A baby stroller is designed to move around babies, so it need to take care of all the safety aspects. After all, who would want to put their child in a stroller that isn’t safe.
Head injuries on the rise in Stroller Accidents…
In general, strollers by themselves are not hazardous products and have several safety features built in. But when injuries occur, they can be quite serious.
A recent study reveals that several babies have suffered head injuries after falling out of strollers and carriers (both the wearable type and carriers with handles).
The injuries varied from minor ones to serious injuries. Bumps and bruises were the most common injuries (especially on the head/face).
The more serious stroller/carrier related injuries were concussions or traumatic brain injuries. Head injuries are always bad, especially in kids, as it could have long-term consequences on cognitive development.
So while you might be tempted to buy a used stroller, if possible, do opt for the latest strollers as these come with the latest safety features built-in. And as parents, you should use those features every time your child is in the stroller or in the carrier.
Safety features in stroller/carrier
So what kind of safety features are built in a stroller?
- Walk, don’t run, especially if the one that you have is not a jogging stroller. You could lose control of the stroller, or the wheels could break.
- Buckle up your child every time s/he sits in the stroller. Strollers have a seat belt for a reason, so make sure its used.
- Be careful while navigating stairs and escalators in malls. Balance the stroller on each step to prevent it from tipping over or slipping.
- Regularly clean the stroller and also inspect the stroller, especially the wheels. The wheels need to be in good condition to keep your child safe with every ride.
- Always remember to put on the brakes, every time the stroller is parked, or you need to rest your hand. Most even surfaces do have some slope/incline and the stroller could just roll away. Lock the stroller wheels when you “park” it, prevents the stroller from rolling away unexpectedly.
- Know the various parts & features of your stroller. Practice folding, unfolding your stroller. Use the stroller often until you are accustomed to all its functions.
- Most parents want the stroller to be sturdy and reliable and safe. It means you have to look for the maximum safety rating (you should give it more priority over the brand name).
- Although secondhand strollers offer good value, try to know about its history of malfunctioning. Check if the essential components such as the seat belt, brakes and wheels are in good condition. If possible, opt for a new stroller that adheres to the latest safety standards.
- Usually, the safety features co-relate to the price. So you are more likely to get what you pay for. It means you should not go very cheap.
- The best brands, however, have products that are tested for durability. They are lightweight, have good wheels, and covers to shield the kids from the sun.
- If possible, keep the carriers low to the ground, so even if the child were to fall (if the carrier tips over), the impact will be less.
- Most strollers meet the federal standards so they do have adequate safety standards built in. Buy strollers that are made after September 10, 2015, as they will have the recommended safety features built in, such as structural integrity, hinges, seat belts, wheels, brakes, and latch locks.
- You should also keep a check on recalls. If any particular stroller model has been recalled for some fault fixing.
There are various types and models of Strollers, but before choosing one, make sure it has adequate safety features built in.