For any responsible parent, keeping the baby safe and comfortable is a top priority, and a good quality stroller can really make a difference. Buying a stroller for the first time can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many options to choose from, which vary greatly when it comes to price, as well as practicality.
Our first safety tip is to choose a stroller that fits your baby’s needs and your own possibilities.The best thing is to prospect the market and try out several types before buying a stroller. Keep in mind that choosing the safest one means that there are several things to consider that have nothing to do with the stroller’s color or sophisticated look; they include:
- Your location and lifestyle
In a city, you always need a flexible stroller that you can easily maneuver and fold when you get on a public transportation vehicle or when you need to fit it into the trunk of your own vehicle.Some strollers fit the car seats, while others require extra attachments to be used with car seats. Also, some stroller types are more suitable for travelling (umbrella strollers) and some even allow you to take your child along on your daily run routine (jogging strollers).
- The accessories you need
Some strollers are really simple and not suitable for other attachments such as rain cover, sun shade etc. Choose carefully.
- Your child’s age, size and special needs
For example, a newborn cannot sit, so the stroller must allow him to lay flat. Also, if your baby has special needs, you want a stroller with a larger storage area that will allow you to take any necessary equipment. There is a wide variety of strollers available for purchase:
- Carriage strollers (some of them have the option to convert into a regular stroller)
- Standard strollers
- Umbrella strollers
- Lightweight strollers
- Double strollers or multi strollers (for more than one child)
- Combo strollers and travel systems (designed to accommodate kids until four years of age)
The safety features that must be considered when buying a stroller include a wide base (which ensures stability and the stroller will be less likely to tip over), single footrest for double strollers (to prevent children’s feet from getting trapped between separate footrests) and easily operating brakes.
How to use your stroller safely
- Use the harness straps
It doesn’t matter if you are going to keep the baby in the seat for only a short while, it doesn’t matter how old your baby is and it doesn’t matter if the baby is sleeping; always use the safety straps!
- Use the wheel brakes
It is important to use the wheel brakes every time you stop, otherwise not only that the stroller may roll away when you turn your head, but it can also slip when getting your baby in and out of it.
The best brakes systems are those that lock the wheels into place.
- Stay close and never leave your baby unattended
Your child is your own responsibility and you are not allowed to think otherwise. Although you may be tempted to do something else while he is peacefully sleeping in his stroller, never leave him unattended. Accidents happen much more quickly than you can imagine and kids can hurt themselves or get hurt in unimaginable ways.
- Perform some basic check-up on the stroller regularly
Check the frame locking mechanism, the brake system and the wheels, to prevent unexpected collapses and other problems. Repair a broken stroller before using it again and avoid overloading it.
Keep these pieces of advice in mind when buying a stroller or carriage, as well as when using, and make sure you always have your eyes on your little one. This is the way to prevent any unfortunate incidents.