Here is a heartbreaking fact …
2. Babies have died from head injuries as a result of their car seats falling off a shopping cart.
The sad truth is that …
“Any injury or even DEATH (Yes. Babies have died from head injuries due to their carriers falling off the shopping cart) that has come from a carrier falling off the top of a cart is 100% preventable.” (10)
It has happened before and it can happen again.
“A three-month-old boy has died after he fell from a shopping cart as it was pushed over a speed bump. James Anderson Berg died after the car seat he was sat in toppled from the top of the cart in a Kroger parking lot in Macon, Atlanta.” (11)
You can read the comments section on our Facebook page and you will see a lot of people saying that they have witnessed horrible incidents of carriers just falling off shopping carts with the babies getting seriously injured.
Having experienced seeing these firsthand is just something that they simply cannot get our of their minds.
It’s just really sad.
Tragedies are preventable.
1. One child death is too much, too many.
Let’s put a stop to this. Fatalities and serious injuries from car seat-shopping cart accidents are REAL.
So parents, please take this seriously and protect your baby. Save yourself, your family, and your friends from grief with having to deal with a heartbreaking and tragic accident.
There are many options available.
Just DON’T place the baby car seat on top of the shopping cart.
Instead of placing the car seat on the shopping cart, a lot of moms opt to use baby carriers or wraps such as the ones shown below:
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends NOT to place car seats on shopping carts and suggests the following options for parents (12):
– Get another adult to come with you to watch your child while you shop.
– Put your child in a stroller or wagon instead of in a shopping cart.
– Wear a baby carrier or sling.
– Ask your older child to walk and praise him or her for behaving and staying near you.
– Leave your child at home with another adult while you shop.
– Shop online if your store offers shopping on the Internet.
– Never leave your child alone in a shopping cart.
– Do not let your child stand up in a shopping cart.
– Do not allow an older child to climb on the cart or push the cart with another child in it, because it is very easy for a child to tip the cart over.
Please share this article with family and friends who have babies and toddlers.
Let’s do our part in preventing another child from getting seriously hurt, or at worst, getting killed.
Would you still be willing to take a risk of your child falling from a shopping cart?