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post #81 of 108
Honestly I'm more concerned that ds might get run over by some other person's cart, either because he wasn't looking where he was going or they weren't, than I am about the cart tipping over with him in it. If we're shopping and it's just me and him, I usually bring him a book and he sits and as still as a 4.5 year old is capable of doing. Which while wiggly is not enough movement that it changes the center of gravity of the cart.

I've had a lot more near misses of getting hit by a cart than I have of tipping the cart over. The only tipping problems I've had occur when I hit a crack or a seam in the sidewalk or parking lot, so he doesn't get to ride when we're out there.
post #82 of 108
I don't mostly because I know DD1 will NOT stay sitted if she was in the big part. She either stays sitting in front (some of the carts here have a car part in front with steering wheels that she likes) or walks with me. If she won't do either either DH or I take her out.

Last couple of times I went alone which was great. Its a whole lot faster and cheaper if I don't have DH and the girls with me.
post #83 of 108
i have not read all the pages....

but i say oh thank goodness for the 'car' carts.

my dd never sat in the designated seat. she either 'sat' inside or walked or was carried. until the car cart.

*sigh* however the moment she outgrew all of them she wanted to be strapped in, she wanted to sleep in the baby seat : now she just sits in there with her nose in a book. or she sits and waits at the childrens' section with her nose in her book while i finish shopping. she is 6. and i feel completely safe adn comfortable doing this. in fact we've been doing this since she was 5.
post #84 of 108
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You buckle them in the car right? So why not the cart!
Those straps are only so big. My 2 year old is a big boy and those straps rarely fit him, even though he loves to be strapped in.

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If you have mastered making small children sit perfectly still without shifting their weight around you are destined to be rich.
I was being a little sarcastic about the wiggling and jiggling. But if my kid is going to sit where the food is, he has to be fairly still. Luckily, my 2 year old hasn't discovered that he can sit in there and my 7 year old is too big now. When he was younger, I did let him sit there and he always sat on his butt and didn't move too much.
post #85 of 108
I let DD ride in the basket. If she stands up, the cart stops until she is seated again. She also likes to walk with me, though, and she is pretty good at staying nearby and not messing with everything she sees.

ETA: We had a shopping car injury last year, because she was goofing off around and on the cart. I am still not sure exactly how it happened, but I ran her hand over with a pretty full shopping cart, and we had to spend the rest of the afternoon in the ER getting X-rays. It was no fun.
post #86 of 108
as long as mine sits I'm fine with it. At around 2ish I had her in the back of a Target cart and she kept standing and once before I knew it she fell over the edge flipped over and slammed her head on the hard floor. After than the must sit rule was firmly enforced.

Deanna
post #87 of 108
My 3.5-year-old rides in the back part of the cart, because my not quite 2-year-old has to ride in the front part. She knows not to stand up or hang on the side or any of that business.
post #88 of 108
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Originally Posted by tayndrewsmama View Post
My I suggest bubbles? Then you can still maybe leave the house on occasion, providing the sun isn't too hot that day.
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post #89 of 108
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Quoteriginally Posted by Just Elsa
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.

This policy would honestly lead to us shopping elsewhere.
I've never seen a cart that didn't have this warning actually...

Deanna
post #90 of 108
I also love the "car" carts because I like not having to push two carts. DH and I just automatically started pushing 2 carts because we always fill up the grocery cart so there's no way a kid would fit in the basket if we were shopping. So one kid goes in one seat and one in the other unless the car is available

(As a side thought to the OP, is it possible she fights it because she's uncomfortable? Maybe it slows circulation in her legs and makes them fall asleep or her bottom hurt?? Maybe padding the seat to make it comfy would make it easier to get her to sit.)
post #91 of 108
i watch a little girl during the day, I take her and ds shopping a lot and I often let one ride in the basket. i do have a double stroller though and i use it a lot. i have never really thought about it before i just thought everyone does it.
post #92 of 108
in the grocery store... no. I need that space for my groceries. My 2yo sits in the seat or on my back and my 4 and 6yos walk beside me with a hand on the cart.

in target? oh yes. My 2yo still rides in the seat but I put my other boys in the basket with a bag of popcorn and walk around looking until the popcorn runs out.
post #93 of 108
The place we frequent only has the high basket carts that were popular in the 1980s so the basket was not OK for sitting. They also do not have functioning seat belts. During dd's squirmier phases, I brought a long tie to fashion as a belt. However, if I felt that my child could be trusted to sit reasonably well and I was feeling attentive enough to keep an eye on her, I would have had no problem with her sitting in the regular grocery cart basket.

Perspective people. Seriously. I am quite surprised that people are flinging around thinly veiled insults at each other over this. You do what you gotta do. If you have the kid that bolts for the door or climbs the end caps, the basket is likely a far lesser risk.

Yes, kids get hurt in shopping carts. Kids get hurt doing just about everything. My dd fractured her leg tripping over her own feet in our kitchen...... The far greater danger is the car trip to the store...even with the latest and greatest car seat. If kids sitting in the cart makes you nervous, don't put your kid in there. But to call one negligent/dumb/EVIL for weighing up the scenario and deciding the cart basket makes the most sense is a bit over the top IMO.

FTR, I was victim of a runaway cart. My mom was loading the groceries into the car while I was properly fastened into the seat. As she put the last bag in, the slight slope of the lot caused the cart to roll away. It picked up speed until it hit a drain cover and surrounding depression and went end over end. It was terrifying for everyone involved, but I was fine. Then my mom put me in the trunk of the station wagon with no seatbelt to keep the groceries from toppling on the drive home Bigger fish to fry.
post #94 of 108
Uh....where has someone called people using the basket "evil"?
post #95 of 108
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Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
FTR, I was victim of a runaway cart. My mom was loading the groceries into the car while I was properly fastened into the seat. As she put the last bag in, the slight slope of the lot caused the cart to roll away. It picked up speed until it hit a drain cover and surrounding depression and went end over end. It was terrifying for everyone involved, but I was fine. Then my mom put me in the trunk of the station wagon with no seatbelt to keep the groceries from toppling on the drive home Bigger fish to fry.
oh my gosh! thats absolutely horrifying!!! (the cart not the station wagon part)
post #96 of 108
Oh good grief, people do get bent out of shape over the littlest things....


DD fell out of the 'babyseat' part of a cart (roperly buckled) when she was about 2.5. The edge of the cart fell off, and she went down with it (it was a pretty new cart, there would have been no way to predict that.)

I can't put my kids in bubble wrap, but given the risk of a child wandering off or being injured by something falling, somonne running over them, someone walking off with them etc, I'll take my chances with the cart. If they sit on their bum in the bottom of the cart, they can stay. If they can't do that, or remain safely buckled, they certainly aren't to be trusted walking around.

I do think it's dangerous to see a kid standing in a cart and leaning over, but when they're sitting nicely, it simply isn't a big enough risk for me to feel like I should judge someone else's choices because it might not be the ideal solution.

What is the ideal solution though when you have a cart with one child seat, and two kids too small to walk around on their own? A carrier may not work for everyone.. not everyone has child care...

I suspect we all do the best we can, and try to keep our kids as safe as we can.
post #97 of 108
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What is the ideal solution though when you have a cart with one child seat, and two kids too small to walk around on their own? A carrier may not work for everyone.. not everyone has child care...
I'm a single mom with a 16 month old and a 13 month old, and shopping was somewhat of a nightmare until i figured out to just take two carts. Its actually easier than you'd think! (Though i get lots of looks from other shoppers.) I dont have a problem with kids in the big basket but my toddler insisted on standing, so that didnt work out, plus he would step on the groceries. taking the double stroller in also wasnt a great solution, as they are more likely to fuss than when up high in the cart, plus not too much room for groceries. So, if i take two carts they can each have a seat, i can put my purse, diaper bag and any jackets in the basket of one, and the groceries in the other. I pretty much push one cart while pulling the other...a little tricky rounding corners but i've gotten pretty good at it!


Katherine
post #98 of 108
i just leave my kids in the car while i shop
post #99 of 108
My son sits in the designated spot, stands in the food area, pushes the cart, rides on the front and the back of the cart, or walks beside.
post #100 of 108
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i just leave my kids in the car while i shop
My parents did.
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