Taking your baby out shopping doesn’t have to be scary. For a stress-free shopping experience, check out my tips for shopping with a baby.
1. Make the trip as short as possible
Be organized! Write a list so you know exactly what you need and how much of it. This makes sure you are in the door and back out again in record time. But take it easy at first. Start off with brief trips until your baby acclimates. Then try out a few lengthier outings.
2. Choose the right time
Make sure your baby is well rested, changed, and fed. The more comfortable the baby, the less stress for the parent! To avoid noise and large crowds, visit the shop during quieter hours. This could be earlier in the morning or in the early afternoon.
3. Make it fun
Take this time as an opportunity to teach your baby new words such as different colors and interesting foods. Bringing toys can also help keep them entertained.
4. Communication is key
Talking to your baby can help keep them calm, even if they don’t quite understand what you are saying. They will just appreciate hearing your voice.
5. Don’t stress
Remember to breathe in and just relax. Most people have been in your position at one point or another and will be understanding. Keep smiling.
6. Brush it off
The people around you may get annoyed if things get loud. You just have to brush it off. Don’t let the eye rolls and rude comments get you down. It’s their problem they have no compassion, not yours.