Most children love the stroller, or learn to love it. So don’t be discouraged if they cry on your first time out. Don’t feel like you have to go full steam right away either. You can start with smaller increments of time, like 10 minutes and build up by 5 or 10 minutes each day until you’re at your desired time for a run.
Make sure your toddler is dressed appropriately for the weather and has adequate blankets (if needed). If they are too hot or too cold, they will likely make sure you and everyone in a 10-mile radius is well aware!
Bring snacks and a drink along for the ride. Having food and drink along will help the run go so much smoother. Some moms have found success in keeping special snacks JUST for stroller runs to help their children associate stroller runs as something positive and special.
Consider playing music for them during the run. They may have favorite songs that help to calm them or they might be lulled by the music and take a good nap.
If possible stop and start at a playground. This will give them some time to be active too and they’ll begin to associate stroller runs with FUN for them too!
If your toddler is into baby wearing, bring along a baby carrier. As your child gets heavier it’s even harder to hold them while steering a stroller. If you do end up needing to walk with them you can strap them into the baby carrier and push the stroller with two hands.
If they have successfully ridden in the stroller for awhile, reward them with a bit of run time of their own! They want nothing more than to be like you - so when the playground is in sight, unbuckle them and have them "race" you to the park!
What tips and tricks have you used when running with your toddler(s)?