Ahh, the run stroller. For any mom, unpacking it can be a milestone in and of itself: After all, experts tend to suggest waiting until your baby has full and complete neck control—something that usually happens between 6 and 8 months—before taking your baby on a run.
That said, today’s best run strollers are adaptable: They come with car seats; brands sell bassinets that click right onto their products so you can take walks with an infant from day one.
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No matter how you plan to use your wheels, though—to log mileage once you’re ready, to run with both of your children, or just to stroll around town—a run stroller is an investment… and you want to ensure your money’s well spent.
Here are six trusted models on the market that’ll meet your needs as an active new mom.
BOB Gear Alterrain Pro | $599.99
The latest and greatest from this beloved run stroller brand can handle it all. Its suspension ensures a smooth ride, whether you’re on a trail or a bumpy sidewalk, and a handbrake even gives you control on the downhill parts of your run. It’s a sturdy, solid pick no matter where your miles take you and provides ample below-the-baby space for any accessories that are joining you. The canopy is also completely waterproof (a feature that makes it stand out from the brand’s Alterrain stroller that’s $50 cheaper)—a benefit whether you’re a cold-weather runner or just up against a rainy day.
Thule’s Urban Glide 2 stands out because it’s an all-terrain stroller (seriously, take it on a hiking trail and you’ll see how well it holds up on uneven or rocky terrain) but is unbelievably lightweight—one of the most important perks out there, as any mom who’s pushed a stroller with a baby or toddler in it for miles on end, knows. While it’s snugger than the BOB strollers, its sleek design can, at times, make it feel more manageable. It also folds with one hand—a huge asset—and comes in a double (which is when those lightweight, sleek features really come in handy).
BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 | $499.99
Clocking in at $100 cheaper than the company’s latest model, the Revolution Flex is still up for any kind of run, whether it’s a 10K or a trip to a nearby pond. It’s got mountain bike-style suspension (meaning you won’t feel the bumps) and an adjustable handlebar, making it a good pick for parents of all different heights. With storage galore (below the stroller and a phone pocket at the handlebar), this could easily be the only stroller you’d need to buy (like most strollers on the market, it’ll easily take a car seat with an adapter so that you can use it from birth on).
Baby Jogger Summit X3 | $429.99
A slightly more affordable pick than Thule and BOB’s options, the Summit X3’s suspension will stand up just as well to all kinds of terrain, close with one hand, and, with a swivel lock on the handlebar, easily transform into a regular stroller with a swipe of a finger to lock the front wheel. The seat also reclines to a near flat position. Naps on the go, perhaps?
Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight Lightweight Performance Jogging Single Stroller | $299.99
Another affordable option, Joovy’s run stroller comes in fun (red, blue!) colors and is almost just as light as the Thule (a plus whether you’re pushing it or packing it up). The oversized tires also give it strength no matter the terrain you’re tackling—and it even comes with an air pump just in case something goes wrong en route.
Graco FastAction Jogger LX Travel System | $259.99
Runners on a budget should give Graco’s FastAction travel system (read: it comes with a car seat) a serious look. For about half the price of some of the run strollers on the market, this trusted baby brand’s jogging stroller comes with accessories that can otherwise add up fast (a car seat and adaptor, cup holders, and a child’s tray, to name a few). You won’t get the same level of off-road suspension that you would from some of the higher-priced models on the market, but this stroller can still roll through different kinds of surfaces while sporting a height-adjustable handle and plenty of storage.