How to Shop for a Stroller

Stroller Dos and Don’ts

More helpful tips to make the most of this baby essential:

Do be sure to get a stroller made for your child’s age and level of development.

Do read the manufacturer’s manual and test-drive your new stroller before putting your baby into it. Make sure you know how to work all of its components.

Do be careful when opening and folding up your stroller. Keep your child at a safe distance from it to prevent him from getting struck or pinched as you work the mechanism. Make sure that the stroller is locked in the open position before putting your child in.

Do strap your child into the stroller with the harness every time.

Do always set the brake before you let go of the handle and before you place your child in the stroller.

Do use the canopy to shield your child from sun and weather.

Don’t leave your child unattended in a stroller.

Don’t rely on stroller brakes or let go of the handle if the stroller is on an incline--even just a slight one.

Don’t hang bags on the handle, the weight could pull the stroller over backward with your child in it.

Don’t stroll near traffic or at dusk or after dark.

Don’t take your child in the stroller on an escalator or stairs.

Don’t run while pushing your stroller unless it is a jogging stroller. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until your child is at least six months old before jogging with him in a jogging stroller.