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Shopping with Kids

An age-by-age guide to shopping with kids in tow

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Shopping without the kids in tow is easier when school's in session. Now that summer's here, that means no more power shopping sans kids till September. Sigh!

An estimated 66 children visit the emergency room every day after dangerous run-ins with shopping carts.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, falls from shopping carts are the leading cause of head injuries to young children, most occurring when children stand up in the child seat or cart basket. In 2011, a 3-month-old suffered a fatal head injury after her car seat fell out of a cart that had just been wheeled over a speed bump. To ensure safety, take heed and follow these CPSC guidelines.

• Use seatbelts to restrain your
child in the cart seat.
• Stay with your child at all
times.
• Don’t allow your child to ride
in the cart basket.
• Don’t place a personal infant carrier or car seat in the cart seat or basket.
• Don't allow your child to ride or climb on the sides or front of the cart.
• Don’t allow a child to push the cart with another child in it.

MK Facebook friend Laura P., mom to four boys, ages 4 through 11, admits, “I avoid taking them shopping if I can, just because they will request items not on my list.” That’s a common kid-shopping annoyance. Family trips to the grocery or shopping mall have also been known to incite Veruca Salt–sized “I-want-it-now” tantrums, past-my-naptime meltdowns, where’d-they-go disappearances, shopping-cart pinches, “Gimme-that” sibling battles, even the occasional pilfering of items that need to be returned to the shelves with a stealing-is-wrong lecture. With a little planning and advice from our age-by-age guide, though, shopping with kids in tow can be an exercise in family bonding rather than, well, a real chore.

General store advice for shipping with kids

  • Timing is everything — shop when stores are least crowded.
  • Make sure little ones are well rested and fed.
  • Park near the cart lot for easy drop-off when done.
  • Never leave your child unattended.
  • For safety’s sake, never place a child of any age in the cart basket.
  • Encourage healthy eating habits; let kids choose veggies and fruit for the week.

Shopping with infants/toddlers

  • Pack essentials — don’t get caught without diapers, wipes, an extra pacifier to replace the one that fell in the sticky cart. Speaking of . . .
  • Do not place infant carriers in carts. Search for a cart with an attached infant seat. If there isn’t one, use a sling or backpack carrier.
  • If using a cart seat, make sure your child sits upright and is buckled tightly.
  • Point out words and letters on store signs for some early teaching.
  • Strollers are perfect for mall trips. Baby naps while mommy shops.

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