be best for you and your child. Always, the first concern should be the safety of your baby from day one.

It is important to know what type of seat your vehicle will accommodate.
Your car owner’s manual or a dealer will be able to tell you what is compatible with the vehicle you own.

It is an overwhelming choice to make but begin looking for a car seat when you find out you are expecting. A well informed choice will keep your baby safe.

Martin Smith is a successful freelance writer providing advice for consumers on purchasing a variety of Baby Crib Bedding and more! His numerous articles provide a wonderfully researched resource of interesting and relevant information.

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