The necessity of some parenting hacks are obvious—the newborn sleep hacks, teethbrushing hacks, baby laundry hacks…but then there is this hack, which you may never have known you needed (but you really, really do).
Texas mum Laura Castrillo recently shared the ingenious way to make shopping with tots less back-breaking—literally.
It’s for all those times (aka every time) you take your kids along for the grocery haul, and they beg to sit in the trolley; which is all good and convenient—until you have to lift their leaden weights out of said trolley.
Castrillo’s trick shows her gently pushing in the back of the cart—like a garage door—lifting to allow your cargo to clamber in or out, without throwing your back out.
Castrillo says the hack is actually taken from her stepmom:
“My stepbrother, whom I help take care of when my parents are working, has some disabilities,” she explains, “and my stepmom discovered this easy way of getting him into the shopping cart when he was younger. I’ve been doing it with my own kids for about two years now, and it has made shopping with them a lot easier. My youngest has always been a husky guy, and I’m not very tall, so lifting his solid body high enough to get him into the seat portion of the cart is uncomfortable at best.”
The vid has been viewed over 1 million times, with 20K shares, and the joy is viral, too; the grateful comments ranging from parents with special needs children “who are heavy but need to be in the cart” to preggie mums and grandparents who struggle to lift kiddos into and out of the trolleys. But Castrillo’s favourite comment so far has come from a 30 weeks pregnant mother with a special needs 5-year-old:
“She said she hasn’t been taking her daughter grocery shopping with her because she can’t lift her into the cart, and that this will change that,” says Castrillo. “Things like that have really made me happy. Some parents have been doing this since they were kids themselves, but to see that something fast, free, and easy [that] could actually make a difference in someone’s day-to-day family life is great. Just wish I had thought to share it sooner.”