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Running buggies compared and how to run safely with your baby in one

From Britax to Bugaboo, discover the pros and cons of five popular running buggies

Running buggies compared and how to run safely with your baby in one

Every running buggy we test is pushed the equivalent distance of five London Marathons, so we can tell you if they are robust and safe enough to exercise with.

If you’re planning to combine your coronavirus lockdown outdoor activity with taking your baby out for some fresh air, check out five popular jogging strollers and buggies we’ve tested, as well as our top tips for exercising safely with your pushchair and baby.

Go to our best pushchairs to see all the strollers and buggies that get five stars in our tough safety and durability tests.

Phil & Teds Sport – £399

The Phil & Teds Sport is a three-wheel all-terrain running buggy with 30cm air-filled tyres and all-wheel suspension, which should help to smooth out any lumps and bumps you encounter.

It’s claimed to be suitable from birth, although you shouldn’t jog with a buggy if your baby is less than eight months old, as they won’t have developed sufficient head or neck strength and could be injured by the jolting motion of the pushchair.

The Sport is versatile and can be used until your child reaches 20kg, which is about five or six years old. A second seat can be attached to convert this single pushchair into a double buggy.

Read our complete Phil & Teds Sport review to discover how easy it is to push, fold and use the brakes.

Thule Urban Glide 2 – £575

Thule Urban Glide 2

The nippy and aerodynamic Thule Urban Glide 2 is pricey, but it’s one of the lightest active travel system strollers available to buy and it’s packed with useful features.

It has a one-hand fold, 40cm rear air-filled tyres, as well as a handbrake and reflective rims on the wheels and hood for improved visibility.

It has a well-designed shopping basket with a zip-top cover to stop items from falling out and a rear mesh pocket for storing smaller items such as keys or a smartphone.

Take a look at our full Thule Urban Glide 2 review to find out whether it’s worth investing in this premium running pushchair.

Out’n’About Nipper Sport V4 – £310

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The Out’n’About Nipper Sport V4 is a travel system jogging stroller that comes with a removable padded seat liner for comfort and a fitted rain cover, so you can go for a jog with your baby in any weather.

It has a height-adjustable handlebar, suspension on the 40cm rear tyres and two brakes – one foot pedal and one on the handlebar.

The instructions state that the pushchair seat is suitable from birth up to a weight of 15kg (about three years old), but the Out’n’About website says it can be used to 22kg (roughly four years old).

We found out a few surprising things when testing this pushchair, so read the full Out’n’About Nipper Sport review for more.

Britax Bob Revolution Pro – £555

First launched in the early 2000s, the Bob Revolution Pro has been a perennially popular running buggy.

It’s the only pushchair with a front swivel wheel that’s been certified in the UK as being safe to run or skate with, although you should only do this when the front-wheel is in fixed ‘sport’ mode.

The seat unit is suitable for babies aged six months to 17kg (about three years old), but it’s travel-system compatible so it can be used with a baby under six months old if you attach a carrycot or car seat.

Go to our full Britax Bob Revolution Pro review to get the complete lowdown on what our experts and parent testing panel thought of it.

Bugaboo Runner – £600

The Bugaboo Runner is similar price-wise to the Urban Glide 2 and it’s been part of Bugaboo’s range since 2015.

It’s a dedicated running buggy and the chassis is compatible with existing Bugaboo seats, so if you already have a Bugaboo, you may only need to pay for the chassis (compatible models are Bugaboo Cameleon3, Bugaboo Bee, Bugaboo Donkey or Bugaboo Buffalo).

It has a reversible seat unit, so your child can be parent or world-facing, which isn’t that common with jogging strollers, and it also has 40cm rear air-filled tyres.

Visit the Bugaboo Runner review to see how it fared in our unique safety and durability tests.

How to jog safely with a running buggy

  • Don’t attempt to jog with a pushchair that isn’t designed for this purpose. Running buggies have three wheels, including a front wheel that can be fixed.
  • Make sure you’ve adjusted the handlebar height to a comfortable position before you start jogging.
  • A handbrake is ideal, as it gives you greater security when tackling a slope or uneven terrain.
  • Standard recommendation is to wait until your baby is six months old to jog with a pushchair, but we advise waiting until eight months, when your baby’s neck muscles are a bit more developed.
  • Don’t forget a rain cover – the weather can turn quickly and unexpectedly.

For more baby transport shopping advice, take a look at our top pushchair picks for different activities.

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