Health Tip: Use a Safe Stroller
Make sure toys can't fall on your child
(HealthDay News) -- Before taking baby for a walk, make sure your stroller is safe and your baby is well protected.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these safety precautions:
Make sure any bumpers or toys are securely fastened so they don't fall on baby.
Make sure the stroller has a wide base to avoid tipping. Also ensure that brakes are easy to operate and lock on two wheels.
To avoid pinching little fingers, don't open or close the stroller when your child is standing nearby. Always lock the stroller in place before putting your child in it.
Look for a basket placed low and close to the wheels. Do not hang bags from the stroller handle.
Make sure the stroller has a harness and safety straps, and that your child is always buckled in.
Never leave a child unattended.
Make sure your child meets the height and weight requirements for the stroller.
Make sure side-by-side strollers have a one-piece footrest.