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So DD is getting big enough to sit in grocery carts and highchairs. I still sling her all the time, but sometimes she wants out and I need my hands. I've been eyeing cart covers. Then I start to feel silly, like I'm simply playing into the you need this baby market. I lived a happy healthy childhood w/o such a thing.<br><br>
What do you guys think? Are they great or silly consumerism products?
 

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We have one because my son has an IgA deficiency and little colds turn into huge respiratory events for him. If this wasn't the case, I probably wouldn't have bothered. It gives me a little peace of mind. One of the things I like is that it's nice and cushy and soft. He seems really comfortable and often snoozes while we're shopping, which he wouldn't be able to do in the hard, metal seat.<br><br>
This is the one we have: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBaby-Shopping-Cart-Cover-Karsten%2Fdp%2FB000H3CMEM%2Fsr%3D1-40%2Fqid%3D1171484856%2Fref%3Dsr_1_40%2F102-6810217-9332142%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbaby-products" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Shopping-...=baby-products</a>
 

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I don't bother with them, but sometimes I'll drape a blanket over the front of a restaurant high chair if it looks extra grungy.
 

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Personally I like them. I never had them for my boys who are older, and I always thought the carts and highchairs were completely gross. I threw a blanket over them sometimes but it wouldn't stay in place like a purposeful cover does. I've gotten lazy about the cart cover now that my daughter is two, but I really appreciated having it from 8 months-about 20 months.
 

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I use my floppyseat every time DD sits in a shopping carts. I recieved it as a gift. I think they are great! It has toy loops at the front, its own seatbelt that you loop through the cart then around baby. It also has a pillow. It is very plush and comfy for the baby that might tip over. Plus my DD used to sleep in it all the time when she was little. Its nice for the baby that wants to chew on the front bar! Every time we are out and about, people ask me about it. You can buy them here:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFloppy-Seat-Shopping-Cart-Cover%2Fdp%2FB000JOT4DG%2Fsr%3D1-1%2Fqid%3D1171485759%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F102-7823123-1514517%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbaby-products" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Floppy-Seat-Sh...=baby-products</a>
 

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I never used them because cold germs don't live long on cold plastic, so it's really not protecting them from anything, and I want my kids exposed to small amounts of germs anyways...
 

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I received a hand me down floppyseat from a co-worker. They look cute and comfy, but for me it's just one more thing to remember so it's actually never been used!! DS doesn't sit in the cart that much anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I used them for a month or so because right around the time that dd was sitting and ready to sit in carts and highchairs she also put the rail or bar in her mouth. Now I'm not germ-phobic by any means, but that just got my yuck factor a bit.<br><br>
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I've never used one with my daughter, and don't expect to use one with my son either. I'm just not that concerned about germs, and even if I were, I'd be more inclined to carry around some germicidal wipes to clean the surfaces with.
 

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i condsidered getting one, but what yucks me out most is that the thing sits in a cart or high chair soaking up maximum funk, then you put it in the washing machine where the germs are distributed throughout your laundry?! that grosses me out more than the occasional lick of the handle bar.<br><br>
when dd was about 2 yo, i took her out of a cart at the store b/c she wanted to stand. she immediately had a serious tantrum, got down on the ground and started licking the FLOOR. that moment was so beyond bross that it kind of cured me of my germ fears! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I use one. I like it because it has a cushy part for her back, so she's not leaning up against those hard metal bars. She loves to sit in the cart and play games with me and flirt with the other shoppers. I just want her to be comfy!
 

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My daughter doesn't sit in grocery carts much but she does use restaurant highchairs all the time, and I've never used one. I wouldn't call them silly and I can understand why people like them, but I wouldn't want to have to carry and keep up with a cover and am not really that grossed out by carts and highchairs.<br><br>
And I always think about all the things I touch in a day, a trip to the store, a public restaurant etc. Even using the cover, I'm touching the cart (and a ton of other stuff at the store) and then touching the baby, no matter how much hand-washing I do she is still getting pretty exposed just through me.<br><br>
They are not for me.
 

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We have a floppy seat. We use it because DS is in that suck on everything stage.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I use one. I like it because it has a cushy part for her back, so she's not leaning up against those hard metal bars. She loves to sit in the cart and play games with me and flirt with the other shoppers. I just want her to be comfy!</div>
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We pretty much use it for the coziness factor in shopping carts. The covering up of the the nasty germy surfaces is just a bonus.
 

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I think they're ridiculous.<br>
In the winter season, I sometimes use those wipes at the grocery store to wipe down the front of the cart (or the steering wheels on thoes carts with cars). They're just alcohol, not antibacterial crazy chemicals. I would never in a million years buy or use a huge seat for the cart, it'd be easier to just carry the baby if you're that worried about them touching the cart. My littlest has been riding in shopping carts/sitting in high chairs for 10 mos. now without getting sick at all, minus one stomach bug that came from a kid friend of ourse.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think they're ridiculous.<br>
In the winter season, I sometimes use those wipes at the grocery store to wipe down the front of the cart (or the steering wheels on thoes carts with cars). They're just alcohol, not antibacterial crazy chemicals. I would never in a million years buy or use a huge seat for the cart, it'd be easier to just carry the baby if you're that worried about them touching the cart. My littlest has been riding in shopping carts/sitting in high chairs for 10 mos. now without getting sick at all, minus one stomach bug that came from a kid friend of ourse.</div>
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I think mine is very <a href="http://kozypalcartcovers.com/store/WsDefault.asp?One=980" target="_blank">cute</a>...not "ridiculous" at all IMO thank you very much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Also, it is by no means "huge." It actually rolls up quite small when not in use and has little elastic straps to keep it rolled. I can put in the cart with one hand in probably less time than it would take to go get one of those wipes, assuming they are even any left, and wipe down the front of the cart.<br><br>
I like it because it keeps dd's stuff contained like her sippy cup and her little toys, and she likes to lean forward to rest her head on it when she is getting tired.
 

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Yeah, I wouldn't characterize them as "ridiculous." That's pretty harsh. I'm glad that your children don't get sick easily. My oldest doesn't, either (I think he's probably had two colds in his entire life). My baby, though, does and a cold could put him in the hospital. A shopping cart cover is a perfectly reasonable solution to a lot of people...live and let live.
 

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We have a floppy seat that folds into itself. I really actually like it- it is more comfy and especially in winter makes the cold metal of a shopping cart a little less uncomfortable. Originally it was helpful cause my ds liked to lick the cart handle too. Don't know how much it actually prevents but it fed my OCD well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I also like that it has spots for snacks and sippies to sit so they don't get lost in the store.<br>
On a side note I did just read an article that sitting in a shopping cart puts you at an icreased risk of salmonella, don't know why but just what it said which is weird but interesting. Who knows maybe the employees rub raw chickens on the handles when the store is closed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Guess it's up to the individual what they like, we do like ours and consider it a good investment.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I never used them because cold germs don't live long on cold plastic, so it's really not protecting them from anything, and I want my kids exposed to small amounts of germs anyways...</div>
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the common cold virus can live 48 hours on plastic surfaces. this is what i have heard anyways.
 

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we use ours for the cozy factor as well. i have memories of sitting in a shopping cart (probably shortly before my mom decided i was too big for them) and the metal seat would hurt the backs of my legs. so i figured something like that would keep dd waaayyyy happier in a cart, and it really does! ours rolls up and velcros into a very portable thing with a handle. IMO if you're in a position where your dc has to come with you for the big grocery trips, the cart covers are totally worth it, and as the pps said, the germ factor is a bonus!
 
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