If you were to follow my baby and me through an average day, you’d see her spending a fair amount of time tucked into her car seat. The bucket-style seat is such a perfect carrier as I dash in and out of places. I take the car seat everywhere. It goes along on playdates for my older son. It hangs out at the playground at preschool. It gets clicked into my snap-and-go base as a stroller when I run errands.
But there is one place I NEVER use my car seat: in shopping carts.
You see images of car seats snapped into the front of grocery carts fairly often and it looks like it would be easy and convenient. Just click it on in and away you go! But I found with my son’s car seat almost five years ago that it didn’t really click and it was never secure in the cart. I stopped trying to fit it in and used my trusty Ergo to carry the baby on me instead. Then I read a news story about a cart tipping over with a baby in a car seat in the front. The image was more than I could handle. I’ve never put a car seat on the front of the shopping cart since then.
Putting babies in car seats in the front of shopping carts just isn’t safe. According to an article on Baby Center, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says over 20,000 babies per year are injured in shopping cart accidents.
To keep baby safe in a shopping cart, only put the car seat into the main section of the cart, not the seat. Or, use a stroller and carry a basket or stash items in the built-in basket below the stroller. Or use a carrier so your baby is snuggled up to you. Some grocery carts have infant seats attached. I’ve never used one of those but they’re probably a better bet than trying to balance the car seat. Just make sure to strap your baby in securely!
Let the car seat keep your baby safe in the place it’s designed to go – the car!
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