Stroller seats

Toddler seats are a quick way to turn your jogger stroller into a two-seater, but are they safe?
 
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  • Updated:28 Apr 2005
 

02.What to look for + profiles

What to look for

We looked at just three toddler seats, but some other strollers also offer a toddler seat accessory. When shopping for a seat attachment for your stroller, here's what to look for. If possible, take your stroller and toddler into the shop and try fitting the seat.

  • The seat should be easy to attach and detach. Give the seat a tug in each direction to make sure it attaches securely to the stroller
  • Check that your toddler fits comfortably in the seat
  • The stroller will be heavier with two children on board, so make sure it's still stable and manoeuvrable
  • The five-point safety harness should be adjustable and fit securely to the seat. It should be easy for you, but not your child, to buckle and unbuckle
  • Make sure there are no sharp edges, detachable parts that could pose a choking hazard and gaps that could trap fingers or limbs
  • Neither child in the stroller should be able to reach any moving parts like wheels or brakes

Product profiles

Prices are recommended retail, advised by manufacturers in June/July 2005.

WORTH CONSIDERING

CHILDCARE Trio Toddler Seat 013702-002 $70

  • Fits CHILDCARE Trio-sport 013700 stroller.
  • Designed for child up to 15 kg, minimum six months old.
  • Some possible finger and limb traps, but low risk.

STEELCRAFT Swivelrite Deluxe Toddler Seat 36815 $100

  • Fits STEELCRAFT Swivelrite Deluxe stroller.
  • Designed for child up to 20 kg, minimum six months old.
  • Some possible finger and limb traps, but low risk.

NOT RECOMMENDED

PHIL & TEDS E3 Double Kit E3DK11 V2 $100

  • Fits PHIL & TEDS E3 V2 stroller.
  • Designed for child minimum six months old. In double configuration (as in picture at right), the extra seat is designed to take a child up to four years old (13 kg maximum) and total combined weight maximum of 35 kg. No maximum weight is stated for the sibling configuration.
  • In double configuration, the stroller can tip backwards if the rear seat is occupied when the front seat is empty.
  • Some possible finger and limb traps, especially in double configuration where the child in the rear seat could access moving wheels.
 

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