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Friday, June 22, 2007

Safety Tips for Choosing and Using a Stroller

Tyler 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 Tyler. We also have a Combi Savvy that we got for Alex, 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.

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