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Tips For Buying and Using A Baby Stroller or Travel System in 2018

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Parents with Toddler in Stroller

Much of what the so called experts will tell you is essential for your baby most probably is not. However as you baby grows up your baby will more likely need wheels. Yes you may have to buy an infant stroller or travel system when your child is about six months and you need to move around with them.

With millions of strollers and travel systems sold to parents every year resulting in accidents, it is very important to know what stroller to buy and how to ensure your baby does not become part of the travel system stroller statistics. 

The following are some tips to buy the best stroller and keep your baby safe:

Buy An Age Appropriate Stroller

Not all strollers out there will be great for your infant. It always advisable to go for an umbrella or lightweight stroller for the first few months before the child can sit up on their own. Try to find a lightweight stroller that could be used with an infant car seat or one that completely reclines.

Just because the stroller does come with a bassinet or carrycot, you should never assume that it is safe to use it in the home. 

"Unless the bassinet and carry cot have been certified as safe for use outside of ordinary stroller use never use them in the home."

Even though you may want to get back to an all active lifestyle as soon as possible, it is not advisable to go for jogging or all terrain strollers when the child is still an infant below six months. Only a child a year or older can safely ride and withstand the pressures and jolts of a jogging stroller.

Even though older children are unlikely to get hurt riding in a stroller, it is always advisable to check the weight limits of your stroller before putting them in it. At more than 35 pounds most children are best not put in a stroller. 

Check out our age guide for strollers here

Get Familiar With the Stroller Features

While this may sound like common sense, very many parents do not know the features of the travel system strollers well before they get them out and put their kids in them. It is important to gain at least a rudimentary understanding of all features of the stroller such as:

  • Attaching the bassinet or infant car seat onto the stroller frame or stroller and ensuring it is locked in securely.
  • Lowering and raising the back rest
  • Unbuckling and buckling the harnesses and latches
  • Unfolding and folding the stroller or travel system
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Important Safety Checks

Before getting started it is critical to ensure the child is as far away from the locking mechanism as possible. Many children have hurt their fingers with some even losing digits caught in the stroller hinge. Listen for the audible click that confirms the stroller and the infant set are set up safely and securely, lock in the harness and brakes. ll of these need to produce the audible click before you proceed.

  • Strap in the child: Always ensure that you safely and securely lock in the 5 point harness just as you would on a car seat. Regardless of whether the child is awake or asleep they have to be strapped in at all times as loose straps can be a strangulation hazard. Moreover riding without being strapped in can expose the kid to injury from negotiating curbs, sidewalks and curbs that may throw him out of the stroller
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  • Check the Recall List: You could decide to reuse a stroller use by an older child or get one from a friend. However, before you use it, check the serial number, date of manufacture, model number on the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the NTSA for the infant car seat to ensure the travel system is not on the recall seat. 
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  • Watch the Wheels: Most strollers will have quick release/connect wheels that may suddenly come undone. Try to familiarize yourself with the mechanism and working of these types of wheels. Additionally check for proper tire pressure to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for the child. 

Navigating The Stroller

  • All it takes is a slight incline and the stroller particularly if it has twins or a heavy child will roll away from your grip. Always ensure that the brakes are locked in whenever you take a break and stop anywhere.
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  • Do not use the stroller in an escalator rather take an elevator or ramp and if those options are not available, fold up the stroller carry the baby up the escalator and come back for the collapsed stroller.
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  • Do not put the diaper or shopping bag on the stroller handles as these may be too heavy and have been reported to tip the stroller over. Instead put all your important luggage in the storage compartment beneath the stroller and if not carry them in a backpack.

For the best lightweight, jogging and travel systems check out our stroller guide

Sheryl Brown
 

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