Let’s be real, grocery shopping with two kids under two is a real workout
I remember being at work, creating a grocery list and then having the panic set in. The point in my pregnancy had arrived where people were too afraid to make eye contact with me, let alone ask if I was meeting deadlines. My feet were swollen, my cankles looked painful, my hair was pulled back and worse than all that, was the fact that I had been up every night that week with a sick one year old.
Yep, I was about to become a mom of two kids under two. For some reason the reality of grocery shopping with two young ones had never occured to me up until that point. Now, everyone at the office was demanded to answer my question,
“HOW IN THE WORLD AM I GOING TO GO GROCERY SHOPPING WITH TWO BABIES!?!”.
No answers. Remember, this was long before Walmart had a drive up grocery service where they just bring your groceries out to you, and you never even have to leave the car! I wish they had that service then but even now, it’s not everywhere. So, if you are like I was and you are hyperventilating at the thought of shopping with your two young ones then I have some answers from my own experiences that might be of some help to you.
9 Tips For Grocery Shopping With Two Kids Under Two
1. Shop during off peak hours.
You can find out when a store is less likely to be busy by trying a few different thing. Your first option is to call the store and ask a manager when the store is less crowded, explain to them your situation and they will be more than willing to help. However, some stores have created this process to be even simpler. By doing a google search for the store near you with the word “hours” after you search term some stores will have their busy hours already listed for you. However, as a rule of thumb all non peak hours are around 9AM during the work week. Naturally this may not work for you, especially if you are a working mom. If this option does not work for you then I strongly suggest looking into Walmart’s grocery service.
2. Prepare to make a day of it.
Don’t push the kids getting out the door, you don’t want them overwhelmed before you get to the store and you certainly don’t want to wear yourself out before the shopping trip even begins. Once you get to the store just know that it will take a while and even longer yet bringing the groceries in from the store. See if you can make an outing of the trip with a friend or relative who lives near by. They may even enjoy the extra hours of one on one baby time.
3. Bring a stroller.
If you are still lugging around two infant carseats you may end up pushing two carts, one for groceries and the other one for kids. I have found that it is easier to push a double stroller and pull a grocery cart than it is to push two carts. I actually have some horror stories as to why this is. You can read those here.
4. Park next to the buggy return.
There needs to be a law that says these spots are dedicated to mothers of young children for safety reasons. Seriously, I don’t know about you but I do not feel okay walking away from my kids just to return a cart to the proper spot.
5. Give them each a snack or bottle as soon as you get in the store.
Giving your little ones a snack when you get to the store will help occupy them for a while. This will help give you some peace to shop and will help your young toddler not want everything that he/she sees. Yes, I have even gone to the drive thru on the way to the grocery store just so that they can eat while I shop.
6. Push the kids through the check out station before you push the groceries though.
By pushing the kids through the check out aisle first will allow you to keep a better eye on them while you unload the groceries and they won’t be pulling everything off of the candy shelf behind you.
7. Avoid shopping during nap time.
This applies if you have a toddler as an infant might be unaware that they are “being kept up” past their normal nap time.
8. Put the kids in the car, then the stroller, then the groceries.
You’ll know as long as the keys are not in the ignition that they kids are safe from harm and not going anywhere. Do it the other way around and a tot may get “brave” and try to climb out while your back is turned.
9. Keep your cool.
It’s only grocery shopping. Not a war.
10. Bring A List
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