|This is what my daughter things of shopping.|
So how do you get stuff done and keep baby happy at the same time? I kept a basket of “goods” in the car…lots of little toys and books that I could quickly throw in our bag when we went into a store. I tried to rotate things so she didn’t get board of something too easily. Here is a list of things that I always had on hand:
(only $8.98!!) comes with 12 mini books and would be perfect to keep organized in the car (comes in a box with a handle so your books aren’t just thrown in the car and sliding around):
will attach right to a shopping cart and keep toys from falling on the floor (and Mommy from bending over every 5 seconds to pick them up!). I found that most of my daughter’s favorite toys could be used with links so we always had something that she could play with.
– Teethers are great in general, but when you are trying to get groceries with a cranky teething baby, they are a necessity! Sophie was my daughters go to teether, especially during car rides. She’s a bit expensive ($20) but you won’t regret it…I’ve heard nothing but positive things from other Moms as well!
– Snacks! If your baby is old enough to snack on solids, Gerber Graduates Puffs
and Baby Mum Mums are the BEST. Don’t feel bad if you make a special trip to the baby isle just to bust open a brand new pack before paying for them…been there, done that at least 100 times.
Of course, the toys and snacks won’t always work so you must be prepared for operation “avoid meltdown”. Here are a few more tips that have helped me out in a bind:
– Bring a comfort item. When my daughter was a baby this always meant a pacifier and her “blankie”. When things got bad, I busted out those puppies and I turned into World’s Best Mom (even for just a moment).
– Give baby your phone. I never let my daughter have my phone unless I was pretty desperate (I’m not a fan of drool in electronic devices). But when I did give her my life line she’d go from screaming so loud Walmart might have to evacuate to smiling baby. Whatever works!
– Let baby play with groceries. If I would grab something that was safe for her to play with, I’d just give it to her. Think cereal box, butter tubs or yogurt containers. I’d try handing her different textures and temperatures. Just make sure to wash baby’s hands off when you leave.
– Don’t be afraid to sing like a fool so everyone can hear you. Walmart customers LOVE hearing “Old Mac Donald” over and over.
– My last suggestion: leave baby at home. Works every time! ;o)