9 Tips for Running with Kids

Ah yes. The great question many moms ask when they are finally cleared to take baby along for the ride. While in the first year- year and a half most babies just sleep and watch, once the fascination wears off toddlers learn they have a voice.

That voice is then used to let you know how bored they are during your run. I have listed below 9 tips I use daily to get my run in, with a 1 year old and a 4 year old. I hope these tips help you reach your running goals with kids in tow.

The first tip to start out can be controversial. I will leave it here as first, skip it if you want screen free ideas.

Screen time. Limits are great, but so is getting a jog in without screaming and crying. Kids will look at it as a treat, let that mom guilt go! **if you want less guilt, download a learning app**

Snacks. What kids doesn’t like snacks? Ones that aren’t too messy, a big choking hazzard (gummies and whole grapes), and somewhat healthy are perfect choices. Don’t forget to bring a drink too.

Start low. If you are just starting jogging with a new addition, it is wise to start low and work up in mileage. See how your child tolerates it and work from there.

Comfort. Make sure they are comfortable. Do they want to sit up and watch? Or do they want to be fully reclined and nap? Are they dressed appropriately? Maybe bring them a jacket and blanket, they will need more layers than you. If it’s winter, I have a whole blog post dedicated to keeping your little cutie warm, even at 20 degrees ferinheight.

Nap time. If your child is any thing like my two girls, they fall asleep pretty quick in the stroller (yes, even my 4 year old). Plan a jog during nap time and enjoy a nice LONG QUIET run. I have had these kids sleeping in the stroller for up to 3 hours. Unbelievable, I know.

Make it fun. Play an I spy game with them. Or have them point out other things they see and hear. Or Make up your own game.

Let them bring a toy. Find a way to fasten the toy to the stroller otherwise you’re going to be stopping a lot. I find plastic links to work great. Link some around the toy, make a small leash, link the end to part of the stroller. I recommend stuffed animals, dolls, and teethers/infant toys.

Have a fun destination. This one is a bit harder in winter months. The rest of the year, jog to the park, library, a picnic spot, or even the splash pad. Keep an extra set of dry clothes in the stroller basket.

Your child is the navigator. When kids get to be 3/4 years old they recognize the paths you take and like to direct the route. I can usually hear my preschooler yelling left momma, go right, now straight from down below. So cute!

Most importantly, if you want a happy child, make sure all of their feeding and diapering needs are met. When comfortable and content children (and infants) are more likely to be happier for longer jogs.

How do you keep your kids happy during runs? How far do they let you go before they start voicing their opposition? Let me know in the comments down below. Happy jogging!

Winter run must haves for a happy baby

I don’t mind running in the cold, but I was unsure how the baby queen would feel.  After our first successful cold run, I was very pleased.  However, over the past few months I have learned a few things that make cold runs easier with a baby and more comfortable for them.

Prior to getting the JJ Cole Polar bundle me, I was bundling Riley up in 2 pairs of socks, mittens, a hat, snow suit, winter jacket, 2 extra thick blankets, and snow boots.  She was very bulky and it was a huge ordeal to get out of the house.  Thirty minutes to get ready for a 30- 60 minute run. Ugh!

Now, most days, I can just zip Riley up in the Bundle me and we are good to go. It has been such a time saver.

Cold weather must haves:
JJ Cole Polar bundle me
I spent a lot of time comparing different brands of foot muffs (mini sleeping bags for strollers) and the materials used/ thickness of them.  I decided on the JJ Cole Polar bundle me because it offered a few points that interested me.

Pros:

  • Interior is a super soft fleece
  • comfortable for baby to be in (Riley sleeps the WHOLE time she is in this)
  • WARM (I have used this in temps of 20-40 degrees (F) without anything on Riley other than her sleepers.  If the temperatures are lower than 20 and/ or if there is a lot of wind I will added a blanket, light jacket, mittens, or hat depending.
  • extends (bottom zipper) for tots (1-4 years old)
  • wind proof outer material
  • easy to put on the stroller (and take off)

Cons:

  • only one thickness, if baby gets too hot your only option is to unzip the whole thing
  • more expensive than other foot muffs, I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond for $119.00

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/jj-cole-reg-water-resistant-polar-bundleme-reg/3244090?skuId=40851853&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_baby_online&product_id=40851853&adtype=pla&product_channel=online&adpos=1o2&creative=224330644016&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&mrkgadid=3245683085&mrkgcl=609&rkg_id=h-2274b2bf733018688f986bf432e9e82d_t-1520114364&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI27CbopPR2QIVHp7ACh1hsA_9EAQYAiABEgJn9_D_BwIMG_5537.jpg

Bob running stroller

So far, I have been very impressed with how the BOB handles ice, snow, slush, and mud.  Riley finds it quite comfortable as she usually naps while we are out.  To ensure safety the front wheel must be locked at all times while jogging.  Even thought this makes turning a bit more difficult.  From experience, do not unlock the front wheel! I forgot to relock it after a walk one day and once I hit a bump the stroller (and baby!) went sideways.
I purchased the snack tray and handle bar storage separately from the stroller, but they are both with it (somewhere to put your water and phone).  I have not yet bought the weathers shield (for rainy days), but I am thinking I may later this spring.  We have done just fine this far without it.
I have the BOB Revolution Pro in Black :

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/bob-reg-revolution-reg-pro-single-stroller-in-black/1045939167?skuId=45939167&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_baby_online&product_id=45939167&adtype=pla&product_channel=online&adpos=1o12&creative=224304488376&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&mrkgadid=3162248921&mrkgcl=609&rkg_id=h-2274b2bf733018688f986bf432e9e82d_t-1520114462&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5sK5zZPR2QIV07fACh3S5wbMEAQYDCABEgJwmvD_BwE

Fuzzy mittens for mom:

  • Easy on and off
  • Keep hands warmer than gloves (in my opinion)
  • Double as a snot rag (yuck!)

Riley is still young enough to enjoy the jogging motion that puts her to sleep.  I haven’t yet had to think of ways to entertain her while we are out.  I know that day is coming soon, but until then I am enjoying having a happy SLEEPY running partner.

 

What are your tricks for running in colder temps?  Do your little ones nap while running?IMG_5566.jpg

The reason I’ve been MIA

I haven’t posted in quite some time.  I have received many messages asking how things were going. Here is the reason why I have been MIA for a good portion of the last year and a half 🙂

Meet my baby:

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And Here she is at 1 month old:

 

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Baby’s first vacation at 5 weeks old

 

If you guys are interested I can do a post on how what my new exercises are and how I lost 47 pounds in the 4 months following her birth.

Thank you guys for all of the concern about my absence and continued support!