Turns out, we have all been carrying baby car seats the completely wrong way
If you have ever lugged a baby car seat around and swore under your breath with back pain as you did so, keep on reading.
Because apparently, we have all been doing this completely and utterly the wrong way.
Just think about it; how do you carry it? Chances are like most of us, either just holding the handle with your straight arm – which is so heavy you can only do it for a very short time, or hooked over your arm like some sort of oversized picnic basket. Where it not only kills your arm very quickly – but also keep banging off your hip until you eventually switch sides from the pain.
Sounds about right?
Well, what if we told you there is a far easier way to carry your baby's car seat?
Prepare to have your mind blown. Because the other day, a Texas-based chiropractor, Dr Emily Puente of Bridge Family Chiropractic shared a video on Facebook demonstrating how you really should be lugging your infant around – no broken back needed:
I mean; just take a look at this and tell us your mind isn't blown?!
In the now-viral video, this is what Puente explains about the switch is grip:
“It’s not going to hurt your shoulder, it’s not going to hurt your hip, and you’re not going to have to use your knee to swing like I had to do with my two [kids]. Someone taught me this before, and it’s been the greatest thing.”
Demonstrating how to do it, Puente, rather than hooking her elbow through the handle of the car seat, slides her hand through the handle and down towards the base of the car seat, then twists her wrists and lifts it up from the bottom.
“As soon as we switch to this,” she explains, “it’s a completely different change in how I’m using my body, to be able to use and distribute this weight from this carrier to be able to carry it around.”
Needless the say, the video quickly went viral and has currently been viewed more than three million times. Keen to share their new insight, parents all over the world have also now shared the video over 52,000 times, tagging friends and colleagues and new parents left, right and centre so that everyone will know about this revelation.