Common Mistake: How Do You Really Carry Baby Car Seats?
Why complicate things when they can be so simple? Many people make a mistake when carrying baby car seats. What should you look out for?
Baby car seats, like the one Prince William is carrying here, aren't necessarily the most practical of inventions: When you carry them, you're always unintentionally banging them against your hips, which not only gives you bruises, but also makes the outside world think you're the clumsiest person alive. This might even be the case, but not everyone needs to know that! So what's the reason? Are infant car seats absolute failures, with the product designers all being childless? We can't say for sure, but one thing is for sure: we've been wearing the seats wrong all these years! On the following pages, a clever mom shows us how to do it right. Are you making the same mistake?
Instead of shoving the arm under the handle and balancing all the weight on the crook of the arm, where the infant seat swings dangerously back and forth (left), Dr. Emily Puente of Bridge Family Chiropractic in Mansfield, Texas, shows parents how it's done correctly: one hand secures the seat at the hip, with the weight evenly distributed over the forearm (right).
This relieves the shoulder, protects the hip and, in the long run, the knee. The expert shows you what the complete movement should look like in the video on the next page!
The video has garnered nearly a million and a half views on YouTube - but considering this ingenious trick, it's more than deserved, right? Not only is it gentle on your back, arms, and hips, it's also much more stylish - and you'll quickly notice that this way of carrying your baby is much less painful and exhausting!
We have one more tip: What mistake do parents make most often with the baby carriage? Find out on the next page.
It is Best Not to Cover Your Child in the Baby Carriage During the Warm Season
In winter, it is quite natural not to want to expose our little ones to the cold and therefore wrap them in blankets. This is a good thing. Unfortunately, many parents continue this habit during summer: to protect the child from the sun, we often cover the baby carriage or stroller with a blanket. A fatal mistake, says Dr. Svante Norgren from Stockholm to the Swedish magazine Svenska Dagbladet.
This creates high temperatures under the blanket, and the heat cannot escape, as in a thermos bottle. An experiment conducted by the newspaper proved it: In one hour, the temperature inside a covered baby carriage can reach 38 degrees. It's no wonder that many children suffer from heat stroke!
So what can you do to help your child in the heat? You can read about it on the next page.
Instead of Putting a Blanket Over the Baby Carriage, You Can Use the Following Tips to Keep Your Child from Sweating:
- Choose a light-colored stroller with a large, foldable "top."
- It shouldn't be too thick or have too many cushions.
- Attach a small battery-operated fan to the handle.