Is your baby stroller safe?

In honor of September being Baby Safety Month, strollers are an important discussion point. Nowadays, since they come in all shapes and sizes, it may be difficult to figure out which ones are the safest. This means that you can't always go for the lightest and most portable. In addition, you should be cautious of hand-me-downs and thrift store selections. However, there is no reason to be worried - just make sure that whichever one you pick is considered safe by the latest criteria. To give yourself all the time you need, start looking during pregnancy.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that one of the most prominent concerns with strollers is the opening between the grab bar or tray and the seat bottom. This may be a big safety hazard if the opening is less than 8 inches. If a baby was not secured well into the stroller, he or she could slide down through the opening, trapping the head and neck. Since 1980, 30 deaths have been reported for this reason. In addition, many strollers that have this opening were recalled over the years, and current owners can order a free repair kit to increase the safety of their product.

Another common injury is losing fingertips.

The Nemours Foundation offers a list of what to look for in order to purchase a safe, baby stroller. For instance, do you think to check the restraining belt when you go shopping for one? The safest design is the "T" buckle. You should also check the product for any parts that could potentially pinch a child's fingers or even be a choking hazard.

The organization recommends that the brakes lock the back wheels without requiring the individual guiding the stroller to manually put pressure on them. Furthermore, you should be able to steer the stroller in a straight line even when pushing with one hand.

How did you pick a stroller? Did you consider safety when selecting it? Have you come across anything about strollers that our readers may benefit from? Leave your answers in the comments section!