Parents·Mar 29, 201516 Creative Ways To Keep Your Kid From Having A Meltdown While You Shop♪ No more drama in my life, no one's gonna make me hurt again. ♪by Alison CaporimoBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed 1. Make a Cheerio necklace. raisingmissmatilda.com So your kid can snack while you shop. Learn about it here. 2. Bring bubble wrap with you. desifukrey.com They can pop it while you push the cart through the aisles, but make sure you don't leave them unattended while they play. 3. Put together a “busy wallet” with drawing paper, fun stickers, and a pen. the-acts-of-grace.com They can doodle and distract themselves. 4. Bring googly eyes with you so you can turn large cartmates into friends. Flickr: seandreilinger Spend under $10 for 1,000 self-adhesive eyes that can turn a watermelon into a buddy. 5. Print out a shopping list just for them. creativewithkids.com That way they can help you look for items and check things off the list. Use Trip Clip to print a grocery list that has images of each food next to its name. Learn more about it here. 6. Have a coupon scavenger hunt. realmomma.com Let kids help you look for sale items and teach them about a little thing called money. If they can find a certain number of items, give them a small reward. 7. Let them wear whatever they want... View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It's the little things in life that matter, like wearing your fave dino hoodie out in public. 8. ...including their Halloween costume. reddit.com Simply donning a cape will make them want to shop every day. 9. Get a balloon on a stick. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Why the stick? Because they can't accidentally let go of it and lose their minds as it floats up to the ceiling. Pro tip: Many grocery stores will give a free (often branded) balloon to young shoppers — usually found in the floral department or near the checkout area. 10. Bring books. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com And turn the shopping cart into a reading pod. Pro tip: Bring a beach towel to drop into the bottom of the cart to make it a little more comfy. 11. Before you start shopping, let them pick a card that they can give to a friend or family member. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Place them in the cart with a pen and something to write on, and let them draw or write while you win super-parent of the year. In the end, they'll have something to give to a brother or sister, and you'll still have your sanity. 12. Pack a special "shopping" snack. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Is there a cereal they love or a treat that they can only get on special occasions? Pack that up and let them enjoy it. 13. Or freeze yogurt to make healthy pops that won't get them too hyper. annilygreen.com Yum. Learn how to make them here. 14. Get a shopping cart hammock. binxybaby.com If you're open to spending $50 and making shopping with a very small child less traumatizing, try this little hammock that we wish came in an adult size. 15. Go to a store that gives out samples. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Of course, only certain stores do this. But if you have one nearby, see if you can do a bunch of your shopping in one place (while your kid enjoys mini treats). 16. And if you must shop FOR them, get your measurements (like these little feet) and leave them at home when you can. abeautifulruckus.com Make shoe shopping stress-free by bringing your kid’s feet (but not your kid) to the store. Learn more here. Want great parenting tips in your inbox twice a week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Parents newsletter!