There are lots of factors to consider when buying a stroller, which can make the process quite daunting. Especially when it comes to safety. So we’ve put together a baby stroller safety guide to help you make the right choice for your family.
Things to consider when selecting a stroller
- Where you live – Are you in an urban area that requires a lot of walking, or in a suburb? Choosing the correct stroller for where you live is a vital part of stroller safety.
- Your family dynamic – Do you have one child or six? Is a double stroller a good idea? Do you need a travel system that is customizable? Picking the right stroller for your family dynamic ensures that your baby (and other children) will be seated safely and according to their age.
- Activity level and accessories – Are you planning on using your stroller for running or jogging? Do you absolutely have to have a cup holder or a stroller caddy? Make sure the stroller you buy can handle your activity level and has the accessories that you want to ensure that you use it properly.
Picking an age-appropriate stroller
One of the most important things you can do when selecting a stroller is choosing one that is age-appropriate. If you are buying a stroller for a newborn, you need to be aware that not all strollers are suitable for newborns. Please consider the following:
- Umbrella strollers or other non-reclinable strollers are not suitable for children under six months. Your child should be able to sit up on her own before using these types of strollers.
- Most jogging strollers are not suitable for children under six months for the same reasons as above. If you really want to jog with your baby, make sure your jogging stroller has an adapter for your baby’s infant seat, and secure her in the stroller that way.
- If your stroller comes with a bassinet/carrycot, don’t use it at home unless it’s been approved for home use. Also, don’t place soft bedding in the bassinet with your baby, as it creates a suffocation risk.
- Be aware of any weight or height limits that are associated with your stroller.
- Familiarize yourself with all of the stroller’s features, and practice them all before placing your baby in the stroller. Fold and unfold the stroller, buckle and unbuckle the straps, raise and lower the backrest, and attach and remove an infant seat to the stroller frame. Make sure it’s always clicked into place before placing the baby in the seat. And test the brakes.
- ALWAYS strap your child in. Just do it.
- Make sure to always use your stroller’s brakes when it’s not in use or you’re not moving.
- Be aware of any safety recalls associated with your stroller. If it’s a new stroller, make sure you register it with the company, and you can track the model, manufacturer, and manufacturer date here.