Chiropractor Mom’s Car Seat Carrying Hack Is a Total Game-Changer
When my son was about 2 months old, I went to my doctor complaining of intense nerve pain radiating from my right shoulder all the way down my arm.
“What arm do you use to carry your baby’s car seat?” she asked.
It was the right. Mystery solved.
Lugging around an infant seat is just one of those annoying things that come along with having kids—and it’s even worse when it’s your second kid, and you’re constantly on the go thanks to all the activities you’ve signed up for with your firstborn. Enter Dr. Emily Puente of Bridge Family Chiropractic, who has just revealed a pretty cool pain-free hack for carrying your car seat in a video posted to Facebook.
“Someone taught me this before, and it’s been the greatest thing that I’ve been shown,” she said of the technique, which involves turning the car seat around, looping your arm through the handle and then grabbing onto the base. “I will guarantee you that this is going to be easier for you to carry.”
Watch her demonstrate using a car seat with an actual—and pretty cute—baby inside:
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
The magic happens, Dr. Puente explains, because as opposed to putting undue strain on your upper back, shoulder, and hip, your body is able to distribute the weight of the carrier more evenly using her updated turn-loop-and-grab method.
“I never expected a response like this!” Dr. Puente told Parents.com, referencing the video’s nearly 20,000 comments and more than 50,000 shares. “I had my front office film this on a whim between patients without any preparation.”
Of course, the trick won’t work for all infant seats since there are so many different types on the market. But if you’re experiencing any type of pain from constantly hoisting and toting your kid’s carrier around, it’s definitely worth giving the method a try to see if it works with your model.
“I see a lot of moms at my practice with physical problems from carrying babies in general, whether it’s in car seats, babywearing, holding them, and especially from nursing,” Dr. Puente told us. “It’s hard work being a mom and it takes a toll on your body physically.”
She discovered the technique from another mom (the “best resources out there!”), she said. “I am not currently using it myself in my daily life but I will be when our next little one is here this fall!”