Lately my small business has had me spending some time in a nearby shopping mall. During my time there, I’ve seen so many moms walking around with strollers. Some of them have little pre-schoolers inside, around the age of our Nate, and some of them hold tiny, wee newborn babies. They remind me of trips I would take to the mall with my friends who also had newborn babies at the same time. I remember sitting on a bench in the Oshawa Centre to nurse my little four-week-old Nater. For some reason, moms find just getting out of the house with their baby or child to be therapeutic. Shopping centres and grocery stores seem to be popular destinations for new moms!
If you’re in the same boat and just need to get out and about with your baby, I wanted you to know that there is a series of events taking place at the Loblaws store in your community! It’s called the Mommy of All Baby Events and is running from October 10th (that’s today!) until the 24th. There will be some great promotions and events including cooking classes, dietitian demonstrations, special sales and contests. This all sounds like a fun way to burn an afternoon with the baby to me!
Here are some tips to help you stay sane during an outing with your baby or child:
1. Check the fridge and make a list of what you need to buy. Making a list allows you to target exactly which aisles to visit. No more aimless wandering around the store with you cart…just get in and get out!
2. Make a meal plan. By having a weekly meal plan, you know exactly what to buy and how much so that you make fewer trips to the grocery store and don’t waste the food you buy.
3. Bring a friend! Time flies when you’re having fun. Schedule a shopping date with a fellow mom and visit the store together! You can take turns shopping and watching the kiddies, or help each other by visiting different parts of the store and grabbing what you need. Moms need to stick together!
4. Book a regular time with your spouse and find a babysitter. While this may not be the most romantic setting, booking a weekly grocery date with your spouse while the kids are with a sitter, friend or family member can help you shop savvy and helps you spend some time together too.
5. Pick a store that has everything you need. Don’t waste time travelling to several stores. Visit a store that sells everything you need, from baby, to food, to clothes for your entire family.
What are your tips for shopping with the kids? Are you planning on heading to the Mommy of All Baby Events? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences!