You’ve done your research and chosen the stroller or strollers–you’ll use to move out and about along with your bundle of joy. While loading baby up and rolling out is just one of parenthood’s simple pleasures, you can find a few solutions and stroller safety tips you could not have considered. That’s why we’re here! Use them and you’re going to be traveling in style–and safety–in virtually no time.
A Ride For Baby, Not a Hanger for Bags
Skim online articles, and you’re likely to see a bunch of”stroller hacks” and clips for using your baby stroller to carry all kinds of things. While almost all strollers are built with some element of under-the-seat storage for diaper bags and other necessities, stroller handles are not meant to serve as tote hangers. Think about this : If totes are just a bit too heavy, the stroller may trick backwards. That doesn’t mean you have to actually carry everything you pick on outings along with your child.
That’s because this particular piece of gear has a genius design that converts to accommodate one child or two and the storage basket actually extends 5 inches for extra room. It’s great for attracting baby’s favorite stuffed animal, a diaper bag and even something you might pick up on an excursion together.
If your just destinations are indoors, you probably wont worry about a stroller’s ability to shade or shield. But chances are you will use your chosen baby stroller to research outdoors. Some innovative strollers, like the Graco® TrailRider™ Jogger, come with UV50 protection built into the super-large, extendable canopy. It also features window flaps, side pockets and a visor.
Another great option for full-coverage could be that the Graco® Aire4™ Platinum Stroller, with its deluxe canopy. For extra protection, be sure to pack your baby-safe natural bug spray and sunscreen so you’ll be ready to enjoy nature.
Your Ray of Sunshine
During the hottest months or in really sunny weather, don’t let your stroller sit at sunlight for an extended period of time, that may heat the fabric and hardware. If you’re out soaking up the rays, just to be safe, give the stroller a quick feel before buckling baby in for your next adventure.
Age- & Stage-Appropriate
On the unfamiliar, all stroller seats look pretty much the same. Once your little one arrives, though, it’ll become clear that strollers have different positions that accommodate baby’s developmental stages. The Graco® Modes™ Click Connect™, for instance, includes 10 riding options that let you easily convert out of an infant car seat carrier to an infant stroller seat and finally into a toddler stroller.
As an infant carseat carrier, you can click on your compatible infant car seat into the frame for a lightweight way to get baby from point A to point B. As baby grows, you may use the reclining infant carriage, including body and head support. Once you’ve received a toddler in your hands, you’ll be able to switch out of the 5-point into the 3-point harness and use the forward-facing toddler seat. It’s like having three customizable strollers in one. Easy-peasy!
Load Up Safely
It may take a few times getting baby in and out from the stroller for you to feel 100% comfortable. You have this and you will be a pro right away! A few simple precautions to remember: Always use the wheel locks so your stroller stays in one place as you’re buckling baby in, find a flat surface (not a hill) to get baby settled into the stroller seat, and always use the included development-appropriate 3- or 5-point harness to secure your child.