Pushchair photograph

Buying new

  • All new pushchairs should be safe - look for: BS 7409:1996 and the message ‘warning – a child’s safety is your responsibility’ which is usually on the frame or seat covering.
  • Make sure it is suitable for your needs - a baby cannot safely sit up until at least three months old and may outgrow a pushchair in a matter of months.

Buying secondhand

  • Since 1990 all pushchairs have been labelled ‘carelessness cause's fire’. If it doesn’t have this label it is too old to be used.
  • Check the parking brake works both forwards and backwards.
  • Look out for finger traps and sharp edges.
  • Make sure there are two locks to stop it from folding up.
  • A 5-point safety harness is needed to stop your baby from sliding out. Many old pushchairs only have 3-point harnesses.
  • Make sure the harness is not frayed or damaged, and the buckle is secure and easy to use.
  • Check it is stable in all directions.
  • Check the wheels for heavy wear.
  • Check for instructions or if you can get replacements from the manufacturer.