Organic shopping cart covers are a great solution for eco-conscious parents who want to keep their baby safe from dirt and germs.
Shopping Cart Covers Protect Your Baby
It can be difficult to raise kids organically, but organic baby items are more accessible than ever before if you are willing to look for them.
Shopping cart covers are made to cover the seat area of the shopping cart. Think about it - is there anywhere that has more potential for breeding germs than a shopping cart? Babies that can sit up are usually also at the stage where they chew on everything.
The covers are placed in the seat before you put your baby in. They are normally simple to install and remove. They cover not only the seat, but the sides and the back as well. Many of the covers have Velcro rings and attachments which allow you to attach your baby's favorite toys to the shopping cart cover.
Not only do shopping cart covers protect baby from germs, they make the seat more comfortable and offer a little protection against bumps. You can also use them to cover restaurant high chairs or anywhere that your baby would be seated and exposed to germs and dirt.
You can find them in a wide array of colors, styles, and types. They can be expensive. However, keep in mind that you are often paying for a high quality product that has been made by a work at home mom. Even the large companies that sell organic shopping cart covers are usually careful to sell fair trade items.
Although Lapsaky covers are not the only covers, they are the easiest to find on the Internet. The covers are available in green or brown color grown organic cotton. Color grown cotton is cotton that has color naturally. This means that there is no need for a dye. Organic batting is used as well.
Lapsaky covers have three pockets to hold keys, wallet, or cell phone. It also has an elastic edged pocket for holding a sippy cup. There is a seat belt and loops for attaching toys.
Where to Buy Organic Shopping Cart Covers
There are a myriad of choices when it comes to purchasing a cover. Locally you may be able to find them at children's boutiques or even at the local craft mall. Check and make sure that all of the materials are certified organic, however. Some manufacturers may use organic cotton fabric but fill with a non-organic batting or use a non-organic chemical dye.
Internet Resources for Organic Covers
- Petit Tresor - Be careful of this one. Although the covers are called organic, there was no reference to it being organic in the description.
- Toys R Us
Make Your Own Shopping Cart Covers
Another option is to make your own organic shopping cart covers. If you don't sew, you can often find local seamstresses that will be happy to sew one for you. Etsy is also a good place to check. Many of the craftspeople there may be open to creating a custom shopping cart cover.
Organic fabric is becoming more available in local fabric stores. If your local JoAnn Fabrics doesn't have organic fabric, check with the manager to see if they can order it for you. You can also find organic fabric online at the following places:
There are patterns for making a shopping cart cover online or at sewing stores. McCalls, Simplicity, and Butterick all have these patterns. If you have some experience with cutting patterns and sewing, you may want to try these free instructions from Jan Andrea.
Using organic fabric to protect your baby is just the smart thing to do on many levels. Organic fabric is better for the environment and better for your child.