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Jogging strollers give avid runners the freedom to get in serious workouts, even if they are on baby duty.

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Jogging strollers give avid runners the freedom to get in serious workouts, even if they are on baby duty. (Spouses of serious runners also can get some much-needed alone time!) Run-ready strollers differ from everyday strollers in a variety of ways--the two most important having to do with the wheels: All jogging strollers have 16- or 20-inch wheels to keep up with a running pace; they also all have a fixed front wheel, as swivel wheels are appropriate only for walking or errand running, not for real running.

A final--and noteworthy--difference: The majority of jogging strollers aren't suitable for infants. Your baby needs to be able to hold up his head easily before you take him running--for most babies, that means waiting until he's 4 to 6 months old. However, a few companies, including Baby Jogger, BOB, Chariot and Dreamer Design, sell infant adapters that cost $35 to $60. Down the road, you can run with your child until he is well into elementary school, as all the joggers pictured below (except the InStep, which has a weight limit of 50 pounds) accommodate a child from 70 to 80 pounds.

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