I wish I could say that I loved grocery shopping. But I don’t. And it’s only gotten harder with kids. When Liam was a baby, I wore him for nearly every grocery store trip. So shopping with a baby wasn’t too far off from my pre-baby existence. But now with two littles (and this summer heat), I’ve discovered that there’s not one single way I like to shop. “Easiest” is now relative depending on the weather, my toddler’s mood and how humid it is outside. Clearly I’m a mess, so I need all the help I can get. Enter Cart Mama. I’ve even used it while shopping without any kids at all – that’s how helpful it is. Make sure you read to the end – I’m partnering with Cart Mama to give away one of these. I promise – it will make you’re life so much easier!
I could tell you how easy it is to set up the Cart Mama. But let me show you first:
I love that my sweet husband is nice enough to humor me. He’s a good sport about being in front of the camera for me.
So as you can see, the Cart Mama is super easy to install. Once you get everyone settled in the cart, you can easily attach it to the side. And because it goes along the side of the cart and has adjustable straps, you can attach it to any kind of shopping cart. So whether it’s Target, Whole Foods, Meijer or even the home improvement store….it should fit!
I also like that it’s super fast to install. All you have to do is attach the straps using the D rings. There’s three total – one on each top side and one in the middle. There’s also a strap on the middle right side of the Cart Mama. This helps keep it from flapping around when you’re using it.
The Cart Mama has two large pockets that fit a ton of groceries. We took it on a big shopping trip and it fit most things we purchased, minus some larger items. I like that because there are two pockets, you can easily split up your items how you’d like. So I can put produce in one pocket and everything else in the other. You do have to be a little more mindful as far as which items are on top, so you don’t crush anything delicate. But since you’d have to do that when putting things in the cart anyway, it’s not a big deal. It holds up to 30 pounds, so you can really fit a lot in there. There’s also a smaller pocket at the front where you can put your keys, cell phone and any extras like coupons.
Because it hangs on the side of the cart, it also makes it easy for Liam to help me shop. I don’t normally like to let him out of the cart (he’s a runner), but he’s also a pretty helpful kid. Generally, if I can give him a task, he’s more than happy to help me. He thought it was fun getting things and putting them in the pockets.
If it gets dirty at all (especially since sometimes things from the grocery store are sticky or leak), the Cart Mama is machine washable. Woo! It’s recommend to wash it on a gentle or delicate cycle. I pretty much wash all our things that way anyway, so it’s easy enough for me to just toss it in with everything else. And then you hang it to dry.
I think that one of the most unique things about Cart Mama is that you don’t ever outgrow it. It still allows you to shop with your babies and kids, but it can be used for years and years. It comes in three different print options (the one we have is the “Jake”) and costs $59.99. A small price to pay for something you won’t grow out of, in my opinion.
It can also cut down on your use of plastic bags! Once we were done checking out, Jamie just put the Cart Mama, filled with all our purchases, in the back of the car. Since it’s so large and the weight is distributed, it was easy enough to carry it into the house to unpack there. Jamie hates how many grocery bags we typically come home with, so he thinks this is a great benefit.
The best thing about Cart Mama? You don’t even need to have a baby with you to use it. Or even be a mama.
Say you’re having company and are shopping to feed a crowd. Or you shop for someone else regularly to help out a family member or an elderly neighbor. Sometimes I even use it when I’m purchasing things for my business. Because CartMama has separate compartments, it’s easy to separate items by category or split up everything into different purchases. This way, you don’t have to sort through everything in the checkout line.
As for cons, it’s hard for me to find any. I guess my only caution would be to remind you that using the Cart Mama changes the width of your cart. So you do have to be a little more mindful when navigating down busy or skinny aisles.
Let me know if you get one! Stop back by and tell me how you like it.
Want to win one of these babies for yourself? I’ve teamed up with Cart Mama to give away one to a lucky reader. Just head over to the giveaway image on my Instagram page at @LITTLEFIREBRIGADE to find out how to enter. For an extra entry, leave a comment here on the blog and tell me which print you’d choose if you won (don’t forget to leave your Instagram name!).
The giveaway will run until midnight EST on July 9th, 2017. A winner will be chosen randomly using random.org and announced on Instagram within 48 hours of the giveaway end. Open to U.S. residents only.
Disclosure: I received these items from Cart Mama to try out in exchange for this review. All words and opinions are completely my own.