I hate the fact that I have to go through 2 or 3 shopping carts, or “carriages” as they call them locally, before finding one which doesn’t have a broken strap for the kiddie seat. We are always good about using the strap. Turns out, the strap doesn’t help as much as I thought it did.
According to an MSNBC.com story (oh, and the August edition of Pediatrics magazine), shopping cart safety is severely lacking. There were more than 24k injuries to children reported in 2005. Part of the problem is lack of mandatory safety standards for cart design. Another part of the problem is center of gravity.
And all this time, we avoid letting our daughter catch sight of those carts with the cars on the front of them because (a) they are unwieldy, and (b) you look like a dork pushing them around.
Okay, until these new SuperCarts come out, using the strap is still a good idea. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a cart fall over, but I have seen my daughter try and climb out of the cart while strapped in.
And here we were worried more about her chewing on the cart…