How To Shop For Groceries With A Toddler
When you have a toddler, a simple grocery trip can feel like a dreary expedition. However, with a bit of planning and patience on your part, and the grocery shopping tips in this post, you can make your next trip to your local store bearable and even fun.
1. Make A List Of The Things You Need
Make sure you write down all the items you need to buy on your grocery run. This is especially important if you plan to bring your toddler along because they will inevitably distract you, and as a result, you may end up forgetting some essential items if you don’t have a list to refer to. A list will also save you the time you might have spent wandering through the aisles trying to figure out what you intended to buy in the first place.
2. Allow Your Toddler To Ride On The Shopping Cart
Giving your little darling a ride in the shopping cart will make it easier for you to control them, plus, luckily, most toddlers enjoy being pushed around in one – just remember to strap yours in to keep them safe. Many stores even have kid-friendly shopping carts that are in the shape of cars, which will undoubtedly thrill your toddler.
3. Give Him/Her Something To Do
Keep your toddler busy by asking him/her to help you with shopping. You can ask them to help you load a box of their favorite cereal or light, unbreakable items into the shopping cart. You can also ask them to help you find particular items, such as a specific brand of crackers. This will make them feel useful as well as keep them from getting bored.
4. Give Them Snacks
One of the reasons why children throw tantrums is hunger, so why not snack your way through the grocery store? Stick to the healthy stuff – dried fruits, nuts granola bars, and fresh fruit might be a good place to start.
5. Try To Avoid The Trouble Spots
Any parent knows to stay away from sugar (especially if you’re planning to put your little one down for a nap later), so try as much as possible to stay away from the confectionery section of the store when you go grocery shopping with your toddler. If this is not possible, speed through the aisle so that you don’t have to deal with your toddler asking to get each sugar-laden offering you come across. Look for the candy-free checkout aisle (if available) for a stress-free finish.
6. Turn Your Grocery Run Into A Teaching Opportunity
As stressful as a grocery run with a toddler can be, you can use it as an opportunity to teach your little one some basic skills. Allow them to point out colors, practice identifying shapes, and learn the names of different products.
While you may not look forward to navigating aisles with your little one, the more you take them places, the easier it becomes. These tips can come in handy in helping you avoid a meltdown or tantrum from your toddler when you go shopping for groceries.