Shopping with your baby: How to avoid a nightmare

Shopping with your baby: How to avoid a nightmare

Shopping with babies. That’s a fun idea.

With a newborn it was a walk in the park — another nap time for our little angel — but fast-forward to 10 months when he started walking, and shopping became a whole new experience. Now, you can trust me when I say that I’m no professional when it comes to parenting — I couldn’t be further from it — but I have learned a few things that make shopping with babies much more doable and, at times, enjoyable.

Don’t forget the diaper bag

While it’s a pretty simple thing to remember, it’s also one of the most important. Trust me. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the frozen food section without the diaper bag when your child has a blowout. Talk about a nightmare! And honestly, we learned this really fast. Even if it’s just a quick trip to the store, bringing along some wipes and diapers can go a long way.

Make sure everyone’s well fed and rested

If I’ve learned anything from watching my son at the store, it’s that children have their limits. Shopping while your child is tired or hungry can make the trip so much more difficult than it needs to be. I’ve often found that feeding our son right before we go out can make the trip smoother and more enjoyable. He’s much happier, even around the large crowds that we try and avoid.

Make every moment a teaching moment

Shopping has, if anything, also brought out more of my son’s curious personality. He always wants to see, touch, and grab everything, and I’ve learned over months and months of trips to the store that these are great learning experiences for him. Just at like at home when reading books to him, it can be beneficial to read the labels on different products. Reading the words on the boxes and then letting him hold that product (unless, of course, it’s fragile), has become a common practice when going to the store.

Remember that shopping isn’t the most important thing

Sometimes a child won’t be able to handle another store, especially if you’ve been to many already. If this is the case, shopping may need to be postponed until a later time. In these moments, my wife or I have stayed at home with our son while the other finishes the shopping. While this makes it so that shopping takes longer than we sometimes want, it works to keep our son happy.

In all things, it’s important to remember that time with our children is always time to educate, have fun, and strengthen the family’s relationship.

Shopping with your baby: How to avoid a nightmare

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