Lugging around an infant carrier can be a pain — and painful. They’re cumbersome, awkward and, depending on the weight of your baby, heavy as hell. There are really only two ways we carry one: 1) Hold the carrier by the handle with one hand and use the other to cradle the seat, or whenever you need to open a door or car trunk. And, 2) Holding the handle in the crook of your arm like a picnic basket or a giant tote.
Whichever way you carry it, you have to admit it sucks. The strain on the arms, as you switch when one gets tired. Then there’s the hip pain, as you go back and forth to give one side a break. And over time, that will also affect your back, your shoulders, even your knees when you have to do that swing and switch (you know the one).
But, it turns out, there’s a much easier way to carry your baby’s car seat. And all it takes is the tiniest of adjustments.
Dr. Emily Puente of Bridge Family Chiropractic in Mansfield, Tex., took to Facebook where she shared a video showing just how simple a slight shift in hand placement will forever change hauling your car-seated baby around.
“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,” Puente says, before demonstrating the best thing every parent will want to try.
Instead of grabbing hold of the car seat with the handle, she slides her hand through the handle, then turns her hand so her palm is facing down so she can lift it from just under the handle. That’s right, because that little block thing there isn’t designed for the base in your car — it’s for your grateful hands!
“As soon as we switch to this, 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.”
Granted, this technique works on most car seats, but not all, unfortunately. But if it works with yours, you’ll be fighting to see who gets to try it first. Because not only does this take away the pain but also the overall frustration.