Stroller Safety Tips and Resources

By Kristie Turck •  Published 09/21/10 •  4 min read

I was out with my family and I witnessed a woman pushing a stroller which then tipped backwards completely falling to the ground, with a child inside of it.  Luckily for them, the child was not hurt badly but it got me thinking.  We put a lot of time into thinking about what products are the safest for our kids, but when it comes down to it, some of the most mundane things in life can be just as dangerous.

You would never think of a stroller as being a safety hazard but if used improperly it can certainly be a threat.  There is also the issue of stroller recalls.  You might remember a recall of Maclaren strollers not long ago that mentioned the hinges of the stroller having the possibility of severing fingers. They have of course, since then, provided a fix and have redesigned that portion of their strollers but I still see the recalled versions out and about.  Here is a list of standard stroller safety tips to keep in mind when both purchasing a stroller and when using your current one…. there are a lot of things to keep in mind but this is a few basics:

It seems silly and obvious but after witnessing that child’s stroller tip backwards I thought it would be nice to remind people that strollers can be dangerous if not properly used.

Resources for stroller safety and stroller buying tips:

March Of Dimes Stroller Safety for Baby “Always use the parking brake when the stroller is stopped.”

ConsumerReports.org “Don’t jog with a stroller that’s not a jogging stroller or an all-terrain stroller not recommended for jogging.”

Dr Spock Practical Stroller Safety TipsNever leave your child in the stroller behind a parked car. The reason is obvious if you stop to think about it. Always keep your child’s stroller right next to you while you’re getting out your keys and unlocking the car door, and buckle her into her car seat before dealing with groceries, packages, etc.”

Parenting Ideas Stroller Safety TipsCheck your stroller to make sure it is completely opened and in the locked position before putting your child in it. A good habit to get into is pushing down on the seat with your hand to make sure it safe for your child.”