New Mom Secret: I Run With My New Baby in the Jogger

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:


At our four-month appointment, our pediatrician said to wait until my baby was 6 months old for me to start jogging with her, but all of my running friends said it was OK at 4. I tentatively did it once on a smooth bike path and it was fine. I have gone a few more times and they have all been fine. I don't see what the big deal is. My baby has good neck strength. — Anonymous

I am about as big a running addict as anyone you will find. I love running and I started running again about 36 hours after both of my births (I ran throughout both pregnancies). I ran races with my joggers, both single and double, and I have pushed my babies 12 miles or more while running an 8:30 pace.

That said, I waited until my pediatrician said it was OK. It's great to be hard core, but there is nothing "hard core" or awesome about running with a baby who has no neck strength. If the manufacturers say 6 months, then wait for the sixth month. But especially if your pediatrician agrees. What are you trying to prove?

Look, I don't mean to be harsh, but this just seems crazy ... even to me and I get what an addiction running is. Leave the baby with your husband or a friend. Join a gym that has a daycare. Buy a jogging attachment that you can clip your car seat into. There are other options. We are only talking about two months here.

Do you have any advice for this mom?

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