Mélanie, mother of 2 young children, regrets the fact that the stores do not offer trolleys suitable for shopping peacefully with an infant. The spokespersons of 4 major brands are helping us to draw up an inventory of the situation.
For Mélanie, shopping has become a real headache. “I am a mother of two children: a 4 year old girl and a 2 month old baby. Shopping is miserable. No store has carts suitable for maxi cosi“, she writes to us via the orange Alert us button. This mother explains to us that each time, the same problem arises. “I put the maxi cosi in the shopping cart but it quickly becomes full. The only solution I have found is to give my daughter a small shopping cart”, she breathes.
No matter the brand visited, no caddy has suitable equipment, assures Mélanie. According to her, it is impossible to put the maxi cosi horizontally on the shopping cart, for fear of seeing her child tip over. “It’s dangerous because it can fall quickly if someone bumps into our cart,” she believes. For the mother, among the possible solutions: a suitable seat and a strap to attach her baby. “When I was a child, it existed”she recalls.
We contacted several brands to find out what equipment they have. At Aldi, no suitable system exists. “We have had standard shopping trolleys with a child seat in the front for many years, although this is obviously not suitable for babies”, explains Jason Sevestre, spokesperson for the brand. In view of its 440 stores spread across Belgium, “it is not easy to adapt this quickly”, we are told. At Colruyt, the same story: no device is planned. “LFamilies with young children can more easily use our Collect&Go online shopping service for large weekly shopping or place the maxi cosi in the shopping cart, which is large enough”, underlines Nathalie Roisin, spokesperson for the group.
A few years ago, Delhaize had shopping carts with a maxi cosi, but the chain parted with them after finding that they were used very little, reports Karima Ghozzi, its spokesperson. Since then, the chain has opted for caddies consisting of a double floor. Raised equipment makes it easier to put down the maxi cosi. Below, it is possible to deposit some shopping. Space is still limited, concedes the spokesperson.
Lidl also stands out by offering baby-friendly trolleys in some of its stores. “The procedure for the last few years specifies that each new store must be equipped with 5 adapted trolleys”, indicates Julien Wathieu, its spokesperson. It should be noted that to have this specific equipment, there must be sufficient space in the shopping cart parking lots. “It complicates the situation when a store is located in a retail park (mall) for example”, says the spokesperson.
Spokespersons agree that there is little demand from customers in this regard. “If that had been the case, we would have put back the caddies we had a few years ago”says the representative of Delhaize.
To move away from the galleys of shopping carts and maxi cosi, parents are turning to babywearing, this technique which consists of carrying your child against you, by transporting him using a fabric. More and more families prefer this alternative, tells us Stéphanie Pint, babywearing advisor. “It’s an ancestral solution that has always been used as such all over the world. With the development of childcare objects, we have abandoned these means of carrying. But we come back to it a lot”, assures the adviser who founded ‘Le cocoon de stéfamille’.
Stéphanie Pint explains that babywearing has thus become a more common and normal alternative. “When I was carrying my children 13 years ago, I was seen as an alien”, smiled the mother of the family. Before adding: “We finally come back to the scarves that respect the natural curves of the baby”.