Do you really need a shopping cart cover when you go to the grocery store? YES. Oh my gosh, YES. But first, I’ll tell you that I swore up and down for months that I didn’t need one. You see, when we registered, we were inundated with baby products everywhere. This for one thing, that for another. And after awhile, your list starts to get pretty long and you start to realize that one tiny little perfect baby couldn’t possibly use or need so many things. So, when it came down to shopping cart covers? I skipped it. I admittedly skipped it on purpose. I’m stubborn that way. I thought, our parents didn’t use these, so why should I? I mean, we don’t even really use carts all that much. Would we even use it? So, instead I put the extra $45 to good use on a nursery humidifier that has proven to be a magical investment (but more on that at a later date).
And then this past week, with my sweet now 15 month old baby, I came to my senses. Dammit, I was totally wrong. I need one of these.
For the first few months, you won’t use it. That was my number one reason why we didn’t need a shopping cart cover from day one. They won’t even sit in it for a few months! You see, in those newborn days, the car seat bucket placed inside the large portion of the cart was my jam. Baby Andrew even fell asleep being rocked ever so slightly inside the cart. We grocery shopped deep into the night! We drank coffee! We partied down the ice cream aisle! And he was snoozing happily as can be.
And then one day your baby will become a walking, talking, cute-as-can-be toddler and he’ll be sitting up in a cart, happily strapped in and kicking his feet into your stomach at Costco while you peruse aisles of things you don’t need in bulk (but will totally buy and eat in a record amount of time… I’m looking at you, Goldfish crackers). And then you’ll get home and realize that you forgot to over-sanitize everyone’s hands in the car, as you have always done. You might have even eaten food on the way home. Oops. And then at night your throat starts to hurt… and in the morning you feel like you were hit by a train and it’s the worst cold you’ve ever had. But not just you — your kid, too, who sat happily in the cart that you so stubbornly decided to leave uncovered.
So a week of the worst cold ever (E V E R) with me, my son, and my husband all feeling terrible all because, as I think happened, we touched a cart after someone else was sick and bammo. That’s all it takes. And then when I think of all the disgusting germs lurking around carts…. game over, you guys. I was wrong about this one and I just moved cart cover to the top of my shopping list, baby.
So since I’m in the market for one, I thought I’d pull you into the shopping experience with me. Because I’ll be definitely perusing Costco again in the hopes of scoring some samples and buying another gallon drum of Goldfish crackers. And I’ll want one of these protective covers to keep us all out of germ’s way. See, it’s not just for your baby — it keeps your entire family healthy.
Cart Cover Baby Finds from Etsy
Here are a few I found on Etsy from Tinder Designs since handmade is also my jam:
These are shown on high chairs because they can be used both ways!
Anyways, tell me, Mamas — do you have a shopping cart cover? Are you getting one? Tips for me on what kind to get? Share your thoughts in the comments section!