Prams and strollers
Prams and strollers help you get out and about with your baby. However, if not used carefully, prams and strollers can roll-away or tip over, causing serious injuries. Think safety first with these helpful tips.
Choose a safe model
Only buy a pram or stroller if it meets the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 2088). All prams and strollers sold by businesses must meet this standard.
Look for the standards label and ask the retailer if unsure.
Ensure your pram or stroller has a five-point harness that goes around your baby’s waist, over each shoulder and between the legs. Always use the safety harness and fasten the baby in. Your baby can fall off unless securely strapped in.
Stop and brake
Check for at least one lockable parking brake and get an idea of how they work before you buy.
When you’re out and about, put the brakes on immediately when you stop moving, even if it’s for a short time. A wriggling baby can re-engage the wheels and your stroller may roll into a dangerous situation.
Use the tether strap
Your pram or stroller should have a tether strap supplied with it. Always loop the tether around your wrist. This will help you stop the pram or stroller from rolling away when the brake isn’t on.
- hang shopping bags on the handles as it may overload the pram or stroller and cause it to tip over
- carry extra children in or on the pram or stroller unless it is designed to do so
- Put extra things inside the capsule or on the seat
Adjust it safely
Remove your baby first before adjusting or collapsing the pram or stroller. Hinges or mechanisms can easily trap small fingers or toes.