As expectant parents there is so many things to think about. High up the list is what pushchairs and prams to buy for your little one. This is a big decision – your child is going to spend a lot of time it their pram and it needs to suit your lifestyle too. Got a small car? Do you want to exercise with the pram? Do you need a tandem? So many things to think about so you shouldn’t rush to purchase as you need to think it all through and make sure you make the sensible and most importantly safe choice for your baby.
I've teamed up with nursery specialists Babythingz who are the experts in pram safety to produce this guide so you have everything you need to to ensure your precious bundle is always safe and secure
Standards to look out for
The first thing you need to check is that the pram has a stafety standard reference.
You can check this by spotting either the code BS 7409 or the mark BSEN 1888:2003 somewhere on the equipment, most often it can be found on a label placed around the frame or the seat covering.
These codes and marks show, whether new or used, that the pram complies with either British Standard/European Standard 1888: 2012 or British Standard/European Standard EN 1888:2003.
As part of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, it is now law that every upholstered pram and pushchair complies with stringent flammability requirements. This applies to new and second hand prams.
Make sure the pram has a permanent label with the words 'CARELESSNESS CAUSES FIRE'
Your legal rights
In addition to the safety standards and flammability requirements mentioned above, there are a number of statutory rights afforded to you, the customer.
Here’s some of the main legal rights for you to be aware of:
The level of safety
The fact that it should be free of all minor defects
Aspects to check
To make sure your pram or pushchair perfectly meets your requirements, work through this checklist and only make a purchase if all aspects have been ticked off:
If you follow all of the above tips and you should find your perfect pram which not only looks fab and fits with your lifestyle but is incredibly safe you’re your baby to travel in comfort and safety
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