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spinoff: riding in the shopping cart

post #1 of 108
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I thought of this while reading the slide thread and since I do let my 18mo dd ride inside the cart I was wondering what others think of it?

She absolutely hates sitting in the designated spot with the strap so our rule is she has to stay seated in the big part of the cart and she can't then we will carry her/hand hold/leave the store...

It works for us and I never really thought about it!
post #2 of 108
Are you asking from a safety standpoint? Personally I think it is fine as long as they stay seated. I remember doing this a lot as a kid when shopping with my mom. I always had to sit on a jacket or something though because the wire mesh hurt my tush.
post #3 of 108
I don't have a problem with it. Lots of parents don't even really have a choice. If you have two young kids (or three, if it's a two-seat cart), then you need to put the "extra" one somewhere!
post #4 of 108
I've thought a lot about putting DS in the basket part because he really hates the seat but I'm going to wait till he's old enough to understand "no standing up!" because right now it's just asking for disaster

I used to ride in the basket all the time as a kid. Then when my siblings got older my mom would have me sit or lay on the pallet thing ever the basket
post #5 of 108
I don't put my kids in the cart because I need that space for groceries.

When they start objecting to the seat, I start teaching them how to walk along with me.
post #6 of 108
Mine hates riding in the seat. I will usually start off there, and end up carrying him, which is a PITA when it's time to check out the groceries. I hadn't considered putting him in the cart because that's where I put the food for the most part. I don't want to deal with him dumping out my bag of cherries or opening the box of cheerios. And dumping that out too.

I am waiting for DH to come around to using a tether. I want one really really bad. I could let him walk as much as he wants, then carry him if/when he gets tired.
post #7 of 108
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Originally Posted by funkymamajoy View Post
I don't put my kids in the cart because I need that space for groceries.

When they start objecting to the seat, I start teaching them how to walk along with me.
I can understand that, but if my kids stop riding in the cart, they can stay home. I hate shopping as it is - I hate it even more when I'm dealing with kids not staying with me. DD's not bad, but ds2 is a nightmare.
post #8 of 108
Where I shop, the cart usually has two baskets and they're a bit shallow, so I wouldn't let my kids hang out in them. I also have my grocery boxes in them and groceries in those boxes so there is no room. My 3 year old either sits in the seat or he walks along with me. My 18 month old, sits in the seat.
post #9 of 108
My kids have always been either strapped in the cart's seat, in a sling, or walking next to me, but I only have 2 kids and my 4yo DS is not a runner, so I have it pretty easy at the grocery store. If I had more kids or my DS wasn't so reliable about staying near me, I'm sure I'd consider putting him in the cart.

My store does have some of those car-shaped carts, though, with 2 seats up by the handle and 2 more seats inside the car, so for larger families it's nice for there to be a safe spot for at least 4 kids.

A quick story -- just last weekend, my friend was grocery shopping with her 3 sons. Her 18mo baby was strapped into the cart's seat and her 3yo and 6yo were walking with her. She turned around for a moment to grab an item from a shelf, and her 3yo decided to stand on the lower rack of the cart and the whole thing tipped over! Luckily none of the boys were hurt too badly, but it was very scary. So even if you're doing everything "right," things can still happen.
post #10 of 108
I don't think there's anything wrong with it as long as they're sitting down. It really freaks me out to see kids standing inside a cart hanging almost out of it.

My almost 3 year old loves the seat so he always sits there. And buckles himself in usually unless the belt's too short.
post #11 of 108
Eh, doesn't really bother me. DS for the most part sits in the seat, but there are times when he is DONE grocery shopping and putting him in the basket will keep him satisfied long enough for me to check out. As long as he is sitting I am fine. Sometimes I will let him hang on to the side of the basket. I remember doing that when I was little with my dad and I loved it! I also sat under the cart but I swear there was more room under there when I was little. My favorites though are the little cars attached to the carts- DS will sit in that for hours.
post #12 of 108
I have no problem with it. I have 3 kids, eventually one ends up in there at times. They have to stay sitting though.
post #13 of 108
its dangerous. I let my kids do it anyway. really if you aren't really watching your toddler anywhere in a shopping cart is dangerous. I have seen many more kids tumble out of the seats (and yes they were buckled in) than out of the basket (I work at a grocery store, kids go flying all over the place all the time.) the safest place for toddlers especially are the big huge carts that look like cars or space ships or whatever. they are low to the ground and the ones that are up higher have really high sides. So much better.

I should add, we have the deep baskets here. in Tx they have the high shallow baskets and there is no way I would ever let my child ride there. of course on those carts under the basket is a really fun place to ride. . . . I don't know if I would let my toddler do it but 5 and up, heck yeah.
post #14 of 108
I used to do this, but now I am a business owner and all I can see it as is a huge liability. If a child falls to the floor, the store can be held responsible.

Each year thousands of kids fall out of shopping carts whether they are in the seat and not buckled or in the basket. It's a little scary. I caught my son at 1 when he figured out how to undo the buckle and stood up in his seat while I was looking at the shelf for something. I turned around just in time!

http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5075.html
post #15 of 108
sometimes the only way to get shopping done in peace is to bring along a couple body pillows and make Allie a cozy nest in the cart.
post #16 of 108
DD is 9 so too big to ride in the cart now so she either walks with us or pushes the cart for us. What we do for fun is when it's time to put the cart away she gets in front of me and I tell her to hold on tight and I give her a ride through the parking lot to the cart return. People may think I am crazy but I don't care...she loves it.
post #17 of 108
our grocery store is very tiny and the only carts are for children to push but if we where to shop at a store big enough for regular carts and as long as my son was well behaved i would be fine with him sitting in the cart. i'm not sure if at 19 months he would understand the importance of staying seated but then it has never come up so maybe he would be fine.
post #18 of 108
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Originally Posted by lilyka View Post
the safest place for toddlers especially are the big huge carts that look like cars or space ships or whatever. they are low to the ground and the ones that are up higher have really high sides.
One of our grocery stores had a few of those. I've actually followed people back to their cars to wait while they unloaded so I could get one. Mind you, none of those people had any problem with it, and about half have admitted to doing the same thing. DH thinks I'm nuts.

The carts are gone. I know they were having trouble with people stealing them, so I guess that's why. I'm bummed.
post #19 of 108
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Originally Posted by Dr.Worm View Post
DD is 9 so too big to ride in the cart now so she either walks with us or pushes the cart for us. What we do for fun is when it's time to put the cart away she gets in front of me and I tell her to hold on tight and I give her a ride through the parking lot to the cart return. People may think I am crazy but I don't care...she loves it.
That's what I do with my 7 year old. Its still fun to do that!
post #20 of 108
I don't have a problem with it. Sometimes, it's a necessity.

What bugs me now is that my 4 yo has been wanting to ride on the very bottom of the cart lately. That's probably more dangerous b/c I worry about him getting a limb ran over. Mostly I am annoyed because he climbs in and out easily to grab things off the lower shelves w/o me noticing.
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