I can’t count how many times I have been to a store and have seen people with their baby’s car seat on top of the shopping cart.
You know, where they pull open the child seat of the shopping cart and balance the baby car seat between the handle of the cart and the child seat.
I know it seems like a super convenient way to shop with your baby but is it safe? NO!
Did you know that car seats falling off of a shopping cart is an actual issue and can cause serious injury or even death? The shopping carts have a warning on it telling you not to place your baby’s car seat there but people seem to commonly ignore that warning.
The shopping carts have a warning on it telling you not to place your baby’s car seat there but people seem to commonly ignore that warning.
So what do you do when you have to buy a large number of items from a store but your infant is asleep and you need to take in the car seat?
You don’t have room in the cart basket for both the baby seat and the stuff you need to buy so what do you do?
Well, I have an infant car seat shopping solution for you.
The Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock.
What is the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock?
This little gem was actually created and designed by a mom of 4 who realized she had a big problem when out shopping with an infant and toddler.
It is just what its name suggests a hammock for shopping carts.
It has big, sturdy clips that are 12 inches on both sides that clip over the edge of most shopping carts (20″-24″ wide).
Then the clips are secured by a Velcro strap. Because the clips are so long and it is secured with the Velcro, the Binxy Baby stays put and will not tip or come unhooked.
They also use two layers of upholstery weight fabric and reinforce the seams to ensure the product is stable.
It can hold up to 50lbs!
You can place the infant car seat in the hammock or just your baby.
If you place the baby directly into the hammock, note that it is made for newborns to baby’s who can sit on their own.
The hammock won’t fit the large carts at wholesale stores like Costco (I did see a mom got it to fit on Sam’s carts) so that’s a bummer but if you are like me then you only frequent those store about once or twice a month.
The main issue is the quick run into Target or the grocery store where hauling a baby seat can become a pain.
The other neat thing is that you can fit two hammocks side by side which makes this an ideal product for twins.
I don’t have twins but if I did I imagine I would be at a loss on how to shop with two infants in tow.
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, 85% of all children who are injured in a shopping cart accident are under the age of 5.
And 45% of all children injured end up with fractures (!)…Mind-blowing.
90% of the time a parent or guardian was present for the fall. Basically, you standing there doesn’t mean they won’t or can’t fall out.
I love the Binxy Baby Hammock for many reasons but giving moms a safe alternative to placing a car seat on top of a cart is a huge reason this is one of my favorite products!
Every time I see a mom make that mistake in a store, I want to share this product with her!
Spending the money for a product like this is a no-brainer in my book!
Let’s See the Binxy Baby in Action!
This video is a quick view of how to secure the hammock to a shopping cart.
You can also see how small the hammock is rolled up which means it will fit nicely in your diaper bag.
**One thing I want to note is that she mentions a price in this video. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that price has gone up. This product has become quite popular…So you know how that goes.
What are Moms Saying About the Binxy Baby Hammock?
So, proof is in the pudding, right?
If you read the reviews on Amazon, you will see that the Binxy Baby Hammock has a 4.8-star rating out of 5. Impressive. So what do moms really think?
Obviously, a majority of the reviews are overwhelmingly positive (hence the 4.9-star rating) but of the few I read that had critical feedback, the main concern was the weight limit.
Some said they could only use the product for a short time because their baby was quite large.
It does hold up to 5olbs.
My almost 5-year old weighs just over 40lbs…
So, I am assuming they must be talking about height?
The F&Q on the Binxy Baby states that it fits a seated height up to 19″. That means you measure the top of their head to their bottom.
If you have a tall baby, that might be something to consider but you can still use the car seat in the hammock up to 50lbs so it should work fine for some time.
Click HERE to read more reviews on the Binxy Baby Hammock
In the end, the purpose of this product is to help make our lives as moms easier.
I think in many ways it accomplishes just that.
If you have one baby or three, this is a great option for making shopping trips more manageable.
Where can I buy a Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock?
The best place I found to buy is Amazon.
You need to be sure the seller is actually Binxy Baby since you don’t want a knockoff.
There are three colors to choose from which I love:
(Note: The color options have changed with time, best to check out the product details for what color choices are available today!)
Click Here to read more about the Binxy Baby Hammock!
I hope you and your baby love the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock as much as I do!
I just wanted to point out that my baby’s carseat does not “balance” on the handle and child seat. It literally clips onto it and is very secure. I can try to shake it and it will not move. I’m not sure why you’re trying to push us to buy a product we don’t need but I’m guessing it’s cause you get a kickback from it.
Heather Grace says
With all due respect, the fact that your baby’s car seat seems secure is anecdotal at best. You are dismissing numerous warnings from the car seat manufacturer, the warnings on the shopping cart themselves, pediatric care publications/journals and studies, even the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission. The fact remains that there are serious injuries caused by car seats falling from shopping carts and it DOES and CAN happen. I would think those parents thought their child’s seat was safely clipped in as well. And it does not “literally clip” into the shopping cart. That latching system is for its base and only its base. It is not meant to be latched to anything else and most certainly can fail and has failed. The car seat manual says this.
It is a very dangerous thing to start a statement with “well, my baby’s fine so…” and dismiss warnings from basically every publication that regulates car seat safety. You can try to deflect this information by accusing me of trying to make a sale and that’s ok. Anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows that could not be further from the truth. I stand by the quality of my blog and information that I put out there which has always been focused on helping moms first.
There are several options to avoid putting your baby’s car seat on the handle of a shopping cart – Babywear, put the baby into a stroller, put the car seat into the basket of the shopping cart, etc. Using the Binxy Baby hammock is just one of those options. This article is a review of that option to show moms a product like this exists. I have articles on strollers and babywearing too. My point is, is that this article is specifically about the Binxy Baby. Not about how this is the only solution for shopping cart safety.
I do, however, very much appreciate you bringing this up so that I have an opportunity to address it. Mostly I just hope that any mom reading this learns something. Years ago, I also used to put my baby’s car seat on the shopping cart handle. I didn’t know. I thought you were supposed to. But once you know better, you can do better.
Sabrina M says
Not all car seats do that. My old one would work but the new one won’t work. Therefore this product would be great for the new car seat.
Heather Grace says
I am not sure what you are saying worked or didn’t work but I am assuming you are referring to the car seat “clicking” into the shopping cart. Just because the car seat seems to click in, does not mean that is what it is meant to do. In fact, all shopping carts have warnings to NOT do this. No car seat is made to click onto a shopping cart. It is only meant to click into it’s base (and other approved accessories like a stroller base). It can still fail even if you think it is secure. I hope this helps clear that up!
Hey just so you know these DO fit on the Costco carts! I went to Costco yesterday and it fit great. You just clip it to the end of the cart where it’s a bit narrower instead of at the top of the cart near where you are pushing because that part is wider. It fit no problem and worked well.
Just thought I’d give you this tip so you could update your post!
Heather Grace says
Awesome! Thank you for telling me. I have not tried mine on a Costco cart in a while. I think I will give it another go!