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How to Choose a Safe Baby Stroller

When choosing a stroller for your baby, you'll want one that's convenient, comfortable and—most importantly—safe. Here are some tips on features to look for and precautions that can help keep your child safe.

  1. If you string toys across your stroller, fasten them securely so they can't fall on your baby. Be sure to remove these toys as soon as the baby can sit or rise up on all fours.

  2. Baby strollers should have easy-to-operate brakes. Use the brake whenever you are stopped, and be sure your child can't reach the release lever. A brake that locks two wheels rather than just one provides an extra measure of safety.

  3. Select a baby stroller with a wide base, so it won't tip over.

  4. Children's fingers can become caught in the hinges that fold the stroller. Keep your child at a safe distance when you open and close it. Securely lock open the stroller before putting your child in. Check that your baby's fingers cannot reach the stroller wheels.

  5. Don't hang bags or other items from the handles of your baby's stroller—they can make it tip backward. If the stroller has a basket for carrying things, be sure it is placed low and near the rear wheels.

  6. The stroller should have a five-point harness (with straps over both shoulders, hips and between the legs) that should be used whenever your child goes for a ride. For infants, use rolled-up baby blankets on either side of the seat if needed to prevent slouching.

  7. Never leave your child unattended in a stroller. If they fall asleep in their stroller, make sure you can see them at all times.

  8. If you purchase a side-by-side twin stroller, the footrest should extend all the way across both sitting areas. A child's foot can become trapped between separate footrests.

  9. There are also strollers that allow an older child to sit or stand in the rear. Be mindful of weight guidelines and especially careful that the child in the back doesn't become overly active and tip the stroller.

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Adapted from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age Five 7th edition (Copyright © 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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