Stroller mistakes

Stroller mistakes that every parent has to avoid

STROLLER MISTAKES THAT EVERY PARENT HAS TO AVOID

Did you know that there are stroller mistakes that parents do over and over again? We know you are probably excited to show the world to your baby. The stroller is going to take you and your baby places, make memories and have fun together. It’s where you, as a parent, can find the calm that’s been eluding you. It also makes your daily life feel less rushed and more balanced, as it is easier to go out with your little one and get your daily tasks done. For sure, it is an important tool you can’t skip.

Your stroller is going to be one of your most frequently used pieces of baby gear.  But you won’t believe how many babies are hurt in the stroller and carrier-related accidents. Strollers can be very dangerous if not used properly. Keep on reading to be able to learn more on how to avoid stroller mistakes and accidents.

DO YOU ASSUME YOUR CHILD IS SAFE IN HIS/HER STROLLER?

Most of the parents assume their child is safe when they strap him/her into a stroller. But did you know that in a study conducted by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital it was found that stroller mistakes are very common?

At least two children suffer a stroller or baby carrier-related injury every hour. And we are sorry to note that many of the injuries are quite serious.

Usually, children who get hurt in these types of accidents are under the age of 1. They may suffer a fall, or tip out of their supposedly-safe transport gear. 

baby in a stroller with his feet standing outside of the stroller

Before we go into further detail, here are some basic tips that will help you avoid stroller accidents

  • First, try to remember that you should always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and check for recalls.
  • Also, it is very important to not overload your stroller with other stuff. Next, never allow a little sibling to push.
  • And lastly, you have to make sure that travel systems with carriers are properly locked in.

What are some dangerous stroller mistakes you’re probably making?

DO NOT COVER THE STROLLER WITH A BLANKET DURING HOT WEATHER

We know how tempting it is for every parent to throw a light blanket or wrap overtop of the pram. Especially when the direct sun bears down. Yes, we know, you cover the opening of your baby’s stroller with a cloth cover to add a little shade and protect her skin from sunburn. All you want is for your child to be comfortable. However, this seemingly harmless step might actually be putting the baby at risk for dangerous heatstroke. 

Did you know that left in the heat, the temperature inside a stroller might go 72 degrees?

When covered in a thin cloth, it is able to reach 93 degrees within 30 minutes. After an hour in the sun, it can become nearly 100 degrees. You transform the stroller into a thermos. If the heat becomes a concern, it’s best, to simply move into the shade. Try to find some natural shade and avoid direct sunlight.

Covering your stroller will reduce air circulation and trap heat within. Which as mentioned before, creates dangerously high temperatures. They also block visibility which is essential for spotting signs of heat exhaustion.

Keep in mind that babies are more sensitive to heat than older children and adults. In addition to not covering your baby’s stroller with a blanket, it is worth reminding you not to leave the stroller out in the sun. As a result, different parts of the apparatus can overheat and might burn the baby.

Other stroller mistakes

  • Most of the parents fail to make sure the stroller is fully locked into its “open” position before strapping in their child.

It’s a very easy step to skip, especially when you’re in a rush. Focus on listening to that important click every time. Otherwise, the stroller might fold in–with your child in it.
Another stroller mistake parents usually make is that they forget to buckle up their child. Try to make sure your little one is properly strapped in. You never know when you could hit a bump that could cause a nasty tumble.

  • Parents fail to brake.

Don’t forget to put your foot on the brake when you take your hands off the stroller, even if you’re stopping for just a moment.
Next, new parents treat their baby’s stroller like a shopping cart. They often toss a shopping bag or purse around the handles. But did you know that the stroller is not designed to carry that extra weight? It might tip over. Go for strollers that have a basket or storage area under the stroller. And please, don’t forget to check the directions for weight limits before you stash items there.

How can you keep your little one protected from both the heat and sun’s rays?

You don’t have to stop getting out for some fresh air to be able to protect your child when it’s hot. Stay tuned to find some safer options.

  • It is very important to avoid using any type of cover over the stroller opening. As mentioned before, this will contribute to rising temperatures.
  • Try to choose a stroller that comes with a large canopy to provide shade, such as Metro, or Hop (for twins or children close in age).

METRO

Metro stroller comes with a huge removable canopy with a viewing window. You’ll be able to hit the ground rolling with a lightweight aluminum frame that folds compactly for ease of use and storage. 

It’s perfect for outdoor errands as you might need a sturdy stroller to maneuver along sidewalks. You might also want a stroller for quick trips or for use while traveling, and Metro would the best choice. Furthermore, it includes a rain cover and a removable cup holder.

 METRO stroller is a way to make your life easier and we think it can work for you.

Metro Umbrella Stroller

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HOP

If you have been blessed with twins or have 2 children who are close in age, a Hop stroller can help you cope with both your kids simultaneously.

HOP is a tandem umbrella stroller that really packs a punch, giving your youngest the comfortable and safe accommodations that they’d have had if they were in a single stroller. It will help parents to make exercise, errands, and daily life easier. Weighing in at only 21.5 lbs. it is lightweight, narrow, and easily collapsible for parents on the go.

Suitable for both twins and siblings that are close in age the small footprint and compact design make this the easiest way to get two children around period.

Hop double stroller

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More things to remember on how to protect your little one from stroller mistakes

  • Next, you can prop an umbrella through the top handlebars. It is going to add extra coverage. Otherwise, try to look for an umbrella attachment for your stroller.
  • Aim for light-colored strollers with limited padding. As we all know, dark-colored strollers can absorb more heat.
  • There exist safe sun habits that you need to follow. We recommend you to use SPF 30+ sunscreen for any outdoor time if your child is over six months old. On the other hand, if your baby is younger than six months, try to restrict walks to outside peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Heat exhaustion warning signs

As mentioned before, heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke if left untreated. Did you know that heat exhaustion and dehydration aren’t always obvious in babies and young kids? Try to keep these signs in mind:

• Your baby’s skin might feel clammy and cool.
• Your child might be experiencing extreme thirst, nausea or vomiting, and irritability.
• Pay attention if the baby is acting tired, lethargic, or weak.
• Focus on his/her breathing. Is it rapid, shallow breathing?
• Does his muscle cramps?

If your baby is suffering from heat exhaustion, try to quickly get him/her into a cool, air-conditioned environment. It is also important to give the child plenty of fluids. If the symptoms aren’t improving, call your child’s pediatrician immediately.

To sum it up

It turns out this common practice of throwing a thin blanket over the stroller, could be quite dangerous because it can trap the heat. So, how do you protect your baby from harmful rays when the stroller top doesn’t completely cover them? As mentioned before, try not to be out in the heat if you can help it. But, if you are out, then try to be in the shade. When you’re in a rush and need to be outside, don’t forget to also check on the baby every few minutes. If a baby is starting to flush, sweat profusely, or have changes in his or her breathing pattern you’ll have to move into air conditioning.

mother with her forward facing stroller

Why the way your baby faces in a stroller matters? 

Why the way your baby faces in a stroller matters

The way your baby faces in their stroller matters. Did you know that from birth to around nine months old, eye-contact is essential for your baby’s well-being? Forward facing strollers will give you a great opportunity to make lots of eye contact and to bond with your little one. It is worth noting that research suggests that when you push your baby facing you it can benefit their social and language development.  

 In this article we are going to explore some of the benefits of having  your baby face you in a stroller, as well as what the researches say. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, a parent-facing pushchair has some advantages over a forward-facing one. However, keep on reading to find out more on why a parent-facing stroller is better for your baby than a forward-facing model.

What does the researches say ABOUT THE WAY YOUR BABY FACES IN A STROLLER?

Dundee University’s School of Psychology  study notes that away-facing strollers can add to baby’s stress. This study examined 2,722 parents and children, and it was published by British charity National Literacy Trust. As we all know parents are less likely to interact with children in forward-facing strollers. Most importantly, it was found that children not facing the person pushing them were significantly less likely to talk, laugh and interact with their parents. The researchers called into question the designs of many of the world’s most popular baby strollers. 

Suzanne Zeedyk, who led the research and who is a developmental psychologist, noted that simply by turning the stroller around, parents’ rate of talking to their baby doubled. Furthermore, it’s data suggests that for many babies today, life in a stroller is emotionally impoverished and possibly stressful and it is true that stressed babies grow into anxious adults. The study found that 62 percent of all children observed traveled in forward-facing prams. For children between the ages of one and two, the figure was 86 percent. Dundee University’s study highlights the need for manufacturers to rethink the designs of strollers.

Baby facing forward in a stroller

Benefits of having your baby face you in a stroller

Your baby will be able to see your face, as well as see you talking to him. Seeing your familiar face comforts him emotionally and helps him feel safe.

1. IT IS GOOD FOR BABY’S DEVELOPMENT

Developmentally, your newborn baby needs and likes seeing his parents’ faces, especially during his first months. Did you know that your baby craves social exchanges with you? They also start learning the rules of social interaction and mastering their reactions on your facial expressions during their first few months of life. In a parent-facing baby stroller, it is easier for you to give your baby this kind of stimulation that he needs for development.

2. The baby is able to nap better

Different studies have found that babies were twice as likely to sleep when they were in a rear-facing stroller. Even though some attribute this to luck, we believe this happens because infants feel safer and more relaxed when looking at a familiar face so they more easily fall asleep.

3. It is easier for the parent to monitor his child

It is so much easier to keep an eye on your little one when he is facing you. With a simple glance down, as often as you want, you can make sure he’s comfortable. It’s impossible to forget to check on him. This way you can easily make sure his hat hasn’t fallen over his eyes, or the wind isn’t blowing in his face.

4. Parent-facing strollers give you peace of mind

For sure, to be able to see and know your baby is safe and comfortable allows you to relax and actually enjoy this time with your child.

5. It is easier to bond with your little one

A very important part of the bonding process with your baby is talking to them and making eye contact. As mentioned before, when babies face their parents in a stroller, then the parents are twice as likely to talk to them. As a result, the babies too, are more likely to interact with the parent by laughing or smiling. For sure, you won’t be discussing current news with your child, but saying their name and even talking to others in front of your baby helps him to familiarize himself with your voice.

Furthermore, having your baby right in front of you, you’re prone to make more eye contact, talk more and laugh more with your baby

And of course, you just get to see more of your adorable little one.  There’s no parent that doesn’t want to just stare at their baby. Having a baby is incredibly special and we are sure most mothers can relate when we say that you will spend lots of time simply gazing at your child. Later, he’ll be more interested in the outside world, so take advantage as much as you can to soak in those baby stares. This is an early tool for language development and maintaining which helps lay down the foundations for speech.

Finding the perfect stroller

We all know that as your baby grows, they will become more curious about the world around them. When your baby is sitting in a street-facing stroller, he/she can discover the world more easily than when he’s facing you. If you and your baby are looking at the same things, there’s also something you can do to help with developing your little one’s language skills. For example, you can try to name the things you are seeing.  

Due to the fact that there exists increased choice in the market, you don’t necessarily have to buy two strollers: a parent-facing one and a forward-facing model. Therefore, you don’t have to limit yourself to a stroller facing in just one direction. We recommend you to choose a pushchair that lets you easily switch between both positions depending on what you are doing and how your child feels. 

For sure, the first three months of your babies life, you will most likely, want to use your stroller with the carrycot or seat unit facing towards you. This will be giving you plenty of time to talk to your baby, make eye contact and keep an eye on them. You are always free to have the choice to try your stroller in the reverse position, giving your baby their first experience of the world around them.

Take a look at Metro Stroller

METRO can help you during all of your daily activities, you will be rolling with a lightweight aluminum frame that folds compactly for ease of use and storage. We are recommending this stroller because it offers a dual-position seat that allows your baby to face you or take on the world, while both front and rear suspension ensures a smooth ride.

It comes with removable seat units as it can be used rearward facing with your child looking towards you, then convert to forward facing when your child is older. Besides, Metro also allows parents to have the choice to either watch their baby or allow them to enjoy the same view as them while strolling.

Furthermore, the storage space under the seat has plenty of space for shopping, diapers and more. If you have a car, you might look for a stroller that can hold your baby’s car seat. The included (no need to buy anything additional) universal car seat adapter allows for use from birth with compatible infant car seats. It also comes with a removable cup holder, leatherette handle and extra large basket allow for a comfortable day out.

Metro Red Stroller for babies

TO SUM IT UP

We know a stroller is an expensive but necessary purchase. You now know that the way your baby faces in a stroller matters. Also, we learned all of the benefits of the parent-facing stroller. It provides plenty of stimulation and interest for your baby as they can see much more and look around them. On the other hand, toddler-age children almost certainly, prefer a stroller where they can see the world in front of them. The child needs to engage with his surroundings. The recommended age to move your child to a forward-facing stroller is not yet clear.  We believe this is something you may want to change gradually. That’s why this can easily be done with a stroller that is reversible and has both parent and forward-facing options.

Forward facing stroller

There is just so much to do all the time and it seems like the child is always needing something. Sometimes it may be very easy for a mom to feel like she is failing at everything (you’re not). There is no such thing as a mom who has it all together. Remember that it is not easy to cope with overloaded calendars and endless to-do lists so, no one is immune to mom burnout.  

We are proud to say that our Kinderwagon Metro baby stroller will help mothers to give themselves permission to slow down and just breathe, to take some time to appreciate all that’s around them and to go outdoors easily. 

Therefore, give it a try as this stroller provides all of the safety features your baby needs. 


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