How to use a pram safely

 

  • Make sure you always follow the user instructions provided with the pram.
  • Check and maintain the pram regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never leave a baby unattended in a pram. Always stay within hearing and seeing distance from a baby that is sleeping in a pram. A baby monitor is useful but you should never rely totally upon it.
  • Always use the brake when you stop the pram − even for a brief moment.
  • If the pram does not have a safety harness, stop using it as soon as the baby begins to learn how to move around, such as roll over or get on the knees. If using a pushchair unit or pushchair without a basket, always use the safety harness on the baby. In some models the harness can be put through holes in the bottom of the basket, allowing you to use the harness with the basket as well.
  • To avoid the risk of suffocation, make sure the baby cannot slide down too low in the pram, for example underneath the safety bar or inside the sleeping bag.
  • Avoid using thick blankets and pillows in the pram. They may increase the risk of suffocation if they cover the baby's face.
  • Use only accessories provided or recommended by the pram manufacturer. For example, a rain cover that is the wrong size or too dense may prevent sufficient ventilation in the pram.
  • Never leave the pram in a place where it may move or fall over due to reasons such as strong wind, uneven ground or brake failure. Also watch out for other dangers such as snow falling from a roof.
  • Always take weather conditions into consideration. Take particular care to make sure the baby is not too hot when the weather gets warmer. The temperature in the pram rises very quickly in a sunny spot such as next to a building, with items such as blankets and sleeping bags easily making the pram uncomfortably hot.