When I was pregnant with my first child, there was one thing I was sure of: I needed a jogging stroller.
I took hunting for the perfect jogging stroller just as seriously as I did shopping for other baby necessities – like the crib and car seat. After comparing several different brands and models, we ended up with one of the most popular jogging strollers: the BOB Revolution SE.
My son turns two next month. We’ve been using the BOB since he was a week old (for walking only in the beginning, with the car seat attachment). I can honestly say it was one of our best baby purchases. Here’s the rundown of the pros and cons of the BOB:
- It’s made for running. It’s easy to maneuver and the ride is smooth. I never feel like the stroller is going to get away from me or tip.
- It’s safe. The five-point harness keeps your baby secure, and the heavily padded seat and straps keeps your child comfortable. The brake allows you to easily put the stroller in the lock position when you’re stopped.
- The seat is adjustable. It reclines so baby can take naps.
- The large canopy protects baby from the sun and other elements. There’s a handy “sunroof” that allows you to peer in on your baby, too.
- There’s a big basket underneath with plenty of room for a small diaper bag for baby and a water bottle for mom or dad.
- You can purchase accessories, such as an infant car seat adapter, sun shield, weather shield, handlebar console (complete with cup holders and a zip pocket), or toddler snack tray.
- It’s fairly easy to fold and travel with. You simply lift up levers by the handle bars and collapse the stroller. I’ve done this in the airport myself – while holding my baby. Even though the BOB is large, most airlines allow you to gate check it.
- It can be your sole stroller. If you purchase the infant car seat adapter (which allows you to secure your baby’s car seat directly into the stroller), you can use the BOB for walking from day one.
- It lasts a long time. You can use this stroller until your child is 70lbs.
- The price tag. The BOB Revolution SE is the top of the line jogging stroller. It retails at $450. My advice is to shop around and search for sales. We paid around $340 for our 2011 model when it was on sale.
- There’s some mixed information about when it’s safe to place baby directly in the stroller and when it’s OK to run with the stroller (due to concerns over the child’s neck control). BOB says to wait until your child is 8 months old before placing him or her directly in the stroller and running. While other sources say it’s safe at 6 months. It’s best to allow your child’s pediatrician to make the call.
- You cannot run with the car seat adapter. Meaning you have to wait 6- 8 months until baby sits directly in the stroller before you can run. The car seat adapter should be used for walking only because of the risk of tipping.
- It’s bulky. The stroller itself weighs 25lbs and it doesn’t fit in the trunk of some cars. It’s heavy, so putting it in or out of your car can be tricky. This is why many people opt to have another, lighter stroller in addition to the BOB.
Do you run with your child in a jogging stroller? Which type is your favorite?
Written by Jen Matz.