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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Albertsons.
Grocery shopping with kids, especially with more than one kid, can definitely be a challenge even on your best days. Someone always seems to be tired, hungry or just generally doesn’t want to behave.
While I’m not sure there is a such thing as a perfectly smooth shopping trip with kids, there are things you can do to make it easier on everyone. I’ll share 5 of my best tips for grocery shopping with kids with you.
1. Have a List
Before going to the grocery store, make a game plan. Have a list of exactly what you’re going to buy so you can get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. This eliminates aimless wandering and provides less chance for things to go awry.
2. Feed Them First
If your kids are hungry, they are more likely to act up at the store. If I don’t feed her first, Kaylee will head straight to the produce section and help herself to radishes, tomatoes, apples… basically anything she can get her hands on. If her belly is full, she’s much more likely to behave.
3. Make Sure They’re Rested
This is the same general idea as feeding your kids first. If you decide to go grocery shopping at nap time, you can hardly blame your toddler for having a meltdown in the middle of the store. Make sure everyone is fresh and rested before heading out.
4. Babywearing is your Best Friend
Baby carriers have saved my sanity on so many occasions I can’t count. I used to go into the store with a baby carrier every single time in case Kaylee would get out of control. I could get pick her up and strap her on and she wouldn’t be able to get into mischief. Zoë, on the other hand, used to sleep through most shopping trips in her wrap.
5. Teach Your Kids to Be a Helper
One of the best ways to keep the kids from putting unwanted items in the cart is to ask them to help you get the things that are on your list (see #1). If you have more than one kid like me, you can have them take turns putting things in the cart. It makes the trip much more enjoyable for everyone.