It's happened. We've reached the milestone of officially having too many kids to fit into one shopping cart. Tonight when we went to Costco my husband turned to me and said, "is today the day to get two carts?" Nope, I whipped out a little gadget; the LullaBelay car seat shopping cart strap that securely attaches a car seat to the front of your shopping cart.
When I first saw this product I had so many questions. How does it hold the car seat up? Will it tip the cart? Will I be able to walk in front of the cart? All these questions are addressed on the LullaBelay website, but I can also answer from personal experience.
The system uses durable rock climbing-type materials to securely attach a car seat to a cart. Nylon straps attach to the sides of the cart with heavy duty carabiners. Just make sure you clip them to a section that won't allow the carabiners to slide back and forth along the handle. The nylon straps are adjustable with metal fasteners that easily spring open and securely clamp back down. The scrunchy chevron material over the straps just serves to protect the straps, hide any rough edges, and add a bit of flair to the system.
You can see the full instructions on how to use this system here.
I found that the car seat hangs down close to the cart's central axle, balancing the weight and eliminating any chance of the cart tipping over. The cart is much heavier than the car seat, especially when the weight is balanced right under the handle bars and directly over the wheel base. The car seat also didn't get in my way when I pushed the cart. My husband has longer strides and preferred to walk along the side of the cart (we also had two kids in the toddler seat), but I had no trouble pushing the cart normally without even coming close to kicking the car seat.
LullaBelay has undergone rigorous safety testing and meets and/or exceeds applicable safety standards set forth by the CPSIA. According to the brand website, the system is rated for 45 lbs. and was tested with 350 lbs. with incline tests; the cart never tipped or became unsteady. LullaBelay is also free from harmful and dangerous chemicals and is constructed to the highest degree of strength and care.
I actually received several comments while out shopping with LullaBelay and my three little ones. One lady said it was ingenious, and another lady said it looked much safer than putting the car seat clipped within the toddler seat, like so many people commonly do. Actually most carts have a graphical warning against clipping a car seat into the seat meant for toddlers to ride in the cart, but what else is a mom to do? Each person who commented on the LullaBelay system wanted to know if I had rigged it up myself, but nope -- this product is designed and sold by Fiddle Diddles.
LullaBelay was one of our Fall Green Scene Mom Award winners, recognizing product design and creative innovation. It's definitely a very unique product and a great help to us moms who have 3+ young children. My three-year-old doesn't always opt to ride in the cart but with LullaBelay I have the option to keep all my kids with me without taking up any much-needed cart space. As you can see, the cart is needed for two different sizes of diapers, wipes, and lots of milk!
LullaBelay also comes with a handy car seat cover, but my little guy wanted to look around. Overall, LullaBelay is a great way to secure an infant car seat and maximize the use of your shopping cart space. It also prevents the car seat from tipping or falling off the cart if placed in the child seat and incorrectly attached. Check out this innovative product for yourself!
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