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12 Accessories I Need to Run With My Baby

A parent's guide to running with a stroller.

12 Accessories I Need to Run With My Baby

Are you a runner trying to get back into the groove of things after giving birth? We've got good news for you, mama! Running is actually one of the best forms of exercise for moms. Sure, running is considered high impact, and your body needs time to recover from pregnancy and delivery. So you need to take it slow. But once you have your doctor's okay, going on a run can be beneficial for both you and baby. Not only is it a great way to get stronger and lose the extra baby weight, it will also give you the opportunity to bond even more with you baby. Plus, you'll both get some well-deserved fresh air.

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But wait, before you hit the pavement, you need to prep and equip yourself with the right gear. Here are 11 accessories you need to run with a baby in tow.

1. Bugaboo Running Stroller. The number-one gear you need to run with baby is a good running stroller. This Bugaboo jogger was designed with active parents in mind. It has a fixed front wheel, a hand brake and a basket that has a strap to keep your stuff from bouncing out while you are on the go. And in true Bugaboo fashion, you can have the seat facing you. $815, buy here.

2. Saucony running shoes. Running shoes are next on your to-buy list, and Saucony is one of the best brands for running sneakers. Their shoes provide great support without the added bulk. If you want to know what style is best for you, head to a JackRabbit store to test drive sneakers while on a treadmill. $120, buy here.

3. Style Reform high-performance leggings. We all need a good pair of bottoms, so check out these Style Reform leggings that are quick-drying and stylish all at once. Bonus: You can personalize and customize yours so that it's an original piece! $65, buy here.

4. Yurbud Wireless headphones. Wireless headphones are all the craze these days. Who wants to deal with long wires amongst everything else around? All you have to do is connect them to your iPhone via bluetooth and let the music motivate you to keep on running. $44.86, buy here.

5. Amici Accessories Belt Bag. A belt bag is a good way to carry your essentials, especially if the weather is warmer and you aren't wearing layers. $25, buy here.

6. OXO Tot Stroller Hook. Heading to the grocery store after your run? Be prepare and accessorize your stroller with a stroller hook -- perfect to hang bags so you can keep on strolling, hand free. $7.99, buy here.

7. Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy. If your little one is getting restless, snag one of these so that you can attach a couple of his/her favorite toys to play with or even a pacifier while you're on your run. $3.99, buy here.

8. Choopie Grips Single Bar Cover. If you feel like the grip on the stroller causes friction on your palms, these grips can give you the cushion you need. Plus, they keep the stroller cleaner and will add a little style to your run. Bonus: machine washable! $14.99, buy here.

9. iFrogz tadpole active bluetooth speaker. Need to play some tunes for your little one? Grab this speaker and sync with your phone so that your baby can relax, sleep, or calm down while you're on the move. $9, buy here.

10. Bugaboo smartphone holder. Keeping your smartphone loose while running is not ideal. This holder helps secure your phone to your stroller so that you don't have to deal with carrying or wearing it. $34.95, buy here.

11. Garmin VivoSmart HR+ monitor. If you like tracking activity and you have a specific health goal in mind, this monitor is a great accessory. It tracks heart rate, activity, calories burned and syncs all your information for creating goals. $179.99, buy here.

12. Bombas Socks. These socks are super comfortable and provide the cushion support that you heel needs against the impact it gets as it hits the ground. They come in a variety of colors and don't fade in the washing machine. $12, buy here.

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I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day. While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary.

So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day?

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