Mothers are familiar with their strollers and how to use them. They might know the essential things about the stroller yet there are many other items that may affect your stroller safety and as a parent, you should be aware of this.
Some of these items you should be familiar with, but some will not be so familiar. Continue reading and find out how to use your stroller and keep your baby safe at the same time.
The stroller will have an instruction book supplied with it. Before using the stroller, examine the instructions thoroughly.
Always read the instruction manual for your stroller.
Make sure you are familiar with attaching and detaching the stroller seat. There is an audible click whenever the seat or bassinet is attached securely on many strollers. The Bugaboo Cameleon is a good example of this. Releasing the seat normally involves pressing the buttons on either side of the seat and lifting off. However this can vary slightly between manufacturers. Read the instruction manual to find out the correct procedure for your stroller.
The handlebar on many strollers can be adjusted for height. To avoid hitting your feet on the crossbar, make sure the handle is extended to a proper length.
It is sometimes possible to reverse the handlebar and this allows the large wheels to be positioned in front. This characteristic is very helpful when you have to travel over rough ground.
Do not get in the habit of hanging things from the handle bar. Surplus weight on the handle bar could cause the stroller to become unstable. It is better to use the cargo basket on the stroller (normally located underneath the seat).
At all times ensure your child is secured firmly in the seat. Always buckle the 5 point security harness on the seat. Never allow your child to sit in the seat unsecured. If the stroller ever did fall over they would be protected by the frame if they are correctly strapped in.
Some strollers can be easily converted into two wheel mode whenever traveling over rough ground or terrain. Try and use this feature when the opportunity arises.
When the stroller is in the 2-wheel mode it can be pulled over soft surfaces like gravel or sand much easier than pushing it. It is much less likely to overturn.
Use the brakes whenever you have to let go of the handle bar. When you are on a hill, this will keep your stroller from rolling away from you. Try to park the stroller at an angle on a slope as it will also be less likely to roll.
Make sure that you use the sun shade. Protect your babies skin from UVA and UVB. The sunshade on most strollers is quite easy to use and will block out up to 70% of the sunlight.
It is vital that you on no account, ever leave your child unattended whenever using the stroller. For obvious reasons stay near to your child and your stroller.
Check your tires regularly. Look for cracks on the sides. Make sure the tires are firm. Inflate the tires (if necessary) to the correct pressure if they are soft. Only ever use a hand pump as a garage tire pump could simply over inflate the tires which would be harmful.
When you can hardly make a dent in the tyre with your thumb, you will have inflated the tire to the right pressure. Remember – not all tires can be inflated.
As you can see, all of the above is just common sense however it is all important for the safe use of your stroller.