I’ve been a runner my whole life and, as a new mom, have been itching to get out there and run with my little guy. So of course, I quickly started to hunt for the perfect running stroller. But what kind should I get? One that I could also use as my main stroller? Or one that would allow me to focus on performance? After all, I’m gearing up to run the New York City Marathon in November. To figure out which stroller would work best for me, I tested seven jogging strollers that are all also stylish enough to be your everyday city pram. The criteria I focused on were: how easy they are to get out of the box and onto the street, how they fold up, and how they perform on either bumpy Brooklyn sidewalks or on smooth paved paths, where I could really get cranking. Though I admittedly tested running strollers for selfish reasons, I hope that this guide will be helpful to all mamas and papas out there who want to stay in shape with their little ones in tow. So without further ado, here it is: 7 running strollers put to the test by a lifetime, long-distance runner. 1. Bumbleride Speed. This jogger is elegantly designed with a plush and comfortable seat for the child, a zippered pocket in the sun canopy, and a bumper bar to which you can attach a million toys. It also comes with a pump and a bike bell which is great when you are trying to run in busy urban environments. It is definitely chic and light enough to double as your main stroller. The assembly requires tools and takes a while but will be well worth it once you take it out on the street. $549, buy here. 2. Joovy Zoom 360. The Joovy Zoom 360 comes with a rain cover, a parent organizer for your phone and cup holder, and has a light frame and fabric. Extra pockets next to your child’s seat can hold bottles and snacks, and the big storage basket allows for a small grocery run on your way home from an actual run. The brake pedal is smooth and quiet and will not wake your baby from a nap when you stop at a traffic light. Folding it up takes some getting used to, but the stroller auto-locks and stays in place when collapsed. $219, buy here. 3. Mountain Buggy Terrain. This off road gem doesn’t come with one set of wheels, but two, which you can change depending on what surface you want to run on. Kids sit super high in it, and it has adjustable straps to allow younger or smaller children to be buckled in safely. It has a bumper bar and and will allow for your baby to be reclined almost flat. But since it is very sturdy, your child is still in for a smooth ride, even on uneven surfaces. In comparison to some of the other joggers, it is on the heavier side though. $499, buy here. 4. Bugaboo Runner. A performance machine, this jogger is one of the lightest and fastest that I tested -- it’s almost as if it pulled you. A big plus is the hand brake that can slow your run with the lightest touch and the seat that can be clipped in front or rear facing. As part of its range of accessories this stroller allows for an iPhone holder to be clipped on and, if needed, to entertain your child while you run. If bought independently this jogger is on the pricier side, but if you already own a Bugaboo system you can simply click your seat into the running chassis and get, well, running. $815, buy here. 5. Phil& Ted’s Sport. This Kiwi jogger, which was named 2017’s best jogging stroller by The Bump, has some tongue-in-cheek features that make urban life much easier. Like the auto-stop hand brake that activates when you let go, the narrow frame, the double-stroller feature that allows kids to sit on top of one another instead of side-by-side, and a kid’s seat that transforms into a bassinet when reclined. While it is not a jogger focused on performance, it will allow for light running on smooth surfaces. $499, buy here. 6. Bob Revolution Pro. Bob’s strollers are known for their range from weekend warrior to Ironman athlete running, and this stroller is definitely for the performance-minded runner. It comes as a single or double stroller and has a hand brake and an extra large UPF 50+ sun canopy. The new Bob Revolution Pro allows you to recline your baby with one hand. Since it’s so focused on performance, it isn’t has fashionable as some of the other strollers, but the all-black frame does make it sleek. Note that it’s a very popular choice among running dads. $499, buy here. 7. Thule Urban Glide. Known for its hashtag #bringyourkids, Thule has added a stroller to their range of outdoor activity gear. The Thule is among the lightest joggers and is super easy to assemble out of the box -- all you need to do is click on the wheels. It has a water resistant covered storage basket and an adjustable handlebar that can accommodate even the tallest runners. It’s the easiest stroller to collapse, with just one hand. Note that if you want accessories, like a pump, you will have to buy them separately. $399, buy here. SaveSaveSaveSave Shop the post:
Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)
Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.
This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.
This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.
What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.
This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!
Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.
If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.
Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."
This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.
Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.
This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!
Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.
It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.
With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.
Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.
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Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.
Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.
Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.
It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?
But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.
Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.
Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:
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