How to Shop With a Baby

How to Shop

Due to popular demand, we decided to make a sequel to “How Not to Use an Infant Car Seat“. Overall, that video had a tremendous response, but after a collective jaw drop with parents everywhere realizing that they weren’t supposed to put an infant car seat on top of a shopping cart, the most common question was, “well, what are we supposed to do?!?”

If I was going to tell them what they couldn’t do, they demanded that I tell them what they COULD do! How the heck were they supposed to shop with a baby if they couldn’t put that car seat dangerously propped up on the cart handle?!

I’m here for you. It is our duty to the parenting public to show the different options on how to shop with a baby in tow. Consider this episode 2 in our “How to” series. ;)

 

*For those who are asking, the carrier in the video is the BabyBjorn Carrier ONE and the car seat is the Maxi Cosi Mico AP.

About Hollie Schultz

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in Chicago. She loves the city but hates the cold!

Comments

  1. Tina T says:

    Oh my gosh, you are too funny! I’d love to see an episode on how to shop with 4 under 4. My current dilemma, lol! Husband does most of the shopping but he’s label’ly impared ( not a good label reader). :)

  2. Jessica says:

    I have a maxi cosi mico ap. I love it but can’t figure out how to use it without the base.

  3. Catherine says:

    Great sequel, but I would love a trilogy that answers my current dilemma of how to shop with 2 babies… I have a 4 month old and a 17 month old. I currently do much grocery shopping online and Amazon shopping as a temporary solution.

  4. Alyssa M says:

    for nothern ireland we have carts which you can clip the carseat on securely at our biggest stores

  5. brenda f says:

    i found that if the cart had enough space underneath I could prop a shopping basket there for holding more groceries, doesn’t work at all stores! but increases your shopping ‘real estate’ if you find one that does have the space!(much better than just stacking your groceries under there, cause they can topple out.

  6. Meghan S says:

    All good ideas, but left out the two I do most often – I put baby in their stroller & use the basket underneath to hold all of my shopping items. I make sure the basket is completely empty beforehand (ie no diaper bag or toys) so that the basket will be completely emptied when I go through the checkout lane. I’m sure loss prevention is keeping an eye on me as I walk through the store putting items in the basket, but I’ve never once been questioned or approached by anyone about it.

    When the basket underneath just won’t do (like later today, my shopping list has Coke & diapers, which are too heavy & too bulky to fit underneath) then I push baby in a stroller & pull a cart along behind me. Any other season I’d just babywear and push a cart, but with the polar vortex bringing -50 windchills to Chicagoland I’m not taking my coat off while outside so I can put the carrier on, or taking baby out of his infant bucket to put him into the carrier.

  7. Made me smile :-)

  8. Ha! :) For Tina T, i’d invest in some Ergos :) I have 2 year old twins, 4yo and 7yo. Do any of yours go to preschool? I have to put one of the twins in the ergo on my back one sits in the seat and the 4yo either walks holding on to cart or sits in the basket. I also vote for option 6 which is hire a babysitter while you go shop :)

  9. Really great video! Couldn’t you still wear baby though even with your helper? ;) I just hate bringing along a stroller. That takes up prime real estate in my hatch/trunk.

  10. Sarah P says:

    Often I put the baby carseat in the cart and grab two hand baskets. I use the handheld baskets under the cart. And it makes it so much easier to unload the handheld baskets at the checkout!

  11. Erica S says:

    There have been times when I put the baby carseat in one shopping cart, put a toddler in a second one and pull one cart behind me while I push the other. Not the fastest way to shop, but it works when you need a bunch of things.

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