It was rainy and cool today and even though it is still August, I swear I could feel the hint of fall in the air. I’ve always thought fall was the easiest time to get motivated to exercise (I hate being hot before I even start running!) and I think it is the perfect time to take the baby out for the first runs in the jogging stroller.
Now, assuming your baby is old enough for the jogging stroller –check your owner’s manual for weight and age requirements- this might be a great time to begin long walks or runs with baby along for the ride.
If you haven’t already gone for a jog with baby in the stroller, here are some tips to make the first time go more smoothly than my first time did (There was a poop situation. I don’t want to talk about it. The flashbacks still haunt me):
Take care of the body basics before you go: a fresh diaper and a full tummy make for a content passenger!
Be mindful of your nap schedule: A lot of babies will conk right out in the stroller, so choose your time wisely if you have a baby who follows a particular nap schedule or whose bedtime routine depends on not falling asleep after a certain time.
Just say no to toys: You know what is annoying? Having to stop every 500 yards to pick up a book or toy that has been flung over the side. Unless it attaches to the stroller, leave it at home.
Clothing: Remember that they won’t be working up a sweat, so they might need another layer of clothing than you do. Once the cool weather of the fall really kicks in you’ll want to make sure little hands and ears are covered well, especially as you gain speed and create extra wind for them (go you speed racer, go!).
Be prepared: Always have a cell phone and a clean diaper on board. You can probably leave the bottles at home unless you’ll be longer than an hour.
What other tips would you add to this list?