After a much needed post-birth recuperation period, you will be ready to take your new baby outside for a walk in his stroller. Walking your baby in a stroller is a great way for you to get a healthy dose of postpartum exercise and a a wonderful opportunity to introduce your new baby to his world. The Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association (JMPA) wants those walks-with-baby to be both fun and safe. They have issued these safe baby stroller tips:
Before placing your newborn in his new stroller, be sure that you read and fully understand the stroller’s operating manual for safe usage guidance. Keep it readily available for future consultation. It is also a good idea to return the warranty card from the stroller’s manufacturer. This will both preserve your consumer warranty rights and also allow the company to keep you informed about recalls and other issues with the product.
Prior to using an older stroller for a new baby, it is wise to verify via the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CSPC) that is has not been involved in a recall. Just last week, Kolcraft’s Contour’s Options three-and-four-wheeled strollers were recalled due to fingertip amputations and laceration hazards. There have been other significant stroller recalls over the past several years, so before using a previously used stroller —whether gifted, purchased at a thrift store or simply one currently at home from a prior child — consult with the CPSC database to insure that the stroller was not involved in a recall. Many strollers that have been previously recalled can be returned to safe usage by installing the manufacturer’s free hardware replacement or modification kit…usually free of charge.
Be certain to share all safety and usage instructions with all caregivers of your baby.
The below stroller safety accessories will further help to insure that your new baby’s outdoor adventures are both safe and fun. They are all great baby safety items to have on your newborn checklist.
For evenings strolls or cloudy days, these safety reflector lights are highly effective for helping road traffic see you and your baby.
Summer is here, and with the warmer days and nights those pesky insects are looking for your infant’s sweet cheeks. Keep your baby safe from harmful insect bites and annoying buzzing bugs by covering your infant stroller with mosquito netting.
Your new baby’s delicate skin is very sensitive to harsh sunlight. Keep her safe from the sun’s rays with one of these protective sun canopies designed for use with strollers.
If you find that you need extra storage space a safe option is to purchase a stroller bag that is designed specifically not to tip over the stroller. We like the Hamster Stroller Bags. The dual pair of bags stabilize the stroller by providing weight on both sides of the stroller frame —preventing your baby from a dangerous tipping of the stroller. The bags are designed to be easily be removed from the stroller and toted with you as needed. Solid quality construction and tons of well designed and placed compartments. Hooray to no more backward tips!
Use these safe stroller tips in your outings and many memorable adventures will be had with your little one. Happy Strolling!