They totally are. I made that mistake once...and then I had to pick up an entire noodle display that my daughter had knocked over.
Originally Posted by Super~Single~Mama
Originally Posted by plantnerd
Have you tried one of those baby leashes? That way baby can walk with you, but isn't able to take off or get to shelves unless you allow it. Seems like it would be a good compromise.
The leashes are long enough for baby to get to the shelves, especially if mom is right next to the shelf.
I had two kids under two, and grocery shopping was my nemesis. I didn't have the luxury of going without kids very often; my dh works crazy hours, and if I waited for him to be home with the kids so I could shop, we would be eating .... cereal and canned corn or something for dinner. ;)
I used a carrier for one while my ds rode with a seatbelt on in the cart. Sometimes I brought a healthy earth sucker along for him to suck while we shopped. Other times, he got to ride in the basket and be "in charge" of stacking boxes/cans and minding the produce. He liked to sort it by color when he was about two.
The thing that worked really, really, really, really well for me was introducing the concept of "TEAM (lastname)". Whenever we would go into a store, the kids and I would have a team huddle. I laid out the expectations and told them approximately how long we would be there/what we needed/what help I needed from them. I usually made up a job for each of them: "Ds, I need you to help me find apples. Dd, you are in charge of bananas." I made it clear that our family needs food and we are the ones to get it; it was not negotiable, we were going to do it, and we had to work together as a team.
Even now, my kids are 5 and 4 -- we use our TEAM (lastname) all the time. The kids love referring to us by our team name and sometimes even yell "GO TEAM!" before we go into a store/whatever. Being part of a family means sucking it up to do the less than awesome things like grocery shopping. I do what I can to make it fun, but even when it's not fun, we still have to do it. (There's my life lesson for the kids.) It takes all of us to make it successful.......even if we're just running in for a gallon of milk and spaghetti sauce.
This team thing has carried over to other parts of our life -- snow shoveling, sweeping the kitchen/clearing the table, etc., and I love to see my kids grow up feeling responsible for our group success. It honestly started with grocery shopping. :)
That doesn't mean we didn't have miserable trips -- and sometimes we still do (ever watched a 5 and 4 year old fight in the checkout lane? those are my kids) -- but for the most part, I try to make it as painless as possible. Sometimes I even split a peppermint patty in the car after a successful trip by our team.
Good luck. Shopping with kids is an evolving process. :)