It’s a little thing parents do every day without a second thought. But sometimes it takes a fright to drum into us that we should never do it again.
Lindsey Wisnewski is one mother whose close call gave her the shake-up she needed and the encouragement to warn others of the dangerous everyday habit that is putting babies at risk of serious injury.
The mum-of-two had placed her baby capsule on top of the shopping trolley and was strapping her preschooler into his car seat when a gust of wind caused the trolley to tip, sending the trolley and its contents crashing into her car and onto the footpath.
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Luckily Lindsey’s baby son was in a baby carrier rather than in the capsule when it fell, but it was an alarming reminder of how quickly accidents can happen.
“I was strapping my preschooler into his car seat and the wind slightly caught one wheel and the weight of the infant car seat pulled the whole thing down over the curb,” says Lindsey.
“Please, please, please parents do not put the carseat on the top part of the cart! Any carseat technician will tell you that it’s extremely unsafe.”
Lindsey says her ‘public service announcement‘ was posted without judgement, as she had done exactly this with both her boys.
“Up until about two years ago, I thought the seat was safe since it clicks into place. But the car seat in the picture was ‘locked’ into place,” warns the Ohio mum. “And sure, had my baby actually been in the seat, I wouldn’t have left it unattended. But accidents happen in the blink of an eye.”
According to a study in the American Journal of Pediatrics, more than 10,000 babies are injured each year while in their car seats but in non-car related accidents, Scary Mommy reports. Eighty per cent of those injuries are related to falls – 65 per cent of the infants fell out of their seat entirely, while another 15 per cent fell from an elevated surface like a shopping trolley or tabletop while strapped in.
The convenience of allowing a baby to be taken out of the car in while staying in the capsule has made rear-facing capsule restraints a popular choice for Australian parents.