Think back to the last time you carried a baby’s car seat, if ever. How did you hold it? In the crook of your arm? With one hand like it was a bag of groceries? Chances are, whichever way you held it, you felt a strain somewhere on your body.
In a now viral video shared on Facebook, Emily Puente, a chiropractor at Bridge Family Chiropractic in Mansfield, Texas, demonstrates a much safer and easier way to carry an infant’s car seat.
Once you watch this video, you’ll wonder why you ever dealt with the undue strain on your body.
Thank you so much for watching and sharing our car seat video! You can visit our new blog to learn a new diaper changing technique. We will add health tips and information on a regular basis. Have a wonderful day! 😊http://www.bridgefamilychiro.com/blogDo you have a baby in a car seat? Would you like to know a way to carry them without hurting your back, shoulder or hips?Watch the video to see how! Let us know if you have any questions!*Update*It has been brought to my attention that one viewer experienced discomfort when attempting this maneuver. I am sorry to hear that and so I wanted to share that due to so many different makes and models of car seats, it is likely that this method won't work for all seats.This was merely an attempt to pass along a creative idea that was shared and works incredibly well for the majority of those who attempt it. I suggest being cleared by your medical professional prior to trying any new regimen if you would like to ensure you are fit to perform actions like the one shown here. We also wanted to share that while car seats are the ideal choice for safety while riding in a car, the top choice for a baby outside of a car would be to hold them or baby-wear instead. There are several resources online if you need suggestions or demonstrations on the proper way to baby-wear. Thank you so much for all of your support! I'm so glad to be able to share this message and provide benefit to so many of you!
Posted by Bridge Family Chiropractic on Friday, April 28, 2017
Puente states in the video, which she says was filmed “on a whim” with a patient’s child, who gave her permission, that someone else had taught her this unique technique. She describes it as “the greatest thing I’ve been shown.”
The chiropractor and mother of two explains that instead of grabbing the carrier at the top, you’ll want to loop your elbow through the handle towards the side. Then turn your wrist and grab the underside just below where the handle attaches to the seat.
When you pick up a car seat using the crook of your arm or even trying to awkwardly hold it with one arm you’re putting a huge amount of stress on your back, shoulder, and hip. This unconventional way of carrying a car seat takes the pressure off of those areas. It is not only much easier, but also much safer to pick up the seat using your legs instead of your back.
Puente notes that since not all carseats are built the same, this may not work for everyone and if you do feel uncomfortable when trying out this hack, it’s best to stop and ask a medical professional for advice.
After seeing the response to her car seat carrying hack, Puente shared another helpful trick for parents on her blog.