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

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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?

forevergreek Mon 25-Mar-13 20:04:44

A baby shouldn't be in a car seat more than 30 mins at a time. So for most that's a 10 min walk to park and back, leaving 10 mins to jog, not much point really.

Longer than 30 mins shouldnt be a daily thing, but ok of visiting relatives etc. a babies windpipe is like a non bendy straw, so add a kink in that and they can't breathe properly.

allbie Mon 25-Mar-13 20:40:22

I ran till I was 28 wks pregnant then ran with my DS from 4 months in a great buggy. I ran with him till he was 4 and he loved it. We both got an awful lot out of it. We ran for half an hour, 4 times a week. He is my fourth child and I am still running in the morning when I drop him at school. My eldest son, 19 yrs, now runs and I am glad to see that I have given my children a very positive example. Can't wait till my kids have kids and expect their partners to run with them! Ho! MIL from hell,eh?

gwenniebee Wed 27-Mar-13 20:09:08

Forever, we were told 90 minutes. I don't mean to be flippant about it, because I know it is a genuine issue, but if you were restricted to 30 mins lots of people near where I live (rural) would rarely be able to get to a big supermarket, let alone visiting relatives etc. On the other hand, it does mean there is no need to drive before you run - just get out the door!

forevergreek Thu 28-Mar-13 07:35:42

Sure, but if you live 45 mins from supermarket, then those people should def make sure they aren't pushing baby around supermarket in car seat but take them out and place in trolley seat/ pram if with someone/ sling. As just there and back is already 90 minutes.

Like I said people can choose to do what thy like, but maybe they should research a little first.

lljkk Thu 28-Mar-13 08:39:48

er, aren't supermarket trolley seats shaped exactly like bucket car seats? confused

I think the anecdotal evidence is pretty compelling that babies are a lot tougher than much of this evidence makes out.

Step Thu 28-Mar-13 10:31:15


9 months of no running when PG, then at last freedom to run and the baby sleeps too whilst he's being pushed. He's happy.. I'm happy, you're not. Tough.

Pigsmummy Thu 28-Mar-13 11:01:51

The car seat is the safest thing for them to be in and it won't harm the baby at all, the vast majority of chassis that fit the car seat will also be the chassis for the pushchair so what makes you think that they are not suitable? the vast majority of these, even four wheeled ones have suspension built in and I guess that these women are running through parks/pavements (side walks) rather than rough terrain? All that lovely fresh air for baby and exercise for Mummy! YABU

Pigsmummy Thu 28-Mar-13 11:09:06

The car seat will be much more secure than a pram/lying flat option which I wouldn't entertain for running.

WoTmania Thu 28-Mar-13 11:12:15

I thought you were going to say with them in a sling or something. YABU

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