How do you go shoppin with 2 young kids?

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I have a 1 year old and a 1 month old. Looking for advice on strollers, bags, shopping and how you all make it work!

I've been looking at double strollers and tandem strollers but when shopping, where do you put what you want to buy? Some of them don't have a lot of storage beneath. Some of the strollers weigh a TON.

What about side by sides? Anyone like theirs that doesn't cost 500$?

I'm completely at a loss here and not sure what to buy or even think about buying as I don't know how it will work.

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maybe you should get a carrier(baby bjorn) and put the newborn in there.. and then your 1 year old can go in the cart..pack some snacks for your older son, and get in and out as fast as possible..lol

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2011

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I have a 4, 2, and 11 month old. When they were still able to be in the infant carriers I would put the carrier in the big part of the cart and sit the older one in the seat. I would get one of the hand carried baskets and put it on the bottom of the cart to put stuff in. It's not perfect but it works. When the little ones finally get to the point of being able to sit in the cart I started shopping at stores that had carts that you could put more then one kid in. The months before that are hard though. I have a side by side stroller but I've never used it for grocery shopping. Some of them are wider then others. I also started shopping more at Costco. The bigger carts mean you can put all the kids in and the bulk sizes mean less frequent shopping.

LEAH - posted on 10/30/2011

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Boy do I understand your delima! I have one year old twins and I had to take them shopping with me more than a few times. I used thier carseats. One in the front and one across the side of the cart. That only left a little bit of room but I didn't have a lot to buy. Normally when they were younger i put one in a carrier and the other in his car seat. I also did so much of my shopping online lol

Antoinette - posted on 10/30/2011

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If you're looking at side-by-side strollers make sure it fits through a standard door frame and shop aisle. I got one (Jolly Jumper brand) without even thinking this would be a problem and I couldn't get it through the door at the Drs or through the security gate at the supermarket!
Consequently I got a front and back stroller (I think it might have been SKEP brand) which eliminated the width problem but it was harder to manoeuvre and the heavier the kids got the harder the it was to push (there is one called “Marco SkyL” which has stadium seating so is shorter front to back and easier to manoeuvre but was out of my price range)

In my opinion it is easiest to use a single stroller for toddler and a front/back pack for baby. As they get older put baby in the stroller and get a harness for the toddler and let them walk and/or get a toddler board that attaches to the back of the stroller.
(OR there are strollers, I think called a "Stand and Sit" that have space for a toddler to sit or stand like a little bench seat, not a cushy harnessed seat, OR there are the strollers that can add a toddler seat)

Depending on how much shopping I’m doing I might just rest what I want on the sunshade of the stroller, or carry a basket or drag a trolley around behind me, or transfer the kids into the trolley.
Depending on the type of handles the stroller has you can just hang extra bags on it .. be mindful of the max weight specifications of the stroller though – you don’t want it breaking mid shop with 2 kids and 20bags in tow lol AND make sure heavy items aren’t going to overbalance the stroller when you’re not holding it sending the kid/s falling backwards. If the handles aren’t suited to just sliding bags on you can get big carabineer hooks (rock climbing) to put bags on or wear a backpack or fasten permanent “saddlebags” to the stroller in any way you please.

My kids are 2yo & almost 3yo now so I just take a single stroller and a harness and let them take turns walking/sitting.

As for managing the kids, time trips for nap times if your kids will sleep through the bustle of a shopping centre or if they won’t make sure you have snacks, drinks, toys to entertain them.

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When my littler guy was born my older son was only 15 months, my husband works about 70 hours a week, and we don't have anyone who can babysit very often, so I feel your pain! Most of the time both my boys go EVERYwhere with me. A carrier is the way to go if you can use it comfortably. I couldn't. As far as strollers go, I have the Graco DuoGlider and its not perfect but I'm certainly happy with it. It's not much heavier than my single stroller and folds up compact enough to fit in the trunk of my little cavalier with room for a few purchases. The basket underneath goes the whole length of the stroller so LOTS of room! When I go grocery shopping I get the carts either with the toddler seats attached in back or the little car in front for my older son and used to put the baby carrier in the seat of the cart. Now that my younger son is too big for a carrier carseat I just put him in the toddler seats with my older son. It says ages 2-6 but he's been sitting in them since 7 months old and he does fine. I just put him in the inside corner so his back is against two sides and strap him in tight. However I would NOT recommend this until your littler one is very definitely a sturdy, balanced sitter. For diaper bags I recommend something with tons of compartments! Everything is easier when you can keep things neat and organized. I organize all diapering/potty items for both kids in one compartment, all feeding supplies in one compartment (babyfood, bibs, snacks, sippy cup, burp cloth, breastfeeding cover), all MY needs (wallet, keys, motrin, mints, tampons, etc) in a little pouch so it's quickly accesible by just reaching in and feeling, and then all odds and ends in outside pockets (teething rings, binkies, rattle, chapstick, phone). I know my response is kind of long and detailed, but I hope it helps!

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we got a double stroller by jeep that cost 80 at babiesrus as for shopping with babies that is something that comes with time and patience. my two little ones love shopping now cause they get to help and i have learned to bring snacks and toys with us. i have two 2 yo that are 10 months apart. good luck to you . you will find your way in time just take a deep breath and relax

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Thanks everyone who has posted this far. VERY helpful, all of you!! For the most part I do plan to do major shopping without kids (left with dad) or with dad but there are those times when I just want to shop or get out and I'm not sure where to begin LOL :)

Just to clarify the backpack for me is NOT an option. I have muscle spasms so I cannot be toting around any weight myself. Sucky!

Hayley - posted on 10/30/2011

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I have a 5yr old, a 2yr old & a 5 month old. For grocery shopping I usually find myself doing it at around 6-7pm so the kids can stay with hubby but if you have to get it done then the cart/trolley & carrier work well. My eldest stands on the front, 2yr old sits in the seat with plenty of snacks & baby in the carrier. For short trips I have a single stroller with a skateboard attachment for my 2yr old to ride on & when going on long trips I have a side by side. I wasn't sure I would like the side-by-side so I bought a second hand one off ebay. Now I love it. It has a basket under each seat, it fits through a standard size doorway & handles well. Luckily for us we have a station wagon so it fits well in the car.

Aimee-Grace - posted on 10/30/2011

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So I use a tandem stroller the diaper bag hangs from the handle so bags go in the stroller basket (little one goes in the back seat). When I can I put little one in the front of the cart and my older in the back of the shopping cart (when I only need a few things); I used the infant carrier idea until my little was able to sit up on his own. My grocery store has the carts where 2 kids can sit up front and so they both go there when we shop. You just adapt to the particular place, good luck! It does get easier as the little one gets older, can sit up, etc.

Katherine - posted on 10/30/2011

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Oh I like the suggestion of the carrier. That would solve some problems.

Katherine - posted on 10/30/2011

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Ooooo thats a hard one. Can't hubby take one? They baby can obviously go in the front of the cart. But I wouldn't recommend a side by side. They are too hard to maneuver. You may have to just buy the necessities and leave the rest. That's a real tough one.

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