We Love, You Need: The Best Jogging Strollers of 2012. Which One Should You Buy?

For marathon moms and power walkers, these jogging strollers let you bring your baby along for the ride. Find the one that's right for you (12 Photos)

Nancy Johnson Horn on Jul 24, 2012 at 2:26PM

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The Best Jogging Strollers of 2012

a Nancy Johnson Horn on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:32AM

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.

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