Strollers, Prams and Carriages
Strollers & Carriages
Deaths have resulted when infants were left to sleep in
strollers with the backrest reclined to the carriage position.
The infants moved (wriggled) feet first towards the front of the
stroller and, when their bodies passed through the opening
between the handrest (grab bar) and front edge of the seat, they
became trapped by the head and strangled.
If You Are Buying a Stroller or Carriage:
- If you choose a stroller that has a handrest (grab bar)
at the front of the seat, make sure the opening between grab bar
and seat can be closed when it is used in the reclined carriage
- If a stroller has a shopping basket for carrying
packages, it should be low on the back of the stroller and in
front of (or directly over) the rear wheels. Hanging pocketbooks
or shopping bags over handles may cause tipping.
- Check the seat belt to make sure it is strong and
durable, fits snugly around your child, and can be easily fastened and
unfastened. Use the seat belt each time you place the baby in the stroller.
- Make sure that the brake is convenient to operate and
actually locks the wheels. Brakes on two wheels provide an extra measure of
- Close the opening between handrest (grab bar) and
seat when using a stroller in the reclined carriage position.
- When folding or unfolding a stroller, keep your child
away from it. Children's fingers have been amputated in parts of the folding
- Always secure the seat belt.
- Never leave a child unattended in a stroller,
especially when the baby is asleep.
- A stroller is not a toy. Never allow children to use
one as a plaything.
- Never use a pillow, folded quilt, or blanket as a
mattress in a stroller or carriage.