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16 Creative Ways To Keep Your Kid From Having A Meltdown While You Shop

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7. Let them wear whatever they want...

It's the little things in life that matter, like wearing your fave dino hoodie out in public.


9. Get a balloon on a stick.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15. Go to a store that gives out samples.

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.

Make shoe shopping stress-free by bringing your kid’s feet (but not your kid) to the store. Learn more here.