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February 25th, 2013, 07:55 AM
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So ds was in his carseat in a smallershopping cart at the dollar store and I turned and it flipped out. He was strapped in and he landed face down. Itwas awful! Ge cried a little and then just wanted to snugglee and sleep. Poor baby! I didnt see any bruises aside from a pink mark on his head. He ate and woke up acting normal the rest of the day. The next day he was super ctanky and sleepy. Nothimself at all! I had bern suspecting an ear infection for awhile since he hada cold and was pulling at his ears so I made a doctors appointment. Right before we left I happened to feel his head where the pink mark was and it felt softer and swollen. I was really worried.

Anyway he did have an ear infection and the doctor ordered a head xray. He had a skull fracture. I was so upset but the doc said hespoke with a specialist and as long as he wasn' t showing signs of brain trauma there is nothing to do but let it heal. It has been sooooo hard to watch him but he seems to be feeling better now and back to himself. He seems to feel pain at night and has a soft bump on the side of his head which breaks my heart. Its really hard to keep in eye on him so he doesnt bump it again. He is starting to try walking and is a very curious mobile baby. I am just so happy to seehis smiles returning and his silly ways.

Anyway, even though I would be extra careful and its so much easier to put the carseat on the cart...I dont think I can ever do it again. Be careful mommies! It happend often I hear now and if it happens to your little one, even when its an accident, it is so hard to not feel terrible for letting it happen! If I werent pregnant I would use the ergo when shopping. I might try the maya sling nxt time or just strap him into the seat in the cart. They can flip out there too but it just seems safer because they are strapped and its easier to hold on to them.
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February 25th, 2013, 08:28 AM
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I am so very sorry for you baby! That is super scary. I am very glad it wasn't worse.
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February 25th, 2013, 08:37 AM
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Oh how awful!! Hope he gets better soon!!

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February 25th, 2013, 09:27 AM
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Yeah, they really need to stop pitching infant seats as being grocery cart compatible. There are WAY too many different designs and variations to possibly say that your seat is safe with all those carts.

It always worried me that the cart would tip over (our carseat is heavy and my baby was BIG). We either put the whole seat in the basket or just used the stroller. When I bought my sleepy wrap I used that a lot. Doing the wrap was cumbersome, though. That's why I decided to make my own sling rings

And an aside, what brand/line infant car seat do you have? My car seat only went to 22lbs (travel system so kinda small) and I forget what height limit. Alex outgrew his by height before weight. We have to do car seat shopping again and I'd like an infant seat that lasted a bit longer.

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February 25th, 2013, 09:33 AM
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glad hes ok!
We stopped using our infant carrier when DS was about 8 months old
Just got too tall for it. I think too once he could sit up it was just easier to sit him in a cart, i was always so nervous putting the car seat in a cart

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February 25th, 2013, 12:20 PM
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I am so sorry that happened to you! I am glad he is ok. I think your word of caution is a good one. I read an article when I was pregnant with DD that infant seats are not actually meant to go on any carts because of the tip risk from the uneven distribution of weight in the cart. We also, as someone else mentioned, put the infant seat in the large part of the basket. I was also known to hang a shopping basket on the stroller handles if it was for small trips. When she was able to sit up in the cart, we went that way (with one of those cart covers bc those things are never cleaned). I hope everyone takes your word of caution seriously.
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February 26th, 2013, 04:27 AM
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Glad he is OK. Keep us updated. Sending prayers for continued healing.

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