The Top 3 Ways to Carry a Car Seat to Avoid Low Back Pain
Let’s face it, car seats are heavy! Then add a 15 Ib+ baby and you have a workout carrying your car seat to the van.
As much as we want to quickly pick up the car seat and get going on the day’s tasks, I encourage you to take a pause, look in the mirror, and take note, “how are you carrying your car seat?”
There are some strategies with carrying a car seat that can really help you avoid those common aches and pains.
For instance, if you are leaning to one side to balance the weight of the car seat (shown in the picture below), this can contribute to low back pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain. Especially if you are doing this consistently and favoring one side, like if you are always carrying the car seat with the left hand and leaning to the right. We usually favor carrying a car seat with one hand, so pay attention to if you are giving both sides of your body an equal opportunity to carry the car seat.
With the active job of a mother, we don’t need unwelcomed low back pain making tasks more difficult.
Here are 3 different car seat carrying positions that will save your body from aches and pains.
𝐎𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟏: With the car seat close in front of you, hold on to the handle with both hands and with bent elbows. Using both hands helps distribute the weight. Side note, this position may not be ideal while walking. This also might be a little more difficult if you are trying to carry more than just your baby, but when you do have both hands free, this is a great option to help keep your body balanced.
𝐎𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟐: With the car seat by your side, loop your arm in through the handle then turn your wrist towards the seat grabbing on to the latch. One thing to note is that this option does not work with all car seats.
𝐎𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 #𝟑: With the car seat by your side, place the handle on the inside of your bent elbow. This position is very bicep dominant so make sure to switch arms regularly and work on some bicep curls at home. 💪🏽
General tips for carrying a car seat:
☀️ Keep the shoulders relaxed and down
☀️ Keep the car seat close to your core
☀️ Don’t hold your breath with lifting
☀️ Place the car seat down on a bench/couch or something waist level instead of the floor (this will save your back).
☀️ Workout those arms!
Try these positions out and let me know in the comments which option you prefer!