We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty sure we still have bruises and dents in our arms from lugging around the infant car seat when we had babies. Those suckers are heavy, and that’s before you even put a kid in one! How many times have you fantasized about just dragging it along on wheels to save your arms and back the discomfort of carrying it? Well, as it turns out, we’ve been doing it all wrong. Dr. Emily Puente of Bridge Family Chiropractic in Mansfield, Texas, shared a video on their Facebook page, showing this newfangled way carrying your infant around in their car seat, and we have to say, we’re equally parts impressed and annoyed that we didn’t think of this new baby hack sooner.
The video, which has been viewed more than 3 million times, shows Dr. Puente picking up the car seat and, rather than hooking her arm through the handle and letting it sit in the crook of her arm and against her hip, she slides her arm straight down, then twists her wrist and grips the bottom edge of the seat with her fingers. Says Dr. Puente, “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.” She says she learned the technique from someone else, and calls it “the greatest thing”.
In an update on the original video, Dr. Fuente notes that it’s likely that this method won’t work with all car seat makes and models, and suggests “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.”
It’s clear people had feeeelings about this new baby hack because the video has nearly 20,000 comments of parents expressing their mind =blown feelings about this. How many of us spent way too long hurting our backs and cursing the seat?!
Having carried a car seat around more times than we can count, we definitely think it’s worth a shot to try and see if this method works for you. With baby-wearing popularity growing more and more everyday, we know it’s not often you actually have to carry the car seat around. But, for the times you do, this parenting hack may just save your arm, hip, and back!
(Image: Facebook / Bridge Family Chiropractic)