Essential stroller safety tips: What every parent should know

Essential Stroller Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know

Here at Pronto, we are all about simplifying parent life. A stroller is an item which almost every parent in the world will need to buy or borrow and it's important to know how to use it, and how to care for it. Knowing how to use your stroller properly is super important, so don't throw your manufactures instructions away, take the time to read them and get to know your product before use.

Here are some safety tips every parent should follow...

1. Always Use the Harness

Using a five-point harness secures your baby in the stroller, preventing them from slipping out or climbing over the side. Neglecting to use the harness can result in your baby falling out of the stroller, leading to serious injuries such as head trauma or broken bones. Always ensure the harness is snug and properly fastened.

We are definitely a stroller, but sometimes people like to call us a wagon, and honestly we are a bit of both. We have heard some horror stories from our customers, who previously used wagons from Kmart or BCF, which are absolutely not designed to carry children because children need to be harnessed in every vehicle to ensure their safety. 

Our stroller is designed intentionally with a low frame so that your child can see the world at their level, however this feature allows children to enter and exit the stroller without the need to lift them which saves your back, but also requires extra thought and supervision to ensure that you children are well protected; ensure the brake is in position and you are close by, always harness your children.

2. Check the Brakes

Engage the brakes whenever the stroller is stationary, especially on inclines. Strollers can roll away unexpectedly if the brakes are not used, posing a risk of your baby being hit by a car, falling down stairs, or colliding with obstacles. Regularly check the brakes to ensure they are functioning correctly.

If you think something is not right with your brakes, contact the manufacturer straight away and stop using your stroller. 

3. Avoid Overloading the Stroller

Overloading the stroller by hanging heavy bags on the handles can cause it to tip over, which can result in serious injury. Use the designated storage basket and avoid placing excessive weight on the handles. Distribute the weight evenly to maintain your stroller's balance.

4. Watch for Pinch Points

We all love compact folds and clever design, but usually this is where you can feel a pinch, or more, if you're not careful. PLEASE read the instructions, recognise any dangerous points on your stroller and follow the manufacturers guidelines so that you can keep you and your family safe.  Strollers have several moving parts that can pinch small fingers and toes. When folding or unfolding the stroller, keep your baby at a safe distance. Failure to do so can result in painful pinching injuries or even more severe damage, like crushed fingers... Ouch!

5. Stay Visible

If you’re out during low-light conditions, use reflective materials or lights on the stroller. This increases visibility to drivers and other pedestrians, reducing the risk of accidents. Lack of visibility can result in collisions with vehicles or bicycles, endangering both you and your baby. Pronto features a reflective night belt on our canopy which is a great way to be seen in the dark, if you stroller doesn't have this feature, search for reflective bands on amazon or ebay.

6. Regular Maintenance

Regularly inspect the stroller to ensure all parts are in good working condition. Check the wheels, brakes, and frame for any signs of wear or damage. Ignoring maintenance can lead to malfunctions, such as brakes failing or wheels coming off, which can cause accidents. We highly recommended cleaning your wheels and stroller with warm soapy water, especially if you have been in salt water or mud to ensure that your stroller is performing just as well as the day you bought it. 

7. Proper Folding and Storage

When folding your stroller, make sure it is fully collapsed and locked in place before lifting or storing it. Partial folding can lead to the stroller unexpectedly snapping back into an open position, which can cause injury. Always store your stroller in a safe place, out of the way of children.

8. Safe Use of Accessories

Ensure that any accessories, such as cup holders or trays, are securely attached and do not interfere with the stroller's functionality. Improperly attached accessories can fall off or cause the stroller to become unbalanced. This can result in spills, tipping over, or parts becoming choking hazards for your baby.

9. Appropriate Terrain Usage

Use the stroller on appropriate terrains as intended by the manufacturer. For example, jogging strollers are designed for rough terrains and uneven surfaces, while city strollers are best suited for smooth pavements. Using a stroller on unsuitable terrain can damage the wheels and frame, leading to accidents for you and baby. You know best, if it doesn't feel right, don't do it.

10. Awareness of Surroundings

Always be aware of your surroundings and potential hazards, such as curbs, stairs, and busy streets. Being distracted or inattentive can result in accidents, such as the stroller tipping over, rolling into traffic, or falling down steps. Stay vigilant and avoid using your phone or engaging in other distractions while pushing the stroller.