If you’ve ever been in a grocery store with kids, you know that shopping with kids can be tough. I hope these 10 Tips For Shopping With Kids are born out of the needs of many frantic moms while they struggle with the grocery list and active kids. These tips will make that next shopping trip much easier with kids in tow! I hope!
10 Tips For Shopping With Kids
Give them a list
Get them involved by dividing your grocery list up and giving them a list of items to find and put into the cart. This works best for older kids, but can work for your younger kids also if they know exactly what to look for and can look close by to where you are located.
Feed them before you arrive
Hungry kids (and adults) in a grocery store can lead to tons of frustration. Make sure to give your kids a snack before or on the way to the grocery store. This will keep the requests to a minimum.
Bring something to distract them with
For younger kids a small toy is a great solution. Older kids might play a game on your phone or a tablet. Giving your kids something to distract them while you shop will keep them happy and occupied instead of asking when you can leave the store. This is one of those instances that I say bring on the electronics! Some grocery stores have large carts where kids can sit and play their games while you shop.
Stick to your list
It helps immensely if you have a solid list in hand before you enter the store and you stick to that list. This makes it easy to navigate the store quickly without wandering around without a clear direction of what you need.
Go after nap time
Never try to shop right before your kids nap time when they will be fussy and cranky. The best time to go is right after they have taken a nap and are alert, happy and in good spirits.
Shop when the store isn’t as busy
A busy or crowded store can be not only louder, but mean more people try to talk to your children. This can be overwhelming to them, and can create problems. Shop during slower hours of the day so the store isn’t as busy. As a homeschooling family we try to go grocery shopping mid week, we find that families tend to shop early and late in the week.
Don’t try to go to too many stores in one day
A marathon shopping spree is just not good when you are shopping with kids. Instead, plan breaks between stores, or go shopping over a few days so your kids aren’t exhausted from going to store after store.
Bring along a helper
If you have several kids to take with you, a teenage helper or older sibling can be a life saver. They can not only distract the kids, but they can also help you get through your list faster.
Make it a game
Whether you talk in silly voices on certain aisles, make them be quiet on odd aisles and whisper on even aisles or make a game of them helping you find specific items on the list having fun is important. I Spy is another excellent grocery store game to play with your kids that helps keep them occupied while you accomplish what you need on your list. If you search Pinterest I bet you will find some free printables to take with you.
Reward them for good behavior
A little reward at the end of a shopping trip is a great encouragement for good behavior in the future. Just make sure that your reward only comes after good behavior so they know it’s not going to happen unless they behave. I know that Publix gives the kiddos a free cookie and with Target having such a great dollar section, it’s perfect for rewards.
These are just some of the great tips I use during some of our shopping trips!
What’s your best tip to keep kids occupied in the grocery store?