Lifting grandkids can hurt joints. Here’s how to do it safely.
To pick up a child from the floor, lower yourself onto one knee, tighten your stomach muscles and lift, putting the stress on your legs instead of your back. To lift a child from a crib, lower the side of the crib so that you can comfortably reach the child.
Pull the child close the center of your body, cradling her against your chest. Don’t sling the child onto your hip and hold her with one arm.
To put the child back down on the ground, return to the half-kneel position, make sure the child is balanced on her feet or sitting down and release her. To return the child to a crib, bend from the waist instead of stooping your shoulders.
Adding exercises to strengthen your back, arms and shoulders to your daily fitness routine will make picking up the kids a little easier.