How to Safely Use a Stroller

You want to go for a walk with your child, whether you’ve just given birth to a newborn baby or have a bouncing little toddler you feel a walk would do you both some good.  Your child’s safety is very important to you.  And although you can appreciate what a breath of fresh air can do for them, you want to make sure they are absolutely, one hundred percent protected from the harsh elements the outdoors has to offer.  Harmful UV rays from the sun, chilly breezes nipping at their nose, or the allergenic pollens the wind carries—all of these put your child at risk of becoming uncomfortable, possibly ill.  Luckily, you purchased a top of the line stroller in order to shield your little bundle of joy from all of the harsh realities Mother Nature has can throw your way.  It is your child’s main way of transportation so you can never be too safe or cautious when it comes to testing the overall quality of the stroller, itself. Using a stroller can be a lifesaver and here are a few tips to help you make your stroller even safer.

how to safely use a stroller

While operating a stroller, stay close to your child.  One of the worst things you can do is leave your baby unattended in a stroller.  People may have a similar type of stroller and take off with it while your baby may be in there.  Now this is horrible, but one way to prevent this from happening is removing your child from the stroller whenever it’s not in use.  I’m sure most parents would agree that losing a stroller is a much better option than losing a child.

When unfolding, loading, or doing anything to prepare your stroller, make sure your child is a safe distance away.  Small children’s fingers can easily get caught in a strollers hinge, causing severe discomfort.  Also, make sure that your stroller is locked before placing your baby inside.  The last thing you want is for your stroller to suddenly collapse with your precious cargo inside.

Maintain your stroller’s condition and always check it before placing your child inside.  Make sure you’re able to steer the stroller with ease as to ensure there are no accidents while you two are out for a walk.  Make sure to test your brakes BEFORE you begin using it for the day. Don’t leave it out in the sun for extended periods of time.  The heat from the sun can cause the materials (such as the metal and plastic that make up the stroller) to become hot and this can burn your child.

A stroller is a great asset to any parent or grandparent when they want to head outside with their baby.  By using these safety tips you can go so much further in ensuring your child’s safety.  Never leaving your child unattended, buckling them in properly, and checking your equipment is strongly suggested if you plan on getting the most benefit with the least risk out of your strollers.

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