Chiropractor says you might be carrying your baby’s car seat the “wrong” way

chiropractor explains how to carry a baby car seat safely

A US chiropractor has posted a potentially back-saving public service announcement on Facebook – and it’s got parents across the globe rethinking how they tote those clunky, infant-filled, car seats.

Do you have a baby in a car seat? Would you like to know a way to carry them without hurting your back, shoulder or hips?Watch the video to see how! Let us know if you have any questions!*Update*It has been brought to my attention that one viewer experienced discomfort when attempting this maneuver. I am sorry to hear that and so I wanted to share that due to so many different makes and models of car seats, it is likely that this method won't work for all seats.This was merely an attempt to pass along a creative idea that was shared and works incredibly well for the majority of those who attempt it. I suggest 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. We also wanted to share that while car seats are the ideal choice for safety while riding in a car, the top choice for a baby outside of a car would be to hold them or baby-wear instead. There are several resources online if you need suggestions or demonstrations on the proper way to baby-wear. Thank you so much for all of your support! I'm so glad to be able to share this message and provide benefit to so many of you!

Posted by Bridge Family Chiropractic on Friday, 28 April 2017

How to carry a baby in a car seat

The clip, by Bridge Family Chiropractic, shows what seems to be a counter-intuitive method of looping your arm through the car seat/carrier handle and then planting your hand on the lower portion of the carrier’s body.

“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,” Dr Emily Puente says, as she demos this fresh approach.

We’re not gonna lie. It looks weird – and we can’t help but think it must feel weird too, but the theory is that it’s much more comfy – and easier on your spine –  than simply cradling the carrier in your elbow/arm.


“Do you have a baby in a car seat? Would you like to know a way to carry them without hurting your back, shoulder or hips? Watch the video to see how!” the clip is captioned.

If you watch it, you’ll see the awkward  approach we mean. Commenters on the post were keen to have their views on this possibly revolutionary carry method heard too, with many, many Facebook users nixing the idea:

“All that weight is now pressing down on one side of your body. Not to mention your baby basically tilted and behind you. It’s also not easier to carry like that in tight public places. I like the baby to be in front of me, visible at all times. But if it works for you, go for it,” one Facebooker said doubtfully.

“Yeah… except you really shouldn’t carry a baby in a car seat by the handle for a length of time, the handles have been known to fail,” another parent predicted gloomily.

“I actually tried this two days ago with my 2 month old and my back has been killing me ever since. Guess it can work for some but not all. I think I’m gonna stick to the old fashioned way of carrying it or putting it in the stroller,” a mum cautioned.

“It’s become a thing now!”

But others said this method was a no-brainer, with the right kind of car seat/carrier. Many had used this approach already and gave it a big thumbs-up.

“I’ve been carrying like this for all my kids! I am currently doing double with 5 month old twins. Carrying them both evens out the weight distribution and makes it even easier on my back. This is great,” one fan wrote.

“I’m a grandma and I figured this out with my first grandchild,” another said coolly.

“I learned to do this with my kids years ago… to keep the side of the carrier from hitting anywhere close to my c section scar… guess its become a thing now!” one mum confirmed, helpfully.

Have you ever carried your baby’s car seat like this? Was it comfy? Or awkward? Do tell!

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