Taking kids to the grocery store can be a pain for any family: kids grab unhealthy things, throw them in the basket, and pout when they don’t get what they want. But for parents with special needs children, it’s a whole other level of difficult. The shopping carts can’t seat their children when they grow too big, so they either have to hire a babysitter and leave them at home to run the simplest of errands, or bring them along and juggle the task of both pushing a wheelchair and a shopping cart. That’s changing, though, thanks to an Alabama mother who invented a new device that makes it easy for families to bring their special needs kids along.
Called Caroline’s Cart, the device was invented for her daughter, who has special needs and quickly outgrew the regular shopping carts that stores carry. It features a large seat that is accessible using rotating handles on the back of the cart, and a harness that holds kids securely. Just last week, a chain of 19 grocery stores in Wisconsin, the Festival Foods chain, made the carts available in its stores. It’s the second chain in the U.S. to do so, after a one in South Bend, Indiana.
“Every business decision we make is based on the question, ‘Will it bring the customer back?’” Festival Foods President & CEO Mark Skogen told WKBT News8000. “We believe that providing these carts for our guests who need them was the right thing to do.”