As a new mom, I was pretty determined to get right back into my regular exercise routine. Admittedly I tried too much too fast in the beginning and it set me back, but once CT got to be about 3 months old, I was able to get back into the swing of things. Have any of you struggled with that?
Since getting back into my routine I have started going longer distances. Longer distance means longer time away from home. Before this meant carrying a water bottle, but with a baby it requires a little more gear. Through trial and error, I've found what works for us.
A good jogging stroller is a must if you intend to run with a baby. The BOB Revolution is my dream jogging stroller. For now, I'm using a Schwinn that I purchased at a consignment sale at the beginning of my pregnancy for just $50. My suggestion would be to research as much as possible before making this purchase and know exactly what you are looking for and what features are non-negotiable.
Check out my post on making a jogging stroller purchase for more information on this.
Once you are physically ready to train long distances, your concern needs to be on taking care of baby during these training sessions. Babies body temperatures rise much quicker than our own (even when we are the ones doing all the work). It is essential to keep baby comfortable. This fan uses double A batteries and clips to anything. It is single-handedly the best impulse buy I've made in the last 12 months. I clip it to the visor on the stroller and direct it toward baby while running.
To help with lowering body temperature, always have a sippy cup ready with cool water and a bottle of milk. If you intend to be out for longer than 30-45 minutes, I would suggest having cold, wet washcloths for baby to suck on or play with.
When training, we often think about our own comfort; wearing a hat or sunglasses to shade ourselves from the hot sun. Do the same for baby; put sunglasses and/or a hat to provide shade and protect the eyes. Always wear sunscreen and put sunscreen on to prevent burn.
Last but certainly not least, bring a toy or two that will help entertain. I prefer the type that clip to the stroller so that if the terrain is uneven it won't fall out of the stroller (or if baby decides to play a game of throw it down and have mommy pick it up).