If you’ve invested in a jogging stroller, you have many happy hours of jogging and baby-bonding ahead of you!
But it’s possible that there’s one thing that you can’t quite get right, and that’s how to fold a jogging stroller. Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you’ve been struggling with it.
It can seem like an impossible task to get the stroller folded without breaking something. But thankfully there’s a step-by-step way to get it done with as little fuss and worry as possible.
Benefits of a Jogging Stroller vs Standard Stroller
Both the jogging stroller and regular strollers have soft, padded seats that can be put down into different recline positions, which includes a flat recline (great for helping babies fall asleep). You’ll notice that regular strollers do have bigger seats and more storage space than the jogging stroller.
A jogging stroller has a lightweight frame and tires that are air-filled. This makes it easy to maneuver around obstacles and provides a gentle ride for the baby. You can use a jogging stroller on any surfaces, and some even have a built-in suspension system to absorb impact.
Unlike a regular stroller, the large front wheel on the jogging stroller is designed to be lockable. This adds to the stability and maneuverability of the stroller, and means it can’t just go off-course by accident if the wheel hits a stone or crack in the sidewalk.
Both strollers come with a canopy to shield your little one from the wind, rain, and sun on a walk. You’ll notice that the canopy and the window is bigger on the regular stroller. The window on the jogging stroller is smaller, but it still allows you to keep an eye on the baby as you’re moving.
The compact design of the jogging stroller makes it easier than most regular ones to fold and store. It’s also less bulky than a regular stroller and you’d be able to store it out of the way easily.
How to Perfectly Fold a Jogging Stroller
Engage the Brakes
Before you fold the chair part, you want to make sure that you’ve locked any swivel wheels in place. You’d need to use the locking mechanism in the front, which could be a button or a lever to lock the wheel and prevent it from moving freely.
Once the wheel has been locked in place, engage the brakes on the rear wheels. This will prevent the stroller from moving when you start to fold it, which will minimize the risk of injury.
Look Out for Any Wheels That Need to be Removed
Some strollers are designed with wheels that need to be removed before you can fold the whole contraption. Depending on the brand of stroller that you’re using, it could just be the front wheel that needs to be removed, but some strollers do require all three wheels to be detached.
There should be a release lever on each wheel. Once you’ve pushed the button or pulled the handle, the wheel should be released quickly.
Retract the Canopy
You’d need to make sure that you’ve retracted the canopy and that it rests comfortably in the rear of the stroller. This will help prevent it from getting damaged or caught in the sides of the stroller when you fold it.
Remove All Accessories
Depending on the brand of stroller that you have and the way which it folds, you may have to remove the easy accessible bar. The easy accessible bar doubles as the baby tray that you can put snacks and the baby juice bottle in.
Make sure that you’ve emptied the stroller and that there are no stuffed toys or other baby items inside the stroller.
Release the Frame’s Locking Mechanism
Quick-release on strollers are not standard and varies based on the brand. Before you take the stroller out, you may want to practice folding it a couple of times.
The quick-release handle is usually located under a fabric fold in the seat of the stroller. It’s normally a different color material to that of the seat and can be a solid yellow or red strip or fabric. You’d grab this, pulling it upwards, and it should fold the stroller’s frame within a second.
Fold It and Lock It with the Latch
Now that the stroller is folded, you want to make sure that it’s secured for easy storage in this position. On the side of the stroller there should be a locking mechanism that will slide over the frame of the stroller.
All you’d need to do is slide this into place, and it would help to keep the frame locked securely in its folded position.
Extra Tips and Tricks
Folding a stroller gets easier with time and eventually, you’ll have it down to a fine art. While it can be frustrating when it seems like you’re fighting with the stroller to get it folded down, here are some extra tips that could help make the process even easier.
Make Sure You Have Enough Space
When you’re trying to fold the stroller, make sure you have plenty of space in which to do so. You don’t want to try and fold a stroller between two parked cars, for instance. This lack of space could lead to you being frustrated and battling to get the locking mechanisms in place.
Make sure that you have enough space to move around the stroller from front to back comfortably.
Dry It Off First If Wet
If you’ve been caught in some rain, you’d want to get rid of the excess water before you store it. Water can get trapped in the folds of the canopy and both the parent and baby tray, and if it sits there for a while it can cause mold and mildew.
You may have to remove the trays and empty them, or get a cloth and dry them out. You can also shake the stroller gently to get rid of excess water. All strollers are made from different materials, which is why it’s best to dry them off thoroughly. This will also help prevent any rust that could prevent the stroller from working or folding properly.
Shake It Slightly To Make Folding Easier
While you’re trying to release the stroller’s locking mechanism so that it will fold, you could try shaking it gently. This should be done in an upwards and downwards motion rather than a sideways motion.
This can help to release the locking mechanism. It’s important to note that you should never force the locking mechanism or any other mechanism on the stroller to fold or lock into a position. This could result in permanent damage to the stroller and other working parts.
Lubricate or Straighten Bent Parts
If the stroller doesn’t fold easily after a few uses, then check the manual again. If no steps have been missed, then you may want to check the frame of the stroller to make sure that nothing has bent out of shape. If there’s a bent part, you can try straightening it yourself, or contact the manufacturer if your warranty is still in place.
If the frame looks good then try lubricating the stroller. This should help to make the folding of the stroller easier.
Getting the Stroller In and Out of the Car
You want to make sure that you always have enough space when you’re taking the stroller out of the car. When you’ve put the stroller down, make sure to engage the brakes so that it won’t move. Only then should you unfold the stroller.
You can either dedicate some trunk space for your stroller, or you’d have to make sure that the trunk is fairly empty when putting it in. If you drive an SUV, once you’ve locked the stroller in place you could strap it to the back seat using a bungee cord. This would help keep it upright, as well as save space.
To minimize the risk of injury, grab the side of the stoller with both hands, keep your back straight and use your core when lifting the stroller into the trunk.
Once you’ve got it in the trunk, make sure that it’s positioned where there’s space between the stroller and trunk door. This will prevent the trunk door from hitting it, which could cause damage to both the stroller and door.
Storing Your Stroller Safely
If you have both a regular and jogging stroller, then you’d need to make sure that you have space to store them both. The last thing you want is someone walking into one of them, or hurting a toe by kicking it as they walk past it.
If you live in an apartment where there’s not a lot of available space, you could get a stroller door hanger, which would allow you to keep the stroller in any room. It would hang the stroller on the back of the door out of reach. The stroller could be left in the car or you could hang it on a wall-mounted hook.
If you have a balcony you can store the stroller there, but you’d want to make sure that it’s covered, which will protect it from the elements.
If you live in a state where it snows then it may be wise to invest in stroller wheel covers. These will help soak up any moisture from the wet wheels. They can also be used to prevent the stroller from leaving dirt in the house after a trip outside.