10 Best Jogging Strollers | March 2017
- easy to get kids in and out of
- swiveling child tray
- convertible 3-to-5-point harness
- well-padded handlebar
- best choice for high speed running
- storage area isn't covered
- oversized canopy
- machine-washable parent organizer
- includes a running leash
- zippered storage compartment
- vented to provide good airflow
- also available in a double model
- easy to clean stain-resistant fabric
- glides extremely smoothly
- feels very sturdy and well-built
- large under-stroller storage basket
- parent tray with dual cupholders
- ratcheting windowed canopy
- minimal rolling resistance
- three wheel lock options
- comes with an air pump
You've Come a Long Way, Baby Stroller
Fact is, the modern baby joggers and strollers aren't really so very different from the first prams, although they lack a certain va-va-va-voom that even looks lovely falling apart, like the one pictured here. Sure, strollers have gone a little monster truck, when you start looking at some of the stuff I show you in the Super Pram section to follow. It's the new go-cart racing, but for the Millennial dad. But what you're shopping for today depends on person-power, and for that design, we have a Baltimore man named William H. Richardson to thank.
The word pram is short for PeRAMbulate, in the tradition of naming things for what they do. Like how the French call an umbrella une parapluie - literally, for the rain. Perambulate, as if you didn't already know, (snort), means walk.
Anyway, Englishman William Kent gets credit for the first baby carriage, from 1733, but it required horses. Then in the mid-1800s they replaced the horses with people. Quickly, an American named Charles Burton realized this wasn't going to work, and he added a handle bar that allowed people to push the thing, calling it a "perambulator." He had to take it to England to gain any traction, where it got very popular.
Then Baltimorean Richardson improved it in 1889, adding maneuverability and convenience that led to the modern-day people-pushed strollers we use now. They were super-pretty. But more importantly, the seat was reversible, and the wheels were like bicycle tires.
Strollers shed the wood and the wicker in the 20th century. Along with some of the fussiness. Then we went completely no-frill with the umbrella stroller in 1967. That was a biggie in stroller innovation.
Necessity gave birth to the first baby jogger in 1984. And humans aren't done fiddling with the stroller yet. Onward and upward.
The Super-Pram, Coming To A Neighborhood Near You
We've got some great innovation going on in the stroller/jogger industry. But it's what's rolling out of the American garage that promises the real creative ingenuity.
Take, for example, the tricked-out trekker pictured here. It's a stroller and an arsenal, fitted with a bunch of scary weapons including two gatling guns. One might use it on an outing with the first-born human after the Zombie Apocalypse.
That one may be a bit extreme, I'll admit. But while you're doing all the lame chores that allow you to survive tomorrow morning - packing lunches, emptying dirty diaper pails, and throwing your feet up on the hassock with a glass of claret - there is a whole army of parents pimping out perambulators in the garage.
Check out this baby. The World's Fastest Stroller goes fast enough to take your afternoon walk in the center lane of the West Side Highway.
Here's one to get your testosterone pumping. Built for dads in particular, this hot rod baby buggy sports tank treads and a windshield. It will keep your baby ultra-safe, while getting him over life's biggest bumps.
Here's one mega pram they are actually selling in England.
This guy is taking himself and his kids for a ride.
A Motorcycle Mama whose fast-flying kid will no doubt be named Harley.
And on the opposite end of the spectrum, the super simple one-wheeled stroller is appealing in a Swedish-design kind of way.
That was fun. For today, tho, you just need to pick a jogger, and this has been a welcome diversion. Maybe so, but I jest not when I tell you souped up strollers are coming to your neighborhood Amazon soon. Check out this "Design of the Future" model. Makes you want to go make another baby, right?
Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers
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Now you. Wanna hear it for an amusing moment?
I don't know why, but when people hear rubber baby buggy bumpers they want to twist their tongues around it. It's true. It's on more than one funny tongue twister list.
It got me wondering. So I did what one always does nowadays, when one gets to wondering: I went to the Google machine. Along with the recordings you can click on three paragraphs up, here's what I found when I googled the phrase "rubber baby buggy bumpers."
Matt Groening found the phrase funny, and used it as a business name in Season 1, Episode 13 of The Simpsons, further pretzeling your tongue, The Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service. Three times fast. Go!
Arnold Schwarzenegger used the phrase in this cheeky way in a favorite scene from Last Action Hero.
Get the earmuffs on the kids. Yourdictionary.com defines rubber baby buggy bumper as a contraceptive diaphragm.
Keep the earmuffs on. In a conversation thread on an online tech forum (I know, weird right?), a self-proclaimed old-timer told us younguns that a rubber baby buggy bumper is a condom. Oh, and a "rubber baby" is the whoopsie-baby born because the condom broke, according to the Urban Dictionary.
Earmuffs, I say! Robert Lund sang it as one of 99 Words for Boobs. I am not hyperlinking you to that. Even though it's nothing too, too seriously lecherous, it's still a little racy for us. We will caution on the side of prudish.
And these fun-loving folks built a website devoted totally and unabashedly to everything rubber baby buggy bumper, especially the Arnold Schwarzenegger clip.
Is there more? you ask, amazed that so many people are engaged in pursuit of the rubber baby buggy bumper in a way that can only be compared with gazing at one's own bellybutton. You'll have to get off your hands and Google it yourself to find out.