I'd be really curious to know how some of you deal with your kids while shopping. We have never really used a stroller-I even sold mine at a yard sale about a year ago. It just seemed like I always ended up holding the G baby and trying to push my heavy stroller with one hand. Now that he's older, I am really wishing for a stroller again, as I can really only hold him for about ten minutes at a time without crying in pain-he's almost 40 pounds!
Here's what I wore, trying to plan on being as comfortable as possible. There's nothing wore than chasing after a toddler and worrying about if you're showing buttcrack or not!
Necklace-surf shop at Emerald Isle, NC
Eating a slice of pizza like a pro-in the food court. A cheese slice from Sbarro is my go-to food court food.
We did a lot while we were there-we stayed for around 4 hours! And I did actually get some shopping done...but the G baby got the better end of the deal.
He talked me into riding the little train around the mall...
We went and saw the giant catfish at the Bass Pro Shop...which totally freaked me out. Fish shouldn't be allowed to get that large.
He also played with a toy train in the Learning Store for about thirty minutes...scored two tiny dinosaurs from a quarter machine, played in the mall's play yard and made a friend (he stuck his hand out and said, "nice meet you" to this other little boy) and had some popcorn for a snack. And even though we did all that fun stuff, I went the whole day without buying him anything-something I'm trying to work on. I realize that it's important that he doesn't 'get' something everytime we go to a store, but I'm as bad as he is-he'll find something and ask for it, and I'm always like..."whoa! It's like they made that tiny tractor just for you-yeah you can get it." We do have a rule about whining though-if he starts whining, whatever he has picked out goes back. For instance, he wanted a tube of blue and white Christmas ornaments that he saw the other day and since they were cheap and a lot of our ornaments didn't survive younger G baby the past couple of years, I said okay. But when he picked up another color scheme tube as well and said he wanted both, I told him he could only get one and he would have to choose. He became angry and started whining, so I made him put both back. It's just too easy to give your child what they want to get them to start whining-which of course leads to more whining in the future. I try really hard to avoid this, but apparently it's impossible to stop the whining problem completely.
Anybody else have any good tricks/advice for taking their toddlers in public??