WARNING!! ATTENTION PARENTS! SHOPPING CART WARNING!!!
I know that I usually don’t blog about this kind of stuff usually, but I really find it to be important. All parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, or anybody who is typically watching children should read.
So I took my 2 1/2 year old and 1 year old to Walmart today (no this isn’t an “I hate Walmart post). My two year old was in the main part of the cart in his brothers car seat (long story) and then the one year old was in the seat of the cart. I did everything right. He was sitting down nicely. The little blue seating pad was down. The buckle was performing adequately and it was buckled properly. I was doing everything right. Whenever I hear of something happening to children I have a tough time not thinking “wow that parent is stupid.” I realized that I was doing everything right and yet something stupid happened.
So we were shopping along when my son made a weird grimace noise. I looked and smiled at him and then I realized that his foot was through one of the metal bars. I looked at him and asked, “how did you even do that?” I very quickly realized that I really had NO idea how I was going to get his foot out. A woman behind me noticed his little foot stuck. Before I knew it there was about 8-12 people surrounding me trying to help this little boy. I obviously didn’t take a picture DURING the whole horrific event, but I took one right when I got to the car to show you where he got his foot suck. It got stuck in-between those two bars in the front.
This experience was absolutely terrifying. I could see my sons foot getting darker and darker. We all knew that the more swollen his foot became the harder it would be to remove. One woman quickly grabbed Vaseline, another woman ran to get ice, and another woman grabbed a crow bar from the tool section. I tried to use all of my might to pull the bars apart. I was hoping my adrenaline would kick in and I would turn into the amazing Hulk, but nope…I was useless. I just sat there like an idiot while people worked together. A man came over and held the cart in place so we could do our thing.
After about 10 minutes we somehow removed his foot. We all kind of looked at each other, because we weren’t sure how we got his foot out (grace of God), but we were SO grateful. I quickly grabbed my little boy and the tears finally hit. I was SO devastated. I never even knew that was possible. What parents don’t know is that if their little one gets their foot caught then it will instantly begin to swell due to the lack of circulation. This made it almost impossible to remove. We were seconds away from calling 9-1-1.
I called my husband in complete tears and drove straight home.
The first thing that I did when I got home was I bought a cart cover. I refuse to ever have that happen again.
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I refuse to ever have that happen again. My little boy and I were very lucky that he was able to be taken out! It could have been SO much worse!