Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
Review: Bilby Shopping Cart Liner
- Our first cover was a friend’s hand-me-down and was much too small, leaving most of the cart exposed. We carry alcohol pocket wipes to clean cart surfaces, but wiping alcohol over caked on gunk and rust is useless.
- We survived 17 months until our next cover because we usually carried Little Miss. Then she became mobile and insisted on walking, then running in stores. Thankfully, she loves cart rides. Our second cover was purchased from a baby thrift shop. It was very large, but still left several exposed surfaces to clean. Little Miss touches everything in reach.
- Two weeks later Mom saw a friend’s Bilby. The next day, we bought the last one from a local, independent store.
The Bilby has no straps to click, buttons to snap or Velcro to attach. There is only elastic. It fits over the seating area like putting on a mattress cover, except without the fuss. It even fits jumbo Costco carts.
The only exposed portion of the cart is where Little Miss’ legs slide through the cart and a back flap which allows the cart’s own seat belt to slide through. Yeah, the Bilby has no built-in belt, so you do have to wipe the cart’s own strap (but in five trips, we’ve only had to restrain her once). I’ll gladly take a strap cleaning over 360 degree wiping of thinly spaced metal rods. No comparison.
The black flap seen in the photo above is a zipper pocket. The Bilby has no attached toys (yay!). Bring along a favorite toy in the pocket. We just give Little Miss a small item we’re buying at a store and she vigorously shakes it for entertainment
The cover’s underside is corduroy while the topside is a pink or red print fabric. The Bilby is machine-washable and purportedly works on restaurant high chairs and strollers.
There is no learning curve. There is no putting it on upside down or backwards your first time. You see the leg holes and slide the cover over the cart. Once inside, Little Miss looks like she’s sitting in the middle of a billowy blanket.
I never wanted to research cart covers because it seems like every entrepreneurial mom sells her own shopping solution. Which one is best? Well, we knew the Bilby was 110% better at first sight. Other people seem to think so too because it has become a head-turner and a couple older moms have approached us to say they wish they’d had something like the Bilby during their toddler years.