Hello guys, today I am going to be writing about rollerblading while pushing a stroller. I have been asked by several people if it is safe to roller blade while pushing a stroller so I set out to do some research and found out that it can be very safe if you take the necessary precautions.
Check with your doctor
First of all, before putting your little one in a sport stroller , you need advice from your pediatrician to find out if your baby is ready. Many babies are ready to ride in a sport stroller when they can sit up by themselves. This is usually when their neck muscles are strong enough to handle the stress of the ride. This is around the age of 9 months and sometimes even up to a year.
Sport type strollers are the only kind of strollers you should ever put your baby in when you plan to roller-blade. But do not just take it from me!, do your own test. Find something about the weight of your baby, put it in your stroller just like you will your baby and take it for a ride. You might get a weird look here and there but guest what? You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to feel comfortable about rollerblading while pushing your baby in a stroller. That said, lets look at some things that will make it safer for your baby when you roller blade.
Tips for safe rollerblading while pushing a stroller.
- Your stroller’s front wheel should be fixed or have a swiveling front wheel that can lock in place. This will allow for straight line movement and prevent a sudden change in course that can lead to a flip or other kinds of accident. Rollerblading is fast and fixed front wheels can handle it. It can be hard to maneuver around corners with fixed front wheels but it does not hurt to slow down and put some muscle into the handle bar. Look at the bright side, you are out to workout so do it
- Air filled tires are preferable and those with a diameter of 16″ are best because they provide a smoother ride for the baby.
- A hand break is a must have for your sport stroller. Make sure the hand break actually stops the stroller; some hand breaks only slow down the stroller, these types are not good enough
- Always make sure your baby is strapped in. Strollers with five point harnesses are the best. Also use an additional protective pillow around your babies head to limit movement.
- Another safety feature is a safety wrist stripe that connects your arm to the stroller and stops the stroller from rolling away from you
- Roll slower ! There will be a time again when you can roll at full speed, when you don’t have to take your baby with you any more. But until then, keep the speed slow and safe
- Avoid crowded areas. The safest places to roller-blade are places with low car, children and pet traffic. An alarm system if possible will be a great addition to alert people of your presence
- Never roller blade with headsets on. You want to pay attention to your environment and the baby. You need to check your baby at least every 15-20 minutes. Avoid using sunglasses during your rollerblading exercises with the baby because as much as they block the sun from reaching your eyes, they also impede your vision.
I haven’t roller bladed my self but I have been told by those who have that it is very hard to fall when rollerblading with a stroller and it is a great way to improve on your skills because of the fact that you go slower and have the stroller for support.
However, make sure your stroller has all of the safety requirements listed above and that you are a good driver because rollerblading safely is like driving safely. Stay in your lane, watch your speed and pay attention to your environment and you and your baby will be OK! For more information on strollers, check the page on sport strollers.
Rollerblading safely with your baby also require the proper set of roller-blades. Roller-blades are designed for use in different kinds environments.
Choosing the perfect roller-blades
There are a variety of roller-blades that are designed for various skating terrains. Generally there are three kinds of skates for adults;
This type of skate is designed for fitness and recreational purposes for use at parks and on bike trails. It has smaller wheels that turn quicker but roll slower. This will be a great skate for rollerblading while pushing a stroller.
This type of roller-blade is designed for training. They are light weight and have large wheels for skating for long sessions and on a variety of surfaces.
This kind of roller-blade is designed for freestyle street skating.
As mentioned above, if you are a careful skater, have the right roller-blades and stroller, your baby and you should be safe for this exercise! If you will like to join a discussion about rollerblading with a stroller, click here!
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