Prams and strollers help you get out and about with your baby. However, prams and strollers can roll-away or tip-over, causing serious injuries. Think safety first with these helpful tips.
Choose a safe model
Only use a pram or stroller that complies with the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 2088).
All prams and strollers sold by businesses must meet this standard. Look for the standards label and ask the retailer if you’re unsure.
Ensure your pram or stroller has a five-point harness that goes around your baby’s waist, over each shoulder and between the legs. Always use the safety harness and fasten them in. Your baby can fall out unless securely strapped in.
Stop and brake
Check for at least one lockable parking brake and get an idea of how they work before you buy. When you’re out and about, immediately put the brakes on when you stop moving, even if it’s for a short time. A wriggling child can get the wheels moving again and your stroller rolling into a dangerous situation.
Use the tether strap
Your pram or stroller should have a tether strap supplied with it. Always loop the tether around your wrist. This will help you stop the pram or stroller rolling away when the brake isn’t on.
As tempting as it is, don’t hang shopping bags on the handles as it may overload the pram or stroller and cause it to tip over. Put extra things inside the capsule or on the seat. Do not carry extra children in or on the pram or stroller unless it’s designed to do so.
Adjust it safely
Remove your child first before adjusting the pram or stroller. Hinges or mechanisms can easily trap small fingers or toes. Make sure that your child is nowhere near your pram when you collapse or unfold your pram to get it in and out of the car.