Things You Must Know About Baby Prams & Strollers
The baby stroller or pram is one of the essential equipment you will have to own as a parent, especially if you like to take your infant with you anywhere while saving you from the hassle of carrying him at all times. High-quality prams and strollers comply with the Australian safety standard (AS/NZS 2088). They have all the critical safety features required, such as the five-point harness with waist, crotch, and shoulder straps, wheel locks, strong and sturdy wheels, and easily collapsible for transport, but lockable when in use. Apart from looking for a safe baby pram or stroller, you also need to know a few other things:
Using it safely
Certain accessories can make the baby stroller safer and more efficient for you and your infant. Insect and sun protection nets, the safety harness, and a safety tether strap make sense. Infants must be placed in a lying position instead of making them sit, as they have yet to develop head control. Save the upright stroller without adjustable backrests for babies over six months.
Brakes must always be on when near slopes or roads. Never hang heavy things on the handle as they could cause the baby pram to tip over. More importantly, never leave a stroller unattended when your child is inside.
The seat must fit the child safely and comfortably. The baby stroller itself must be at the right weight and height, so you can push and lift it comfortably and safely. Of course, it should have the right safety features.
You are likely to come across a three- or four-wheeler baby pram, and while there are no safety differences, certain parents believe that four-wheel strollers are safer as they prevent toppling or tipping over and unexpectedly rolling away. Regardless of your choice, make sure that the baby stroller has a wrist strap to prevent it from wandering away from you.