Tips To Make Safety A Walk In The Park

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in {April, 2016} and has been updated for freshness and accuracy. 

Since walking more than 100 yards would be considered cruel and unusual punishment for most children, your stroller is your family's second workhorse (besides that sweet minivan). Trips to the park or the pumpkin patch can weigh parents down with gear. Strolls around the block can lead to distracting conversations with your neighbor about the latest season finale. All of these things can make stroller safety easily forgotten. Be sure to brush up with these tips:

Stroller SafetyAlways secure the baby by using the restraint straps.

  • Don't hang pocketbooks or shopping bags over the handles.
  • Use the locking device to prevent accidental folding.
  • Apply the brakes to limit rotation of the wheels when stroller is stationary.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a stroller
  • Always keep them within view.
  • When you fold or unfold the stroller, keep the baby's hands away from the areas that could pinch tiny fingers.
  • ​Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and utilize the specific features to block the leg openings when the stroller is in the fully reclined position.


Stroller SafetyCheck for adjustments that reduce the size of seat or leg openings to prevent your baby from falling out when seat back is reclined into the flat position.

  • Choose a carriage or stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • If your stroller has a shopping basket for carrying packages, it should be low on the back of the stroller or directly over the rear wheels.
  • If the seat adjusts to a reclining position, make sure the carriage or stroller doesn't tip backward when the child lies down.
  • Look for the JPMA Certification Seal.



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