Grocery shopping with a newborn can be challenging, but with some preparation and planning, it can be manageable. Here are some tips to make the experience smoother.
Before becoming a mom, I never imagined that just the thought of grocery shopping would give me anxiety. I could just leave the house, head to the grocery store, grab what I need, or slowly peruse the aisles to check out what’s new, and then be on my way back home. It was such a relaxing experience.
But, once you have kids, how do you get those normal, routine errands such as grocery shopping done safely? How it is possible to grocery shop once a newborn is in the mix?
As a mom of three, I’m here to tell you that it is possible. It may be a little overwhelming in the beginning but after a few trips, you’ll wonder why you were so anxious in the first place.
Can you take your newborn to the grocery store?
As a new mom, it’s totally normal to question whether or not it’s too soon to start taking your newborn out to run errands with you. And if you do, how would you manage it?
Once you become a parent, you naturally become overprotective. As you should because there are so many germs out there and it tasks a bit for a newborn’s immune system to develop fully. The last thing you want is to expose your infant to viruses.
But you most definitely can take your newborn out and keep them safe at the same time.
Remember, the world is new to your baby and it’s okay if they cry or fuss a little while you’re out. It may seem a bit stressful on your first few trips, but they’ll soon adjust. Just know that you aren’t doing anything wrong.
How to carry your newborn while you shop
Figuring out how you’re going to carry your newborn while you grocery shop is important. This will impact how much you’re able to purchase and the protection of your baby as well. I’ve included several options for you to choose from, but I highly recommend babywearing while grocery shopping with a newborn.
Babywearing is extremely helpful as it allows you to have your hands free while carrying your newborn. It also keeps your baby close to you, which can help soothe them. This is the option I choose 100% of the time. I personally love slings or soft carriers such as the Moby Wrap, but structured carriers are a great option as well. As a plus, people are less likely to touch your baby because then they’ll be invading your personal space. Win-win!
Shopping cart hammock
I’ve personally never used a shopping cart hammock, but it could be a great option. You can keep it folded up in your diaper bag and pop it on the cart once you’re at the store. The downside is that there is no way to cover your baby and I’m not sure if the baby can be angled correctly for sleeping safely.
One of the great things about infant car seats is that you can pop them right off the base and put it into the shopping cart without disturbing the baby one bit. This is by far the easiest way to keep your newborn safe and secure while grocery shopping. And to keep them protected from the elements and/or people, I recommend using a car seat cover. However, if you need to do a big shopping trip, your space in the cart will be limited since the infant seat will take up the majority of the space.
Using a stroller is also a great option for grocery shopping with a newborn. You can attach the infant car seat to the stroller and use the basket underneath for your items. This is great if you need to run in and just grab a couple of things.
8 Tips for Grocery Shopping with a Newborn Baby
Read on for everything you need to know to make grocery shopping with a newborn easier.
Make a list of the items you need before leaving home. This will help you stay focused and avoid forgetting anything.
Choose the right time
Pick a time when the store is less busy, such as the early morning or late evening, to avoid crowds and long lines.
Feed before you go in
Always feed before you go in whether you breast or bottle feed. It’ll help soothe them and they’ll probably sleep during your entire trip.
Pack a diaper bag
Be sure to bring a diaper bag with all the essentials, such as diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, a pacifier, and a blanket. Also, bring some snacks and a bottle of water for yourself.
If possible, consider shopping for groceries online and having them delivered to your home. Many grocery stores offer this service, which can be a convenient option.
Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a store employee or a fellow shopper if you need it. Most people are happy to assist a parent with a newborn.
Choose a great parking spot
One of the best tips I’ve learned as a mom is to park close to the cart return. It’s a lot easier to unload the groves and return the cart if you aren’t carrying the baby and diaper bag as well.
Grocery shopping with a newborn is doable and doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Remember to take breaks as needed, and don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t go according to plan. With practice and patience, grocery shopping with a newborn can become easier over time.
Do you find grocery shopping with your newborn challenging? What are some things you did to help make the experience easier for you?