Whenever I leave the grocery store with my kids in tow I find myself ordering pizza on the drive home and needing a nap- no joke. Grocery shopping with kids can be exhausting! Keeping track of all these little people, making sure they don’t break anything they touch or repeating, “No we’re not buying that” every three minutes is enough to make a woman go mad! Lately, I’ve been putting off grocery shopping till my husband gets home, leaving the kids and going shopping alone so I can get some peace and quiet. The problem, sometimes my husband works late and I end up braving the grocery store with my kiddies. Add kids and a baby car seat carrier that takes up the entire grocery cart the mix and I have a huge problem!
When I had baby number one, my daughter’s little baby carrier clasped tightly onto the top of the shopping cart allowing her to sleep without sacrificing the basket of my shopping cart. Since that time, car seats have fallen and those baby carriers no longer clasp onto the top of shopping carts. Okay, it’s a good thing, keeping our babies safe and all- but now this means the baby carrier sits inside the cart, where the food goes… So where does the food go when I’m grocery shopping? Have you ever seen a mom walking around the store pushing a cart with one hand, the groceries brimming over the edge while she’s dragging a cart behind her with just the baby carrier in the basket with the other hand? It’s a work out! You won’t last long doing something like that- especially if you have other children trailing along! Holy hana girl- call a baby sitter and go shopping on your own or even better, just stay home! No one needs groceries anyway. The reality is a mother will go shopping, with two carts and her kids running around her while grocery shopping, will order pizza on the drive home because she has no other choice. and I love that Binxy Baby has made this grocery shopping chore little easier on us mamas with one less cart to drag along.
Both Jordyn and I (Morgan) had the opportunity to sample this product and because of it’s unique design- and the age difference of our babies we utilized this product to its fullest for our readers! Yeah for you! Jordyn will discuss the pros and cons of using the Binxy Baby with a baby car seat carrier and I will write about using the Binxy Baby with just the baby.
Jordyn: I have multiple kids (3) and having a car seat in a shopping cart is serious drama. I usually ended up putting car seat in the shopping basket and putting the groceries in any nook and cranny I can find. The problem comes at check out when the groceries are now in bags, I can not fit said groceries in without having some serious Tetris moments. Most of the time grocery shopping is a family outing. The family usually goes on Saturdays, we take two carts for all three kids, we split up the list and race through the store to shop as fast as we can. Even with two carts I found myself with no room (I’m usually the one who ends up with the baby and a toddler). Enter in the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock!
Pros: The best thing about Binxy Baby is that I can SAFELY put baby in this device as it is suspended above the grocery basket. Leaving a beautiful amount of room for groceries under the car seat and through out the rest of the basket. This also means that I don’t have to hoard food around the toddler in the seat (which usually ends up being squished food). One of my favorite features about the Binxy Baby is that it can be used to put your car seat in or to use with baby without car seat. My baby is still pretty little so I like to keep her in her car seat and covered when out and about (too many wandering hands wanting to touch baby). Binxy Baby allows room in the grocery cart and keeps everyone safe. Like Morgan, with my first two kids, I used to put their car seats clicked into the front seat of the cart, but the new car seats don’t do that anymore, for good reason (oops). Binxy Baby has an awesome strap that goes around the car seat and buckles to make sure baby’s car seat is secure in the Binxy Baby and in the cart. This feature is awesome because after hearing cart horror stories, I am now super paranoid.
Cons: There aren’t many cons that I found with this product, however the amount time it took me to figure out how to correctly install the Binxy Baby and the car seat the first couple times is not ideal. Time is money in our house and my kids get anxious if I take too long (I also get anxious and a little flustered). This problem didn’t last long as it only took me a few shopping trips to get the hang of installing the device correctly.
All-in-all I am a huge fan of this product. I was seriously worried about how I would manage taking three kids to the grocery store and actually fit groceries in the cart! Binxy Baby has taken away a lot of my shopping worries with three babies. Along with that, it has also taken the worry out of baby’s car seat staying safe in the cart. I am so grateful to the creators of this product. I already have a limited amount of hands and sanity, but this product has given us some extra space, piece of mind, and a safe baby. It also helps that the patterns are super cute!!
Morgan: I make giant babies- I cannot stress that enough. My “little” man is off the charts at 96% in height and
weight therefore I feel like Binxy Baby was really put to the test with my giant child. What I love about Binxy Baby is how sturdy and strong the fabric is, yet soft and has a stylish, practical and safe design. The fabric itself is compact and easy to keep in my car without taking up too much room. The Binxy Baby has these fantastic hard plastic clasps on each end of what I like to call a hammock that fit on the sides of the cart and has a Velcro strap that ensures the hammock does not move. The sides of the hammock are tightened with elastic which makes the passenger feel snug and with the additional safety feature of the buckles inside the hammock they are perfect for chunky baby legs. When you use the Binxy Baby with a car seat there is an additional clasp that feeds through the baby’s car seat, but when using just the baby- I use the extra buckle to attach the infant toys to so when my baby chucks his toys- they don’t go anywhere! Genius I tell you!
Cons: There are only two major cons I discovered with the Binxy Baby. One- setting up process is easier with two hands than with one due to the security strap on the hand plastic. You will need both hands to snap the hard plastic in place and then to feed the Velcro strap from the bottom of the plastic through the metal cart. Since carts are designed differently your fingers can easily feed the Velcro through with the large open space, or will struggle hence needing two hands to operate this setup is ideal. If you have other kids with you, I suggest: get a cart first, set up the Binxy Baby using the directional arrows of the hammock, get baby out of car seat and then place baby in the hammock. The process isn’t difficult, just takes some time getting used to it.
Second Con- The hammock itself is not adjustable according to the type or style of cart you can use. My husband works retail and when I went to visit him at work I was not able to use the Binxy Baby at his store. Fortunately their store had several types of carts in the backroom so my husband brought several cart options out for me to use and eventually we found a cart that worked with the Binxy Baby. Through this product testing period I discovered that the Binxy Baby works wonderfully with normal grocery carts found in Walmart and Smiths. The Binxy baby was a little challenging to get the Velcro straps through the carts at Target and the hammock did not work whatsoever with Shopko, Kmart and tragically Costco too.
Regardless of the cons listed above, Jordyn and I love the Binxy Baby. The Binxy Baby saved us room in the grocery cart, allows the baby to continue to safely sleep in the car seat or be nestled in the hammock all the while giving mamas some peace of mind. Although your next shopping trip with your kiddies may not be headache-free, know that with the Binxy Baby working it’s magic, there will be room in your cart for all of the things you planned to buy, and for the few extra things that were snuck in by little hands.
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