Are you wondering when to put baby in stroller without a car seat?
Majority of parents and experts agree that the best time is when your baby can sit up without support and hold their head up. This means probably from 3-6 months since this is when their neck muscles are strong enough to support the head.
However, the right time to transition remains a heated debate among many parents, which brings a lot of confusion.
We, therefore, prepared this article to help you determine the right time for your baby. We shall look at some of the things that determine your baby’s preparedness and the stroller that works best when transitioning.
How to know when baby can sit in a stroller without the car seat
As we earlier mentioned, you can tell your baby is ready to transition when they are able to support their neck and head on their own.
This is a clear indication that their neck muscles are strong enough to hold the head up without any problem.
If your baby is around 3 to 4 months, you can test this by holding the baby on your shoulder. If he is able to hold the head up without any support from you, then his neck muscles are strong although not strong enough.
By 6 months, the muscles should be strong enough to support the head upright all the time not just when sitting. At this point, you do not have to put the baby in a car seat when using a stroller because he can hold up without a problem.
Factors to consider when transitioning from using car seat in stroller
As we have seen above, around 3-4 months the baby’s muscles are strong. However, they may not hold the head upright for a long time compared to at 6 months.
Therefore, when transition your 3-4 months old baby from using a car seat in the stroller, you should ensure that;
1. You have a stroller that fully reclines
Since your baby cannot sit up or hold their head up, it is important to ensure that you have a reclining stroller.
A stroller that reclines fully can be used even before the baby is able to sit up. This is because it offers back and head support, and props up your baby so that he does not flop to the side.
2. Stroller with head support
Some strollers come with head support so that they can be used even before the baby can sit up. The head support helps to recline the baby slightly in the stroller so that they won’t strain their neck or back.
3. A stroller that can be used with a bassinet attachment
If you can attach a bassinet to your stroller, then you do not have to wait until the baby is 3-6 months to starting using the stroller with a car seat.
This method works perfectly especially if the stroller reclines allowing the baby to lie flat in the bassinet as you stroll. Moreover, some of these strollers can be switched easily from bassinet to stroller seat. So they can be used from when the baby is a newborn and through toddlerhood.
However, you should avoid strollers that do not recline such as umbrella and jogging strollers since they will not offer any support to your baby.
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Using a car seat in a stroller tends to be very convenient for you. You can easily move baby from stroller to car and vice versa. But there comes a time when baby no longer enjoys being confined in a car seat and may seem to prefer being in the stroller especially it is hot. So when is the right time to make the transition?
I believe there are no written rules regarding when to put baby in stroller without a car seat. Some people decide to wait until your baby can hold their head up or sit up while others opt to use a stroller that reclines fully or has head support.