When my son was about 2 months old, I went to my doctor complaining of intense nerve pain radiating from my right shoulder all the way down my arm.
"What arm do you use to carry your baby's car seat?" she asked.
It was the right. Mystery solved.
Lugging around an infant seat is just one of those annoying things that come along with having kids—and it's even worse when it's your second kid, and you're constantly on the go thanks to all the activities you've signed up for with your firstborn. Enter Dr. Emily Puente of Bridge Family Chiropractic, who has just revealed a pretty cool pain-free hack for carrying your car seat in a video posted to Facebook.
"Someone taught me this before, and it's been the greatest thing that I've been shown," she said of the technique, which involves turning the car seat around, looping your arm through the handle and then grabbing onto the base. "I will guarantee you that this is going to be easier for you to carry."
Watch her demonstrate using a car seat with an actual—and pretty cute—baby inside:
The magic happens, Dr. Puente explains, because as opposed to putting undue strain on your upper back, shoulder, and hip, your body is able to distribute the weight of the carrier more evenly using her updated turn-loop-and-grab method.
"I never expected a response like this!" Dr. Puente told Parents.com, referencing the video's nearly 20,000 comments and more than 50,000 shares. "I had my front office film this on a whim between patients without any preparation."
Of course, the trick won't work for all infant seats since there are so many different types on the market. But if you're experiencing any type of pain from constantly hoisting and toting your kid's carrier around, it's definitely worth giving the method a try to see if it works with your model.
"I see a lot of moms at my practice with physical problems from carrying babies in general, whether it's in car seats, babywearing, holding them, and especially from nursing," Dr. Puente told us. "It's hard work being a mom and it takes a toll on your body physically."
She discovered the technique from another mom (the "best resources out there!"), she said. "I am not currently using it myself in my daily life but I will be when our next little one is here this fall!"