Purchasing a Shopping Cart Cover for Baby
Shopping with baby can be more difficult than you might imagine; shopping carts are designed for toddlers and they are uncomfortable and even unsafe for babies. Bringing your child’s car seat into the supermarket with you is often difficult as it’s bulky and may not fit well in the cart. A shopping cart cover can be the best choice to keep baby safe and comfortable and to make shopping easier for mom and dad as well.
Shopping cart covers are typically very similar; they are padded around the back and sides and on the seat, and have openings in the front for baby’s legs. They usually drape over the handles of the cart so your baby cannot hit his or her head if you move forward suddenly, and so they won’t hurt themselves if they start to chew on the handle, which babies often do. Because a shopping cart cover is meant to cushion baby against the metal bars of the cart, the thicker the padding, the better the cover. Some may have added features such as compartments for snacks and juice for baby, straps to keep pacifiers in place and to keep them from falling out of the cart, and safety straps for keeping baby in place. Additional features may add to the cost of the cover, so you simply need to determine what you need according to your budget. The padding of the cover should be your first concern as this is most important for baby’s comfort and safety.
The Leachco Prop ‘R Shopper is a favorite with parents because of its additional padding on both sides which keep baby safe and also snug in the cart. The baby has less chance of falling over or tumbling out of the cart when you use this model. It also has two straps for pacifiers and comes in a lovely sage green color. Pricing starts around $30.
Infantino is another trusted brand with a few different types of shopping covers. Their Cloud Cart Cover is thick with padding and very durable; pricing starts around $30. Their Shop and Play cover has a bit less padding but is more affordable, at around $20. The Shop and Play cover has separate compartments to keep you organized and may work well for older babies who may not need as much padding.
The Jeep shopping cart and high chair cover works for both a cart and high chair, which can give you more options for keeping baby safe and comfortable at home and when away. It begins at just over $20 and is a good investment.