The next time you go to the grocery store or supermarket, look around you. Chances are you will find someone with their baby car seat on a shopping cart.
This is, in fact, very dangerous. It’s something that not a lot of parents know about.
Just the other day, I came across three different instances in a supermarket.
The thing is, supermarket carts have clear warning signs about not doing this. Unfortunately, this is simply ignored.
Surely, it’s convenient. However, is it safe? It definitely is NOT.
I’m sure someone is bound to say:
“I have always done that and nothing bad has ever happened. Besides, other people do it too so I don’t see anything wrong with it.”
Is putting a baby’s in harm’s way a risk worth taking?
Take a pause. Think about it.
A study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has this to say:
“Although a voluntary shopping cart safety standard was implemented in the United States in 2004, the overall number and rate of injuries to children associated with shopping carts have not decreased. In fact, the number and rate of concussions/closed head injuries have continued to climb …”
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends not to place baby car seats on shopping carts due to the potential dangers associated with the practice.
With that, here are the 6 top reasons why placing a car seat on a shopping cart is a bad idea.
6. Too many innocent children are getting injured.
The unfortunate reality is that accidents involving car seats on shopping carts really do happen.
In fact, shopping carts are the leading cause of head injuries among young kids:
“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.” (1)
In addition, the Huffington Post cited the following stats:
“Between 1990 and 2011, 530,494 children had to go to the hospital because of a shopping cart-related injury — which averages out to more than 24,000 children injured a year, or 66 children injured each day.” (2)
This means that 1 child every 22 minutes is treated in an emergency department for injuries related to a shopping cart accident (3).
Furthermore, these injuries can be severe or even deadly. Most injuries, about 70.4%, are caused by falls from the cart or by the cart tipping over (4).
The number of concussion-related injuries was significantly high. See next page …