Keeping Baby Safe in the Stroller
· Buckle up. Regardless of how far you're traveling, always make sure to use the safety belt or harness to restrain a child from leaving the stroller. This will also prevent your child from sitting backwards, which can cause the stroller to tip.
· Put on the brakes. Use the stroller's brakes whenever you're stopped, especially if you're facing down a hill. If you must stop on a hill, be sure to turn the stroller's wheels away from the decline.
· Lock it in place. Collapsible strollers need to be fully locked or correctly snapped into the open position before placing the child inside. If you're using a combo stroller, which includes a bassinet and seat attachment, make sure you hear a "click" when installing these components to the actual stroller.
· Keep your bags in hand. Strollers can easily tip when subjected to excess weight, so avoid hanging bags on stroller handles. Opt, instead, to store extra items such as a purse or jacket in an under-the-seat basket.
· Check it out. Once a month inspect your stroller for wear and tear and attend to any maintenance items.
- For air filled tires, ensure that the stroller has optimum air pressure in all tires.
- For solid wheels, check the wheels for damage or debris that may cause future damage.
- Check all metal fixtures for signs of rust and/or damage.
- Check that the brakes function properly.
- Check that the straps are set secure and comfortable for baby.
- Ensure that all accessories are secured correctly, i.e. mommy hooks, cup holders, snack trays, toys, etc.