05 May 2007

Let your kid "drive" the shopping cart

Ed's novel grocery store entertainment hack:

Do you go grocery shopping with your child? My son Joshua enjoyed going to the grocery store and seldom created an issue.

Sitting in the cart in front of me was good for me, but it really obstructs the view for your child.  Try turning the cart around and pushing it from the front. This places the child at the front like he’s driving.  He can see everything and is seldom less than an arm's length away.

Give him directions where to turn, and don’t forget to run into a stack of paper towels to two.  Joshua especially liked
it when I’d turn the cart sideways and drive him right up to the item I wanted.  He was happy to help as all children are and quickly learned the difference between a can of corn and a can of green beans.

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LOL when I saw the title I thought it was going to be what my little guy does, which is to actually push the cart from where I would push it, just lower. I steer it from the front or the sides so that it can be stopped before attacking other shoppers, of course ;). That makes for a hilarious shopping trip and is best done when the store isn't too crowded ;).

What a great idea! I'm going to try it next week.

Isn't it hard to steer? I think the back wheels on the shopping carts here are fixed in a forward position unlike the front wheels that can pivot).

My 15 month old really likes for me to hold him and let him "push" the cart with the handle. I hold him facing out in my left arm (with his weight supported on my hip) and steer the cart with my right hand. He squeals with delight every time!

I'd never thought of this & my son will absolutely love it (I'll just have to stay well away from the fizzy pop & chocolate aisles).

It's hacks like these that are simple & more importantly free that are the best, I came across a hack recently where you give your toddler a paintbrush & a bucket of water & let them paint your garden fence, walls etc. My son does it for hours at a time.

I'd never thought of this & my son will absolutely love it (I'll just have to stay well away from the fizzy pop & chocolate aisles).

It's hacks like these that are simple & more importantly free that are the best, I came across a hack recently where you give your toddler a paintbrush & a bucket of water & let them paint your garden fence, walls etc. My son does it for hours at a time.

I used this hack during our weekly shopping trip when all the race car carts were already being used and my daughter absolutely loved it. Of course, we went "real faster" and in a zigzaggy kind of pattern which helped also. It really wasn't hard to steer unless we got into a tight corner.

Thanks for a great hack!

I used to do this back in the 70s when shopping with a kid. Now that I'm a parent, I see an icon on most carts that forbids me from doing it. Spoilsports.

My kids like to push the big cart, too, and I walk alongside with one hand on the handle to steer (or stop). When we check out, I pile all the small stuff into the little wire tray thingy - the part they can reach - and they love to help me unload. I think I prefer that to managing two kids pushing their little carts all over the place (and loading them with contraband, or bumping into shoppers), PLUS pushing my own cart, while trying to remember everything on my list!

We do this all the time with our son, to the point where as soon as he gets into the cart, he 'assumes the position' and grabs the handle, and starts making MmmmMMMMM noises. haha

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