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How Not To Use An Infant Car Seat

Unfortunately, I have encountered the misuse of infant car seats with parents (even friends and family!) many times. When I kindly let them know that how they are using their infant car seat is not safe for their baby, they usually just blow me off and do it anyway.

I’ve wanted to do this video for a long time but since the misuse of infant car seats has been in the news on social media lately, I figured this was the perfect opportunity.

I encourage you to watch the quick PSA above (if you haven’t already!). Yes, we had fun with it, but it is to ultimately bring awareness to a very serious subject.

Just as a reminder: An Infant car seat is NOT a bed, crib, high chair, bouncy seat, or shopping car seat. It was designed for use in a vehicle and hooked to a stroller that has adapters made specifically for that infant car seat brand (for limited amounts of time, of course!).

We also have an episode on How Not to Babywear!

Infant Car Seat Misuse
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Elise

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

The other thing about carseats "clicking" onto shopping carts is that it sometimes damages the clips and the seats then don't clip properly into the base anymore. The result is a seat that becomes a projectile with baby in it during an accident.

Cori

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

For grocery shopping you can always place them INSIDE the shopping cart. This doesn't work if you are getting a lot of things, but if you are just getting a few things it works great.

Jessi

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

Is this a joke? Do people really use it on a bike??

Kate

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

You ROCK, Hollie!!! What a great video:)

Emily

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

Options for the shopping trip rather than putting the car seat on top are: -leave baby home with a babysitter -use a stroller (best if you have an assistant to push the stroller or you're good at dragging the cart behind you.) -baby sling or carrier (I watched a mom trucking in her auto-wheelchair yesterday baby peeking out of a carrier.) -put the car seat in the basket of the cart and put food around baby. If you find yourself running out of room, did you know most stores will allow you to park a cart up front while you finish your shopping as long as you buy within an hour? With the seat in the basket, the cart is not likely to tip and the seat is not going to fall off (because the other danger is that carts aren't made to stay standing up with a big heavy thing on top like that, they're more likely to tilt.) The only negative is you don't want a baby spending a lot of time in a car seat (longer than an hour at a time or 3 hours in a day.) -use one of those shopping carts with a built in seat for baby (but take some disinfectant wipes, use the buckle, and it's alright to tuck a blanket over the buckle so they'll leave it alone and give them something else to hold.)

The stroller is actually the only recommended method by the AAP if I remember right.

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