When you buy a stroller brand new from the store or online it should be safe right? Right, but often children are harmed by unsafe strollers so it is important to know what to look for.The Model
When you are looking into a stroller there are several things to check out to ensure that it is safe.Brand
Before you buy do some research on the brands you are considering. See if their strollers have had recalls in the past. If using a travel system, check the car seat as well. You can check for recalls here. Reconsider your choice if the manufacturer has recently sold faulty equipment.Harness
The harness is what holds your baby in the stroller. It keeps them safe from falling out and gives parents peace of mind. But what kind of harness it the best? A five point harness is by far the safest. This harness goes around the baby’s waist, between his legs, and over both shoulders. It ensures that the baby stays secure and that they can’t wiggle out on their own.
A three point harness is also an option for older children. This just goes around the weight and between the legs.Brakes
Test the foot breaks to make sure they are stable. If your model has a hand break be sure to test that as well.Tip Resistant
When you get your stroller be sure that all four wheels touch the ground. There should be no tipping or wobbling if the stroller has been put together correctly.Little Fingers
Your baby is going to want to explore the world; however, his stroller might be as far as he is going to get for a while. Make sure there are no sharp edges or places where little fingers can get pinched. Also, when you try to fold the stroll make you there is nowhere to pinch your own fingers. Make sure no springs or other parts get in the way.
Manufacturers usually cover all smaller parts such bolts and screws as with plastic covers. Be sure these are secure and your baby won’t be able to pull them off. These tend to be a major choking hazard.Escape!
As with the harness, make sure there is no where you baby can fall out of the stroller. See if the leg openings are wide enough for your baby to slip though. Make sure the sides of the stroller are high enough as well.
Your baby is a precious gift, so do all that you can to ensure his or her safety. Learn what to look for and you will be able to stop carelessness can lead to accidents that could have been avoided if someone had taken more caution.