Stroller Safety

The safety of your child is of paramount importance when using a stroller or pushchair. They can make your life so much easier when you have a young child - they allow you to go on outings, on holidays and onto public transport - but you always need to make sure you are following the latest safety guidelines while using them.

When you buy a new pushchair, always make sure you read the guide thoroughly. Practise folding and unfolding it before you take it out of the house for the first time. Get grandparents and other family members to practise too so they will be prepared when taking the baby out. Double check that it is fully opened and locked into position before putting your child in it.

Before you set off, make sure your child is securely strapped in. Keep their fingers well away from the buckles while you snap them into place. It is very important to fasten the harness or straps on every journey, even short ones, to prevent your child from falling out.

Make sure to use the brakes whenever you stop the stroller, and check them regularly to make sure they're still working. The same goes for the locking devices that keep the stroller open when it's in use. Don't leave your child unattended in their stroller, even when the brakes are on.

Don't try to put more than one child into a pushchair (unless it's a double or tandem model) as the extra weight may cause it to collapse. For the same reason, don't overload the basket or hang heavy bags on the handles. Check the manufacturer's guidelines to make sure the stroller can support your child's weight.

When you have finished using your stroller for the day, make sure it's folded and stored properly. Keep it well away from small children so they aren't tempted to play with it or unfold it - they may get their fingers trapped.

By just following these few simple steps, you can look forward to having many secure, happy journey with your child using your new stroller or pushchair.