After my daughter was born, figuring out how I could exercise with her in tow was a major priority. Being able to go for a hike with her in a carrier, and eventually take her out in a jogging stroller, made me feel less trapped in the house and helped me keep postpartum depression at bay.
My daughter was a champion napper in the baby carrier, so once she was old enough to sit upright on her own, we worked hard at figuring out back carries with our baby carrier so I could get a good long walk or hike in during her morning nap. Each baby carrier and each body has its unique limitations, but the general rule is that the carrier should be worn high, probably higher than you think! I would place the bottom strap of the carrier just above my natural waist. This helps keep baby’s weight on your back, and off of your shoulders.
For jogging, I was initially skeptical about the importance of having a jogging stroller. Then I borrowed my friend’s jogging stroller and became a believer. I bought mine used for a great deal and never looked back. The main difference I noticed with a jogging stroller was the adjustable handlebar. By raising the handlebar up, I could keep my back upright while running, and push the stroller from my core instead of putting all the stress on my arms.
Now that my daughter is 2-years old, it’s getting trickier to convince her to sit in the stroller long enough to go for a run—now I have to chase her instead!
Figuring out how to get your older infant or toddler into a back position in a carrier takes some practice. In these two videos, Erin shows us how to get her toddler into both an Infantino Sash Mei Tai carrier and an Ergo 360 carrier.
Infantino Sash Mei Tai carrier:
Ergo 360 carrier:
Load up the kiddos in your jogging stroller or baby carrier and join us in Parenting Now!’s Mother’s Day 5K on May 14 at Alton Baker Park. Register online at eclecticedgeracing.com/mother-s-day-run-for-parenting-now.html.