Imagine this; you are in the prime of your life; you are, as the saying goes, “young, wild and free.” You cruise through life without an ounce of care in the world, and bam! You have a baby on the way.

DEFCON-1!

Once your baby comes along for the ride, all notions of risk and tomfoolery get thrown out of the window. It’s time to get rid of your ‘no time for caution’ mentality and buckle up for a long ride of safety, caution, patience, and responsibility. Do not get anxious, though; it is not something you cannot handle with a little bit of information and a possible prep level.

Your little one will soon become ready to step into the outside world and take a stroll along with their mommy or daddy. Ideally, you should have a completely functional and fully equipped stroller prepared to go when it comes to that point.

(For the best prams and strollers in New Zealand, visit: https://www.baccaniprams.co.nz/)

Modern strollers often come equipped with the best safety features. They are manufactured according to international safety standards and are compelled to follow many guidelines before being made available for purchase. It’s all good, yes. But regardless of the guarantees provided by the manufacturer, you, as a parent, have a part to play in this ordeal as well.

Let’s look at a few tips on how you can handle your stroller in the safest way possible:

  1. Check for Standard Requirements by the Manufacturer 

When you purchase your stroller, you are given assurance of the standard safety requirements from the manufacturer. These standard requirements include the locking mechanism in the wheels and the seats, a proper harness, belt and safety mechanism, and the required warning labels.

 

Read our locked-and-loaded-the-ultimate-pram-stroller-safety-guide to learn more about standard stroller safety requirements.

With that out of the way, here are some tips on what you can do from your end to ensure your baby’s safety:

  1. Keep Your Baby Close 

It has been scientifically proven that your baby is more comfortable when you are within their range of vision. It provides them with a psychological boost and has a calming effect. This goes both ways as well. For you as a parent, it is always better to have your baby within your sight to remain as calm and as comfortable as possible. It reduces the level of anxiety on your part, and you can obviously concentrate better with the rest of your work, knowing that your baby is safe and sound.

When handling your stroller, you must place one hand on it at all times. However, it is understandable that this is not always possible. But, whenever it becomes difficult, we recommend that you exercise enough caution to place yourself at a range where you can grab the stroller or your baby in case the need arises. It can be an emergency or just the simple act of consoling your baby when they burst out in tears. Regardless of the situation, however, keep your baby close.

Safety Tips To Handle Your Stroller

 

  1. Exercise Caution With Toys 

Giving your baby a small toy to keep them entertained is a great way to stimulate them and minimize the fuss. You may either use a small, vibrant toy or a noise-making toy to achieve this purpose.

However, you should exercise caution when handling toys because certain toys can cause a choking hazard depending on the baby’s age. Just keep on the safe side; avoid giving them any toys with removable parts or small enough to swallow.

 

  1. Double Check the Harness 

To ensure that your baby is safely tucked into the stroller, you should double-check that your baby’s safety harness is firmly fastened. Howsoever, if you are busy and are in a hurry, a pro tip we can give you is to listen to the click of the harness. If it clicks without an issue, you can rest assured that your baby is safely strapped in.

 

  1. Park Your Stroller Safely

Be cautious where you park and leave your stroller. Do not park it in any place that may cause potential harm to your baby.

Always ensure that it is parked on a flat surface and that the stroller wheels are correctly locked. However, even though the stroller wheels might be locked, we cannot rule out the chances of the stroller tipping over or sliding if it is left on sloped terrain. Avoid leaving your stroller on such a landscape at all costs!

Apart from this, always keep your baby attended when you are not on the move.

Safety Tips To Handle Your Stroller

  1. Do Not Leave the Stroller Under the Sun 

Don’t do it. Just don’t do it. As it is with rainy and windy conditions, prolonged periods under the sun can cause harm to your baby. We understand that you can’t keep moving all the time and that you need to catch a breather. However, find some shade to place your baby, even if the canopy is pulled out.

Especially during the warmer months, it is quite natural for you to head towards a park or a pool. When doing so, always use the canopy and keep your baby covered from the sun’s rays. And as we said earlier, avoid prolonged periods under the sun as it can heat the metal components of your stroller very quickly and hurt your baby’s sensitive skin.

  1. Do Not Leave Your Baby Overnight 

Do not let your little baby sleep in the stroller overnight. They might be comfortable in it, but it is unpredictable, and the chances of your baby suffocating in the stroller would increase if left unattended.

While strollers can be extremely comfortable for babies and can make for an excellent short-term bed for supervised naps, they are absolutely not meant for a whole night’s sleep. They are probably not as comfortable as an actual crib/cot or toddler bed, and there is also the risk of your baby falling out or the stroller tipping over from the baby shifting too much.

Always put the baby in a proper bed for a full night’s sleep.

There should be a warning sign on this fact on the label of your stroller.

Safety Tips To Handle Your Stroller

  1. Do Not Fold Your Stroller Near Your Baby

Your baby is curious, and it’s beautiful. However, their curiosity does come with some cons if left unattended. When your little one becomes curious and fiddle around the stroller, it may damage their fingers. Make sure that the stroller is folded securely and is kept far away from your baby. The more unreachable it is, the better.

  1. Place Your Bags Accordingly 

You have to make sure that you keep all the bags in the compartment designed explicitly for that purpose below the seat bottom. It is convenient to hang your purse or small bag around the handles of your stroller. However, do not do this as it increases tipping risk and creates an inconvenience in maneuverability. Keep them in the storage space provided below the stroller, and you can mitigate any risk associated with it.

  1. Maintain Your Stroller Regularly 

Wear and tear are as dangerous as they come. You always have to ensure that your stroller is in tip-top condition to guarantee your baby’s safety. Read our article on pram and stroller maintenance here.

Pro Tip: When the grip of your handle starts to wear off, the best thing that you can do at home is to use tennis racket grip tape to wrap around your handles when the material begins wearing off. The tape is made for people to have a good, comfortable grip, and it comes in a variety of colours.

  1. Pay Attention To Recalls

Return the stroller warranty card so that you will be duly notified in case of a recall. If you’re considering buying a used stroller, check that the stroller hasn’t been recalled.

In conclusion, the safety of your baby lies in the hand of two parties: yourself and the manufacturer. Purchasing the best stroller possible is vital and playing your part in ensuring your baby’s safety follows in a parallel motion right next to it.

Safety Tips To Handle Your Stroller

You can visit our website to purchase the highest quality strollers and prams in New Zealand. If you’re a reader from overseas, follow our blog and immerse yourself in previous articles we have published to learn all about making the proper purchase for your growing family.

With that note, let us bid your adieu. Do go through these instructions again, and do not shy away from doing a bit of additional research on your own. It’s the 21st century, and Google is your friend. To you and your bub, hope you are well. Good luck and stay safe!

 

The Ultimate Pram & Stroller Safety Guide

Like any other product in the consumer market, Strollers and Prams have developed and expanded through the years. These products have undergone profound structural, design, and engineering changes that have guaranteed a better consumer experience along with various technological advancements. New features installed in modern-day strollers cater to making your baby’s ride safer and more comfortable. In contrast, other features are specifically designed to meet the needs and improve the comfort of parents.

In the past, we have taken you through a comprehensive guide on how to choose the best prams and strollers for your little ones. Today, let us walk you through the specific safety features and security essentials that you should add to your checklist when purchasing the best stroller/pram imaginable.

  1. Safety Standard Label 

If you’re buying a new pram or stroller, the first thing is to check if it meets the mandatory New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2088. Look for the New Zealand Standards label, which should be mandatorily placed on the product. If you are unsure, please ask the retailer for the necessary proof of safety.

  1. Restraint System 

When purchasing a stroller, make sure to choose one with a sturdy safety belt and a crotch strap. These two accessories keep your baby or a toddler from slipping as well as sliding out of the stroller and risking severe injury. Mostly, the safety belt and crotch strap are made out of a thick nylon webbing. According to Australia/New Zealand safety standards and ASTM safety standards, a crotch strap is mandatory when a waist strap is used.

When checking up the buckles installed on the harness, make sure that you purchase a stroller with buckles that are convenient for you to operate but would be difficult for your baby’s tiny hands to unfasten. It is better if you can shop with your baby so that you can place them in the pram/stroller. This allows you to check if the seat belt is strong, durable, and fits around your child so that it doesn’t cause them any discomfort.

 

The Ultimate Pram & Stroller Safety Guide

In some strollers, the safety restraints are limited to waist and crotch straps. We do not recommend that you purchase a model of that caliber. However, you can be rest assured that most modern-day strollers in the market are equipped with an adjustable five-point harness that meets the required safety standards. A five-point harness, much like the safety harnesses found in car seats, have two straps going over the baby’s shoulders, two for the thighs, along with a crotch strap. This mechanism will quite effectively keep your baby from slipping, sliding out, or falling off. It mitigates their ability to climb out of the stroller whenever you need to divert your attention elsewhere. Apart from this, check if the straps are height-adjustable, ensuring a proper fit and if they too are anchored to the stroller securely.

  1. Brake System 

When testing your stroller out, pay a lot of attention to its parking brake and functionality. Its mechanism should be convenient for you to operate, and the brake should essentially lock two wheels. Having parking brakes operating through two wheels provides an added margin of security to your stroller.

The mechanism of a two-wheel parking brake may vary from product to product. Some brakes are activated with a single stroke by a bar that is installed in the rear of the stroller frame. In contrast, other brake systems require two actions, which need two foot-operated tabs that are installed above each rear wheel. Regardless of the applying mechanism, when the brakes are activated, the plastic cogs engage with the rear wheel’s sprockets and effectively bring the stroller to a halt.

In addition to the parking brakes, most strollers are equipped with hand-operated brakes similar to those installed on bicycles. If you use a jogging stroller, this mechanism comes in handy for you to quickly slow down when you’re cruising at a faster clip.

Remember! It’s all about your convenience. If the brake system hurts your foot when engaging and disengaging the mechanism, just avoid that product. Ideally, you should test it out using light shoes or bare feet. The same theory applies to the hand brakes. If it hurts, move on to the next. Simple as that!

  1. Wheels 

In current times, it’s almost hard to distinguish SUV wheels from those of their stroller counterparts. (A slight exaggeration, although you know what we mean) Equipped with larger and more rugged wheels, most modern-day strollers come cruising with an almost off-road appearance. However, this does provide a particular functional advantage; the larger the wheels, the easier it is to maneuver your stroller over rough surfaces, curbs, and other unfriendly terrains.

On the flip side of the coin, when you have larger wheels, this means more trunk space than you can afford when it comes to transporting your stroller in your vehicle. This may create an inconvenience based on your trunk capacity. Therefore, choose a stroller with wheels that suit your convenience in addition to its safety and functionality.

The Ultimate Pram & Stroller Safety Guide

Your stroller’s front wheels may or may not swivel based on the type of stroller you buy. Most modern strollers come equipped with two wheels that swivel, making steering a lot more convenient. There are two positions that such front wheel’s feature:

  1. Full Swivel – For smooth surfaces
  2. Forward Facing Lock – For rough terrain

The mark of a well-engineered stroller has wheels that are aligned uniformly with the ground even when a baby is inside.

Certain three-wheeled strollers, however, may have a front wheel that doesn’t swivel. We do not recommend such a purchase unless you’re ready for a whole lot of elbow grease.

  1. Leg Holes 

The leg holes are an essential safety mechanism that should function properly in your stroller. Since your newborn or toddler cannot fully control their movements, the stroller should have leg holes that close, which would not allow an infant to slip through it. Most manufacturers install a mesh, fabric shields, or a hinged and molded footrest that raises and clamp over the leg holes, increasing its security. According to industry standards, a stroller containing leg holes that cannot be closed should not recline fully. This is meant to prevent its use with your newborn.

  1. Canopy 

As a multipurpose weather protection unit, a canopy is a mandatory accessory that should come with your stroller. Regardless of glaring sunlight, heavy winds, or rainfall, a canopy functions as a protective unit for your baby, who is safely tucked in.

Canopies are available in a wide range. From a simple fabric strung between two wires to semi-automated pull-down versions that can shield the entire front of the stroller, canopies are available to meet your needs as you wish.

There are reversible canopies that have the ability to protect your baby from the sun and wind regardless of the direction. Some canopies come with a peek-a-boo feature, a transparent plastic shield on top so that you can keep an eye out on your baby during your stroll time.

Some Important Safety Tips For You:

If your child falls asleep inside the pram unless you’re in a position to observe them at all times, it’s best that you move them to a cot. It is dangerous to leave your baby unattended in a pram or stroller when they are asleep. Most babies tend to wriggle around, and this may increase the risk of the pram tripping over. A severe mishap could even result in suffocation or strangulation.

Top Tips on Pram Maintenance

Annually, several children are hospitalized due to pram or stroller-related injuries. The primary cause of this is the risk of your pram tipping over, due to your baby wriggling while asleep or when they are unattended. Therefore, make sure that you always act with caution and vigilance. As an added safety measure, do not add a large amount of weight to your stroller in the form of bags and shopping items.

Physical activity is an essential part of your child’s growth. As a parent, you should be mindful about dividing your baby’s time to receive a good amount of rest as well as a good amount of activity. Do not let your baby remain idle inside a pram for extended periods, as this may hinder their growth.

So, there we have it! These are our expert tips on identifying and maintaining proper safety standards and keeping your baby secure during their stroll and pram times. Have another read if you are not sure about something. Make sure to religiously go through the New Zealand Standards for Prams and Strollers before making your purchase.

You can check it out via: https://www.standards.govt.nz/shop/asnzs-20882013/

The Ultimate Pram & Stroller Safety Guide

Our vehicle, we are very particular about it, aren’t we? Well, think of your pram or stroller as a vehicle for your baby, and its care should come as second nature to you. Letting your car catch rust or allowing it to lose its lustrous exterior is a huge ‘no-no’, and the same goes for its interior. No one wants to go for a ride in a smelly car. A pram is where your child sleeps, eats, plays, and explores the world. To keep things fun, enjoyable, and comfortable for your baby, you have to ensure that their ‘residence’ remains clean, tidy, and devoid of unpleasant odours. Yes, this may seem like more work, but, as we always say, your baby’s needs are non-negotiable. To keep your pram in tip-top condition, there are several things that you can do regularly. These actions will help you and your baby so let us walk you through a few helpful tips.

Note: Regular maintenance would keep your pram in pristine condition while keeping its functionality intact. You don’t have to do an inch-by-inch clean-up every single time you take your pram out for maintenance. However, we recommend that you do a ‘deep clean’ at least twice a year.

Step 1: Refer to Your User Manual

Most prams and strollers are sold along with a user manual that provides a basic rundown of fundamental care. The user manual is usually equipped with a detailed breakdown of the parts and components of your pram. It also comes along with comprehensive instructions on removing the specific elements of your pram for cleaning and maintenance.

Step 2: Start with Your Accessories

Start with your fabric accessories. Generally, the fabric components of a pram or stroller can be machine washed without any hassle. Set your machine up to a ‘delicate’ or ‘wool’ setting. Don’t forget to ensure that the temperature does not exceed a temperature of 30°C.

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Use a mild detergent and fabric softener according to your preference. A good smelling pram is always a bonus. After washing, straighten the fabric out and leave it out to dry in the shade. Placing it under direct sunlight would result in the colour burning off in certain fabrics. Therefore, a shady surface is highly recommended.

For your plastic accessories, use warm and soapy water. After cleaning them thoroughly, rinse the parts and let them dry under the sun.

Step 3: Dust On – Dust Off

Your stroller is like your baby’s residence. Therefore, the accumulation of dirt, crumbs, and dust is inevitable. Use a vacuum cleaner to give your pram a thorough cleansing. You can also use a brush for this purpose. Suppose your vacuum cleaner or cleansing brush cannot reach the tiny particles hidden beneath certain nooks and crannies, especially beneath the joints and moving parts. In that case, you can use a soft toothbrush to clean them up.

It is advisable you pay special attention and care to clean out the following parts and accessories:

  • Belly bar sockets
  • The handlebar
  • Safety harness and buckle
  • Seats recline latch
  • Canopy connectors
  • Folding joints (collapse the frame when doing this)
  • Inside the wheel hubs (front & rear)
  • The area where the brake connects to the wheel
  • In and around all buttons

Step 4: Wipe! – Time To Get the Liquids Involved 

First, use a soft sponge or a cloth and soak it in warm water with a mild detergent. Use this to give your dusted pram a thorough cleansing. While doing so, you may encounter a couple of tricky spots that simply refuse to leave your pram alone. Let’s see what can be done about those:

  1. Mould 

    – The best natural substance to remove mould is clove oil. Add the clove oil (about a regular bottle cap) to a spray bottle, add 2 tablespoons of salt and fill it with warm water. Spray the solution directly onto the mould. Then give it a thorough scrubbing, which would loosen up the mould spores. Leave this for around 1 hour and use a cloth and a bucket to wet the surface again and wipe it off. This will ensure that you completely wipe off all traces of the fungus.

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Note: Clove oil can leave a residual brown streak on fabrics and may cause allergic reactions in some people. You may use a solution of white vinegar and water mixed at 3:2 respectively, as an alternative.

  1. Stubborn Stains – 

    For tough stains, use a solution of white vinegar and water mixed at a 1:1 ratio. You can also use vinegar with bicarb. As we did with the mould, use a spray bottle, directly spray it onto the stain, and leave it for a few minutes. Afterwards, use a cloth to wipe it down and rinse the spot well with clean water.

Note: Using vinegar will cause some damage to the colour, depending on the fabric. Use it at your own discretion.

Step 5: Cleaning the Wheels

Before you start cleaning your wheels, you should remove them. Please do refer to the user manual for instructions on how to remove your wheels. Use the same cleaning solution of a mild detergent and warm water and spray it directly onto the wheels. Use a hard brush and give them a good scrub to remove all dirt and build-up. Make sure that the elusive dirt around the wheel hub receives your undivided attention as well.

Step 7: Lubricate Joints & Moving Parts

It is essential that you quickly inspect the moving parts in the pram and ensure that they are in perfect working condition. These parts are:

  • Locking Devices
  • Harness
  • Catches
  • Joints
  • Brakes
  • Fixtures

Upon inspection, if you feel like any of the devices are difficult to operate, remain stiff/immovable or create a squeaking noise due to friction, it is due to a lack of lubrication.

To lubricate these parts, use a sprayable silicone lubricant. Ensure that the lubricant is applied evenly through every single part, including areas that remain elusive or difficult to access. Excessive lubrication may increase the build-up of dirt. Therefore, you should only use the necessary amount.

Step 8 – Final Touch-ups

Once your pram is air-dried, you can do some paint touch-ups to improve its appearance. For example, in a pram with a black or darker coloured frame, scratch marks and other signs of damage are more visible to the naked eye. Therefore, you can use some paint and spray over the frame to keep the pram in pristine condition.

Prevention Is Better Than the Cure

  1. Rust, Mould & Mildew

Regularly tending to rust and mould build-up in your pram can be a gruelling task. To ensure that your hassle remains minimum, you should take some preventive measures.

Top Tips on Pram Maintenance

Suppose your pram is exposed to wet or damp conditions. In that case, you should leave it fully opened in a ventilated, warm environment to air dry and prevent the build-up of rust and mould. If your pram got really wet, you could use a soft lint-free cloth to wipe it up before leaving it to dry. With the fabrics, you can detach the soaked parts from the pram and put them in the dryer. If you do not take these preventive measures, rust, mould, and mildew build-up is inevitable.

  1. Structural Damage

Refrain from leaving your pram inside your car on days where the weather sides with extreme heat. Similarly, do not leave it near any heat source or fire. When storing the stroller, do so in a safe, dry and well-ventilated place while ensuring that you do not place heavy items on top of it. To avoid the colour burning out and fading, be mindful of leaving the pram under direct sunlight for extended periods.

  1. Spare Parts

When replacing dysfunctional or broken parts of your pram, make sure to purchase spare parts that comply with the latest safety standard – AS/NZS 2088:2013.

Well, that’s about all the tips we can offer! Once you buy a pram, maintenance comes along with it. To ensure that your pram serves its entire period of durability, you have a role to play in it as well. It is your job being the parent to ensure that your child is comfortable and safe at all times. Follow our instructions to a ‘t’, and you will be fine! Whenever you need more help or guidance, do a little bit more research online, and you’ll be good to go!

We hope you found this information useful. If you have any difficulty following the given instructions, then please get in touch with your manufacturer. They will be happy to help. Until next time then! Happy parenting!

how to choose a pram

While Stepping into the world of parenting is an exciting affair, learn how to choose the perfect pram is tough. Your life would completely turn around in the blink of an eye when your little one arrives.

While engaging in your parental duties, a stroller serves as an essential item in your parenting kit. Grocery shopping, walks around the neighborhood, or your daily morning jog, would now be adjusted to suit your baby’s comfort and needs. Yes, this feels like a daunting task, but have no worries because the tips below will guide you in the process of picking out the perfect stroller to suit your needs.

You can simply resort to carrying your bundle of joy in your hands, but there will be times where you need to keep your own hands free to go about with your tasks. To accommodate your needs as an individual and as a parent, there is no better solution than having a perfectly engineered stroller at your disposal.

When selecting a pram for your child, you should consider your current lifestyle and requirements. These needs shall change over time. When your newborn grows through infanthood into becoming an energetic toddler, they may no longer need to sit still in a pram more suited to an infant’s needs. Therefore, it is recommended that you take your baby’s changing pattern into account when choosing a stroller that would suit your current lifestyle as a parent.

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What is the difference between Prams and Strollers?

The answer is simple, and knowing it is the first step in deciding your baby’s first set of wheels.

Baby Stroller – Technically, a ‘stroller’ refers to a model which has an upright seat.

Baby Pram – A baby pram is a model that contains a bassinet (a flat sleeping surface).

However, one should note that in modern usage, the terms ‘stroller’ and ‘pram’ are used interchangeably and can refer to the same product.

Baccani New Zealand produces models that allow both positions, as versatility is a feature that the company takes great pride in. Baccani products are the best in New Zealand. They serve the function of a pram and stroller with maximum cohesion and continuity.

Choosing the Perfect Stroller

Since a pram or a stroller is one of the most vital tools in your parenting arsenal, the importance of choosing the right tool for the job remains a non-negotiable task. Without the proper choice, you would stress out and create several inconvenient situations in your day-to-day life as a parent.

Therefore, get ready to delve into an expert guide on the process of picking out the perfect stroller that would fit your specific needs and lifestyles.

The best stroller will be one that:

  • Has a seat that facilitates your needs and fits your child comfortably and safely.
  • Is built with the right height and weight for you to maneuver it easily.
  • Contains all the proper safety features.

Different Types of Strollers

  1. Jogger Stroller/Pram – Aimed for parents who frequently engage in jogging/exercise.
  2. Layback Stroller/Pram – Lightweight stroller where a baby can lie down or sit up.
  3. Convertible Stroller/Pram – Supports a wide range of seating positions. Adapts according to the parent’s needs.
  4. Car Seat Stroller/Pram – Used primarily as an infant’s car seat.
  5. Twin Stroller/Pram – For parents with twins and have more than one toddler.

Twin Strollers

There are three different types of this pram.

  1. Side by Side Twin Stroller/Pram – There are two seats next to each other
  2. Tandem Twin Stroller/Pram – This seats one baby in front of the other
  3. Single Seat Twin Stroller/Pram with Additional Seat – This comes with an extra detachable seat which can be used later on if needed.

Essential Features to look for:

Suitability for a Newborn

  • A pram should be suitable to tuck in your little one from birth until they weigh around 15kg as a toddler.
  • Look for strollers that come with a bassinet attachment which could be swapped out for a seat to accommodate your baby as they grow up.
  • Certain prams are also equipped with reclining seats that can lay flat to safely carry your baby, along with the capability of adjusting over time.

(These strollers with the ability to lie flat are generally more suited and produced for babies over 6 months)

Suitable Size

  • You should test out your pram by folding and unfolding it to check if you can carry it around comfortably in a folded state.
  • Be sure to purchase your stroller at a store that provides you with the ability to test out the products before finalizing your purchase.
  • Check and make sure it fits your vehicle and seats without removing the wheels of the stroller.

Wheels 

  • For maneuverability, swiveling front wheels are ideal.
  • It is also useful to have front wheels that can be locked in to suit higher speeds or when maneuvering your stroller through rough terrain.
  • The larger airless wheels tend to provide better performance on curbs and stairs than inflatable tires.
  • The puncture-proof airless tires with all-wheel suspension shall ensure the smoothest ride imaginable.
  • Before purchasing your stroller, give a hard tug at the wheels and check if their condition meets your needs.

 

Brakes

  • Never settle for a product that does not guarantee their brake safety.
  • You, as the customer, are entitled to get an idea of how well the brake locks work. You can check this on a stroller by applying the brakes while trying to push the handle.
  • Take note if the brakes are linked and can be toggled via your foot. If so, you do not need to bend down every time you want to turn the brake on.

 

Straps & Harness 

  • A good tug will make sure they are secure. Check whether the straps installed on the stroller are easily adjustable.
  • Ideally, these straps should be padded to increase comfort and minimize the risk of injury.
  • Observe and ensure that the seat does not come away from the frame when tugged at.

 

Travel Systems

  • The best strollers and prams in the market are compatible with car seat capsules.
  • If made properly, you can discreetly clip them into the stroller using the proper adaptors without disturbing your baby’s sleep when shifting between the car, the pram, and back again.
  • It is not advisable to leave a baby asleep for a very long time in a car seat. Therefore, please be mindful about the time your baby spends secured to the seat.

 

Folding Mechanism

  • A stroller needs to have a simplified system for the user to fold and unfold it.
  • This folding and unlocking mechanism should be simple yet inaccessible to the baby.
  • Check how much time it takes to fold the pram up. Check if you can do it smoothly. Some prams are incredibly complex and challenging to fold up and reassemble.
  • The best strollers in New Zealand markets are specifically engineered to mitigate any safety issues that may arise when folding. Thereby removing the threat of the stroller collapsing on your baby or damaging your fingers.

 

Other features to look for:

  • Canopy – A stroller must be equipped with a canopy that is ideally waterproof.
  • A Rain Cover – To protect your child from rainy weather
  • Storage – It helps carry things like nappies, baby food, clothes, blankets, and your bags as well. (Check the size and weight limit)
  • Adjustable Height Handles – They come in handy for shorter and taller parents alike.

 

What is the safest stroller option to buy?

In theory, a three-wheeled stroller and a four-wheeled stroller should not have any safety difference. However, a poll conducted by choice.com showed that parents prefer four-wheeled prams and strollers above three-wheelers. This was in terms of safety, as three-wheelers report problems such as tipping, toppling, or rolling away unexpectedly.

It is now mandatory that a stroller must contain a wrist strap that ensures that the stroller would never get away from you. For example, all prams and strollers produced by Baccani New Zealand are four-wheelers. Their products ensure your baby’s safety while incorporating even the most minute safety measures into the stroller design.

How do you choose the stroller that best suits your needs? 

Your stroller choice shall depend on your lifestyle and different scenarios. Here are some valuable tips for you:

 

  1. For shopping, you would require an easily maneuverable stroller. The stroller should not be too bulky or too wide. Having a decent-sized basket is a plus!
  2.  Are you a frequent public transport user? Then your stroller/pram should be light and easily foldable.
  3. If you frequently engage in jogging and walking, larger and puncture-proof wheels are required.
  4. Similarly to traveling on rough terrain, parks, and uneven surfaces, your stroller/pram should contain wheels that are large and resilient.
  5. Suppose you have two kids and walk frequently. In that case, it is advisable getting a reliable twin stroller that would accommodate your needs over a single stroller.