You would think that baby car seats would be easy to carry. That’s why they put handles on them, right? Instead, they feel awkward and heavy. But what if there was a simple trick that could take the pain and strain off your back?

Behold, from Dr. Emily Puente of Bridge Family Chiropractic, a way to carry your baby’s car seat pain-free:


The way people usually carry car seats doesn’t distribute the weight evenly across the body, causing strain. If this method doesn’t work for you, there are other ways to carry it closer to the center of your body.

Dr. David Geier, a sports medicine expert, agreed that this technique might help, but he thinks that how she lifted it—by squatting down and lifting with her legs—might be more important in preventing strain.

“What she showed was that she picked it up, not by bending over at the waist and putting all that stress on the back, but she squatted down and used her quads and hamstrings, which is safer for the lower back,” he said.

Meanwhile, Puente noted of her viral video, “the top choice for a baby outside of a car would be to hold them or baby-wear instead.”

Do you have any special tricks for carrying baby gear? Share them with us in the comments below.