Every year thousands of babies get hurt in accidents related to strollers. When new parents choose a stroller to buy they consider nice look and modern appearance of the stroller amongst other things. They often overlook a very important consideration – safety.
Last month I met my neighbor Jody, and she told me a terrible story of what happened with her little 6 month old baby boy. The end of story was good, but they had a very hard time before doctors said that their baby was going to be fine. What happened is that their brand new, stylish, easy to maneuver and handle lightweight travel stroller just got overturned by their 3 years old daughter. She was just trying to help … The baby was rushed to the Emergency Room, and luckily ended up with just two stitches.
A nurse told to Jody that the most important thing about any strollers is its safety, stability in particular. She brave Jody a good advice on baby safety topics. This is what we think is important with regard to different types of strollers: from umbrella strollers, travel strollers, jogging strollers, prams etc .:
– Stroller should be safe. Always choose a carriage or stroller that has wide and stable base to prevent tipping.
– Always choose five point harnesses rather then three.
– Make sure that back recliner has lock that keeps its position in place to prevent baby falling backwards.
– Buy preferably strollers with dual lock brake system.
– Check for JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacture Association) Certification Seal at www.jpma.org .
– Make sure it is easily, quickly open and close.
– Check if stroller is roomy enough to accommodate your growing infant.
– Be sure that stroller has durable wheels. Small swiveling wheels make easier to maneuver and good choice for walking on sidewalk. Larger wheels are easier to push over suburban sidewalk or forest path.
– Stroller cover should be hypoallergenic and from safe fabric.
– If you are looking for infant stroller, make sure it has 3 position tilt. Recommended that baby up to 6 month old lie on fully recline position.
– Make sure stroller handle bar is comfortable and adjustable. It is important to have reversible handle bar to help parents make easy eye contact with baby.
Finally, never leave your child in a stroller unattended, even for a second. If you let your older kids to help push the stroller – always be around and supervise them.