I've never really enjoyed grocery shopping, but I'm pretty sure there's nothing worse (other than changing a large poopy diaper or cleaning up vomit) than a trip to said store with an almost-2-year old. I chuckle when I think back to how I used to roll my no-kids-ever eyes at moms who ripped open a box of animal crackers and allowed their kids to stuff their face while they attempted to quickly pack their shopping cart full of whatever they could find in a 15 minute time span. Now, I head straight for the popsicle section without hesitation. I get a good 12.7 minutes from one Minute Maid Fruit Juice pop, thank you very much.
Aside from the food, I've found my only saving grace (other than the blessed days where I have my babysitter) is what my daughter has proudly named "the bus." You know what I mean, right? It's that big, okay HUGE, shopping cart surrounded by plastic, and made to look like a race car. However, I imagine it drives nothing like a race car and more like a pack of camels in a 7-11. Basically, it's utterly ridiculous.
But, with its little steering wheels and front-facing seats, the thing is truly god's gift to the grocery shopping mama of a toddler. I wipe that sucker down with 14 anti-bac wipes, strap her in, and off I go, barrelling through the store like Sandra Bullock driving the Speed bus. Other than the fact that she requires a "bus" ride regardless of how much shopping I have to do, it's a lifesaver. My husband even had the audacity to MOCK the bus - that was until he had to go food shopping and realized how effective (yet terribly difficult to drive) the bus really can be.
Yes, we are bus converts. And very proud ones at that. Now if they only could fit them with a DVD player, I'd be able to hit Super Target for a whole 92 minutes (the running time of Lady and the Tramp, of course).
Other than wickedly huge shopping carts and food, what do you do to occupy your kids while you grocery shop?