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To think jogging with a baby under six months is ridiculous?

(59 Posts)
stopgap Fri 22-Mar-13 22:01:08

Okay, so I live in Workout Central (Manhattan) but I am dumbfounded by the number of women who attach a car seat to a stroller (not even a jogging stroller in many cases) and go running in the park, often with teeny tiny newborns on board.

Am I being too PFB about this? My own paediatrician gave me the go-ahead to run with DS when he was six months, but it seems like I'm in the minority.

AIBU? Is this phenomena purely an exercise-crazy American thing?

OhDearieDearieMe Fri 22-Mar-13 22:02:27

I'm not sure I get your concern. They're not dragging the babies behind the pushchair are they? What's your concern?

lottiegarbanzo Fri 22-Mar-13 22:02:59

It won't be good for the mothers' joints, still a bit loose til 6 months.

fuckwittery Fri 22-Mar-13 22:03:09

I went running at 12 weeks and that was post c section.

Saffra Fri 22-Mar-13 22:05:06

All those vibrations and jerky movements won't be good for the baby. Yanbu!

Sanjifair Fri 22-Mar-13 22:05:28

They should have good control of their head to be in a jogging buggy. Think that is normally well before 6 months, no?

zimmyzammyzoom Fri 22-Mar-13 22:05:53

I'm in the UK and jogged with my twins since they were about 4 months old. What's the problem? I don't think they even notice the difference from walking but I have got an all terrain mountain buggy, they just sleep.

stifnstav Fri 22-Mar-13 22:06:46

Oh heck, am I expected to leave the house at some point? And then engage in... movement?!

zimmyzammyzoom Fri 22-Mar-13 22:06:47

Mine lie flat though. Don't know if that makes it ok?

Wincher Fri 22-Mar-13 22:07:30

I used to do a buggy bootcamp class in the park which involved some jogging. It always sent DS to sleep nicely! When he was a bit older and I used to jog home from nursery with him he used to giggle and giggle! However I then realised how much harder it was not being able to use my arms so started running after dh got home in the evenings instead.

stopgap Fri 22-Mar-13 22:08:27

Because newborns don't have head control and because strollers without fixed wheels are not so stable. I have a Bob, and if I don't click the wheel into running mode, it feels mighty unstable when I'm running.

I saw the best ever the other day: a guy with a car seat attached to an UppaBaby, repeatedly pushing the stroller six feet ahead and then running to catch up with it!

EarnestDullard Fri 22-Mar-13 22:09:40

I would have thought you'd need a specialised jogging buggy with really good suspension to go running with a baby. As Saffra said, the bumping around can't be good for babies, especially very young ones.

BikeRunSki Fri 22-Mar-13 22:10:55

Maybe because they want to?
I like exercise, I like running (I also like Central Park).
I find that physical exercise makes me feel better when I am a bit down, or bored or upset or vulnerable or whatever. I ran with both of my babies in an appropriate pushchair because I wanted to and made me feel good.

Gatorade Fri 22-Mar-13 22:14:27

I started running with DD from 10 weeks old, she was in a maxi cosi attached to a decent off road/running puschair. I personally think its great to get the little ones out in the fresh air everyday and set them a good example that excercise should be part of normal everyday life from an early age.

For what it's worth my closest friend is a paediatrician and she did the same. I think as long as you're sticking to paths and the baby isn't bouncing around too much then it is actually a good thing!

DD is now 13 months old and loves going out for a run in the puschair!

gwenniebee Fri 22-Mar-13 22:15:22

My maxi cosi on the uppababy was fine for jogging on smooth surfaces from when my dd was about three months. Even when just walking, I was really paranoid about all the bumps when on a shoogly surface but on a smooth pavement I felt completely comfortable with it.

fuckwittery Sat 23-Mar-13 07:27:41

I just noticed the car seat bit. whenever I did buggy fitness with my babies (from 12 weeks post section, you can do it from 6 weeks if normal birth) I always strapped them into the maxi cosi car seat for more support, on a bugaboo. why do you need a special jogging buggy again?
We were running up and down bumpy grass hills, and did lots of pushing buggies ahead and catching. Babies usually fell asleep.

Montybojangles Sat 23-Mar-13 07:30:09

stifnstav grin

skaen Sat 23-Mar-13 07:33:09

Yabu. I started running when DS was 4 months and he absolutely loved it. He was strapped it and wrapped up so very little movement at all.

Why encourage people not to exercise? That just seems odd to me.

2beornot Sat 23-Mar-13 07:39:40

Why can't you run with a baby in a car seat? They are meant for cars and I imagine thats much bumpier and a over a longer timescale? Seems very PFB to me!!

ChestyLeRoux Sat 23-Mar-13 07:40:05

This is totally normal, and doubt it will do any harm. Ive done it with both mine

EmmelineGoulden Sat 23-Mar-13 07:54:01

Central Park has smooth tarmac paths. I don't see the problem with a baby going over them at jogging speed in a buggy. Most of the pavements in New York are more likely to jolt a new born than the paths in Central Park..

Possibly not the best for the mothers' bodies to jog so soon after giving birth, but slobbing around for four years like I've done would be worse.

AnisotropicWeetabixFTW Sat 23-Mar-13 07:58:26

I was running again at 8 weeks post cs. I have a jogging buggy and ran on smooth paths. Smoother than a car in all likelihood.

ChestyLeRoux Sat 23-Mar-13 08:00:01

I get might be hard on mothers body a week after birth, but definitely not a couple of months in unless the person was very unfit to start with.

quesadilla Sat 23-Mar-13 08:00:32

I don't think it's a risk to the babies but it is a bit ostentatious and me, me, me, and yes, American.

Zara1984 Sat 23-Mar-13 08:08:29

All the running buggies say you shouldn't use them for running until about 4-6 months (that's why I'm only looking at getting one now at 5 months). It's due to baby's head control. Even if they are in a carseat I'd wager than running is nowhere near as smooth a ride as in a car!

YANBU...

TBH I try and run in the morning before DH goes to work (ie leave baby at home) to try and get some time to myself! Not sure if I'd get the same relaxation running with a buggy!

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