There are a lot of challenges when you move from having one kid to two kids. Some things you don’t think will be challenges until they happen. It’s the little things that can throw you for a loop.
One of the things that really threw me after having a second baby was the simple act of going to the grocery store. With only 1 kid, I tried to only shop when my husband could stay home and watch our daughter so that I could go alone. As she got older, and could sit in the cart, I got more comfortable with taking her to the strore with me.
But going to the grocery store is ten times harder when you have a toddler and a baby. Firs of all – where do you put them both? My toddler could not walk the store by herself.
Some things I tried:
Wearing the baby and putting the toddler in the cart seat. This worked alright, except I’m just not a baby wearer.
Putting the baby in the large section of the cart in her car seat, the toddler in the cart seat and the groceries in that teeny space under the cart. That worked until it snowed and my groceries fell into the slushy ice on the way back to the car.
Once the baby could sit up, she sat in the cart seat and the toddler sat in the cart. I know it’s not safe, but I was desperate! That lasted until she took an egg out of the carton and made a mess in the middle of Target.
And then one day we tried them – Car Carts
I made it seem like a treat for my toddler to sit in the car part while the baby sat in the cart seat. I thought it would be fun, a rite of passage into mommyhood. Little did I know…
My Love/Hate Relationship with the Car Cart
Love – Yay! I finally found a cart that would hold my groceries and both my kids. Winning!
Hate – Car Carts are HUGE and hard to maneuver around the store. I had to apologize to someone at least 5 times each trip. And forget about turning the cart around ever. You’ll need to circle back around if you forgot something.
Love – They really are cute and fun. Don’t my kids look like they’re having fun?
Hate – Fun usually lasts for about half the grocery shopping trip. Better have a backup option. Some Car Carts have 2 seats in front (my fave!), so the toddler can sit next to her sister when she gets bored or gets in trouble for taking things off the shelves.
Love – Then I found a smaller Car Cart (and newer too) and I thought I won the Car Cart jackpot.
Hate – Until I realized it was TOO SMALL and I could barely fit my groceries in it. Not to mention, the smaller Car Carts don’t have a backup option of actual cart seats. (Like the one in the first picture)
Hate – There are only a few Car Carts at each store and they’re usually hard to find.
Hate – They don’t dry out as quickly after snow or rain, so you can’t really use them in bad weather.
Car Carts still make grocery shopping with a toddler and a baby a tiny bit easier. So I still use them when I go grocery shopping. Usually at the end of each trip I am regretting that decision, but it’s better than the alternatives.
I have to know – do you like Car Carts? Or are they as awkward for you as they are for me? Let me know in the comments.