If you plan to take baby to the grocery store, you will need a cart cover. This is just one of those unexpected baby items you’ll ever need. One of the best things about the baby’s life stage is that you can take him just about anywhere and he’s happy to sit and watch you do your job. With toddlers, you can’t do that – they need to be on the move all the time, and you need them for a nap later. But if you plan to take your baby with you on shopping trips, whether it’s to the grocery store or good ol’ Target, you’ll want to invest in a cart cover.
Let’s face it – there are a lot of problems with metal, prison-like seats designed for your child to sit with your standard basket. Would you like to sit in there and shop around for groceries? We hope you answered no – and your little one would probably agree if she could. This is where baby carriage covers come in handy – they wrap around the front area of where your baby is supposed to sit in the standard carriage to make it more comfortable, clean and safe.
Luckily, more and more brands are jumping on the grocery cart cover bandwagon and creating really user-friendly grocery cart covers that can even be used for high chairs, which comes in handy when you’re out to dinner and you don’t want your little one gnawing on the side of the wooden seat. Here are some of the best basket covers to keep your child safe and happy on the go.
Best Baby Basket Covers
This basket cover can also be used in a high chair to keep your little one away from filthy surfaces. It includes 1 teether and 2 loops so you can attach their favorite toys. It’s super easy to set up, which parents can appreciate, and folds up into a compact carry pouch when not in use. It also comes in five different prints, with dinosaurs, pink dots, blue dots, soft grays and forest animals.
A reviewer wrote: “My main concern was putting my one year old twins in dirty high chairs in restaurants, mostly because they put their mouths on everything!!! This covers different sizes of high chairs and completely covers them. Once you learned how to fold it up, it’s compact enough to leave in the car so you always have it close at hand. I love it.”
Most parents are familiar with the Skip Hop brand, which sells everything from diaper bags and bath toys to basket covers like this one that can also be used as a restaurant in high chairs. It comes with a padded seat and leg openings so your little one will be very comfortably seated for long periods of time. It is easy to attach: a strap for your baby and a strap for the seat. Oh, and it’s machine washable!
A reviewer wrote: “It was really great to use with our little girl when she was smaller at the store. It’s not super bulky, it was quite easy to carry around and put on the cart, and it was more comfortable for her when she was smaller. Looks nice, good quality and has held up well. Will be using it very soon with our newest addition to the family.
Boppy is another beloved brand for babies and toddlers that moms and dads are familiar with (they’re best known for their epic nursing pillow). It’s no surprise that they’ve released a shopping cart cover that doubles as a restaurant high chair cover. It offers 360 degree coverage, comes with a toy that you can freely swap out for one of your baby’s favorite toys or a pacifier, and has a 2-point safety harness that keeps it secure.
A reviewer wrote: “I bought a few different cart covers and Boppy’s was by far the best quality and worth the higher cost. I like that it fits over the back of the cart seat so it stays in place, as well as the stuffing and fixing of the toy.
Like most things Munchkin makes, this baby carriage cover is pretty much foolproof when it comes to installation and use. It features a special Stretch-to-Fit fabric that wraps around most shopping baskets, regardless of size and shape. It also has a universal locking system that easily attaches the cover to the cart without having to use snaps or ties. Once you’re done, you can roll it up into a compact carrying case. Oh and you can throw it in the washing machine when you’re done!
A reviewer wrote: “This is by far the best seat cover of all. On the one hand there is a pocket for your phone or shopping list. It works great with a baby who likes to grab my list or my phone and play with it. This way you can also play a movie and engage your child while you are in the store. The other benefit is its comfort. This one has more comfort than the others I have tried.
This shopping cart cover can also be used as a high chair seat. It’s full of fun for your baby, with toy loops you can attach anything to, a bottle strap and tassels to cover the sides nicely. It has a 4.8 out of five star rating on Amazon, with thousands of positive reviews. You can grab this blanket in one of nine cute designs.
A reviewer wrote: “I love this cart cover. It’s so adorable and fits all the carts I’ve used so far. I especially love the phone slot so my little one can watch videos on it to keep it busy. I have no problem folding/unfolding it when I’m getting it ready to put it on the cart or even take it out of my car. Plus I washed it and it was totally fine. OK to get out of the dryer without a problem.
If you are a wholesale shopper and have multiple children or more than one child of age to sit in a shopping cart, you will need a shopping cart cover that can handle them both. This one is designed for Costco carts or any of the major wholesale stores or warehouses. It is extra large and has four holes for twins. It can also be used for high chairs as a single. As well as being machine washable, it also rolls up into a carry case for easy portability.
A reviewer wrote: “It’s a good trolley cover for twins or two children. Easy to slip on and fold into a small bag for storage, it has loops…to put toys or store your keys and a transparent pocket can be used for your phone.You can also use it for a child, the only drawback is that you will have two openings on the sides of the baby and if he has a cup or a loose toy, he may drop it.
One thing you may notice that’s different about this carriage cover is its extra plush center that acts as a positioner to support your baby (this is especially useful for infants under 6 months). It also has two loops that you can attach toys to as well as a vinyl pocket that protects your smartphone. Nearly 5,000 people helped rank this seat cover a 4.7 out of five on Amazon, so you know it’s a worthy contender.
A reviewer wrote: “Great carriage cover for babies who can’t sit up on their own yet! The little pillow works great to help them sit up and [is] a good cushion when [laying] my son for a bottle in the cart. I really recommend!”
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