Tips For Buying and Using A Baby Stroller or Travel System in 2018
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:
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.
Navigating The Stroller
For the best lightweight, jogging and travel systems check out our stroller guide