What to know about stroller safety

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A stroller is one of the best ways to carry around your baby and everything their tiny body might need. But how safety conscious do you need to be with a stroller? It’s not as dangerous as a car, but the city streets aren’t exactly as safe as your nursery either.

The kind of stroller that will be safest for you and your baby actually depends on where you live and what kind of terrain you’ll be navigating with your stroller. For instance, if you’re in a really hot area, you’ll definitely want a stroller with a visor and extra sun protection. If you live in a city, you’ll want one that can easily move around the sidewalk and get on a bus or a train. If you like to go running, you might want a jogging stroller built for runs.

The goal of a stroller is to get your baby from one place to another comfortably and safely. Sometimes those things go hand in hand, like getting a travel system with an infant car seat included. Attaching the infant seat to the stroller allows babies to ride safely until they are ready to use the stroller on its own.

To ensure your baby is comfortable and safe in their stroller, your first step would be to make sure the stroller meets current safety standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has standards on stroller safety that all strollers must meet. They include having a stable base, lockable wheels, and structural integrity. Your main concern would really be a stroller that had been recalled or damaged in some way. If you’re inheriting a stroller from someone else, do a background check to make sure it’s in tip-top shape.

Once you have the perfect stroller, there are a few more things to know about stroller safety. First, never leave your baby alone in the stroller, even with the brakes locked. Make sure your baby is always buckled into the stroller, and don’t hang anything from the stroller handle bars.

If your stroller is part of a travel system, like the one mentioned above that allows you to securely attach a car seat to the stroller base for easy transfers, you’ll want to make sure that the car seat has been attached correctly to the stroller with each transfer. Be sure to only use approved car seats with your travel system if you bought the pieces separately. Following the user’s manual will help you to ensure your stroller is assembled correctly and that you are securely attaching the infant car seat.

It’s also important not to keep your child in their car seat for too long. According to the Mayo Clinic, long stretches of sitting in a car seat could compress a newborn’s chest and make it more difficult for oxygen to circulate in the blood. It could also cause a flat spot on the back of your child’s head.

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