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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Shopping With Your Toddler



It's that time again. Another Almost Wordless Wednesday. I so wish that I could bring a totally Wordless Wednesday but I'm not cool like that. I love to talk and talking is good.


Today we are going to talk about going shopping with your toddler. You may remember we did a post called Within Eye Level It's Mine. Well maybe I shouldn't have written that because now mommy knows all about my little tricks. See it's not good to have your mommy write for you. Note to self: Find a new writer. Note to invisible friend: Hope mommy doesn't read blog after she gets fired. 

On the road on a 45 minute trip to the outlet
If you're planning on taking a trip whether it be close by or far away I recommend taking something to entertain your toddler on that ride. There is nothing like facing the back of your seat not being able to see much if you're in a rear facing car seat. I can't wait for my seat to be turned forward. 

Watching Despicable Me 2 on iPad 
Make sure as usual that snacks are available as well. May we recommend also that you travel after your toddler has had a nap and is refreshed. Or if going on a long trip make sure your toddler gets a nap on the trip. Most toddlers tend to fall asleep anyway on car rides. There is nothing worse than a cranky tired toddler in a store. Mommy once took me into Victorias Secret which is so not my store one day when I was tired and I had a complete meltdown. Mommy has since learned her lesson. When I'm tired we go home.

Have a stroller, pack a snack or buy a snack

Make sure you have a stroller because if you're going shopping your toddler is not going to be able to keep up with you. Sure we love to walk around at times but we also like to know that the stroller is near by when we get tired. And also a change of clothing is a great idea as well. Mommy decided to get me Dippin Dots as a snack and most of it ended up on my clothing as much as it did in my tummy. 

Keep an eye out on your toddler

Keep an eye on your toddler at all times. Yes we like to help but our method of helping sometimes isn't always safe. Be sure that your toddler isn't getting into something that may hurt him/her. You may also not want to pay for a very expensive item that your toddler breaks if the store has a 'you break it you pay for it' policy. 

Have a bit of fun while shopping

Take some time out to have fun. Don't make it all about you. While shopping the Carters store had a family fun day so mommy decided that it would be a great idea for me to enjoy some time there as well and I did have fun. If none of the stores are doing anything cool like this then you might want to do something on your own. Take your toddler out the stroller and sit for a minute and just enjoy your time together. 

I know my readers have a few more tips for us so let us know what tips you use while shopping with your little one. We'd love to hear them. 


Annmarie John
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  1. Here's another tip. Make sure your diaper bag is fully stocked. It's horrible when you realize you'll be gone all day and only have one diaper and two wipes.

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    1. That is a great tip! Diaper, wipes and extra food. Thank you. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. My tip? Don't take your toddler shopping! Ha ha. I know, it's not realistic.
    What I used to do always was bring a sling. It was a great way to keep a toddler on your hip and in place - or a quick way to snuggle them if you need to nurse. (Yes, I nursed my kids as toddlers.) It was so handy for SO many things. However, it seems to have been replaced with front carriers - handy, but not the same.
    I used to always bring their favourite toy or doll. Yes, tragic if they lost it. But usually kept them entertained in a car seat or stroller for at LEAST 5 minutes.

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    1. Mommy loved your first tip. She would prefer not to take me along but I always know when she's trying to leave without me. I've never been in a side carrier and have always been carried up front. Sounds like a great way to carry your baby. :) ♥ Madison

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  3. A stroller is SO important - helps with sleepy kiddos and containing them too! ;)

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    1. Yes it sure is. If I'm tired I can just sit in and relax and fall asleep and mommy doesn't need to carry me around. :) ♥ Madison

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  4. My two tips have already been taking. Stroller and fully stocked diaper bag. Which includes snacks, drinks,extra clothes, and batteries for the older two leapster explorer. In my opinion those things are great!!!

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    1. I can't agree more with the stroller and stocked diaper bag. Extra batteries for toys that need them is also a great tip. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. Love this post, your tips are great and the accompany photos are priceless. Happy Wednesday!

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    1. Thank you Courtney. I'm happy you like them. :) ♥ Madison

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  6. It looks like you had a great time and your daughter is so adorable.

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    1. Thank you Victoria. Yes mommy and I had a great time shopping. :) ♥ Madison

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  7. You always give such amazing advice and have beautiful pictures to match! :) I love reading your blog!

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    1. Thank you Becca. We haven't conquered picmonkey like you have as yet and we love reading your blog too. :) ♥ Madison

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  8. I prefer to have daddy around for shopping. He loves to shop and we can teem up. Not sure how we will do this with 3 kids soon.

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    1. I'm sure you'll find a way to get it done. You'll be a pro in no time. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. I tend to bribe my 2 and 5 year old. I tell them that if they are good they can get something at the end of the shopping trip. Luckily our mall has a cheap candy store and I can normally get away with getting them a 25 cent piece of candy :)

    I know bribing isn't good, but it works lol

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    1. haha I'm going to have to get mommy to try this but I want more than candy. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. The change of clothes is definitely a necessity! My oldest is almost nine, and if we're going to be gone very long I even bring a change of clothes for him. You just never know when a drink or something will spill.

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    1. Yes that is so true. I ended up with Dippin Dots all over my clothes and I definitely needed a clothing change by the end of the day. :) ♥ Madison

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  11. you guys are so cute! I just love watching her in action!!

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    1. Thank you Penny. I'm always on the go. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. I agree with don't take a toddler with you on a shopping trip. Unfortunately, that doesn't apply to me since Josh has not started pre-school yet. I've had so many bribes this week I'm almost outa Starbucks money. Don't get me started on spilling drinks and filling up the mouth with water to spit out. I should probably take time with him to take the focus off me some. Good idea!

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    1. LOL Chrissy I'm sure it will get better. Spilling drinks don't last forever. :) ♥ Madison

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  13. Shes adorable! i never went anywhere with my boys without a stroller, a fully packed diaper bag and lots of snack lol

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. We never go anywhere without a stroller unless we're making a quick trip to Target to pick up something. :) ♥ Madison

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  14. This is why we're friends. I can't seem to go wordless...ever.
    And Des is still rear-facing and Scarlet had a meltdown in Victoria's Secret too! And you know how hushed and dimmed those fitting rooms are.
    We have some great outlets in the Berkshires of western Mass. A road trip is in order - thanks!

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    1. Yay Tamara one more thing in common. I don't think there really is such a thing as wordless. There's always a word or a few words before the pictures and there's words in the post title. Defeats the purpose doesn't it? Whenever I come to Mass we're going shopping! :) ♥ Madison

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  15. Girl why is your carseat like, THE BOMB! Hahahah we just went on a road trip with our 6 month old and 2 year old and lets just say it was...INTERESTING! See ~~~~> http://www.goodlooknout.com/wordless-wednesday-road-trip-outakes (which I also posted on wordless wednesday)

    The only tip I have is to let your kid run around as much as possible before you get in that car. Get them NICE AND TIRED before you leave!

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    1. Thank you Marie. Mommy likes your tip. That would make me sleep. We saw your wordless wednesday and loved your photos. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. Great tips Madison!! Don't worry mommys already knows all the secrets ;) Hope your having a great week we are super busy this week getting Emma ready for preschool..

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    1. Preschool sounds like a lot of fun. I can't wait for when my day comes. :) ♥ Madison

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  17. These are awesome tips! They take me back to my days as a nanny toting triplet 6-year-old boys and their baby brother through the mall. Oh boy.

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    www.theroadtodomestication.com

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    1. That sounds like an adventure in itself maybe that calls for a throwback post :) ♥ Madison

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  18. I try to get a babysitter for longer shopping trips. Otherwise I have a game plan so I can be quickly in and out!

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    1. A babysitter is another great tip. Great for when you're going for a very long time. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. I agree with all your tips. We set up rules for shopping that I enforce on all my children and am teaching my almost 2 y.o. We have a 1-finger rule. They can touch stuff, but only with one finger. Unless it's something expensive then I make sure and tell them not to. Also, never buy candy or treats as bribes or rewards-- they'll start expecting it and get all crazy face when you say no one time. If they start pitching a fit remove them right away. Take them out of the store calmly and sit in the car until they are ready to go back in. Lots of wipes and diapers. I always seem to pull out my toddler and she's got some pee stripes on her shorts! Agh! I always change her before we leave the house, but she must hold back her pee until we get into the car seat.

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    1. A 1 finger rule is great. Mommy has to start enforcing that rule with me as well since I like to touch everything. I'm still in diapers but I'm beginning to potty train so I'm going to have to start doing what you do as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  20. My son loved the water fountain at the mall. We used to sit there and eat lunch while we watched the water play. Also, the mall had an FAO Schwartz and a Ghiradelli's Chocolate Shop, which were great interactive stores! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. We have a water fountain at our mall with lost of quarters in it. I tried getting some once and mommy stopped me. I thought they were free money. :) ♥ Madison

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    1. Thank you Kathryn. I have to agree myself. :) ♥ Madison

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  22. Shopping with a toddler (or 3) is always an adventure. I have to get myself psyched up before I leave the house with them. Good times.

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    1. It sure is good times for all of us. :) ♥ Madison

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  23. With two boys shopping is always a little crazy :) I make sure that I carry a bunch of snacks since they are always hungry!

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    1. Snacks always have to be on my list. Mommy always keeps a few different ones in my diaper bag for me. :) ♥ Madison

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  24. This is soo cute! Looks like you are one of the most thoughtful and prepared Moms.

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    1. Thank you Sue. Mommy tries to be at time. :) ♥ Madison

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  25. Yes to snacks, strollers, changes of clothes and naps - so important for any outing. And if I happened to forget one of those important things? We would inevitably need it. :)

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    1. Yes you surely will. You can go without either. :) ♥ Madison

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  26. great tips. Shopping can definitely be a chore with kids but these tips will help it be not so stressful

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    1. There is nothing worse than a stressed out shopping trip. Make it as stress free as possible. :) ♥ Madison

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  27. Your daughter is so cute & what great tips that not everyone thinks of!

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    1. Thank you Angie I hope our tips will help another mom and her toddler with their shopping trip. :) ♥ Madison

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  28. I'm thoroughly enjoying the fact that my oldest is now old enough to babysit the rest so I no longer HAVE to take any one shopping. I do remember the days of taking a toddler (or toddlers) shopping, and these are some great tips. :)

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    1. I have a big sister but she doesn't like to babysit me and I don't like staying with her either. I love going out with mommy but there are times when she leaves me at home. :) ♥ Madison

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  29. Great tips1 Snacks work like magic here, although I really try to avoid shopping with the little one altogether...

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    1. Snacks always seem to do the trip. Happy that they work for you too. :) ♥ Madison

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    1. Thank you Stephanie. We're happy you liked them. :) ♥ Madison

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    1. Babysitters do make your job a lot easier but I won't be having any fun out shopping. ♥ Madison

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  32. Some great tips. I have a just 3 year old and 2 19 month twins so shopping is often a get in get out experience these days so there is always a game plan to survive.

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