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Jogging Stroller Pick For Budget Minded Parents

Graco is one of the more reputable brands for children, and their FastAction Fold running stroller is another fine example of what why this company is so popular with parents. For active Moms and Dads, finding a stroller that can stand up to the demands of moving at faster speeds, as well as being comfortable and easy to transport, may seem like a daunting task. With many higher priced strollers that may seem like too much of an investment, this model may be the perfect alternative. But as we almost everything, you may just get what you pay for.

What makes this the best jogging stroller for casual runners is not only its robust feature set but the also its lower price point. There is a lot going for this particular model that make it one of the top overall values on the market. This stroller promises, safety, maneuverability, and comfort. But does it deliver? Let’s find out.

Performance

The FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller by Graco truly combines the ease of use and performance of a jogger with the comfort of a standard stroller. The jogger also features a storage basket and a smartphone holder. You can even create your very own travel system as this stroller accepts infant car seats. In fact, opening and closing this jogger is very easy as well as effortless. You just have to pull the unfold/fold strap to close and open this item. With a lightweight design, this product is very portable providing a smooth ride too.

Comfort

You can even recline the seat so that you can make your baby feel more comfortable. There is also extra cushioning that will provide your child with all the support he needs during longer runs or strolls. The harness will keep your kid secure and safe. If you have toys, food and diapers that you need to carry with you, the storage basket will allow you to store them easily. Keeping everything you need within reach is very easy thanks to its storage compartment and cup holders. Lifting your kid in and out of its seat is also easy.

Awesome Ride

Rubber tires give you the smooth ride your child deserves on any terrain. If you need added stability, lock your front wheel while jogging. However, you need to unlock the front wheel for quiet strolls. The paddle seat will ensure that your kid will ride with all the comfort in the world. In addition, you can even recline the seat so that you can adjust the position. The front swivel wheel will provide the outstanding ride you have been needing for any walk or job out with your kid. And the large canopy will protect your child from sunlight.

Carry Your Essentials

You can bring any of your essentials along thanks to a storage tray. This tray features a phone cradle and storage basket. You may also bring along a sippie cup and drinks for your child, because this stroller features a tray with storage. Even on a bumpy terrain, this stroller will take it with ease without tossing your kid around.

Lightweight

This stroller is very lightweight folding up easily too. This jogger will glide beautifully on any sidewalk or road out there. In addition, the item is very easy to handle over any intersection, curb or dip. The frame is very sturdy and the whole product well built. You can use the brakes to hold your stroller in place while on a incline. The handle of this stroller is very well positioned for any walk out there. Though a little bit heavy, this jogger has easy-to-remove wheels that re-attach securely. This stroller is also very robust.

Pros and Cons

As with just about every product on the market, there is no perfect stroller for everyone. We have found a few points that show up over and over in customer reviews for this jogger. Some of these include:

Pros

– The unit stands up by itself when you fold it.
– There is also a nice, big basket in the bottom.
– This product can also hold any smartphone quite nicely.
– This item’s sun shade works very well.
– Price

Cons

– The cellphone holder might not store anything larger than your iPhone.
– The sun shade might seem quite limited to you.
– Lack of an adjustable handlebar.
– Not as easy to maneuver as some other strollers.

Verdict

Exercising with a stroller can have numerous benefits for any family. Reviews of this Graco jogging stroller seem to be a little mixed. Parents give it decent scores, but there are models available from BOB, Baby Jogger, and Joovy that rank much higher in owner satisfaction. It is hard to beat this stroller on price, especially since some other models can cost around $400. However, near $150, the FastAction Fold jogger does offer some value for the money. If you are in a pinch and have budget concerns, then this would be a very capable stroller to buy. If you can afford to spend a little more, then there are plenty of joggers that may give you and your child a better experience.

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11 Child Seat Safety Tips For Concerned Parents

When you take into consideration how frequently you’re driving the youngsters to school, transporting the household to sporting events, or commuting near and far in your automobile with your children, you can see why so much importance is placed on having your kids ride in a safety seat. Parents often struggle when first buying a new child seat. There are many options available and every parent has their own budgetary restrictions, but this is an extremely important step to ensure the protection of your children as they ride in the back seat. It is not just a necessity, but it is the law.

Safety seats, if utilized properly, can significantly minimize the likelihood of injury or fatality for kids in auto accidents. Nevertheless, more than half of the car seats tend to be misused in a manner that could lessen their efficiency. And one out of three kids killed in car collisions were totally unrestrained during the time of the accident.

While most parents spend a sufficient amount of time researching the top child car seats to buy for their children, they don’t spend that much time with the owner’s manual learning how to use it properly. Installing a child seat poorly is almost as bad as not using one at all.

Tips To Keep Your Child Safe

Take a look at these 11 car seat safety tips to ensure that your children are safe and secure.

1. Setting up a car seat properly and using it appropriately isn’t as simple as it appears. The majority get it wrong. Find the local licensed car seat inspection service providers for assistance and make certain your little one is riding safely.

2. Make a note of the safety seat expiry date. It is least complicated to write it using a blank label or a piece of masking tape and put it where it is noticeable on the seat itself. After that swap the seat as soon as it has expired.

3. Avoid using an impaired car seat. This will include cracks, missing parts, car seats which have been in mishaps, distressed harness straps, and over washed seats (strong soaps might damage the materials of the car seat, potentially decreasing its functionality under the pressure of a crash).

4. Don’t accept any used seat as a present or even purchase one in case (a) it’s distressed or damaged by any means; (b) it’s expired; (c) it isn’t licensed to be used in your location.

5. Be cautious about facing your kid’s seat forward too soon. Youngsters are nearly 5 times safer in a rear-facing seat which supports their weight up to age four. You might be wary of “squished legs”, however, it is absolutely safe. Children prefer to extend them, fold them, and also dangle them.

6. Never ever undervalue the necessity of your youngster’s harness straps. Always keep them straight as well as tight all the time (if you’re able to pinch an inch in between your fingers, they’re excessively loose)!

7. Make certain that everybody who drives your little one is well equipped with the appropriate safety seat and also understands how to use it, irrespective of how short the trip is. It is suggested to have an extra seat for these occasions, and it is good for visiting family or giving your child’s buddies a ride when needed. No kid must ever ride unprotected. It is unlawful and extremely dangerous.

8. Make sure to adjust the harness straps while your kid matures. For the rear-facing car seats, the straps must be at or slightly below the shoulders; and for the forward-facing car seats, they ought to be at or slightly above the shoulders.

9. No matter how short the ride is, do not hold a kid in your lap while out on the road. It might sound like practical but it is not worth the risk. If you must remove your child from their seat make sure the vehicle is parked and stationary out of the way of traffic.

10. In spite of pressure from the children wishing to ride up front, keep kids below 13 years in the rear seat where they’re much safer and farther away from the active airbags.

11. Once you are expecting and you are planning your baby’s arrival, have the car seat set up as well as examined prior to the due date. Not only do you wish your infant’s first ride to be safe, some hospitals also might not discharge newborn babies till their car seats are set up properly.

Awareness Is Key

It may seem like a lot to take in, but with a little planning and precaution, we can reduce the risk of injury of our children while they are riding safely in the back seat. Our goal should be to avoid the common child seat mistakes that parents make that may put your kids in greater danger. There are plenty of high quality infant, booster, and convertible car seats available, the trick is to make sure that we install them and use them as they were designed. The owner’s manual is going to be an important piece of reading material early on. Fortunately, a lot of the car seat manufacturers also have very informative videos that illustrate the proper use of their child seats to give you a better grasp on what you should be doing.

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Ida’s Story

My third child was found to be breech during my pregnancy in the summer of 1980. Very little literature was available on turning breeches at that time, but I found suggestions for the “breech-tilt” position in Ina May Gaskin’s, Spiritual Midwifery. I spent an hour or so each evening lying on an ironing board which was propped against the couch. The baby did not seem to make any noticeable flipping movements. Each time I went back to my OB, he would palpate and say, “I think the baby has turned.” He would then attempt to confirm this with the small, office ultrasound machine. But, no, each time the baby was still breech.

As I neared term, we began to discuss the delivery options. As an older doctor, he had experience with vaginal breech births. The “community standards”, however, were already shifting to cesarean for breeches. I had already birthed two babies, one of them over eight pounds, so he felt confident that I could deliver vaginally. My doctor, knowing that I was a proponent of natural childbirth, agreed that we would attempt a vaginal birth. At the onset of labor, I was to come immediately to the hospital and we would confirm the position with ultrasound and then (he said) do an X-ray to assess the pelvis. I would agree not to use the birthing room, but to go to the delivery room and have an IV, etc.

The primary problem with this plan was that he rotated call with two other doctors who did not agree to a vaginal breech. One of them specifically told me that he would not let his own wife have a vaginal breech and would not be involved in mine. My own doctor agreed to try to be on call for my birth if at all possible.

On the morning of August 21, I awoke with some contractions and bloody show (the only one of my three births in which there was a noticeable bloody show.) We arranged for the grandparents to take care of our two children, and Kramer and I set out for the hospital. My best friend, Ruth, was also coming along to take video pictures. When we arrived, the “right” doctor was on call and I was well into labor. My labors have always progressed fast, so it only took a few hours. Never during this time did my doctor mention the ultrasound or the X-Ray, and I sure wasn’t going to remind him! I had taught childbirth classes for several years, and had attended many births in this hospital as labor support, so I was familiar with the hospital staff. As soon as we arrived, I asked for a specific nurse who had been a foreign trained midwife and was comfortable with vaginal breech deliveries. She was not allowed to work as a midwife, but I definitely wanted a nurse who was supportive of the idea.

When I was completely dilated, the doctor showed up and we went to the delivery room. My husband and my friend were both allowed to come, and no one even questioned the video camera even for this “high-risk” delivery! (It was actually a precursor to the video camera, a sound-move camera, and the film had to be changed every 15 minutes). I was on the delivery table, legs in stirrups, and only a tad nervous about the impending exit. Pretty soon she began to crown: the butt crowned first, then she smoothly slid down until her legs released. Everyone could tell she was a girl before she was all the way out! I called her by her name, Lily, as she emerged to the neck, her arms dangling down. Ruth exclaimed, “Oh, Ida, she’s moving her hands!” Then there was a pause as we waited for the next contraction. My doctor held her body, waiting patiently, and commented, “This part always seems to take forever.” I wondered if I would have to push really, really hard, or if we were all going to get frantic trying to get the head out. And then, barely noticeable, she slipped right out. It was the easiest birth I had ever had.

The funny part was when they laid her on the warming table to dry her off, and her legs sprang right up to her ears where they had always been. They stayed that way for several days, which made it hard to dress her. Fortunately, it was very hot that summer and she didn’t need much in the way of clothes!

During my first pregnancy, I had been fairly afraid of what birth would be like. We took classes but I still expected to have an epidural. My husband wasn’t allowed in the labor room that year (1974), but my supportive doctor let me labor in a post-partum room so we could be together. That was a great idea, because we did not have a lot of interference or offers of “help” while tucked far away in another part of the hospital. With the support of my husband, I used the Lamaze breathing to go deep into the labor and was not afraid. His was a beautiful birth, a true miracle, and I was awed and changed by the experience. I had begun teaching Lamaze by my second pregnancy, and was a strong believer in the natural process. The second child, a daughter, we birthed in the labor room bed, with my doctor standing in the corner, ready to intervene only if needed. I lifted her out of my own body with my own hands. That experience deepened my trust in birth and expanded my confidence in my body’s ability to birth my babies. These experiences were great preparation for the third, the breech, because it would have been very easy to fall prey to the fear of breech that most of the medical community held at that time.

About a year after the third birth, I met in my Lamaze class a couple who were going to have a home birth. I had heard of home births, but had not attended one. I was invited to their birth, and met their midwife, Mary. I had been attending hospital births for many years, and had seen the gradual increase in dependence on technology and the pathological view of birth.

Witnessing the home birth changed my life as much as my own three births had. I knew this is what birth was supposed to be like, and I began apprenticing with Mary immediately. We have now worked together since 1982. We became licensed in 1985, and our regulations do not permit breech births at home. Several of our clients have had breech babies in the last few months of pregnancy. Some have turned on their own, some have turned with some external encouragement, and some have not turned. Of these, most have opted for the hospital cesarean birth. One was referred over to The Farm in Tennessee, where she birthed breech after several hours of pushing. Another client, found to be ten centimeters and breech at home upon our arrival, birthed into our hands easily. This was not a planned home birth breech, but worked out beautifully. A third client planned to deliver breech in the hospital after finding a doctor that agreed to allow her a “trial of labor”.

She had not birthed a baby before, but both she and her mother had been born breech. She seemed like a good candidate for a vaginal breech birth. We labored at home with her for a few hours, then she began to dilate rapidly. We hurried to the hospital, where she was ten centimeters on arrival. Nothing more happened for a couple of hours; no urge to push, no descent. Suddenly her water broke, and a foot emerged with a cord wrapped around it. She was rushed immediately to the OR for a cesarean.

So, I have seen breeches go really well, and I have seen one that could have had a bad outcome if an emergency cesarean had not been so readily available. I continue to believe that most births can and should occur at home with midwives, and am grateful that medical assistance can be obtained when appropriate.