When you have a new baby, the thought of putting them down can be a hard prospect for you or maybe more for baby. No matter who is having mild separation anxiety, there are so many great products that you can get to help keep baby close—even when you can’t hold them all the time.

Shopping Cart Car Seat Holder

Have you ever heard of a shopping cart car seat holder? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! Some parents haul their car seat to the store, only to find that it takes up the entire cart. In this situation, if your baby can’t sit up, you’re out of luck. That is unless you have a shopping cart car seat holder. This ingenious invention is easy to set up and lays across the basket of your cart—almost like a little hammock for your baby. It folds easily to fit in a purse, includes a three-point seatbelt, and comes in several patterns. So, baby can ride in style and comfort while you shop. You’ll have plenty of room for groceries under the hammock and less anxiety about carrying your clunky car seat into the store.

Front Baby Carrier

Another great option when wanting to keep baby close is a front baby carrier. The carrier straps securely to your front and keeps baby firmly attached to your chest. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it is strong. So, you’ll have both hands free to clean up the house, do some light yard work, or even take a stroll around the block. A front carrier is hands down the best way to get a lot done while keeping baby close and comfy.


Many parents use strollers to push their children around the neighborhood, but have you ever used a lie-flat stroller to transport baby around your house? This is a less conventional option, but some parents prefer to keep baby close, by pushing their baby around the house in a stroller. If you have a one-story house, and perhaps are recovering from an injury, pushing baby around in a stroller could be a great solution for you! Your hands will be free, and there is minimal strain on your body. You simply push the stroller room to room, and baby can watch you or sleep in comfort.


For newer babies, having a bassinet in their parents’ room can be amazing for everyone. Having baby sleeping an arm’s length away will help you bond, and it will help with late-night feedings. Plus, it’s always great to be able to reach over and effortlessly check on your little one in the middle of the night. There are many kinds of bassinets, and some parents even use a pack and play instead, so they can use it later as well.

No matter what solution you use, be sure to still get in plenty of baby snuggles.

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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