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Food Shopping With A Toddler

Thursday, 3 November 2016  |  Mummy and Little Me

Back in the day before Joey was a fully fledged toddler, doing the weekly food shop used to be a something i enjoyed. As the owner of a terrible toddler the supermarket can turn into your worst nightmare.

So when my son was all cute and didn't have the attitude of a teenager, he used to really enjoy going shopping and was so happy sitting in the trolley. He was always well behaved and strangers used to always come up to us to say hello. Nowadays, it's like an episode of supermarket sweep or sometimes like a secret service mission to get it done in under 10 minutes before the bomb..toddler explodes. Here are a few tips that may come in handy

- shopping list: have everything you need written down so when you get inside the store you know what your looking for. Any hesitation or aimless wondering of the aisles will agitate your toddler.

- Bribe food: I always try and take with me some bribe food like rice cakes, crisps etc anything to keep him occupied.

- Open it if you have to: if i pick something up to put in the trolley and Joey is shoving it back at me because he wants it depending on what it is i will open the packet e.g. rice cakes, cheese sticks, bottle of water etc. If I refused to open something for him then he will have a meltdown.

-Pack like your life depends on it: If you’re an Aldi shopper you will know what I mean when i say that you have be a ninja when it comes to packing your shopping in Aldi. You’re meant to just put everything in your trolley and then bag everything up near the window, but i don’t have the time or patience for that! So i always have a MASSIVE shopping bag open and ready in the trolley to just swipe everything inside it.

I really wish that doing the foodshop was easier. Half of the time i forget to pick things up because Joey kicks off and I get distracted and just want the ground to swallow me up.


Do you have any tips for surviving the food shop with your child in tow?