While shopping with the kiddos may not be the best idea, sometimes it is necessary.
Below are a few simple tips to keep in mind that may help keep your shopping day more pleasant. Remember your apartment doesn't likely have a huge fridge so shop wisely when buying food.
A) Be prepared with items you will need such as baby wipes, diapers, change of clothes, tissues, toys to keep them entertained, snacks and water.
B) Lay Down The Law! Tell them where you are going, what you are going to buy and that fighting and whining will not be tolerated. Let them know this is not the day for buying toys so don't even ask. If they follow your rules they will be rewarded with ice cream later in the day when the shopping is near completed.
C) You can avoid crowds by getting on the road early. Try to be one of the first shoppers walking into the store for the day.
D) Having your child be part of the shopping experience will help keep them focused. Allow them to place bought items on the checkout counter or perhaps help you look for needed items on the shelf.
E) Be sure to take a couple of breaks during the shopping day. Perhaps swing by a nearby park or have lunch at a restaurant that has an indoor playground.