Whether you're an avid runner or just want to power-walk around the neighborhood, a jogging stroller is the ideal way to bring your baby along while you squeeze in some exercise. But before you hit the stores, consider how active you'll be -- since you'll want different features based on your needs.
Tire size and style are the biggest variables to consider: If you're a leisurely jogger, stick with a stroller that has three 12-inch air-filled tires. Medium-speed joggers will want 16-inch rear wheels (larger wheels provide greater stability) and a handbrake to keep the stroller under control. A front wheel that stays in position is also key for jogging: A pivoting front is okay for medium-speed runners, as it can lock in a fixed position, said Rick Winter of babyontherun.com. Serious runners, however, should look for a permanent fixed front wheel and 16- to 20-inch tires for extra stability. Keep in mind, too, that it's generally recommended that you wait until your baby can sit up on his own (at about 6 months) before taking him out in a jogging stroller.
To help you find the best match for your needs, we put the latest jogging strollers through the paces. Each model was subjected to two real-life road tests -- one by our expert and one by a mom tester. They wheeled it over roads, paved trails, grass, and sidewalks, navigated it through narrow store aisles and apartment buildings, and place it in and pulled it out of a car trunk. They also evaluated how easy it was to assemble and fold. Here's how the strollers fared.