When Can a Baby Sit in a Stroller?

when can a baby sit in a stroller?

Being a parent can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to making sure your little one is safe. One of the biggest safety questions parents face is when their baby can sit in a stroller.

In this article, we will explain when it will be safe for your little one to sit in a stroller without an infant car seat, and present some safety measures to protect your child from stroller-related injuries. Keep reading!

When Can a Baby Sit in a Stroller Without a Car Seat?

It is generally safe for babies to sit in a stroller without an infant car seat once they can support and control their head. This typically happens at around 4 months of age, although some babies may be able to do this earlier or later. Once your baby has strong neck muscles and can stay upright for a longer period of time, they can ride in a stroller safely.

Before that, you need to attach an infant car seat to the stroller. This helps keep your baby in the correct position while they’re riding and prevents them from moving into potentially dangerous positions which could cause suffocation or other health risks. Another option for young babies who don’t have complete head control is using a stroller that reclines fully.

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Safety Measures for Stroller Use

Whether your baby can sit on their own, or if they still need a car seat to ride a stroller, there are some important safety measures you should take to protect your little one:

  • Make sure you are using harness straps correctly according to instructions. Never use the stroller without securing your baby first. 
  • Place heavy items, like diaper bags and purses, only in the basket below – not on handlebars, so they don’t tip the stroller over. 
  • Always set brakes when parked and don’t forget to check the wheels & brakes often to make sure your stroller is still safe.
  • Make note of weight & age limits given by manufacturers before use.

By following these safety tips, you can ensure that your baby is safe while riding in a stroller!

We hope this article has been helpful and clear. With the right precautions, you can confidently let your little one enjoy rides and explore the world around them from the comfort of their own stroller!

For more information on baby safety, make sure you check Dr. Holly Choi’s Masterclass about Infant & Child CPR, Choking and Injury Prevention!

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