Riding In Shopping Carts Can Be Dangerous for Kids

Enter supermarket. Pick up kid. Pop him into shopping cart seat. It's pretty automatic for most parents. But, USA Today reports, sitting in a shopping cart accounts for about 23,000 emergency room visits each year.

I get it. I've had plenty of collision near-misses in my local Target. Plus, the carts can tip over, especially when an excited toddler leans over to grab for a toy or snack on a nearby shelf.

But what's a multitasking mom to do? Try these tips for shopping with your kids without going insane. In addition, The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

- Using a baby carrier or a wagon instead of a cart.
- Not placing an infant seat on top of the cart.
- Properly securing safety belts. (I can't tell you how many times I've noticed these missing!)
- Not allowing your kids to stand up in the cart or to climb on the outside of it.
- Got two children? Don't let one kid push the cart when the other's inside.

Most of these rules sound like no-brainers, but I've seen them all broken. Guess we all should be a little more vigilant to prevent injuries. (Or ask the dads to make some solo shopping trips instead.)

How do you keep your kid from engaging in dangerous behavior while you're shopping? Chime in below!

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