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Safe-Dock Shopping Carts Make Shopping with Infants Safer 

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Vermont Hannaford stores recently became a little safer for their youngest customers. Last summer, the retailer rolled out several new shopping carts at each of its Vermont locations outfitted with a Safe-Dock system for infants. The specially designed carts allow parents to snap infant car seats into a plastic dock and secure them with a strap, so that baby's not precariously balanced on top of the cart. Sara Hancock, manager of the Swanton Hannaford and mom to an almost 3-year-old, says customers use the docks frequently. She says they're far superior to the carts they've replaced, which had built-in infant seats that didn't fit older babies and weren't desirable for "germophobes" like her. The new carts provide customers with "a better solution" for shopping with an infant in tow, Hancock says. "I wish I would have had the opportunity to shop with them."

Shopping carts outfitted with the Safe-Dock system are available at 17 Hannaford locations in Vermont, including Barre, Bennington, Bradford, Brandon, Brattleboro, Burlington, Enosburg Falls, Essex Junction, Middlebury, Milton, Morrisville, Rutland, St. Albans, Swanton, Williston, and two in South Burlington.

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