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Running with Baby

Tips for new moms and dads

During the post-partum period many women are anxious to get back to their pre-baby fitness regimen. For previously active women, this can be particularly true. Running with your baby in a specially designed running stroller (also known as a baby jogger) is a great way to get outside and to get active with your new bundle of joy in tow.

But when is it safe to start running with your baby? Most running stroller manufacturers recommend running with babies aged six to 12 months and older. Calgary-based Chariot Carriers says you can start running with a Chariot Carrier fitted with their Infant Sling when your baby is six months old, though they recommend sticking to flat surfaces until the baby is one year of age.

Physicians seem reluctant to take an official position on the issue. When we contacted the Canadian Paediatric Society for this story they declined comment.

Safe Kids Canada, the national injury prevention program of The Hospital for Sick Children, offers the most solid guidelines in this regard:

Jogging strollers should not be used until children are at least one year old. Children need good head and neck control to support a bike helmet and handle the movement and bouncing involved in the ride. It is recommended that a child in a jogging stroller wear a helmet as it will provide protection if the stroller was to tip over or collide with another hard obstacle. There are no helmets available for children under one year.

When deciding when to start running with your baby consider:

-the recommendations of your family physician,

-the running stroller manufacturer’s suggestion and availability of additional infant support accessories, and

-Safe Kids Canada guidelines.

*Always consult with your family physician before resuming exercise after the birth of your baby and when deciding if your baby is ready to ride.

Photo: Chariot Carriers

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