Review: Bilby Shopping Cart Liner

The Bilby is our third, final and best shopping cart cover.

  • 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.

Bilby shopping cart coverThe 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.


7 Responses to “Review: Bilby Shopping Cart Liner”

  1. Kevin says:

    Great information. I will remember the name when we have a need for one.

    December 9th, 2005 at 10:06 am

  2. Heather says:

    Thank you!! I got a really awful version of one of these… there was no place to put my own hands so I could really grip the cart handle. I won’t name names, but I’ll try again with the Bilby.

    May 31st, 2006 at 2:40 pm

  3. Phoebe says:

    I was researching the bilby today. I saw one for sale used and wanted to see what it was. The bilby web site sells replacement seatbelts. I assume you can use one of these instead of the dirty cart belts.

    August 22nd, 2006 at 8:40 am

  4. steve@BILBYPRODUCTS.COM says:

    Kevin,thank’s for the info…But ur wrong on one issue though “entrepreneurial mom”… Im a dad… great site AJ

    January 11th, 2007 at 11:15 am

  5. Mom of Baby J says:

    Hi there. I hope you can shed some light on this issue for me… I actually love the ease of use of this cover, but I have a problem with it that maybe someone can tell me how to fix. The back of the cover has a huge 2-foot opening for you attach the extra Bilby strap or the cart strap. However, when my 8-month old infant moves around, the opening gets exposed and his back/bottom area touches the cart or seat itself. Not a huge deal on shopping carts, but icky-sticky high chairs as well. Do I just sew the opening closed, leaving just enough room for straps? Or is there another option that I’m just oblivious to? Am I using it wrong??? Thanks in advance!

    April 20th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

  6. Lenore Skenazy says:

    Hi. I am not sure why anyone needs a shopping cart liner. We were all raised without them and survived to become parents. Why are they necessary now? Just curious — L.

    September 27th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

  7. AJ says:

    My grandpa was raised without the polio vaccine and survived to become a parent.

    “I turned out just fine without it” isn’t an argument no matter the subject.

    For me personally, I don’t like my baby slathering his tongue along a handle touched by numerous other people (hand-to-hand-to-mouth or hand-to-object-to-mouth or mouth-to-object contact being a major cause of illness), not to mention rust, dried gum and any number of unidentifiable goey stains that may be within reach of my infant’s mouth or hand (then mouth). A good cart cover also comes with padding for the few times the kid slams his head face-forward into the metal handle. And it should have a pocket where you store snacks, a sippy and whatnot.

    My kid gets his healthy dose of germs from plenty of other sources, just not from a shopping cart.

    September 27th, 2008 at 7:04 pm