Target runs are one of my very favorite ways to kill some time with the kids, but they can also be overwhelming. Mae is now at the age where she is easy to take shopping and is actually a big help with her younger siblings, but it’s a different thing with the younger two.
Winnie is a typical two-year-old with lots of big feelings so distraction (i.e. snacks!) is the best technique for her. Ander is a typical one-year-old and loves to climb on everything so I like to keep him contained in the shopping cart. He’s at the sweet spot where he can walk, but hasn’t really figured out it’s an option to get out of the shopping cart and run around. I don’t think this is gonna last much longer but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts!
I’ve discovered a few products over the past few years that have made grocery shopping with babies & toddlers much more manageable. All three of these products were designed by parents to solve some common challenges that come with shopping with kids.
1 | BINXY BABY SHOPPING CART HAMMOCK ($49.95)
The Binxy Baby is a shopping cart hammock that securely holds your baby while you shop, leaving room for groceries below. Your baby can either sleep (mine usually did!) or look out & interact with the world. You can also use the Binxy Baby to securely hold an infant car seat instead of having to place it in the cargo area so you’ll have room for all your groceries below. When you’re not using it, it can be rolled up for easy storage in your diaper bag or in the car.
2 | BUGGY BENCH SHOPPING CART BABY SEAT ($45)
The Buggy Bench is a shopping cart baby seat that creates an extra seat for your toddler (8 months to 4 years) in the cargo area of the shopping cart. They’re so helpful for families with multiples or children close together in age. When you’re done using it, it folds in half for easy storage.
3 | SNAP & SHOP SHOPPING CART SNACK TRAY ($14.99)
The Snap & Shop is a shopping cart snack tray that attaches to the handle of the shopping cart so your child can enjoy their favorite snacks while you do your shopping. It has two snack compartments a snap-on lid, and the handle detaches from the tray for easy cleaning.