Sunday, February 27, 2011

Shopping cart cover

One of my dearest friends has four little boys aged five years and under. Early last week, she and her boys got violently ill after a trip to the grocery store. She figures they picked up something from the shopping cart, since that was the only thing they all touched or consumed before getting sick.

I'm personally a little grossed out by shopping carts. Various studies (from the University of Arizona and the CDC, in particular) have revealed what common sense tells you: shopping carts are DIRTY. As in loaded with meat drippings, assorted bacteria, bodily fluids, and even fecal matter. Yeah, eww.

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Built-in loop for attaching toys

So this washable shopping cart cover will be headed over to my friend's house this afternoon, so she can have a little more peace of mind the next time she takes her littlest ones shopping. The cover is like the ones I sell at craft sales and in my Etsy shop (see the left sidebar if you're interested!), but I modified it to hold two children instead of one. I hope to post a tutorial at some point, too, for anyone who wants to make their own. The cover is stretchy, so fits on both standard and oversize carts like the ones at Costco, where I know my friends likes to shop.

I've been using shopping cart covers since my oldest was a wee lad, but he's growing up, and as a self-proclaimed big boy, he likes to walk along when we grocery shop. Unfortunately, he's still prone to wandering off, so I like him to stay in arm's reach. He could just hang on to the side of the cart, but again, eww, so we compromise and use a handle. I posted about the handle I made here, and really, I love it now more than ever. Super easy to make, so try it if you also have a wanderer!

Simple and brilliant because it works! How I love the internet for ideas.

Edit...a couple people asked, so here's a photo of how the covers fit on a cart. Excuse plumpness...when I made my first cover as a first-time mommy, I wanted my little guy to be super comfy as well as clean (=

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  1. This is so cute! And shopping carts are disgusting. The handle is such a clever idea!!! Thanks for linking up! Chris

  2. That was so thoughtful of you to make that for your friend. The handle is neat idea too!

  3. Very cool (or hot?) I have never seen one of these for two kids. Brilliant!

  4. I love your covers! I bet your friend is so thankful to you!
    PS- Thanks for the $ store coupon holder idea! I will for sure go look! I've seen a few things I thought about getting but they were closer to $10.... thanks for the tip!

  5. Such a cute idea! Shopping carts are sooo nasty! seriously, love this idea!
    p.s. thanks for stoppping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

  6. Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you back next week!

  7. Great idea!!!! This is AWESOME! =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  8. Great fabric, really fun choice. I found this to be a very interesting post on so many levels and would love to see a photo of your cover on the cart.
    Isn't it amazing to be a mom of four boys 5 and under (!) and I am so horrified that they all got sick. Those sorts of sicknesses are the absolute worse.

    When I was in the states recently, I saw that the Target offered some sort of sanitizing wipes to wipe down the cart and thought that was a good idea.

  9. I need one of these! Although I'm not sure if the leash or the cover would get more use at this point. My two-and-a-half year old likes to walk, but he is definitely a wanderer, so still spends a decent amount of time in the seat. Guess I'll have to put them both on the "to-do" list.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up with Bundles of Baby! Have a great day!


  10. Nice...Some shopping cart covers will be large and just about fit in your bag but come with a padded seat, where as others are small and lightweight and don't take up much room. This will come down to your preference.

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