Grocery shopping with a baby or young child can be an adventure. It’s an opportunity for your little one to explore, meet new people, and hang out with mama. Sometimes it can be an enjoyable experience, but other times your children might have another agenda. Trade in temper tantrums for smiles and good times with these simple tips.
Take Care of Business
Make sure your baby has a clean diaper before leaving home so that you can avoid trips to the changing station while shopping. Likewise, have your older child use the bathroom before you head out the door.
Time Your Trip Wisely
Head to the store when your children are well rested, well fed, and in a good mood. Make a note of when your store is at its busiest and avoid shopping during those hours.
Pack a Bag of Tricks
Bring a pacifier or a toy with you in case your little one becomes restless. Don’t forget to talk as you move around the store; an engaging “conversation” with you is sometimes all your young shopper needs to keep happy and occupied.
Make a List
Knowing what you need before you enter the store will help keep your shopping trip organized and concise. You’ll also save money by sticking with must-have items rather than filling your cart with impulse buys.
Get to Know the Store
The better you know the layout of your grocery store, the faster you’ll be able to do your shopping. Nothing eats up time and patience like roaming around trying to find an ingredient or two. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in finding the right aisle to complete your list.
Attitude Is Everything
Babies and kids pick up on their parents’ moods and emotions. If you go into the shopping trip feeling stressed, your child might be more restless and unhappy. Have a positive attitude, and your little one (and you!) may end up loving your shopping trips together.