There aren’t many of us who haven’t witnessed a toddler meltdown in a
supermarket aisle. As most parents of a toddler will know, doing the
weekly supermarket shop can be a stressful, tantrum-prone event (and
that’s just for Mum and Dad). However, there are ways to make the whole
experience a pleasant, even educational one. Try these tips to help
Extracted from Woolworths Baby and Toddler Club.
- Shop when it’s quiet, if you possibly can – early mornings are great
for this. You’ll get round in extra-quick time and your toddler will be
well-rested and less likely to be cranky and start trying to scale the
trolley sides. Just make sure he’s had breakfast and that he’s firmly
- Woolworths has specially designed trolleys to accommodate your
newborn and/or toddler, and little bottoms will appreciate it if you pad
the seat with your jumper or a stroller blanket. If your toddler’s not
comfortable he’ll soon let you know about it!
- Bypass the toy and confectionery aisles unless you absolutely need
to visit them and choose Woolies’ confectionary-free checkouts – there’s
at least one in every store and that’s the best one for you!
- Don’t leave the trolley within reaching distance of the shelves, as
little hands can create havoc. At the very least you might end up with
some unusual items in your trolley.
- Don’t take a hungry or tired child to the supermarket unless you
can’t avoid it. If you can, bring one of his favourite snacks to keep
him occupied for at least some of the trip. Mini rice cakes, crackers or
raisins are all good choices because they’re mess-free, won’t get
squishy and won’t give him a sugar-high.
- Let them help – older toddlers especially will love the fresh
produce section and you can hand them fruits and vegies while talking to
them about what you’re doing, and naming or counting the items. Plus,
for a 50c donation at Woolies’ Kids Table, little ones can choose a
piece of fruit and have a healthy distraction to munch on.
- Give them a ‘pretend’ list. Toddlers love to copy, and they’ll be
thrilled (for at least five minutes anyway!) with their own piece of
paper to consult and a crayon to cross things off as they go.
- Play I-Spy with older toddlers as you go round. Mums are great at
multi-tasking anyway so playing games while keeping track of what you’re
buying will probably be child’s play!
- Free in-store food sampling is a good distraction when your toddler
has just about had enough of being in the trolley. It’s a great way to
get them to try different foods too, which they might normally have
turned up their noses at. Be mindful of cooking stations and hot items.
- Praise good behaviour but think before you reward it with a treat as
your little one might then expect a surprise every time he goes to the
supermarket – and complain long and loudly about it when that’s not the
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