Even the simplest of tasks becomes a military operation when babies are involved.
A trip to the supermarket requires particular strategic planning – and can easily end up disastrously. ‘Disastrously’ is liberally applied here, of course, but one mum shares the very real disaster that could (literally) befall a harried run to the store.
Putting your baby’s car seat on a trolley may seem an economical decision at the time – we all know how little ones detest transitions, and dealing with more than one set of straps and buckles just seems superfluous if you can avoid it – however; the time-saving decision is not necessarily a safe one.
Although mother of two Lindsey Wisnewski had her baby secured in a baby carrier at the time, she was so shocked by how easily her trolley tipped over (due to the car seat balancing atop) that she felt compelled to share this photo of the moment and warn other parents of very avoidable danger.
“So this just happened. I was strapping my pre-schooler into his car seat and the wind slightly caught one wheel and the weight of the infant car seat pulled the whole thing down over the curb,” she wrote on Facebook.
“Please, please, please parents do not put the car seat on the top part of the cart! Any car seat technician will tell you that it’s extremely unsafe.
“I post this without judgement, as I myself did this with both boys. Up until about 2 years ago, I thought the seat was safe since it clicks into place. But the car seat in the picture was ‘locked’ into place.
“(And sure, had my baby actually been in the seat, I wouldn’t have left it unattended. But accidents happen in the blink of an eye).”
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) backs Lindsey’s plea to keep the car seat in the car, explaining that the safety mechanism of the car seat is primarily to do with its being secured by seat belts or Isofix points — neither being present on a shopping trolley, obviously.
Says Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA:
“They are not designed to be used on shopping trolleys and they can’t be securely fitted to them. Therefore our advice is not to use a child car seat on a shopping trolley.”