Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Top 3 Safety Features on the Best Strollers of 2017

Choosing the right baby stroller is a lot like buying a car. It can be a long, difficult, and confusing process. There are so many options to choose from, each available in different models and price ranges. Furthermore, it is quite hard to tell which features really matter. Unfortunately, making the wrong choice means that you will be stuck with a bad stroller that costs much more than it is worth.
That said, most strollers will get the job done. Finding the “best” simply means finding the best option for you.  Everyone has different needs, which will mean looking for strollers with different sets of features. For example, someone who lives in a fifth-floor apartment will need something different from someone living in suburbia. Parental Guide’s 2017 Best stroller list could help you make the right choice.
However, there are some common features that should cut across the board. The top three safety features to look out for include:
1. Restraint System
When choosing a new stroller, the first thing to look out for is its restraint system. This safety feature keeps a baby or toddler from slipping out of the stroller. Therefore, get a stroller that has a sturdy, well-built crotch strap and safety belt. Most of these systems are made from a thick nylon webbing.
It is also important to keep in mind that some strollers feature a crotch strap that can be bypassed. However, this should not be the case. Industry safety standards require that the crotch strap should always be mandatory whenever the waist strap is in use.
Also, look for harness buckles that are strong and durable. They should be easy for you to operate but much harder for little hands to unfasten. The straps should be securely anchored and adjustable to ensure a proper fit.
More importantly, any restraint system should be a snug fit around your child. To this end, most strollers come with an easy-to-adjust, five-point harness that goes over the shoulders, thighs, and crotch. This kind of system effectively keeps your child from slipping or falling out if the stroller falls over.
2. Brakes
A good parking brake is a must-have feature for any stroller that you want to buy. This means that the brakes are easy to operate and convenient. They should also be able to lock two wheels because this will guarantee you an extra safety margin. Most two-wheel parking brakes can be activated in a single stroke by a bar that is built into the rear of the stroller’s frame.
However, others brakes have tabs above each rear wheel which can be operated by foot. The latter parking brakes require two actions to engage. In this case, try to avoid stroller models that can hurt your feet when you operate these brakes in lightweight shoes or bare feet.
3. Canopy
This is another non-negotiable feature that you should always look out for. Canopies are the best way to protect your child from the sun or adverse weather conditions. You can either check for simple canopies, where a simple piece of fabric is strung up between two wires; or the more sophisticated pull-down options that can cover most of the stroller.

Reversible canopies can protect your child against the elements from all sides. Others also have a clear plastic window at the top. This nifty little addition can help you keep an eye on your child as you go about your daily stroll.


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The strollers are made so much more modern now then when my children were young. I do like the Restraint System and that is so important.
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