If you're a mom you know how hard it can be to take young children to the grocery store sometimes. I know other moms who hire a babysitter just to go grocery shopping because they dread dragging their children along with them. In the past my parents or my in-laws sometimes took care of my little ones if I knew I had a long grocery-shopping trip ahead of me. But, most of the time I have all three kids in tow. To make it fun I try my best to include them in the actual grocery shopping. These are some of my tips to make for a smooth shopping trip.
1. Feed your child beforehand or bring a snack for them to eat in the cart. Just like an adult shouldn’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, you should not take your hungry kids shopping either. Otherwise, you may hear, “Can we get this?” a lot.
2. Let them help write the grocery lists. Let them choose one snack, fruit, or favorite cereal of their choice to add to the list before you leave the house.
3. Have shopping helpers. Ask your child to add an item from your list into the basket. My kids love placing items into the cart and being a part of the shopping process. They have fun unloading the groceries at checkout time, too!
4. Play games along the way. (i.e., “I spy a fruit that is green.” Or “Who can find the Cheerios box first?”)
5. Give your child his or her own Grocery List. This is one of my kid’s favorite things to do at the grocery store. I made a printable grocery list just for them. It has both pictures and words and a spot to “check” off their items. Mini clipboards work great for this and kids LOVE them!
Free Printable Kid's Grocery List here.