Love to take your toddler for those peaceful evening walks in the park or for window-shopping in the neighbourhood mall? A sturdy and safe stroller is something you need to enjoy these lovely outings with your child. There are so many types of strollers available in the market that selecting the right one can be quite confusing. Here is all that you need to keep in mind while choosing and using a stroller.
- Always use a stroller with brakes. Brakes are a very important part of any stroller as they allow the attendant to have better control while moving. Before taking your baby out on the stroller, make sure the brakes are working well. Always apply the brakes when the stroller is not in motion to prevent it from rolling away. Also, ensure that your child cannot reach the brake levers. Some strollers have brakes that lock both the wheels; this provides an extra layer of safety.
- Choose a stroller with a five-point safety harness. The five-point harness should fit over your child's shoulders, around his waist, and between his legs. This will prevent him from tipping over or toppling out when you steer the stroller up or down the slopes or stairs.
- Select a stroller with a wide base. Such a stroller is stable and doesn’t tip over easily.
- Be careful when folding the stroller. There is a potential risk of your toddler’s fingers getting caught between the hinges. Keep your baby at a safe distance from these hinges. Also, ensure that your baby’s fingers cannot reach the wheels of the stroller.
- Do not hang bags on the handles. The handles of your baby’s stroller are not hangers. Never hang bags or other heavy items on the handles. The extra weight can make the stroller tip backward.
- Secure the hanging toys tight: If you want to hang toys on the stroller, make sure that they are tightly secured. Otherwise, the toys may fall on the baby.
- Never leave your baby unattended in the stroller. Also, do not leave the baby in the stroller under the care of an older child.
- Use twin strollers with single footrest: If you wish to purchase a stroller with twin seats, choose one with a single footrest that runs along both the seats. If there are two separate footrests, chances of your baby’s feet getting caught between them increase.
- Use a stroller meant for your baby's weight: Many strollers are made for a specific weight and age limit. Before purchasing a stroller, ensure that your baby’s weight and age limit does not exceed the limits recommended by the manufacturer. Also, do not carry two babies in a stroller meant only for one.
Taking necessary precautions and following safety rules to the T is of paramount importance when it comes to using a stroller. Happy parenting!