Grocery cart safety



For safer shopping with baby, follow these tips

For parents of infants, the everyday errand of grocery shopping is a juggling act. While many resort to balancing the baby carrier on the top part of their shopping carts, statistics reveal this maneuver is dangerous. Despite the appearance that some carriers are designed to fit on top of a shopping cart, this isn’t the case.

In fact, falls from shopping carts are the leading cause of head injuries in young children, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, accounting for tens of thousands of injuries annually.

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For safer shopping, follow these tips:

• Use a strap-on baby carrier instead

• Whenever possible, shop with a second adult or older child who can attend to the baby while you gather groceries.

• Make your local stores safer for children. Retailers are constantly seeking feedback from customers. The next time you are at the store, tell the manager you want carts with infant carrier docking stations like the ones at safestrap.com.

Even parents with the best intentions sometimes don’t always know about shopping cart dangers. By spreading the word to your friends and family with young children, you can make shopping a safer experience for everyone.

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‘New Moms’ is a monthly column dedicated to our readers in their earliest stages of motherhood.