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How to Run With a Baby: 10 Tips to Enjoy It & Stay Safe

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Wednesday August 25, 2021

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One of the things I was most looking forward to when I was pregnant was running with our baby. I ran all throughout my pregnancy, and I even ran the day I went to the hospital to have him. And now that I’m a mom of a 10 month old, my new favorite thing in the world is running with him in the stroller.

But, getting out the house to run is much more of an ordeal now that I’m a mom, especially if Thomas is coming along. I have to consider all sorts of things like what time is best for us to run around his eating and sleeping schedules; the weather (too hot? too cold? rainy? windy?); if I need water or snacks for me and/or him; I have to think about my running mechanics; and, most importantly, I have to make sure Thomas is safe and happy.

Running, whether solo or with Thomas in the stroller, is great for my mental health, especially now that I’m able to run again postpartum. Plus, it really is so efficient to get a workout in and get us both some time outside by taking him in the stroller. So it’s worth sorting through all the logistics. So, today, I’m sharing my tips for how to run with a baby because as you can imagine or already know, running with a baby and a stroller is very different. It’s challenging but it can also be a lot of fun!

Remember, this post is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. I’m just sharing my experience for helpful purposes only. (Always check with YOUR doctor!)

How to Run with a Baby

1. Check with your pediatrician 

First, make sure you check with your pediatrician before you start running with your baby. Most doctors will tell you to wait until at least 6 months and your little one has good head control. I think Thomas was around 7 months before I took him out for his first stroller run. And I kept it nice and short just so he could get used to it. Thankfully, he loved it! And so did I!

2. Check with your pelvic floor specialist

I would really encourage you to check with a pelvic floor specialist to see if it’s okay to start running, especially if you’re running within a year of giving birth, and especially if you plan to run with a stroller. It’s one thing to get cleared for running, but it’s another thing to be cleared to run while pushing a stroller. Some PTs will say that running with a stroller is great since it will help stabilize your core, while others will say it can create more problems. It really depends on your personal situation and health. But the bottom line is to make sure you work with a pelvic floor PT.

3. Use a running-specific stroller

When we were doing research on running strollers, we landed on the Thule Urban Glide. A jogging stroller — vs. your everyday stroller – is much easier to push and typically has better suspension to create a comfortable ride for you and your little one.

Jogging strollers are also the safest option for your baby. Our Thule has a padded 5-point harness and reflective rims on the canopy and on all the wheels. It also has an integrated hand brake to provide speed control when running downhill. And a wrist strap so I never lose control of the stroller. And, it’s simply more comfortable to run with given the suspension and ergonomic handlebar. As much as we love our regular stroller, it is NOT the best option for running.

Quick note on the Thule: I rented a different, more well-known brand of jogging strollers — a BOB –from BabyQuip when I flew to Utah with Thomas and the Thule was MUCH better. Read my full review of the Thule here.

4. Be intentional with your route 

I can’t run my usual running route if I’m taking Thomas along. There is way too much traffic and a few sections where there isn’t a sidewalk and the road is too busy. So, I have specific routes I run with him or I drive to run with the stroller to a flat trail or a quieter spot. Plus, my neighborhood is HILLY and a break from that can be nice, especially if I’m pushing the stroller. If you are stuck with hills, just know that you will likely run a slower pace and may need to walk more when you’re running with the stroller. Heck, that’s true even if it’s a flat route. And that’s okay!

5. Experiment with different hand placement

Running with a jogging stroller is no joke. My most comfortable hand placement is to hold the stroller with one arm (usually my right) and swing my left arm, but I try to switch which hand is on the stroller every so often since it does cause some strain and I want to minimize muscle imbalances as much as possible. Switching arms helps a TON. If I’m going downhill, I ALWAYS loop my hand through the wrist strap (which is positioned on the left side) so I don’t ever lose control of the stroller. I also keep my hand on the brake (which is integrated into the handlebar on the Thule) when running downhill.

When I’m running up hill, I like to put both hands on the stroller, since I seem to get more power this way. Some of my friends disagree and use one hand so they get power from swinging their other arm, so try it out and see which works best for you. There’s no right or wrong way. Be sure to engage your glutes to help you up hills!

6. Lock the front wheel

Most jogging strollers will have the option to lock the front wheel in place or they have a fixed front wheel. If you’re running a straight route (e.g. a greenway), this can be a great option for easier maneuverability. Since most my routes have lots of turns, I almost never have mine locked in place since it’s too difficult to maneuver it with it locked. But, if you are running a route with lots of bumps, always lock the front wheel since it will prevent the stroller from turning suddenly, causing you and your little one to crash or fall.

7. Be flexible with your training plan

If you can only fit in runs when you’re running with a stroller, it may not be the time to try to PR in the marathon. Trying to hit specific paces or do a nuanced workout with lots of repeats can be difficult, if not impossible, with the stroller. If you have big running goals but aren’t sure how to fit stroller runs into your training, consider working to a professional run coach, ideally a USATF certified running coach who has experience working with postpartum runners.

Remember that you will be slower with the stroller and it will most likely feel harder. But hey, think how easy it will feel on the days you don’t have the stroller! I don’t worry about my pace at all on stroller run days. I just enjoy the miles listening to Thomas babble. He’s certainly the cutest running buddy I’ve ever had!

8. Prepare for the weather

Make sure to prepare for the weather depending on if it’s hot or cold outside. If you’re running in the cold, make sure to think through keeping your baby warm. Babies aren’t warming up like we are on runs. So they need to be tucked in with extra clothing/cozy layers – think a hat, jacket, booties and a blanket (on top of their regular outfit!). On hot days, make sure to check on your baby to make sure he or she isn’t overheating. Try to run early to avoid the highest temperatures of the day and pick a shady route. Pack water for you and your child. And if you’ll be gone for a while, pack snacks, diapers/wipes, a change of clothes and toys.

It’s always a good idea to check the radar before hitting the road too, since my worst fear is getting caught in a thunderstorm with Thomas!

9. Factor in the time of day

Some people try to run during naptime so their baby sleeps in the stroller. Thomas does NOT sleep in strollers — never has — so I run right after he eats in the morning so he’s full and happy and alert. But not too close to his first nap where he starts to get fussy. It all depends on your baby and what works best!

In the summer, try to run before 11 or after 3 to avoid the highest temperatures of the day and pick a shady route. In the winter, try to run a little later to give it time to warm up so your little one can be comfortable.

If your route has a lot of cars, try to run during off times. Running with a stroller during rush hour may not only be frustrating, but it can also be dangerous with more car encounters.

If you typically run in the dark, really think through a safe route for you and your kiddo — or avoid running in the dark with the stroller entirely. If it’s your only option, avoid highly trafficked roads. Make sure the route is VERY well lit so you don’t trip or run the stroller over something. And make sure both you and the stroller have plenty of visibility. I shared my favorite reflective and lighting gear in this post.

And remember, safety trumps all. If you need to skip a run due to the weather or time of day, you’ll be fine! Just run another day when things will work out better.

10. Be safe

On the safety note…. remember to follow the regular safety precautions you would if you’re running alone. But use even more precautions when you’re taking along such precious cargo. Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Run with your phone in case of an emergency (or in case of super cute kiddo pics that need to happen 😉 ). And if it makes you feel more comfortable, run with mace (I do). The stroller makes it easy to take all of that along!

The bottom line: Have fun and be safe!

Don’t worry about your pace, and have a great time. I stop every 5 minutes or so to check on Thomas to make sure he’s okay. And I always love hearing him babbling while we run. Like I said at the beginning of this post, running with Thomas has become one of my favorite things ever. I’m so thankful that something I loved so much before having Thomas has become even more special to me.

If you’ve been running with a stroller for a while, I’d love to know any other tips you have as a mother runner! Leave a comment below so we can all benefit from your experience! 

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5 Things I Do Every Morning for a Productive Day

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When you work for yourself, establishing routines can be hard — but they become even more crucial without a deadline of getting into an office. Here’s what my mornings look like since I left Corporate America to help set me up for a productive day.

I pride myself in being really disciplined (maybe too much so?). I’ve worked hard to create habits that serve me well, like not being addicted to caffeine (anymore, ahem!) and having a consistent workout schedule. By no means are my habits perfect, and my routine changes all the time, but the key is that I’m always attempting to make good habits. I’ll adapt where necessary and give myself some grace when it just doesn’t happen one day. And it’s worth noting that when I first published this post, I wasn’t a new mom! Becoming a mom has drastically changed my productivity and schedule in the last year, but it’s SO worth it.

As with all habits whether it’s eating healthy, working out or staying focused at work, creating routines that stick all starts with a plan and consistency. It’s also important to recognize when a plan you’re trying to implement just won’t work and pivot!

I get asked what my morning routine looks like pretty frequently since I often post early coffee shots on IG. Since I left Corporate America I have a completely different schedule than I did a few years ago. For about 9 months I worked 80+ hour weeks, and then I had to adapt my schedule to life post-Corporate America, working for myself. And now, I’m adjusting to everything all over again now that Thomas has changed our lives in the best way and my work-mom life is very different. Like I said, things change all the time.

5 Things I Do Every Morning for a Productive Day

I do have a pretty consistent morning schedule, though. And I have five habits that are part of my day, every day.

1. Read the news
2. Move my body
3. Eat breakfast
4. Don’t reply to emails on my phone
5. Block social media 

These things helped me navigate the craziness that was 2020, and helped reduce my anxiety. And now they help me stay on top of my responsibilities!

My Morning Routine

Here’s what my mornings look like most days:

6-6:30 My alarm goes off and I grab my phone

I try to grab my phone right away since that helps me wake up to engage my brain and helps me wake up. I know lots of morning routine or productivity experts say not to start your day by looking at your phone, but it helps prevent me from hitting snooze! However, I don’t get on social media or Voxer (which I use for Beautycounter work) – I only triage emails — deleting, starring or forwarding to an employee. Answering emails on my phone typically takes too long so I save those for when I’m in front of my computer.

I also read the news in the morning but I try to stay away from Instagram as it can become a stress inducer if my DMs are full. I often delete Instagram in the evening so I don’t get it on it too late in the evening or too early in the morning.

5 Things I Do Every Morning for a Productive Day

6:30 Get out of bed and have a little quiet time

After laying in bed waking up for about 10 minutes, I get up, get coffee, read more news, read a short devotional. Tommy has been bringing me coffee in bed recently which I love. Or, if I wake up before him, I’ll take him coffee in bed. It’s nice to spend just a few minutes together before we both get into work mode and get Thomas up. Sometimes I’ll head downstairs to work for 30 minutes or so.

7:00 Get Thomas up

If Thomas isn’t up yet, I get him out of his crib, never past seven to keep his sleep schedule on track. Sometimes he wakes up early but he stays in there until 7 and just plays in the dark. It’s kind of hilarious to watch him on the monitor. I nurse him in our bedroom around 7:15 and we all have family/coffee time together in bed. This is one of my favorite times of the day!

7:30 Eat a preworkout snack

I make a piece of toast with peanut butter (Costco has the best PB of all time) for my pre-workout snack and eat that while I pump if necessary. Sometimes I also work on my laptop while I pump. Then I put on my workout clothes.

5 Things I Do Every Morning for a Productive Day

8:15 Workout

My workout varies each day, but either I workout at home doing a 30 min Peloton bootcamp, head out the door for a run or I drive to the gym for heavier strength training. I also do a five minute core class and a five minute stretching class after my main workout (using the Peloton app). While I stretch, I upload my workout to Strava. If I’m doing a shorter workout (30 minutes or less or taking a rest day), I’ll go on a walk first to warm-up my body and sometimes I’ll answer Voxers while I walk.

9:00 Eat breakfast while I start work

After my workout, I snag a quick breakfast, almost always a Daily Harvest smoothie these days – it’s quick and helps cool me down. I nurse Thomas at 9:15 and put him down for a nap at 9:30.

For breakfast if I’m not having a smoothie,  I like Ezekiel English muffins or sprouted bread, an egg or two, fruit, and some avocado. I’ll watch the news while I eat breakfast and triage emails again. Noticing a pattern? I know some people hate the news but I love it. I like knowing what’s going on with national current events, politics, and things around the world. Tommy and I are both news junkies!

Usually I’ll grab my laptop while I eat breakfast to start to work through my Star Box in my two work inboxes. (The Star Box is something I learned in this Digital Clutter course, which is worth EVERY penny).

9:30 – 10:00 Get Ready

I like to eat breakfast first to kickstart recovery and to give myself time to cool down before I shower (especially if I ran outside in the summer!). I always do my hair & makeup, even though I work from home. Since I just feel better when I do. I also get dressed in real clothes every day – I save athleisure for the weekends since I’ve learned I don’t really love athleisure in the warmer months. And getting dressed in “real” clothes helps me be more productive. While I get ready I’ll listen and reply to Voxers from my Beautycounter team.

10:00 Head into my home office to work

I NEVER work from the couch or in the kitchen for more than 20 minutes. To really focus, I head into my home office so my brain knows that it’s time to really focus. And, when I get there, I know exactly what I need to work on first. Before I end work every day, I list out everything I need to accomplish the next day and throughout the week using TeuxDeux (again, another Digital Clutter lesson!). So when I sit down at this point in the morning, I already know my top priorities. And that helps me stay focused. At this point, I often put my phone on Do Not Disturb or at least put it in another room so I’m not tempted to look at it. If I need to get notified of a call, I’ll put it in another room and just let my watch alert me.

5 Things I Do Every Morning for a Productive Day

That’s it!

My mornings are certainly different now that I don’t head into an office with a Corporate America job and it’s took some getting used to the flexibility after 13+ years of heading out the door for work (sometimes as early as 6:30 AM when I worked at Goldman Sachs), but I LOVE the routine I have right now. If you’re feeling a little scattered while working from home, juggling kids and are craving a schedule, a simple step is to outline your ideal morning.

Write in detail how you’d like to start your day. (If you’re not a morning person, read this post about how to wake up early.) You may not be able to implement all of it overnight but you could start to take steps towards it. I did that when I was struggling to figure out how to workout, get ready, nurse and still enjoy time with my family in the mornings! It helped me land on my routine now and THAT sets me up for productivity.

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The Ultimate Classic Cobb Salad

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Ingredients

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4–5 cups chopped romaine
2 carrots, thinly sliced (I like using a vegetable peeler to create long thin strips!)
1 large tomato, chopped
1 stalk green onion, thinly sliced (white part + a little of the green part)
1/2 avocado, chopped
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
2 grilled chicken breasts
2–4 pieces thick bacon lardons, cooked until crisp
Cheese (blue cheese, feta, or goat cheddar are great!)
Favorite dressing + salt & pepper to serve – Ranch or this vinaigrette is my favorite

Instructions

Assemble it in two bowls, dividing the ingredients evenly. I put the romaine in first and then group the toppings in sections (eggs on one side, tomatoes on another, etc.), but you could evenly spread everything over the romaine too. I don’t know why I like it grouped together, but I do.
Drizzle dressing over the top and dig in with a fork and knife. Cutting it all up helps spread the dressing.

Notes

I buy the 5 pack of romaine hearts from Costco and use one heart for this. They’re super easy to chop into strips and then wash in a salad spinner.
I use a vegetable peeler to create thin slices of carrots. If you have a mandolin, that’d work great too. I’m too uncoordinated and fear I’d lose a fingertip if I bought one.
I bought a slab of thick bacon at the farmer’s market, and I LOVE the bacon lardon style in this. Plus, it was super cheap! If you use regular bacon, I’d recommend upping the # of slices.

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Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote Review (the Only Oversized Tote I’ve Loved!)

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Thursday August 19, 2021

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I’ve been carrying the same tote for about a year and a half now and I’m still just as obsessed with it as I was when I first got it. I’m not a person who buys purses often. Rather, I prefer to have a few that I can rotate among for all four seasons and in a few different sizes. But I’ve barely touched my other purses since I got this one, except for an occasional night where I grabbed a clutch or cross-body bag, and of course when I need my diaper backpack for Thomas.

I originally bought the Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote to carry my laptop to and from my coworking space, but even since I moved back to working from home full time, I still use it everyday! (Well, every day that I leave the house, ha!) It can hold a LOT but even if it’s not overfilled, it still looks structured. And I’m especially fond of the price (more on that below!)

I also bought their weekend bag and used it as my hospital bag. See what I packed in it here.

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Barrington Gifts St.Anne Tote Review

It’s the perfect size – big but not overwhelming

I hesitated to get this tote since I don’t typically love an oversized tote. When I saw in other women carrying large totes, they always seemed like a black hole of stuff. But this tote is large without feeling like a magic bag with no end. It’s large enough for my laptop, charger, a couple regular purse items, and a few snacks (necessities for me). The dimensions of the St.Anne tote from Barrington Gifts are 20″L X 13″H X 5″D.

I opted for the non-zip top but they sell a zippered option as well.

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Exterior fabric stays clean and is very durable

The Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote is made of durable, water-resistant nylon canvas with leather accents. The interior is twill. I especially appreciate that the Axis collection (the pattern I have) is not faux or genuine fur, since that would a nightmare to keep clean. (It’s hard enough with leopard print shoes I wear occasionally, let alone a purse that I use daily!)

And while I was worried the nylon canvas might make it feel cheap, that’s not the case at all. It looks and feels very high quality and I love that if I spill on it (which happens a lot), I can easily wipe if off.

Another perk is that is weighs less than 2lbs which is really lightweight for a tote of this size.

More affordable than many popular totes

The St. Anne tote costs $160-$180, depending on the customizations you add. (More on that below.) A new Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote costs $1,500 and a Tory Burch leather tote costs around $350. So immediately, the Barrington bag has those beat.

Super customizable

I love that Barrington Gifts lets you pick the pattern of your bag with 50 options (I know, FIFTY!). And you can also add your monogram to a leather patch, add a stripe or choose to get a tote with a top zipper.

Interior pockets

The Barrington Gifts St. Anne tote has a few pockets inside of it which are absolutely crucial if you’re bad about throwing everything you own in your purse. I appreciate having pockets so that I don’t have to dig into the tote to find something. Even though I’m not the person who crams my purse full of things, I appreciate the organization. And I love that it’s also big enough for a diaper bag organizer. (They also sell diaper bags!)

I use my Freshly Picked diaper backpack for Thomas, but I’ll likely switch to my Barrington tote this fall when I need less “gear” when heading out the door with Thomas.

Makes a great gift

I gave a Barrington Gifts tote to both my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. It’s perfect for any age and not too trendy, especially since I was able to customize each tote! Since it’s also under $200, it’s a great price point for a nice gift.

St. Anne Tote vs. Savannah Tote

I eyed both options and ended up getting the larger St. Anne Tote. But, I got my mom the Savannah Tote since she definitely doesn’t like an oversized tote. The Savannah Tote only comes in a zipper top, and the dimensions are a bit smaller.

St. Anne dimensions: 20″L X 13″H X 5″D

Savannah dimensions: 17.5″L X 12″H X 5″D

The Savannah has an exterior zip pocket, while the St. Anne does not. They both have the same interior pockets – one large zip pocket and four slide pockets. And with both, you can  choose between a patch or a stripe on your pattern.

Other Barrington bags I’m eyeing 

The St. Anne Diaper Bag 

I ended up buying this and used it as my hospital bag! This bag is just like the tote I have above, but is made with a few more pockets which are great for holding bottles, diapers, wipes, and all the other essentials. I like that you can customize these because they have a couple really cute patterns that are pale pink and pale blue. Perfect if you wanted to grab one based on your baby’s gender. I might just stick to the St. Anne tote that I have since they’re so similar, and add a ToteSavvy insert. But if I was new to Barrington and just needed a diaper bag, I’d get this over the basic St. Anne.

I do highly recommend this Freshly Picked diaper backpack too. That’s what I’ve used most for Thomas.

Barrington Gifts St.Anne Tote Review

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Catherine Crossbody

I LOVE the look of this crossbody bag. The fact that the exterior is a bit structured looks more polished than many cross body bags. And I like the gold hardware accents!

The Belmont Cabin Bag 

This is such a gorgeous weekend bag and will be durable enough to throw in the back of my car. Like all of Barrington bags, you get to customize the outside. I will probably get a similar look to my Axis collection St. Anne so it feels like a set.

I really need to get a new weekend bag – my previous one is literally coming apart at the seams! When I take weekend trips to Boone, I use my Away luggage. A soft shell duffle would be nice to have since I think car trips will be more common in the future. (I love this post from Hannah with tips for long drives or road trips!)

Hanging Toiletry Kit 

Okay, I actually bought this one already. A hanging toiletry kit is a must-have for me. I really wish I’d bought it years ago, when I was flying multiple times a month, every month. I HATE fiddling around for skincare and makeup or worrying that something will break. This kit has multiple pockets, folds unfolds neatly, and helps protect my skincare products (I use this travel sized set of my favorite skincare line). I branched out and got this one in a blue Zebra stripe pattern.

Buchanan 15″ Laptop Case

I love how sleek this case looks and it’d fit perfectly inside my St. Anne to keep my laptop free of scratches or scuffs.

Barrington Gifts for Men

I’m always looking for gifts to give Tommy and my brothers. The Barrington gift’s men’s selection is SO impressive. It’s all genuine leather and looks so sharp.

Original Money Clip 

I love this money clip because you can put their initials in it really subtly which is so nice looking.

St. James Expandable Folio 

THIS is a super handsome gift for any men in your life who work at an office or need to carry files back and forth between the office and working from home these days. It’s such a gorgeous leather too.

Captain’s Bag 

If you’re looking to splurge on a really nice gift, go for this Captain’s bag. 100% genuine leather and SO gorgeous.

I’ll be saving these ideas for Christmas gifts (hard to believe we’ll be Christmas shopping in just a few months!!!) And in the meantime, maybe I’ll just buy myself another tote in another pattern. 😉

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