Posts Tagged ‘running’

2014 Jogging Stroller Review

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Whether you are a marathoner or just a habitual jogger, if you have young children then you’ve probably considered purchasing a jogging stroller. But like cars, there are many options with all different price ranges. A lot of regular strollers might look like jogging strollers, but might not actually be made for running.

For safety reasons, prior to purchasing you need to make sure that the manufacturer has specifically stated that the stroller is meant for running. You should also look for a stroller that has a front wheel that will lock in place. Finally, most legitimate jogging strollers will also have at least 12” tires that are made from the same material as your bike tires. These are necessary to absorb shock and stabilize the unit.

When looking for the right jogger, there are a couple crucial elements that can set it apart from the rest.

  • Versatility (Can you attach an infant seat?)
  • Rolling resistance and weight limits
  • Ease of Use
  • Ability to load and unload from your car or your house/apartment

We mom-tested a few of the current favorites on the market and here are the results:

2014 Jogging Stroller Review BOB Ironman

Retails around $400

Pros

  • Very Light
  • Meant for serious runners
  • Capacity goes all the way to 70lbs
  • With its high-tech look and a bright yellow color option, it looks pretty amazing whizzing by you on the trail.

Cons

  • Seat length is short and might not accommodate your child even if they aren’t at weight capacity yet
  • Pricey
  • Almost all accessories, like infant seat conversion kit, cost extra

Baby Trend ExpeditionBaby Trend

Retails for around $99

Pros

  • Affordability
  • Stands when folded for tight spaces
  • Cup Holders

Cons

  • Front wheel has been known to bend and break the bolt. This can result in tip-overs!
  • Not meant for serious runners, or for long distances
  • No hand break
  • Some users have said that it shakes “violently” when running.

Jeep Liberty Limited TerrainJeep Jogger

Retails for around $200

Pros

  • Lots of extra storage space
  • Fits many infant car seats
  • Smooth ride whether you are running on a trail, asphalt, concrete

Cons

  • Very large and troublesome to maneuver in smaller places like elevators
  • Tires need to be replaced often
  • Difficult to store in smaller places like closets
  • Gets stuck easily when opening. Once user said that she usually looks ridiculous trying to force pry the thing open in public places.

What’s your favorite jogger? Any tips for moms on the run?

Tessa Westnitzer is a personal trainer and mother of two who lives and works out in Tucson, Arizona. She loves helping new moms get back to their fighting weight!

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Anna’s Family

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Anna is a homebirthing, breastfeeding, homeschooling, cloth diapering, babywearing mama of FIVE. Oh yeah and she’s a knitter and a runner too! I have a feeling if I had the chance to meet Anna in person, her and I would be fast friends. 🙂 I am happy to have her family as our featured family this Friday.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product?

My favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique product is the Bravado tank.  It’s especially nice in the winter when I want an extra layer.

What do you and your family like to do for recreation?

For fun, we like to play at the park, go for walks, eat ice cream, and watch football.

What is your favorite baby carrier and why?

My favorite carrier would be my Maya Wrap.  It’s the carrier that I have used the most since the newborn days. It’s easy to discreetly nurse a baby or toddler in.  My 2nd favorite would be my Ergo.

Describe your cloth diaper stash:

My cloth diaper stash consists of 3 dozen prefolds, 6 Thirsties snap duo covers, and several dozen homemade wipes.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences?My favorite “me” time indulgences would be knitting, running, reading, chocolate, and yummy coffees.  Now finding the time for those things is another story.

What’s your number one secret for stretching a dollar?

My number one secret for stretching a dollar would be to cook from scratch.  Cooking from scratch is not only cheaper, but yummier and healthier too.


Share one special family tradition:

At birthdays, we always go around the table and each person has to say one thing that they like about the birthday boy or girl.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. –Dr. Seuss

Thanks Anna for sharing your lovely family with us! Your $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique will arrive soon!

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Have a beautiful weekend all!

Sarah

Diaper Bag Woes

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Abraham joined me right before I crossed the finish line

I recently ran my first half marathon barefoot. I know, I know…what in the world does that have to do with diaper bags? Even though I can pretty much relate anything to running, if you can ‘bare’ with me here, I promise there is an actual connection this time (such a cheesy pun, huh?).

I ran the race with a small purple backpack that held two different pairs of back-up shoes and two different kinds of socks just in case the course was not barefoot-friendly.  The bag also held other little random things I like to have with me when I run (chapstick, snacks, music, phone, etc). Throughout the race I would sling the bag from my back to my shoulder to grab various items from it. At one point during a super rocky section I stopped to put on my huaraches/running sandals. Unfortunately one of the straps broke almost immediately. So I stopped again and put on my second choice back-up running shoes. At this point a man passing me says “You are like Mary Poppins…I keep waiting to see what you are going to pull out of that little backpack of yours”. 🙂

Fast forward to a few days ago when a mama from the Mom’s Milk Boutique facebook community posted a picture of her new beautiful Mighty Be by Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag and all of the contents she was able to stuff inside of it (with room to spare!). The picture made me immediately think of the Mary Poppins comment from my race. This was one well packed mama for sure…Mary Poppins may even have a thing or two to learn from her! She had snacks, clothes, diapers, toys, baby carrier…you name it, she had it. I might be able to pack a bag well for a run/race, but when it comes to outings with my kids I am sadly inept.

I almost never have band-aids when we need them for a skinned knee at the park. I often have a poopy cloth diaper and no wet bag to stick it in while changing baby’s diaper at the store.  I have (more than once) left freshly filled water bottles on the counter at home only to kick myself later when the 5 of us try to share a $7 16oz disposable water bottles at the zoo. My three-year-old has spent the entire day wearing his 10-month-old brother’s pants because I forgot to pack extra clothes for him. I sheepishly bum food off friends more than I care to admit because I don’t pack enough (or any) snacks for my kids. I guess that’s the fate of a Girl Scout dropout…the “Be Prepared” motto was lost on me!

So in attempt to remedy my diaper bag woes, I decided the first step is to purchase a new bag. Right now I am using a 12 year old Jansport with a broken zipper. Before that I was using a very old, well-loved, hand-me-down ERGObaby backpack with a huge hole in it, stretched-out water bottle holder, and missing velcro (in other words my stuff always fell out of it). Before that I used any random bag I could find around the house. Five years and three kids later, I figure it’s time I invest in a good diaper bag. No I take that back…it’s time to invest in a GREAT diaper bag! Suggestions welcome! 🙂 Step two is to get organized and create a system, but since step one has to come first (and let’s face it, is waayyy more fun!) let’s get shopping!!

So what category do you fall into? Are you Mary Poppins or a Girl Scout drop-out? Would love to hear your diaper bag essentials and/or bloopers.

-Sarah