Grocery shopping with a baby can be an adventure. It's an opportunity for your baby to explore, meet new people, and hang out with mama. Sometimes it can be an enjoyable experience, but other times your baby might have another agenda. Try following these simple guidelines to help ensure that you're in and out of the store quickly and without any mishaps. Before you know it, you'll be back home with the food you need and (with any luck) smiles on your faces.
Take Care of Business
Make sure your baby has a clean diaper before leaving home so that you can reduce the number of trips to the changing station while shopping.
Choose Your Time Wisely
When shopping with a baby, the time of day really does make a difference. Instead of attempting a quick trip to the store right before a nap or when she's hungry for lunch, head to the store when your baby is well-rested, well-fed, and in a good mood. Also, pay attention to the days and times your store is the busiest — such as right before dinner on weekdays or Saturday afternoon — and avoid shopping then.
Bring a Bag of Tricks
Bring a pacifier or a toy with you in case your baby gets restless. Don't forget to talk to your baby as you move around the store — an engaging "conversation" is sometimes all your little one needs to keep happy and occupied.
Make a List
Knowing what you need to buy before you even enter the store will keep your shopping trip as organized and concise as possible. 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.
Above all, attitude is everything. Babies love to emulate their parents. If you go into the shopping trip feeling stressed, your baby might be more restless and unhappy. Have a positive attitude, and your little one (and you!) may end up loving your shopping trips together.