Grocery Shopping with Kids or Babies

Grocery Shopping with Kids or Babies

With a little planning and some wise choices, you can have a pleasant and productive outing to the grocery store when shopping with your baby.

Sometimes shopping with your baby can be an enjoyable experience. Other times it’s a hellish disaster with you and your baby in near tears. 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 reduce – or avoid – the number of trips to the changing station while shopping.

Time your trip wisely
Head to the store when your baby is 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 baby gets restless. Don't forget to talk to your baby as you move around the store; an engaging "conversation" is sometimes all she needs to keep happy and occupied.

Make a list
Knowing what you need before you enter the store will 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 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.

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Help I have 2 kids


I have actually had success with these tips when shopping with my 3 year old. However, now I have a 3 month old and shopping with both is so much harder to manage, especially on long grocery trips.

Good Article


Thanks for the article, many have come in hand already!

Key points


All good key things to remember when going shopping.


nicosmom 1/16/2016

I would take my one month old grocery shopping during his naps. I'd put the car seat in the main basket and load up the groceries on the bottom part of the cart. Granted I had to rush through the shopping, but it was better to knock this out while my child was asleep.

Helpful Hands

Shawna 1/11/2016

I let my kids help by putting items in the cart if they are not fragile. My older son also likes to help push the cart. We sing songs, play games, and work on letter and number recognition with the aisle signs.

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