Originally Posted by EdnaMarie
The point about those studies are that when you fall onto a hard floor, you can get really hurt, especially when your head is soft.
With the buckets, the baby's head is softer, and the baby is higher, than with a toddler in the seat in the cart. So...
Regardless of whether or not MOST of the injuries are specifically due to the buckets, it's just clear that it's not safe, and never was, no matter what a car-seat manufacturer said. It's common sense, really- don't put your baby on top of a really tall object, especially not over a hard floor.
And this is not a random statistic- it shows that thousands of children are injured annually by being put on top of carts. So putting your child on top of a cart is a bad idea. How could "higher and more vulnerable" possibly be better?
I think you left something out, it is common sense not to put your baby on a tall object (carts aren't really tall btw.. where have you been shopping?) UNSECURED. The seats are secured onto the cart. They clip on there.. they fit snuggly and I for one am confidant that the baby is safe baring some strange accident such as the roof falling on them, or something else very dramatic.
As for the built in seats. they are higher than any of the buckets I have ever seen.. not lower. And besides that.. those things are GROSS. I mean my goodness.. think of all the pee, and drool and other stranger funk that is all over them. At least in the built in seats I know my toddler is not LAYING in someone else's funk. They also put their fingers in their mouths less often at that age. Those things have always just totally grossed me out and I am not a germ phobic. I never use the wipes at the store for the carts.
As for it being clear.. it is not clear to me. You are free to make that choice for your family, however I really believe that many things are blown way out of proportion in the name of "safety."
ETA: Missed your last paragraph. They ARE random statistics. It does not say that 24,000 children are injured becuase of car seats being placed on the cart. This is exactly what it says.
|In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates more than 24,000 children were treated in the U.S. for shopping cart-related injuries in 2005.
The fact that it doesn't break down how many children in car seats were injured makes it random. And their suggestions are ridiculous and I wont be following them.