Children are at risk of a range or injuries in prams or strollers that don't have the minimal safety features required by the mandatory standard. Make sure you buy a stroller that meets the mandatory standard and use the safety features they come with.
Prams are designed to carry children in a fully reclined position. Strollers are designed to carry children in a seated upright position but can also be adjusted to a semi or fully reclined position.
Combination prams/strollers are normally used as a pram first, and then as a stroller when the child is ready, eliminating the need to buy both a pram and a stroller.
Children can suffer:
serious injuries if they fall from a stroller as a result of the harness not being used or adjusted properly
- cuts, pinching and crushing if they can access parts of the pram or stroller that may trap and/or injure their fingers
- serious injuries if the carer loses control of the pram or stroller and rolls into a hazardous situation
- Decide what your requirements are before purchasing. Consider whether you will need a convertible pram or stroller that fits in your car, and whether you require a lightweight and easy to use model.
- Make sure the pram or stroller is fitted with a five-point restraint harness (a crotch strap between the legs, straps that go over both shoulders and a waist belt).
- Check that all locking components are working properly, including wheel locks and recliner adjustment locks.
- Look for strong components which feel rigid and not rickety. The pram or stroller should be easy to steer with solid and durable wheel components.
- Learn how to correctly fold and use the pram or stroller at the time you buy it and make sure you have been given all instructions.
- Consider a pram that has a carry basket fitted that will not tip or rock the pram when loaded with items. The baskets are usually centrally located underneath the pram.
- Only buy a pram or stroller that meets the mandatory safety standard.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always use the safety features that must come with prams and strollers, such as the tether strap, brakes and harness.
- If the pram or stroller folds up for carrying make sure frame locks are working properly and check them regularly. This can prevent the pram or stroller collapsing and injuring or trapping the child. Remove the child from the pram or stroller before making any adjustments, as small fingers may become caught in the folding mechanism.
- Do not place a baby under six months old in a stroller until they are capable of sitting in an upright position.
- Avoid hanging shopping on handles, as this can cause prams and strollers to tip over.
- Avoid sleeping children in prams or strollers. Never have an unharnessed child asleep in a pram or stroller as they can move about and may be at risk of falling or entrapment. If they are asleep, maintain regular supervision.
- Do not use a pillow or cushion in the pram or stroller, because it may cause suffocation.