Motherhood is a beautiful phase in the life of a woman. The feelings definitely cannot be expressed in words. What then becomes challenging is that handling children and the ‘other’ responsibilities. For instance, going out shopping with two children of age five and 8 months can definitely be a daunting task!
I always believe that the simplest way to reduce or remove undue stress of shopping with children is having an adult accompany me. I generally prefer my friend who is a mother and knows the challenges to be faced. So while I go to check out the stuff, she takes care of the children. When she is about to hit the trial room I make sure I am around the toddler and the infant.
A nice snugly, comfortable and lightweight stroller is my savior while I am in a shopping mall. I let my five year old and the infant be seated while I check out the grocery items required for the house. Alternatively if my elder one desires to get out of the stroller, I use one side to stack my stuff for the billing. A stroller is an apt choice in case my friend is not able to turn up for shopping. For my eight month old, I have chose the most comfortable baby carrier so that I can keep the baby close to me always.
As a mother I try to follow a not-so-monotonous shopping regime. I ensure that few snack bars or kids shop or baby shop are covered along so that the children do not lose interest and become cranky. This may slightly elongate my shopping schedule. But if my children are happy enough, what more could I ask for?
Play or fun areas in the shopping malls are what give me joy more than my children. When I am all by myself for the shopping, I necessarily see to it that the children get a chance to enjoy in the play area with the swings, merry-go-round, bat and ball. This rejuvenates them in an interesting way before I resume my shopping in the mall. As for my eight month old, I carry few rattlers in the back pack so that the baby remains less irritable.
For quick shopping, I prefer morning or afternoon time with my children. While the infant almost falls asleep in the stroller, the elder one is seated. I get sufficient time and patience to pick most of my necessities without having to worry about my children.
Whenever I need to venture out of the house with my five year old and eight month baby, I certainly make sure I avoid crowded places. Crowded places can turn into irritation for the children and chaotic for the parents as well. So in case I wish to avail profitable discounts in jam-packed shops, I prefer going with my friend.
The most important must-have is a backpack that I carry with myself for both the children. While the younger one needs the feeder and nappies, the elder one requires handkerchiefs and biscuits. All their necessities are stocked in this one bag in case of emergencies.
Why miss shopping errands just because of children? I am smart enough to know best ways of handling them to make my shopping trips a fun ride!