Stroller Rain and Wind Cover, Winter Gear Must Have...

With winter just around the corner, here is a must have for us stroller runners, rain and wind cover/protector.  Just because it is getting colder outside, does not mean you need to stop walking and/or running with your kids.  Depending on what part of the country you live in, yes, you might get some looks, but in the end it is good for you and your kids to get some fresh air. Jogging stroller rain and wind covers offer the protection your baby needs in unexpected rains. They are generally made of heavy duty clear vinyl with side air holes that allow good ventilation. According to several reviews I have read, one criteria reviewers judged whether a stroller rain and wind cover is good is if the cover can fold into a compact size. For some this might be important, but to me this does not even factor into my buying decision.  I cannot remember ever trying to fold my rain and wind cover and I have one for each of my jog strollers. Regardless of your brand of stroller, most companies sell a rain and wind cover. When shopping for a proper stroller rain and wind cover, here is some guidance. Ensure it is made of heavy duty clear material that will last. Rain covers are used quite regular by active families who keep up with their exercise regime even in cold and wet seasons. I like the stroller rain and wind covers that do not leave permanent wrinkles on the material because I believe it indicates heavy materials.  If you choose to fold your rain and wind cover, you will notice it more. However, as I mentioned above mine stays on all season.  If it is nice above 60 degrees and not...

Final Review: Comparison of 17 Jog Strollers...

This is our final review for Baby Safety Month, where we provide a table of all seven brands (17 jog strollers) of JPMA approved and certified manufacturers. After reviewing all 17 models, we have two favorites based on quality and usability, BOB Revolution SE and Baby Jogger Summit X3. Both have great suspension, which means the kids are more comfortable while you are running. And we love the one hand fold on the Baby Jogger Summit X3.  When you have kids and you are trying to maneuver the stroller with a child in your arms; one hand fold is key. In comparison to the 17 strollers we reviewed, these two strollers are in the mid to high price range ($449 – $499 for a single stroller).  If you are looking for a more economic jog stroller, you might consider the Joovy Zoom 360 ($249 for a single stroller). If you are interested in our individual reviews of their brands and models, here are the links; Baby Jogger, Baby Trend, BOB , Graco, Joovy, Kelty, and Phil and Teds. Run Stroller Run's Jog Stroller Comparison  Price D = DoubleDouble Stroller OptionTravel Seat CompatibleThree Wheel DesignSwivel Front Wheel Capable of LockingParking BrakeHand BrakeAdjustable SuspensionAll Wheel SuspensionOne Hand FoldAdjustable Handlebar BOB Revolution SE $499 & $659 (D)XXXXXX BOB Revolution CE $469XXXXX BOB Ironman $409 & $559 (D)XXXXXX BOB Sport Utility $379 & $519 (D)XXXXXXX BOB Stroller Strides$379 & $485 (D)XXXXXX Baby Jogger FIT$299.99XXXXXX Baby Jogger Summit X3$429.00 ; $649 (D)XXXXXXX Baby Jogger POD$499.26 (not including conversion kits for trailer and jogging) Only Available in DoubleX Joovy Zoom 360$249.99XXX Joovy Zoom ATS$249.99 XX Joovy Cocoon$499.99 from Amazon Prime; $549.99 (D) X Baby Trend ExpeditionRanges from $99 - $169 (based on color and travel system) $228 (D) on Amazon...

Graco Jog Stroller Product Review...

Our seventh jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month, Graco jog strollers.  Graco is JPMA certified and approved manufacturer. Graco have two jog strollers, FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ Stroller and the Trekko® Classic Connect™ Stroller. Favorite Graco jog stroller style: FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ Stroller Features We Love: The one handed fold. Deluxe parent’s tray features a unique smart phone cradle for your phone or MP3 player, 2 deep cup holders and a covered storage compartment. Compared to the Trekko® Classic Connect™ Stroller, this model is made more for runners. Features We Do Not Love: Only can hold a child up to 50 lbs. No double jog stroller feature. The car seat adapter is only compatible with the Graco car seats. I have a Chicco Key Fit 360, which is the top rated infant car seat carrier; therefore, I was not able to test the stroller with my car seat. See the table below for Graco model jog stroller comparison. Please note, Graco sells twelve additional models that are everyday strollers that are not jog strollers and not shown below in the table. FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ StrollerTrekko® Classic Connect™ StrollerFastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ StrollerTrekko® Classic Connect™ Stroller Advertised asUltimate crossover stroller, combining all the comfort & convenience features of a traditional stroller with the performance & maneuverability of an all-terrain jogger.Actively explore in comfort & style.Price$189.99$169.99 Double Stroller OptionTravel Seat Compatible (with infant car seat adapter)X (Graco only)X (Graco only) Swivel Front Wheel (lockable as well)XXThree Wheel DesignXX Five Point Padded Harness XXDeluxe parent's tray features a unique smartphone cradle for your phone or MP3 playerX For our final post on jog strollers for Baby Safety Month, we will compare all seven jog stroller brands we reviewed thus far...

Kelty Jog Stroller Product Review...

Our sixth jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month, Kelty jog strollers.  Kelty Kids is JPMA certified and approved manufacturer. Kelty has one jog stroller, the Speedster Swivel Deluxe. Only Kelty jog stroller style: Speedster Swivel Deluxe Features We Love: Rated in 2011 as one of the best jog strollers by Babble. Adjustable height of the hand bar. Adjustable tracking. Features We Do Not Love: Have to engage one wheel brake at a time; they both don’t lock together. Narrow seat, according to Consumer Reports the narrow frame can lead to tipping over easily. No Double Stroller option No car seat adapter; meaning an infant or a child under six months cannot use this stroller. See the table below for Kelty model jog stroller comparison. Please note, Kelty does not sell other strollers; but they sell a plethora of child carriers.  Unfortunately, Kelty has not offered a new jog stroller model since 2011; it seems that their focus is more on child carriers and camping gear. If you are looking for a stroller to use from birth through the toddler years, this would not be the stroller for you due to the fact that there is no car seat adapter. Speedster Swivel DeluxeSpeedster Swivel Deluxe Advertised asRecipient of Babble.com '2011 Best StrollerPrice$319 on Amazon Double Stroller OptionTravel Seat Compatible (with infant car seat adapter) Swivel Front Wheel (lockable as well)XThree Wheel DesignX Five Point Padded Harness XAdjustable Handle BarX Our next jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month will be Graco, which is another manufacturer approved and certified by JPMA. Please note we do not receive Kelty products for free or receive any additional compensation. We are just #strollerrunner moms who enjoy sharing our favorite brands with other stroller...

Phil and Teds Jog Stroller Product Review...

Our fifth jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month, Phil and Teds jog stroller.  Phil and Teds is JPMA certified and approved manufacturer. Phil and Teds have one jog stroller, the Sub 4. Favorite Phil and Teds jog stroller style: Sub 4 Features We Love: The rear wheels are tilted in at a slight angle giving better control of the stroller through turns. Complete impact absorption. One hand dual disk brakes for speed control & par. Features We Do Not Love: It can only hold a child up to 33 lbs, which falls extremely short compared to most other brands that can hold a child up to 75 lbs. The stroller only comes in a fixed wheel. The price; it is $900. See the table below for Phil and Teds model jog stroller comparison. Please note, Phil and Teds sells seven additional models that are everyday (single and double) strollers that are not jog strollers and not shown below in the table. Sub 4Sub 4 Advertised asThe Worlds Fastest JoggerPrice$899 Double Stroller OptionTravel Seat Compatible (with infant car seat adapter) Locked Front WheelXThree Wheel DesignX Five Point Padded Harness XOne hand dual disk brakes for speed control & parkX Our next jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month will be Kelty Kids, which is another manufacturer approved and certified by JPMA. Please note we do not receive Phil and Teds products for free or receive any additional compensation. We are just #strollerrunner moms who enjoy sharing our favorite brands with other stroller...

Baby Trend Jog Stroller Product Review...

Our fourth jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month, Baby Trend jog strollers.  Baby Trend is JPMA certified and approved manufacturer.  Baby Trend has three main styles of jog strollers, Expedition, Range Jogger and Velocity Jogger. Favorite Baby Trend jog stroller style: Expedition Features We Love: Affordable Parent console and snack tray included The front wheel swivels for walking and can be locked in place for jogging Infant car seat adapter included MP3 speakers plug-in in parent tray, compatible with most MP3 players; and compatible with most Apple® iPod® models and Apple iPhone Features We Do Not Love: Narrow seat Does not ride smoothly when the front wheel is in the locked position The car seat adapter only fits with the Baby Trend Car Seats, not compatible with other car seats 50 lbs. weight capacity limit, when most other jog strollers are 75 lbs See the table below for Baby Trend model jog stroller comparison. Please note, Baby Trend sells more than eight additional models that are everyday (single, double and triple) strollers that are not jog strollers and not shown below in the table. ExpeditionRange JoggerVelocity JoggerExpeditionRange JoggerVelocity Jogger PriceRanges from $99 - $169 (based on color and travel system) $228 (D) on Amazon Prime$99 at WalmartRange $230-$290 on Amazon Prime Double Stroller OptionX Travel Seat Compatible (with infant car seat adapter)X (only with Baby Trend Car Seat)X (only with Baby Trend Car Seat)X (only with Baby Trend Car Seat)Swivel Front Wheel with locking optionXXX Three Wheel DesignXXXFive Point Padded Harness XXX MP3 speakers plug-in in parent trayXX Our next jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month will be Phil & Teds USA, Inc., which is another manufacturer approved and certified by JPMA. Please note we do not receive Baby Trend...

Joovy Jog Stroller Product Review...

Our third jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month, Joovy jog strollers.  Joovy is JPMA certified and approved manufacturer. Joovy has three jog stroller models, Zoom 360, Zoom ATS, and Cocoon. Per a reader’s comment, we will be incorporating the Features We Do Not Love section to our product reviews to provide a more balanced evaluation. Favorite Joovy jog stroller style: Zoom 360 Features We Love: Swivel front wheel that locks straight on the Zoom 360 Included Rain/Wind Cover – custom fit rain/wind cover. Features We Do Not Love: Only available in a single stroller Heavy, does not glide forward Hard to steer while running See the table below for Joovy model jog stroller comparison. Please note, Joovy sells nine additional models that are everyday (single, double and triple) strollers that are not jog strollers and not shown below in the table. Zoom 360Zoom ATSCocconZoom 360Zoom ATSCoccon Advertised as Maximum maneuverabilityFixed front wheel for serious runners Stroller-jogger-bicycle trailer all in onePrice$249.99 from Amazon Prime$249.99 from Amazon Prime$499.99 from Amazon Prime $549.99 (D) from Amazon Prime Double Stroller OptionXTravel Seat Compatible (with infant car seat adapter)XX Swivel Front WheelXThree Wheel DesignXX Five Point Padded Harness XXXCustom Rain & Wind ProtectorXXX (already built in due to the enclosed trailer) Our next jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month will be Baby Trend, Inc., which is another manufacturer approved and certified by JPMA. Please note we do not receive Joovy products for free or receive any additional compensation. We are just #strollerrunner moms who enjoy sharing our favorite brands with other stroller...

Baby Jogger Jog Strollers Product Review...

Our second jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month, Baby Jogger jog strollers.  Baby Jogger is JPMA certified and approved manufacturer. Baby Jogger has three jog stroller models, The Baby Jogger FIT, The Summit X3, and the POD. Favorite Baby Jogger jog stroller style: Summit X3 and Summit X3 Double (Released July 2013) Features We Love: Patented Quick-Fold Technology – allows you to fold your stroller with ONE hand Unique patented all-wheel independent suspension offers the smoothest ride on the block Adjustable multi-position sun canopy with clear view windows and side ventilation panels See the table below for Baby Jogger models stroller comparison. Please note, Baby Jogger sells six additional models that are everyday strollers that are not jog strollers and not shown below in the table. FITSummit X3PODFITSummit X3POD Advertised as For Intermediate TrainingNo Limits, no boundaries - Go anywhere - Any Terrain Endless possibilities for family funPrice$289.10 on Amazon Prime$429.00 on Amazon $649 (D) on Amazon$499.26 on Amazon (not including conversion kits for trailer and jogging) $599.16 on Amazon including conversion kits Double Stroller OptionXOnly Available in DoubleTravel Seat Compatible (with infant car seat adapter)XX Three Wheel DesignXXRemote Wheel Lock X Quick-Fold Technology (ONE Hand)XXFive Point Padded Harness XXX Parking BrakeXXXHand BrakeXX All-wheel Independent SuspensionX Our next jog stroller product review for Baby Safety Month will be Joovy, which is a JPMA approved and certified manufacturer. Please note we do not receive Baby Jogger products for free or receive any other compensation for writing this review. We are just #strollerrunner moms who enjoy sharing our favorite brands with other stroller runners....

September is Baby Safety Month...

September is Baby Safety Month and over the course of the next four weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday, we will provide our top jog stroller or active baby carriers companies that are approved by Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Raising a bundle of joy takes care and knowledge to ensure the first years are happy and healthy not only for the baby but for the parents too.  Sometimes as parents we get caught up with the care of the baby and forget about ourselves. I know I have since having my second child nearly a year ago.  Since Run Stroller Run’s emphasis is on healthy families are happy families; for Baby Safety Month, we want to share our favorite jog strollers and baby carriers that are certified and approved for top quality and safety by JPMA. For more information about Baby Safety Month, check out their Facebook...

Top 5 Important Reads for Au Pairs & Child Care Providers...

Au Pairs live in our house and care for our children and I want to ensure they are as equipped with the most knowledge to protect themselves and my children from harm’s way. In addition, I want to provide an environment that is fun, healthy and presents the best experience for the Au Pair and my children.  Here are my top 5 important reads for Au Pairs & Child Care Providers. Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning.  Now that summer is here, most Au Pairs are frequenting the pool with their host kids. Please read this article because what you think a drowning person should do, they won’t be able to do.     Child Care Emergency Check List.  As an Au Pair, if you do not have this information at your finger tips, please ensure you ask for immediately.  We have this information located in kitchen on the wall by the phone and phone chargers, in the diaper bag (you can put it in the kids pool or school bags), and a few more strategic places in the house.       Mom, you told everyone! Kids Privacy Online.  We have social media guidelines in our house.  Most Au Pairs we know us Facebook to communicate with one another or another form of social media. Please ensure they know what your rules are about posting photos of your kids, home, etc. or using your children’s real names.     Who Did Your Au Pair Bring Home?!?! “Sleep tight; don’t let the bedbugs bite.” This is no longer just a phrase. According to Orkin Pest Control, they have seen a 33% rise in bed bugs since 2011.  As of 2012, New York (ranked 10th in the country) and Washington, DC (ranked 7th in the county),...