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Shopping Cart Safety


Shopping Cart Safety

Sometimes a trip to the grocery store is a rushed errand with our kids in tow. Just like we talk about pedestrian safety and driving safety, we have to talk about another kind of safety that we don’t usually discuss: shopping cart safety.

From 2008 to 2012, there were an estimated 107,300 emergency department-treated injuries associated with shopping carts to children younger than age five, as reported by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS).

It can be difficult to watch our children as we become distracted with our grocery decisions. But there are far too many serious injuries every year related to falls from shopping carts. Most are due to falls and tip-overs. Many of these are preventable by addressing some common practices that lead to injuries.

Keep reading for tips about keeping babies and small children safe while wheeling around in a cart.

  • Choose a cart that appears stable and is not wobbly or has loose wheels
  • Avoid placing infant carriers on the top of carts.
  • Choose stores that offer Safe-Dock, a universal carrier dock that allows infant carriers to be safely anchored in the cart.
  • Only let children sit in the designated seat. Always use the straps to buckle them in.
  • Never allow children to sit in the basket or underneath the basket.
  • Never allow children to “ride” along the side or in the front of the basket.
  • Never allow children to stand up anywhere in the cart.
  • Never leave your child alone in a cart.
  • If your child is old enough or big enough, have them walk.

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Last Edited: June 9, 2016
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