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  1. Baby Boy Mom

    pomegranate / 3983 posts

    @marionberry: yup, it's especially prevalent where we live. As DH would say: and that's why we do bath time every day.

  2. wheres_c

    pomelo / 5789 posts

    Do you not have the carts that have the built in infant seat? Before LO could sit up, I used them as much as possible, or baby wore.

  3. wheres_c

    pomelo / 5789 posts

    @illumina: I used the cart with the baby seat at Tesco!

  4. Boheme

    papaya / 10473 posts

    We wear DS in a wrap. When he was smaller, he just passed out. Now that he's bigger, he loves to look around!

  5. mrsmate

    persimmon / 1081 posts

    @illumina: DD is 2.5 and I still order our groceries online. It's a $6 delivery fee if I order more than $100. Even though I'm a SAHM I feel like my time is worth more than $6/hr!

  6. photojane

    cantaloupe / 6164 posts

    @marionberry: just for the record, I have always put Sadie's seat in the top part of the shopping cart. Otherwise we wouldn't have room for groceries or I would have to go shopping every other day. She has always been perfectly safe. Her seat doesn't even budge. Try all of your options and then do what you feel is best for you and your LO! Putting S up top works for us, and I feel 100% worry-free about it, but you have to figure out if it works for you!

    Now most of the time she just sits in the cart, but if she's sleepy I'll keep her in her car seat. When she was tiny she always slept through my grocery/shopping trips. Now she just loves looking at and talking to all the people from her seat.

    Here's an Instagram from when she was itty bitty shopping (sleeping) with me and Grammie at Target:



  7. illumina

    pomelo / 5469 posts

    @wheres_c: is that the one you put the car seat in or the one they just sit in? I never see many of the former in our Tesco.

    @mrsmate: exactly this! I'm too scared to take her with me yet, and Dh's time is worth way more than the £4 delivery as he'd either have to stop working and watch her or go there himself.

  8. marionberry

    pomelo / 5041 posts

    @illumina: I totally wish we lived somewhere that delivered groceries. I would definitely be opting for that if I could.

    @wheres_c: They don't have those carts at my local grocery store, so I had forgotten about those. That would be nice.

    @photojane: We usually go to Target a lot since it's close by, so this is good to know! I was actually debating between grocery shopping there, where I could pick up some other items or our usual grocery store.

    @grizz: I just tried putting lo in his carrier yesterday and he did ok and then this morning I put him in it and he fell right to sleep. I've just never tried to take him somewhere public in it for a long span of time so I'm a bit nervous that as soon as we walk in he'll start screaming.

    @purrpletulips: Thanks for the recommendation! I was figuring I'd just grab what I could until he cried and make DH go back for the rest, but prioritizing items is probably a smarter idea.

  9. Beyond2

    pear / 1517 posts

    The moby wrap and then ergo once he was bigger make it easy for us.

  10. Maysprout

    grapefruit / 4800 posts

    Baby wearing. I needed room in the cart for groceries.

  11. photojane

    cantaloupe / 6164 posts

    @marionberry: I actually do my main grocery shopping at Walmart because it's way cheaper than anywhere else and we have a nice new one nearby. If I'm already at Target, I do get a few grocery items there. I've noticed that both Walmart and Target are generally cheaper than stand alone grocery stores though!

  12. ALV91711

    pomelo / 5619 posts

    @photojane: This is what we do and I have never felt it was unsafe. Most people I see shopping with babies do the same thing. Now I think he is big enough he could sit in the cart but I haven't tried that yet.

  13. photojane

    cantaloupe / 6164 posts

    @ALV91711: how old is he? Sadie does well sitting up in the cart as long as we have the buckle on tight around her where she is basically pinned to the back of the seat. If she has any wiggle room she tries to lay down or crawl out!

  14. swurlygurl

    honeydew / 7091 posts

    @photojane: We did that as well. Sometimes the carts were obviously NOT meant for a car seat on top, so I didn't use it that way. But, as long as it felt secure, I was okay with it. I never left her out my sight and always had a hand close by, ready to react *jut-in-case*

  15. ALV91711

    pomelo / 5619 posts

    @photojane: he's 6 months

  16. HabesBabe

    grapefruit / 4400 posts

    @mediagirl: Ditto (I never got flamed, though). Carseat on top and put her in the actual seat around 6 months. She isn't really a fan of the Ergo, so it never worked for us.

  17. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    This blog post pretty accurately describes how I do it.
    http://www.pregnantchicken.com/pregnant-chicken-blog/shopping-with-a-baby-easy-right

    But really I mostly go to the one that is walking distance and only buy a few necessities at a time or Dh and I do it together on the weekend. Really the blog post is so accurate.

  18. Purpledaisy

    nectarine / 2972 posts

    Before she could sit in the cart I would put her in the ergo.

  19. Mrs. Stroller

    blogger / nectarine / 2010 posts

    baby in ergo and a regular shopping cart - a few times I had to leave the cart and go to the car to nurse him, but it was never a big deal and no one "stole" my unpaid-for groceries

  20. wheres_c

    pomelo / 5789 posts

    @illumina: the one they just sit in! I was scared of the carseat ones!

  21. marionberry

    pomelo / 5041 posts

    I ended up nursing my lo until he was full and then driving to the grocery store where I put him in the carrier. He was asleep in about 3 mins and slept so well in it that I took extra time in the store to enjoy it. Thanks guys! This worked so well I'll probably try it on other outings.

  22. Lindsay05

    pomegranate / 3759 posts

    We always clicked on top the cart. The cart is always near me so I feel the chances of it tipping are pretty slim.

  23. luckypenny

    grapefruit / 4582 posts

    The fact that this happens even once makes me very hesitant to put the seat on top:

    http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/126505/baby_death_from_shopping_cart?next=11

  24. luckypenny

    grapefruit / 4582 posts

    @marionberry: glad wearing worked out for you guys!

  25. erinpye

    pomegranate / 3706 posts

    I just recently heard something about how dangerous it is to put infant carseat carriers in shopping carts. My LO never stayed asleep in it anyway, but would fall asleep if I wore her, so that's what I always did!

  26. StbHisMrs

    pomegranate / 3329 posts

    I have 2 to take with me, at first I'd bring a helper along to push either the stroller or cart (infant in the basket of the cart, toddler in stroller). Now I find it so much easier to put her in my beco carrier, and put my cart cover on the cart where my toddler sits. Charlie is a little colicky and usually cries the whole time no matter what! Delivery service sounds so nice, but like you it's not available in my area.

  27. SugarplumsMom

    bananas / 9227 posts

    How we did it: we got 2 carts, one or groceries, the other for DD's newborn carseat. We placed it directly into the cart (not on top) like groceries. She'd sleep in there for a little while and was completely comfy in her seat. The problem was when she'd wake up

  28. PrincessBaby

    cantaloupe / 6610 posts

    I would always put the carseat in the main part of the shopping cart. I'm way too chicken to set the carseat on the seating area. So instead I had to shove my groceries in the seating area and around the carseat, but whatevs, it worked.

    When she was a couple of months old I started using the Bjorn (I know, not a lot of fans of Bjorn on here, but we got a HOT PINK one on NBD for nothing and we loved it) and facing her in. She loved it and sometimes fell asleep on me:) I kicked myself for not using it sooner....

  29. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    A warning (or perk?) about putting the seat into the cart- I accidentally stole from target when a few smaller items went under the carseat and we didn't see them at checkout. I realized it when I was putting her in the car and wasn't about to go back in!

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