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#1 Runner5

Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:44 AM

So...I'm feeling so overwhelmed at present I'm not even sure where to start!!  I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with my first child...and thus have absolutely NOTHING (aside from an army of plush animals a VERY excited Nanna to be has filled my house with, hehe).  And I'm been looking at furniture packages online and will start doing some serious shopping soon, but I'm thinking that before I hit the shops, I want an idea of what is out there pram and car seat wise, before I get steamrollered by an enthusiastic sales assistant who convinces me to part with approx $134 673 on a whiz bang pram set up when the $94 240 version would have done the job Tounge1.gif

What I'm hoping to find is a pram I can go running with (on that note, is there any age limitation on when you can take your offspring for a jog in a running pram?? I mean aside from the obvious time period where I give self time to recover from labour!).  I run primarily on tarred roads BUT the roads aren't always brilliant, not appalling, just narrow country roads.  And in my normal not pregnant state, I run long distances (well half marathon distances anyway) but not very fast.  And after chatting with a few women with slightly more child rearing experience than I, they suggest that for a winter baby, a capsule might be the go, then if it's cold out, I can bundle the little bludger into its capsule inside in the warm, and quickly pop it in the car without battling flailing limbs and disgruntlement in the cold....and same in reverse when we get where we're going...so correct me if I'm wrong, but it stands to reason that the pram I get should ideally have the capability to attach said capsule to it yeah??

So...what I'm wondering is, if what I want actually exists, and if so, a) what brands should I have a gander at and b) what sites do you lovely ladies (and gentlemen!) suggest?

Also, feel free to tell me if you think my line of thought is way, way off track!!

#2 Libertine

Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:54 AM

Sorry not got time for a detailed reply however bear in mind that you shouldn't run with a baby until they have good neck control - they could be up to three months old before you feel they're strong enough (both my girls were that age before I really felt comfortable running with them) so you could just get a basic pram then a running one once you have the baby.

Also beware of 'pretend running' prams. I have a Phil and Teds Sport and tbh I don't think it's good for running, long walks sure, but no more than a really slow jog.

Lastly also bear in mind that running with a pram is not the same as running by yourself (yes stating the obvious!) it affects your gait, posture etc. Tbh I MUCH prefer going out for a run by myself before baby wakes up than using the pram.

#3 lady lady

Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:13 AM

QUOTE (Bear1110 @ 22/01/2013, 05:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
(on that note, is there any age limitation on when you can take your offspring for a jog in a running pram??

I recently read the recommendation to be around the 6+ month mark, for the life of me I can't remember where I read it though.

ETA - found it!! the Babyjogger pram company FAQ page advises 6+ months (on smooth terrain and 12+ months on rougher surfaces) after you check with your Pead/ GP

Edited by lady lady, 22 January 2013 - 08:21 AM.

#4 MrsLexiK

Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Hi OP,

I am a lover of the running, though I don't run as long as you do.  What I have gained by listening to my friends/family who run

- Brands: MB, Baby Jogger and the Beema  

- Tyre widith: this is actually a big part of it, the swift MB for instance maybe fine now, but once your little one gets bigger because the wheels are smaller it becomes very heavy and hard to push.  You need a pram that has bigger wheels.  I would stay away from the baby jogger mini and mini GT for this reason (and on the UK website they actually advise not to jog with the pram, I don't think they advise that on the Australian website)

- Capsule - this is another issue most of the capsules that rate high do not actually fit onto the prams and babies are not meant to spend forever in a day in them (along with car seats) so depending on how long your run is I would look more at getting the bassinet attachment, which you can buy for all three of those prams (the beema even comes with one on a stand so you can use it at home as well).  Personally I wouldn't go for the unity capsule (which I think fits all the ones up there) but if you choose to it does meet the Australian Standards so it is not illegal or bad in a sense.

- We have gone for the Safety 1st capsule (the one with 5 stars, and hired it) it does fit some attachments for the maxi cosi so you could goole it and see if it fits any of your short listed ones.  We have gone for the urban MB (new zeland one, if you are in Melb I can PM you the store that still sells the old stock which are better then the current stock made in China) I wish the bigger had of been able to fit into my car but alas it just wouldn't.  We have also gone with a bassinet.  We will use the capsule basically to put the baby in and out of the car.  I can see us using the pram (in the begining more anyway) for walks, runs etc just going by how we live life now.  ie go to mum's for dinner we don't need to bring a pram in so don't really need a capsule to lock into place.  Shops are within walking distance so I would walk to the shops (or go when DH gets home so I can have me time) durning the day so again don't need the capsule to lock into a pram for that.

- the lady that has the Beema, she is a marathon runner, I don't think she missed a beat when she had her little one he loved to go on runs with her.  He is older now and he runs around the block (of course with dr's permission that it is ok)

- I suggest going to the actual sites, then going into a store which stocks them all so you can compare them all together at once.  (Baby bunting stocks all three I listed but the MB they have is the china one) You can then go to other stores which might only have one or two of the prams listed but might have a better knowledge/range (ie a more dependant store.  I was told at baby bunting that the mini GT would be the way to go, by a women who clearly had no idea about jogging or running on country roads. She didn't even offer me a bigger baby jogger)

#5 Lainskii

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:18 AM

I have a mountain buggy terrain and like it. As a pp said, beware of fake running prams. For it to be a true 'running' pram it should have a hand brake on the handle bars so you can stop really quickly mid run and also decent suspension so your baby doesn't get jostled too much.

#6 elle-M

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

QUOTE (Lainskii @ 22/01/2013, 07:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a mountain buggy terrain and like it. As a pp said, beware of fake running prams. For it to be a true 'running' pram it should have a hand brake on the handle bars so you can stop really quickly mid run and also decent suspension so your baby doesn't get jostled too much.

This. Many prams out there are really designed for walking only. If you're a serious runner make sure you invest in a dedicated jogging/running pram - they have better brakes and different suspension to normal prams, as well as fixed front wheels. I have a baby jogger FIT (but you can't buy them here, I got mine shipped from the USA) and it is a dream. My DH loves it too. http://www.babyjogger.com/fit_dtl.aspx One of the best parts of it is the huge sunshade, baby is always shaded from the sun. However the handle bar doesn't move (another safety feature) so it's not that good for shorter people.

My kids are close together in age so I also have the baby jogger summit double, which is OK for running, but I'll be honest - I've only run with it twice in a year because it's too hard with two kids  biggrin.gif  It gets used every single day as my walking pram though!

#7 Runner5

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:11 AM

Thanks guys biggrin.gif  This has been a massive help and given me heaps to think about...just out of curiousity elle-M, which supplier did you purchase your FIT from??  It looks like a lot of US suppliers don't ship internationally, however it would seem, pending what the shipping came to, that this might be a slightly less expensive way of buying a pram anyway?

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