I found a YouTube video of an infant falling from an infant seat and a Home Depot employee catching the baby. Watch the video, share this post around. Please stop this unsafe practice!
I see this all the time at Target, Wal-Mart and anywhere else with a shopping cart – the little baby infant car seat clipped to the front of the cart. Until tonight I thought it was safe and the normal thing to do.
Well now I know better.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) parents or caregivers should “not place an infant carrier on top of the shopping cart” (Shopping Cart Safety Article, Feb 2010).
The reasons are quite simple and make perfect now that I have read them through.
Not all shopping carts are made to safely hold all types of infant carriers. I can remember one experience with my Graco infant seat at Target when no matter what I did I could not get the seat to stay put in the front of the cart. Sure, I got it to make the “click” noise but then Lizzie was still somewhat loose and any wiggling scared me. There was another store where I could not get the seat to click at all in the front. So the safest option that works with all stores and seats – putting the infant carrier in the main part of the cart.
But then I have no room for the food.
And this is where my personal preference for baby carriers comes in play. After baby girl gets here in December I will still go to the store with all three and I know I will be wearing her in a carrier of some sort until she can sit, strong and unsupported, in the front seat of the cart or the little car attached to the front. This is what I did for David and it worked out so well. Not only was he happier being “held” by me but I had a lot more room in my cart and he was a million times safer in my carrier than in the germy cart.
I know that baby carriers are not for everyone though and that is fine. I just hope that the AAP article will help some people when they are deciding how to grocery shop with an infant. They have some wonderful tips for what you can do to make the shopping trips safer – and they include safety tips for older children as well.