Other stroller safety features:
- Practical brakes: choose a stroller that has brakes that are easy to operate. Some strollers have brakes that lock two wheels, for safety purposes. Make sure the brake release lever is not easily accessible to your baby.
- A wide base: strollers that have wide bases are less likely to tip over.
- A single footrest: select a stroller equipped with a single footrest that extends across both sitting areas. Babies' small feet can get trapped between separate footrests.
To keep your baby safe in her stroller, you follow these steps to prevent stroller accidents:
- Stay close to your baby. Don't leave her unattended in her stroller. If you hang toys from a stroller bumper bar, make sure that the toys are securely fastened so as to avoid having them fall onto your baby’s face and avoid risk of suffocation.
- Always buckle your baby's harness and seat belt.
- Engage your stroller brakes whenever you stop the stroller.
- Resist the temptation to hang a bag from the stroller's handle bar, which can make the stroller easily tip over. If possible, place items in the stroller basket.
- Fold the stroller carefully. Keep your baby away from the stroller as you open and fold it, otherwise her small fingers may get caught in stroller hinges. Always make sure the stroller is locked open before you put your baby in it.
- During hot weather, you should not let your baby's stroller get exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. This can significantly heat up the plastic and metal pieces and they may actually burn your baby. If you do leave the stroller in the sun, check the stroller's surface temperature before placing your baby in the stroller.