By peoplestaff225
Updated November 02, 2008 08:00 AM

There really is a gadget for everything, and the CartStopper ($10) proves it. If you’ve ever lived through the terror of seeing your baby roll away in a shopping cart as you turned your back to load your car with groceries, it’s a memory that is no doubt seared into your memory — and it’s a memory that need not be re-lived. This nifty little tool, small enough to fit in your purse or glove compartment, attaches via suction cup and keeps a cart tethered to your car simply and quickly. Just affix the suction cup to the car, maneuver the cart to within a few inches of the car, pull out the toggle and slide it in-between the slats of the cart. As easy as it is to set up, it’s just as easy to un-do. Break the seal on the suction cup and the CartStopper pops right off your car. For pictures of the CartStopper in action, click here.

Is it something you absolutely need? Probably not. But is it an added measure of safety? Absolutely. Of course, it should go without saying that the safest option is to strap baby into his or her carseat before unloading anything, but that’s not always feasible — especially if you’re trying to corral a toddler who has broken free in a parking lot. In any event, even if you do manage to get baby unloaded before your groceries, the CartStopper will prevent your groceries from rolling away and possibly causing an accident of their own. A recent finalist for the JPMA Innovation Award at the recent ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, the CartStopper is ideal for the type of mom who prides herself on having all bases covered, all the time.

— Missy