Mom's Viral Grocery Cart Hack Will Make You Wonder Why You Didn't Think Of It First

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Every parent knows the agonizing back pain that often develops after lifting their growing child repeatedly. But, for those who dread hoisting their kid into the shopping cart at the grocery store, this mom's now-viral hack will leave you wondering why you didn't think of it first.

While Laura Castrillo and her family moved from California to Houston, Texas over two years ago, the married mother of three was joined by her own mother, who wanted to be closer to her grandchildren. However, as Castrillo told Love What Matters, taking the children to the store was increasingly difficult for her disabled mother.

"My kids have obviously grown in the past [two] years since we lived in the same area as my mom, so when she takes them on errands and shopping trips with her, getting them in and out of the shopping cart isn't as easy as it once was," Castrillo wrote. "After one of those trips a few weeks ago, my mom told me her back was sore from all the lifting in and out. That's when I shared the trick with her."

"Behold, the best mom hack you'll ever find," she added. "Do your part to make a mama's life easier by sharing this. You can LIFT the panel of your cart to let your children crawl in."

Watch Castrillo's simple hack in the video below:


Castrillo explained that she learned the cart hack from her stepmom, who discovered the hack while raising her son. "My stepbrother, whom I help take care of when my parents are working, has some disabilities, 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."

"I started doing it with my own kids because lifting them into a shopping cart can be difficult," she told POPSUGAR. "They're heavy, and I'm very short in comparison to a shopping cart, since I'm only 5' tall."

After sharing the video with her mother, Castrillo posted the video to a private Facebook group. Members asked her to make the video public, at which point the brief demonstration went viral.

"While it may seem silly, the comments I've seen from parents who hadn't known about this little trick have really been great," Castrillo wrote. "Moms with special needs children who are heavy but need to be in the cart, moms who are in the final stages of pregnancy and have toddlers that can't be left to walk around in the store, and grandparents like my mom who are disabled but love spending time with grandkids in any way that they can."

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