This is a sponsored post for Baby Safety Month thanks to Chicco.
I am a huge advocate for Baby Safety and thanks to Chicco I am here to talk with you about baby safety in and out of the home. September is Baby Safety Month and that means I want to help all of those parents out there who struggle with keeping their children safe. You might just not know every way to help keep your child safe. I will openly admit that there were so many things I didn’t know before having my son, but over time I have prided myself for learning as much as I can about different forms of Baby Safety.
Child Safety Indoors and Out
I wanted to share this Inforgraphic with you even though today I will be focusing on safety while on foot. I know people tend to think about their child’s safety in the home as well as on the road, but fear that maybe people sometimes over look ways that they can help keep their children safe while out and about.
Chicco was kind enough to provide me with a Chicco BravoFor2 Stroller to help use in talking about child safety on the go.
Keeping Children Safe While on Foot
If you read the infographic above you will have found some great information, but I do want to add a few things. When it comes to hanging bags from the handles of the stroller, I would have to agree that in most instances you should not do this, but if you have a stroller that says it’s okay in the manual or has bag clips on the handles then it is safe to do. I have been noticing more strollers with this feature seeing as moms seem to prefer easy, fast access to their bags whenever possible.
When you have your child in the stroller it is always best to have them buckled into it. The buckles are installed on the strollers for a reason. When you buckle your child in you help keep them safe for a variety of different reasons. First and foremost they won’t fall from the stroller. It also prevents them from standing on the seat in the stroller which is a fall hazard as well as puts extra stress on the seat than it was tested for. Buckling them into the stroller also makes it that much more difficult for someone to attempt to abduct your child. They have one extra step in getting them into their grasp and it gives you extra time to keep them safe if a problem like that were to arise.
One thing I have heard a lot of parents say is that they do read the car seat manual cover to cover, but they never glance at their stroller manual. This is something that bothers me because you need to know the small details with your stroller just as much as the big one. For example, the BravoFor2 is rated for up to 40 pounds on the front seat as well as the rear seat/standing board. The riding board and rear seat is also rated for ages 2 1/2 and older which means a younger child wouldn’t be safe on the back. I can understand this because my 1 1/2 year old doesn’t have the focus to staying standing properly or sitting properly in that seat. His 2 1/2 year old cousin understands the seat, but not the riding board. These are some of the small things that you need to know about your stroller to ensure that you are keeping your children safe.
Part of me feels like I am drilling safety into you right now, but I feel like one can never be too safe. If you look at this picture you might just see two kids going for a ride in their stroller, but really this was a lesson. We were teaching my 3 1/2 year old niece how to properly stand on the foot board. Her instinct was to grab the push handle, but that isn’t how this stroller is made. We taught her where her handles were and explained to her why she needed to always be holding them when she is standing on the foot board. We want her safety to be the priority and we want her to understand that.
I am thankful that she is smart and understands these things. I personally wouldn’t let a child stand on the foot board until they understand what they need to do in order to ride on it safely.
What extra things do you do to keep your child safe while traveling on foot?
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