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Baby Stroller Safety Is No Joke!

Aug 15, 2008
Which of you are struggling to find the best baby stroller to suit yours and your family's needs? Many people are at this very moment, judging by just how many people use the various search engines to look for the best deals on strollers on the web. Is it possible you're also expecting your first (or another!) baby in the near future and need to finish up shopping? Of course, if you're like everyone, hearing descriptions about single, twin, jogging, umbrella, etc. types probably makes your head spin. Everything is covered.

Safety should be your biggest concern when looking for a new stroller, bar none. Price should be a consideration, but only after you're quite sure that the baby stroller you've selected provides a safe environment for your baby. Your baby deserves the best, remember that! Many parents try to buy expensive strollers with lots of gadgets and features that aren't necessary, so remember not to try to use your stroller as a status symbol; look for safety and comfort, then worry about the price. The stroller is for your baby, not you, so choose accordingly. Let's discuss some of the safety and convenience features that your stroller should have before you should consider it for your baby:

A five point safety harness is a must for airline pilots and race car drivers for good reasons, so make sure that your baby's stroller has one of these as well. These harnesses have straps that pass between the legs, around the hips, and over the shoulders. It should be a must for any stroller that will hold a toddler or a baby that is old enough to sit up in his or her stroller.

You should also make sure that the locking mechanisms that are included on your baby's stroller are made of metal and are made out of good quality materials. I cannot stress this enough; a poor locking design can cause the stroller to collapse and injure your child. You don't want that, and neither do I!

Another safety feature your stroller should have is a simple design characteristic called "balance." You want to ensure that when your baby is in his or her stroller, the stroller doesn't feel too top heavy. If it is sufficiently top heavy, the stroller may topple over accidentally and injure your baby.

If you're using your stroller for a newborn, you need to make sure that it has a fully reclining seat so that your baby's neck is fully supported. Remember that infants do not have strong neck muscles, so make sure that he or she is not allowed to sit up until he or she is strong enough to do so. Don't force it with a poorly designed stroller.

I certainly hope that this has given you some insight on some safety features to consider when purchasing your baby stroller.
About the Author
Joe provides links to baby stroller system products at his website. Also included are links to baby travel system strollers .
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