Have you or one of your parenting pals ever received an injury from their wheeled pride and joy?
As parents we spend hours choosing the right pushchairs and strollers for our children, for the most part with safety at the forefronts of our minds. But we've all heard of injuries that little ones and their parents receive from their pushchairs.
Back in 2010 the British stroller giants Maclaren found themselves offering compensation to several parents after their exposed hinge mechanisms sadly injured and amputated the fingers of parents and babies (yes, we cringed too!). But never fear, we can rest assured that Maclaren totally redesigned their fold hinges and now they are as safe as houses.
In early 2015, a 7 month old little boy from Leeds was left with a black eye and trapped in the frame of his Mamas and Papas Swirl after it was bumped down two flights of stairs and buckled under the pressure.
Only the other week we heard of an incident where a mummy was walking her puppy in the park with pushchair and 9 month old in situ. Her puppy was attacked by another dog and in the incident the pushchair flipped over resulting in the poor little baby being facedown on the tarmac path. Luckily he was strapped in safely and securely and received nothing but a small shock.
Sadly, on average, one child dies from a pushchair or stroller related injury each year, so we're wanting our PX community to rally round and share the pram love and spread the word about safe pushchair etiquette. Heres our handy hints for using your pushchairs safely - some of them may seem obvious, but hey, we all make mistakes!
INSTRUCTIONS - don't be stubborn and give them a read. As much as you think you may know about the basics of your child's wheels, it is so important to know the nitty gritty information to make sure that you don't overload the pushchair, use the seats in a position that hasn't been safety assured.
SHOPPING - We all do it, we gather bags of goodies on our shopping trips and hang them from the handles of our pushchairs for convenience. This can cause a tipping hazard so please consult your instruction manual to see where your pushchair can safely carry extra baggage.
STRAP THEM IN - Just as you wouldn't travel in a car without a seatbelt, it's equally as important to strap our littles ones in when we are strolling around. No matter how short the journey, anything could happen and it just isn't worth the risk.
PUT THE BRAKE ON - some terrifying incidents have occurred of pushchairs rolling onto train tracks when the brakes have not been applied. Pushchairs can move metres in just a few seconds so always be sure to apply the brakes when you stop and, if you have one, use a safety wrist strap.
RECALLS - check that your pushchair has not had any manufacturers recalls made on it. This can be done by simply logging on to the manufacturer's web page or even giving their customer services a call.
We all make mistakes, and make the best choices for our children but when it comes to strollers it important to choose wisely according to our lifestyle and use wisely too!
Have you or your child ever been injured in a pushchair related incident? Get in touch and let us know.