As a new parent, you may have a lot of questions on how to go grocery shopping with your baby. How do I get the shopping cart? Should I carry the baby around while shopping? Should I carry the diaper bag as well? We have prepared a simple guide to answer the most common questions and make the first grocery shopping experience an easy one.
- Prepare ahead. With the baby in tow, you probably cannot afford the luxury of browsing while going shopping. Prepare a list of things to buy – to make it easier and save time, you can organize it by the aisles you will be walking by. Make sure your baby is fed and changed before you hit the road. When you arrive to the store, try to park your car as close to the store as possible.
- Baby and the cart. Contrary to what many people think, it is not safe to put the car seat with the baby on the top of the shopping cart. The car seat can easily topple over leading to fatal consequences. To manage the baby and your groceries, you have a couple of options. First, you can put your baby into a sling and get a shopping cart – this will free both of your hands. Second, you can switch the car seat into a stroller and take a shopping basket. Finally, if you are just running in to get one item from the store, you can just carry your baby in his car seat.
- Know when to go. Choose the time to go shopping wisely. Stores are usually least crowded on weekday mornings, and if you get up early, this is your perfect time. You can also choose the time when the baby usually naps. When you are done shopping, ask a store associate to help you to the car and you can consider your mission accomplished!