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  • Safety Tips for Choosing and Using a Stroller

    My baby is ready to move out of his car seat when it comes to strollers – he’s sitting up, he’s very interested in looking around, and he gets restless being strapped in so a regular stroller would make it easier to pick him up. As I’ve mentioned before, we have a Graco Metrolite that I purchased specifically for my younger son. We also have a Combi Savvy that we got for our first son, which I’ve come to hate.

    Because I hate the Savvy so much, I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a new stroller. I’ll probably wait to see how our current situation works out, but in the meantime, I’ve found some safety tips to keep in mind at the JPMA website:

    • Select a stroller with adjustments that reduce the size of seat openings in the front to prevent your baby from falling out when seat back is reclined into the flat position.
    • Make sure the stroller has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
    • If the seat adjusts to a reclining position, make sure the stroller doesn’t tip backwards when the child lies down.
    • Always secure the baby by using the restraint straps.
    • Don’t hang anything over the handles. If your stroller has a shopping basket, it should be low on the back of the stroller or directly over the rear wheels.
    • Use the locking device to prevent accidental folding (i.e., make sure the stroller clicks into position when opened).
    • Use the brakes when stroller is stationary.
    • When you fold or unfold the stroller, keep the baby’s hands away from the areas that could pinch tiny fingers.