Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Nana's Covers

Are you looking for a practical and stylish way to keep your baby away from the nasty germs on shopping carts? Look no further than Nana's Covers.

About six weeks ago I was in a large Baby store looking for a shopping cart cover. Our son had recently acquired the disgusting habit of putting his mouth on the shopping cart whenever we went to buy groceries, and I wanted something to keep all those icky germs away. I had a small cover I had bought somewhere, but it didn't fit over large shopping carts and was cumbersome to put together. I asked a fellow shopper if she knew where the shopping cart covers were located in the store and she mentioned that her mother actually makes and sells them!

So, only a short while later, a glorious package arrived in the mail from Nancy at Nana's Covers. I had e-mailed her about some custom fabric that I liked, and here is the fantastic result (taken a few minutes after the mailman dropped it off). You can see Jacob was enjoying it already!

Nancy worked on this with great care and attention to detail: the stitching is strong and the navy accent fabric works wonderfully with the Blue Zoo pattern. There are pockets for a cell phone or wallet, a sippy cup holder, and a toy loop. Nancy also included cute matching toy rings on the toy loops, so we could start adding toys right away. She even created a matching patterned fabric drawstring bag (per my special request) to keep the cover clean while it is stored in the car! In the picture below, you can see the matching beads she added on the drawstring as well as a close-up of the Alexander Henry Blue Zoo fabric.

In the few weeks this has been in our posession, we have used this shopping cart cover everywhere: at the grocery store, on restaurant high chairs, and even at our local warehouse store -- it completely covered the extra-large seat! It is also machine washable, which is a bonus with a messy eater. I just hung it up to dry and it looks like new!

I cannot more highly recommend Nana's Covers and Nancy's craftmanship. The quality is much better than anything mass-produced, and of course I always prefer things that are handmade. To top it off, her prices are extremely reasonable, especially compared to some other handmade covers I found on the internet. So, if you are in the market for a shopping cart cover for your little one, please check out Nana's Covers. She has a variety of fabric choices available on her website, but will also be happy to accomodate any custom fabric you desire. She also sells blankets and clothing, so be sure to check out her site!


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