10 Common Yet Unsafe Things That Parents Should Stop Doing. Parents Please Pay Attention For Your Child’s Safety

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Parents, please pay attention. In the interest of your child’s safety, there are certain common practices that you should be aware of which could potentially be harmful to your little one. Just because a lot of parents are still doing it around you does not make it is safe or right.

There is a good chance that you may be guilty of doing one of these things. I know I am. I’m just glad that nothing unfortunate happened to my child.

So to keep your child from having some unfortunate serious injuries or health problems, we thought that it was important to share this list of things that parents should not be doing to their child.

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This list was put together just to inform parents who may not be aware that what they are doing may not be safe for their child. As one appreciative parent said:

I’m glad I came across your article. Now that I’m aware, I certainly would not be doing some of these and risking my child’s life. Thank you.

Sometimes, parents may also make bad decisions just to save time or because making the extra effort appears to be inconvenient. However, doing so may come at the expense of a child’s safety.

Below is the list of 10 common yet unsafe things that parents should stop doing:

1. Putting car seats on top of shopping carts. Shopping carts are not made to hold an infant car seat safely. Car seat manufacturers warn against putting them on top of shopping carts. Source: mom.me

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Surely, it’s convenient. However, is it safe? It definitely is NOT. The unfortunate reality is that accidents involving car seats on shopping carts really do happen.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), shopping carts are the leading cause of head injuries in young children – surpassing injuries from high chairs, strollers, changing tables, baby gates and other equipment. The CPSC estimates that about 16,000 children under the age of five fall out of shopping carts each year and nearly 1,000 of those injuries involve falling infant carriers. Source: GreenChildMagazine.com

Baby car seats are NOT designed to be secured on top of shopping carts.

Furthermore, shopping carts can tip over easily — and they’re more likely to if there’s a car seat mounted on them. See 6 Top Reasons “Car Seat On The Shopping Cart” Is A BAD Idea for details.

You would think that parents would take extra care to never leave their kids all alone, especially babies in the car. Unfortunately, in spite of numerous tragic stories that we hear in the news, parents still do this:

2. Leaving kids in the car. We’ve all heard the tragic news stories of babies dying from heat because they were left in a hot car. But heat is not the only danger. No matter their age, children should not be left unattended in a vehicle. Source: mom.me

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How could someone forget a child in a car? To forget a child in a hot car is preventable. Yet, every year, we always read or hear about heartbreaking and tragic stories of babies and toddlers who died as a result of their parents forgetting them in their cars.

In fact, heat stroke deaths of children forgotten in the car number to around 30 to 50 a year, or 38 a year on average, according to KidsAndCars.org, a nonprofit safety organization.

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13 thoughts on “10 Common Yet Unsafe Things That Parents Should Stop Doing. Parents Please Pay Attention For Your Child’s Safety

  1. I have only done one of thes ed things on the list. That being the car seat on top of the shopping cart. My car seat however fits perfectly and latches onto the metal of the shopping cart like it does to the base that it is designed to go in, in the car. I can pull on it and it won’t go anywhere. I have have never had any problems/accidents doing this. I would agree that it can be dangerous if your car seat does not fit securely.

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    1. Your seat is NOT designed to go on top of the cart. Even though it latches it can still ruin your latches and stretch them out and cause problems with them latching onto the base.

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  2. If they don’t want car seats on top of shopping carts then they should make the shopping carts big enough to hold a child’s car seat. Some stores have shopping carts where it cant even connect to the shopping cart as its not wide enough for it to fit. Its either have them on top of the shopping cart or have there car seat in the cart all lopsided because that the only way it would fit

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    1. Imagine if someone crashed into your cart and your child fell. You’d feel pretty stupid,, your stupid for doing it in the first place. Super dangerous. Shopping carts are not meant for car seats. Carry your kids or invest in a stroller.

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      1. Where do u put ur groceries if ur pushing a stroller? How do u carry an infant and push a basket if they can’t sit in the basket on their own yet??? So confused!!

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        1. You must not have kids. I can carry a kid in my arms and push a cart easily OR carry your kid in something that straps him or her to you. Then you have 2 hands to push the cart. Or plan ahead and have someone else watch your child if you truly can’t function (safely) at the store with a child.

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        2. I have had two kids in one cart my oldest on top n my youngest in her carrier in the bottom. I pulled another cart behind me for groceries. You can baby wear and push a cart.

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  3. I’m glad I came across your article. Now that I’m aware, I certainly would not be doing some of these and risking my child’s life. Thank you.

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  4. This article if filled with gadgets westerners have made to protect their babies only to realize they don’t. I wonder if the writers have ever been to a third world country and seen how babies are raised. Accidents happen and a child will never be protected from all harm. Just use common sense but I feel that most Americans are lacking this.

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    1. Bed sharing is safe if you follow the guidelines. However, they should mention the guidelines in the article. First and foremost being never sleep with a child on a couch or recliner!

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