How can I keep my baby safe in the pram?
When you’re out with a baby in a pram the main thing is making sure your baby is strapped in. Get into the habit of strapping your baby into his buggy all the time because babies develop quickly and can learn to push themselves out, which could result in a very serious head injury.
What safety issues do I need to think of when buying a pram?
- Check that the label says it complies with British Standard BS 7409:1996 or European Standard EN 1888:2012 or BS EN 1888:2003. These labels are usually on the frame or seat covering
- Check the straps are all in good working order and go up over the baby’s shoulders as well as around their waist and down between their legs – they should be very securely strapped in! The 5-point harness is what you need
- The brakes need to work. Try it out before you buy it – especially if the pram is second-hand. Test it when the pram is loaded with bags on a hill (if you can!)
- Check carefully that there’s nowhere your baby or toddler can trap his fingers
- Check for any sharp edges
- Is the frame bent anywhere? This applies especially to second-hand prams.
You want a pram that’s stable, even when loaded up – test it out before you buy. It’s best to store shopping under the pram as shopping bags can cause the pram to tip, especially when you lift your baby out.