If you've ever carried a child in a car seat, I feel sorry for you. Bridge Family Chiropractic gets a lot of new moms in complaining about back pain. So many that Dr. Emily Puente of the clinic decided to share a secret with us — we've been holding baby carriers wrong the entire time.
If you've been holding it like this, then you're going to have a bad time.
Here's how Dr. Puente recommends you hold a carrier instead...
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 they aren't the top choice for a baby if you're able 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, April 28, 2017
“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],” Dr. Puente states. “Someone taught me this before, and it’s been the greatest thing.”
Instead of hooking her elbow, Dr. Puente slides her hand through the handle and then holds the bottom of the car seat with her hand.
“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."
The video has been viewed 3 million times and shared by over 52,000 people, so moms seem to be loving the advice. In an update, Dr. Puente writes that the position won't work for all car seats, and recommends consulting your doctor “prior to trying any new regimen if you would like to ensure you are fit to perform actions like the one shown here.”