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post #21 of 108
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Originally Posted by Alyantavid View Post
That's what I do with my 7 year old. Its still fun to do that!
yeah..we go fast so it's like an amusement park ride..wish i could try it but I am a little too big for someone to push me...maybe when i lose weight
post #22 of 108

In the Cart

We have three kids. Sometimes one is in the seat, and two are in the cart. Often though, our five year old walks, or stands on the cart frame holding on to the back of the cart.

Honestly, in crowded stores like Costco where everybody is pushing their giant cart around and not paying attention to where they are going prefer to have the kids in the cart where they won't get squished by somebody with a dolly full of dog food.
post #23 of 108
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
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.

Honestly, I prefer to not bring the children when I'm shopping by myself. My oldest didn't object to the cart until he was past the running away phase and DD doesn't seem to mind the seat.
post #24 of 108
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Originally Posted by funkymamajoy View Post
Honestly, I prefer to not bring the children when I'm shopping by myself. My oldest didn't object to the cart until he was past the running away phase and DD doesn't seem to mind the seat.
DS2 likes the cart, but he's starting to object to the seat, and he can't use the strap in most of them.
post #25 of 108
So far we've gotten by with a baby carrier of some sort, the grocery cart seat, or walking. I've never really understood how any actual shopping could get done with a kid in the cart. The carts at my Whole Foods are so small I could probably only get a loaf of bread in there with my 3 year old. And at the big regular grocery store we go to, the carts are those sort of high shallow ones. I wouldn't feel comfortable putting my kid in there.
post #26 of 108
I let my kids ride in the basket once they're old enough to understand the no standing up rule.
post #27 of 108
Most of the time we grocery shop as a family so dh carries ds (almost 5) around on his shoulders or they walk around together and I push the cart and everyone's happy. If I need to go without dh, then ds rides in the basket of the cart, he's too big to fit in the seat part of the cart now or I would put him in there. He doesn't stand up and the carts at our stores are the really deep ones. His weight in the basket actually helps with the carts center of gravity.
post #28 of 108
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Originally Posted by riverscout View Post
So far we've gotten by with a baby carrier of some sort, the grocery cart seat, or walking. I've never really understood how any actual shopping could get done with a kid in the cart.
DD actually likes it when I bury her partway. I obviously avoid putting anything too heavy, cold or uncomfortable on her, but she'll ask me to put fruit, veggies, bread, cereal, etc. on her. One day, she told me it was her goal to have only her head sticking out of the groceries.

I shop mostly at one of two stores. One of them has standard older carts - one seat, and a narrow, deep basket (this is the store that used to have the car carts). It can be hard to fit my groceries in sometimes. The other store has wider, shallower carts. They have two seats, but only three leg holes - my kids are too big to share the shelf comfortably now - and two baskets - one upper one that's about half the length of the cart, and then the lower one. They hold more, and sometimes one of my kids will ride in the upper basket. That's not quite as safe as the lower one, but still fine, if they stay seated...and I don't have any problem fitting in my groceries that way!
post #29 of 108
The carts at our store have a sign on them forbidding children in the basket area. I figure the cart owner has spoken and that's that. If there's not a prohibition... well, I think it's a safety risk because of the way those carts are balanced, but that's your call.
post #30 of 108
I've just started letting my 2.5 year old do that. Standing up isn't an issue or hasn't been one yet. He usually just rests his head on something and relaxes, haha. This doesn't really work on big trips to the store as there isn't any room in the basket.
We usually start off in the seat, then move on to walking and then he asks to sit in the basket. I'm often relieved once he asks for the basket because he has a habit of walking REALLY close to the buggy and it makes me nervous because he is so little!
The first couple of times I let him do it, I did feel a little uncomfortable about what other people were thinking, to be honest, because I was always taught that was "wrong" when growing up.
post #31 of 108
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Originally Posted by Just Elsa View Post
The carts at our store have a sign on them forbidding children in the basket area. I figure the cart owner has spoken and that's that. If there's not a prohibition... well, I think it's a safety risk because of the way those carts are balanced, but that's your call.
My husband used to work for Michael's and they had a rule against kids sitting in their carts because they were particularly tippy due to their size. So, no sitting in the baskets when we shopped at Daddy's work!
post #32 of 108
We avoid letting the kids ride in the cart all together, unless I forget to bring the ergo

I like the room for groceries, I prefer not to have bites taken from our produce and, honestly, I'm rather grossed out by the raw meat and stuff that people put in there carts. When we can, we forego the cart completely and just use reuable bags..

I don't mind other kids sitting in them though, as long as they're actually SITTING- my partner works in a grocery store, and we have seen more than a few accidents waiting to happen (or happening as we're walking by )
post #33 of 108
They can ride in the shopping cart but the rules are:

You sit on your bottom or stay on your knees. The first time they stand, they're out and either walking or riding in the designated seat. I only had to remove dd ONCE to teach that rule.
post #34 of 108
I see nothing wrong with it. My DS has never minded sitting in the seat of the cart though. Only recently have I let him sit in the bottom of the cart. I generally prefer him in the seat so that I can see/hear him when he talks. He also tends to want to play around in the bottom part and I don't want him to pinch his fingers .
post #35 of 108
It's too dangerous. We see other kids doing it all the time and DD always asks why she can't. I tell it's not safe. Period.

She rides in the seat, one of the "fun" carts shaped like a car, or target has big kid seats in some of their carts, or she walks.

When she was an infant, I pushed her in her stroller and pulled the cart. I wouldn't put her car seat carrier on top of the seat like most people do. She didn't ride in the cart at all until she was able to sit up strapped in the seat.

Google shopping cart accidents or safety if you think I'm overly cautious.
post #36 of 108
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Originally Posted by karemore View Post
It's too dangerous. We see other kids doing it all the time and DD always asks why she can't. I tell it's not safe. Period.
Finally, someone who shares my unpopular opinion! Let's go shopping, karemore!
post #37 of 108
Sleeping in bed with your kids can be unsafe if you're not careful too. I have done both, and I've done both carefully. I'm very comfortable with it, but you do have to watch them like a hawk to make sure they stay sitting the whole time. First time they try to get up, they come out of the cart. It doesn't take but one or two times for them to understand.
post #38 of 108
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
Sleeping in bed with your kids can be unsafe if you're not careful too. I have done both, and I've done both carefully. I'm very comfortable with it, but you do have to watch them like a hawk to make sure they stay sitting the whole time. First time they try to get up, they come out of the cart. It doesn't take but one or two times for them to understand.
This. My rule is simple: stay seated, or get out. We've never had a problem.

A friend's son did fall out of a cart when he was 5. He was standing up, and someone bumped the cart. He was hospitalized briefly for a head injury. So, yes, STANDING in a shopping cart CAN be very dangerous.

I'm very comfortable with a child sitting in a cart, if the parent is actually watching.
post #39 of 108
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Originally Posted by vegemamato View Post
I like the room for groceries, I prefer not to have bites taken from our produce and, honestly, I'm rather grossed out by the raw meat and stuff that people put in there carts. When we can, we forego the cart completely and just use reuable bags..
you make a good point! carts are pretty gross. someone complained once because I was hauling garbage in one. Hello! raw meat goes in there. kids with who knows what on their shoes and hands. cans that have had maggots and botulism on them. they have been in a parking lot gathering exhaust residue. my garbage bag full of fresh coffee grounds is probably the cleanest thing that has been in there in months! but yeah, I also wouldn;t recommend letting your kids sit on the conveyor belts or put their hands on them. seriously. dirtier than a toilet seat . . . .
post #40 of 108
I know it's not safe, and I agree it's disgusting...but I do it anyway. Mine are 3 and 2, and I think of it as a containment device. Grocery stores are easy when I've only got one along, but both of them walking alongside? Nope. I'd be *that* mom that gets talked about in an MDC thread: "I saw the worst mom today! She was actually -hissing- at her children at the grocery store!"

Yep, that would be me. Until they can accompany me without "helping" me by putting all of the stuff on the bottom shelves into our cart while my back was turned, they ride.
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