1. Make a Cheerio necklace.
So your kid can snack while you shop. Learn about it here.
2. Bring bubble wrap with you.
They can pop it while you push the cart through the aisles, but make sure you don’t leave them unattended while they play.
3. Put together a “busy wallet” with drawing paper, fun stickers, and a pen.
They can doodle and distract themselves.
4. Bring googly eyes with you so you can turn large cartmates into friends.
Spend under $10 for 1,000 self-adhesive eyes that can turn a watermelon into a buddy.
5. Print out a shopping list just for them.
6. Have a coupon scavenger hunt.
Let kids help you look for sale items and teach them about a little thing called money. If they can find a certain number of items, give them a small reward.
7. …including their Halloween costume.
Simply donning a cape will make them want to shop every day.
8. Or freeze yogurt to make healthy pops that won’t get them too hyper.
Yum. Learn how to make them here.
9. Get a shopping cart hammock.
If you’re open to spending $50 and making shopping with a very small child less traumatizing, try this little hammock that we wish came in an adult size.
10. And if you must shop FOR them, get your measurements (like these little feet) and leave them at home when you can.
Make shoe shopping stress-free by bringing your kid’s feet (but not your kid) to the store. Learn more here.