Prams and strollers
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.
Learn more about the prams and strollers safety standard.
Ensure your pram or stroller has a 5-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 out 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. Prams and strollers must have one or more parking devices that limit the movement of the pram or stroller.
Ensure you immediately apply the brakes 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 must 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.
When using these products, ensure you don’t:
- 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 child before adjusting or collapsing the pram or stroller. Hinges or mechanisms can easily trap small fingers or toes.