Putting Your Child on Your Lap
Don't: Lean forward while you remain seated. Why? "As you lift, the pressure on your spinal discs multiples to three to ten times the weight of your child," Modica says. "If you're tall, for example, lifting a 20-pound toddler from the floor could put as much as 200 pounds of pressure on your back!"
Do: Get down on one knee with the other foot planted in front of you, and hold her as you move back into your seat. Or have your child climb into your lap.