A couple years ago my wife gave birth to our first baby. It’s been a steep learning curve. As expected, getting much physical activity has been tough at times.
However, the single most helpful tool we’ve had has been our Chariot jogging stroller (disclosure: this fawning review is completely unsolicited). It can be used as a jogging stroller, a bike trailer, and the wheels can even be swapped out for skis if you want to take it snowshoeing or skiing.
I use it to take the baby to daycare everyday on my way to work – it’s logged about 500 km just on the way to and from work this year, and another 100 km cross country skiing. Switching the wheels/skis from one mode to another, or taking the whole thing apart to throw into your trunk or Thule box, takes literally seconds. In fact, I actually enjoy taking the stroller apart, because everything works so damn well.
So far the Chariot has done a terrific job of allowing us to remain at least somewhat active since the birth, and the ski kit especially has been an absolute godsend for getting through the past 2 winters. I have no idea how else we could have gone skiing the past two winters, and the baby seems to have a pretty good time back there (he sleeps most of the time).
The fact that the Chariot works as well as advertised is even more impressive when you consider that we bought ours third hand – it’s a model year 2006 (there are tons of used Chariots available online). Which is what I would recommend you do as well, as they are pretty expensive new.
The basic Chariot model doesn’t come with all the various bells and whistles, so it can get pretty expensive even if you buy it used. For example, although we got the chariot and jogging/cycling kits from their previous owner, we had to buy the “stroller wheels” (smaller wheels that make it into more of a typical stroller, and very useful for maneuvering in crowds), a new rain cover, and the ski kit, and would have had to buy an infant sling if we hadn’t received one from a friend. But for us it’s been absolutely indispensable.
If you’re expecting a baby and trying to figure out how you will remain active with a new baby, I cannot recommend the Chariot highly enough.
This post has been updated from an earlier post published in December of 2014.