How do you take twin infants shopping other than taking along help? How do 2 seats attach to carts?

Deniece - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 167 moms have responded )

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My husband travels so if I need groceries it is either with someone else helping or leaving the twins with a sitter. Any advice?

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What has worked really well for me is using my double decker stroller and "mommy hooks". Just big clippy things that you put on the handle of your stroller. I have 2 on mine. Then you clip 2-3 reusable shopping bags on each side and fill them as you shop. You can fill up the bottom of your stroller too. It works SOOOO well even the cashiers get impressed with how much stuff I can get to the register. Just make sure you unload the groceries into your car before you take the kids out because otherwise it will tip.

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Hi Deniece, I have 2 sets of twins and I do take them all to the store...what I do is put my 3 year old girls in the "car cart" and then put my 9 month old boys in their stroller and push the stroller and pull the cart. When I only had one set...I'd jsut get a regular cart and still put the girls in their stroller. you can do it...my attitude is, gotta do what you gotta do!

Sheri - posted on 01/22/2010

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Now that mine are 4, I bought them their own grocery carts (that fold up nicely) and they get their own list...they have to stay with me and when they find the item pictured on their list, that's what they have to put in the cart. It has made shopping fun for everyone (and draws a lot of attention at the store). It's a great way to go when you have to bring them with you! Oh, and they got to put it on the counter and pay for it at Checkout.

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Christiana - posted on 01/30/2010

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One thing that worked for me was I would put one of my boys in their car seat in the front of the cart and the other in a front pack on my chest. The one that I carried on my chest was always the littlest one. That way if I happened to take longer than I wouldn't be to worn out from to much weight. Of course after awhile they all get heavy.

Angie - posted on 01/30/2010

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Good luck to all the moms who are trying to figure out the shopping cart with twins and other kids. I had to figure this out 12yrs ago when I was 19 yrs old, and a husband who worked all the time. I know have 12 yr old twin boys and a 5 yr old boy who gets into more now than the twins ever did. Good luck to all the mommies out there.

Cindie - posted on 01/27/2010

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I have to agree with the other mommies, I have 3 month old twins and found strapping the "most needy" one on with at sling/carrier and one in the cart does work the best. Good Luck as I am also trying to figure this all out myself!!

Heather - posted on 01/26/2010

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It takes practice but can be done....My husband is a Firefighter and so his schedule varies, so when I have to go alone I take our three year old and 6 month old twins shopping together. I use two carts, three year old in seat of one with one twin carseat in basket of same cart and other twin carseat in seat of second cart. I pull the cart with the two kids in it and push the other one. Another thing I have done is left one baby in the carseat and put them in seat of cart and I carry the other one in a sling. Hope this helps.

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Hi, I always had to take my twins shopping from the word go as my husband was always working and we lived overseas. My trick was to find a smaller supermarket where the staff are really helpful and get to know you therefore can help you pack your groceries and take them to the car for you. I found as they grew older they loved to shop with me as everyone new them and would give them heaps of attention whilst I shopped. I don't know where you live but most supermarkets in Ireland have double baby seats, or I would push the twin buggy and have a staff member push the trolley. Good luck.

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I vote for pushing the babies in a stroller and pulling the cart along behind you. I would not recommend putting them in the cart in a carseat -- it's really not safe. Plus, you will have more room if you put groceries in the cart. It takes a little practice but it will be old hat in no time, trust me!!

Christine - posted on 01/24/2010

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My boys are now almost 4 year old but it was much easier when they were infants to just put their carriers in the double stroller or in a shopping cart. To grocery shop you probably will have to go more ofter and put stuff on the bottom of the cart or try the ECART through Raley's.

Christel - posted on 01/23/2010

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my twin girls are almost 10 months now, but when they were in their infant carrier carseats i would place each one sideways at the frint of thr walmart shopping cart and the next one right beside it fits perfect ..oh you do have to have the part a child sits in closedup though......but now i place a big thick blanket in 1 cart and both girls in it and i grab another cart for the groceries...hope this helps i have pics so let me know if you would like to see them.....Christel Ehret

Carol - posted on 01/23/2010

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When I had my twin girls my daughter was 7 and my little boy was 17 months old. If I had to go shopping when my little girl was in school and I took them shopping I had 2 strap-on baby carriers that came off my front. I put 1 baby on my left and 1 baby on my right and held my little boys hand until I could put him in a grocery cart. You do what you gotta do in order to get everything done. However, I did look like a pack mule. ;)

Lisa - posted on 01/23/2010

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When my twins were infants, I used to either put them in the double stroller and push while pulling a shopping cart, or put them, in the infant car seats, into one shopping cart and take another cart for my groceries. I always went early in the morning so that there weren't a lot of people. it is hard enough to navigate without a lot of people and then consider the number of times you will stopped to be asked if they are twins, are they identical, etc.... my twins are now 12 and I see that now they have some shopping carts that are extra wide and have seats for 2 children (like at BJs). Good luck to you!

Heather - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have been wondering this myself! I have taken them out in the double stroller, but that only works when you are only getting a couple items. I think I'm going to try the 1 baby in the car seat in the cart and the other in a sling idea at leats until they are big enough to be able to have one of them sit in the cart seat and then use the sling for the other one.

Amanda - posted on 01/22/2010

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I take my boys everywhere with me usually I put them in the twin stroller push them while I pull the cart around the store. IF that doesnt work I have had to use 2 carts I would put one carseat in the front and set the other in the cart and pull the empty one for groceries

Sheila - posted on 01/22/2010

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My answer was to use the sling for one (usually the smaller one) and other sat in the carseat. Another option that I used before having a sling was to push a cart with one, which housed my groceries, and pulled another cart with the other baby and my 2-year old. Much more difficult, but I got the hang of it after a while.

Alisa - posted on 01/22/2010

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When I go out alone I always make sure to get a cart. One baby (in her carseat) goes in the bottom of the cart and the other baby rides (in her carseat) up front by the handlebar. Groceries get tucked around the babies or under the basket part...I hope this helps! Also, be sure to pack a diaper bag with anything you might need and just throw your wallet in to avoid having to carry a purse AND a diaper bag! Best of luck :)

Evelyn - posted on 01/22/2010

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When my girls were little, My son was only 13 months older. So what I did was put the children in one cart, which I pushed and pulled another one behind me that was for the groceries.

Denise - posted on 01/22/2010

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My twins are 3. I would bungi cord the side by side stroller to back of the cart and then pull the cart. I still do this on occasion. If you need a picture let me know

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I used my double stroller. It was a front/back stroller with a HUGE bottom area. And then hung a Costco sized reusable grocery bag on the handles of the stroller. When the bag and the bottom area of the stroller were full, then I was done shopping. It sure cut down on buying the non-essentials. It was more then enough room for what I needed for just me/the twins.

Linda - posted on 01/22/2010

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I'd take the double stroller and push that while pulling the cart....got used to it very quickly -- the pushing stroller in front of me and pulling cart with food behind me!

Brandi - posted on 01/22/2010

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I used to have to take the double stroller into the store and buy only what I could fit in underneath the stroller. Otherwise, SAM's is a great option if the twins are holding their head up. You can get a double seat protector for their double seat carts and shop there. The first 3-4 months are tough for this. I went at night alot by myself after my husband came home. Also, if you are a member of a local Mom's Club, if not, join for sure, they will deliver meals to your home. Goggle Mom's Club online. Godd luck and hang in there!

Christa - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have always done my shopping alone with the twins. When they where smaller, I just kept them in the twin pram (watching that they don't 'shoplift' from the sides) and put my groceries on the hood or pulling a trolly behind me.When they got bigger I let them sit inside the trolly.

Once, I just got VERY frustrated with people stopping to ask me how I know them appart.(its a boy and a girl, dressed in pink and blue!) LOL! I nearly told one nagging person that I open their nappies to know the difrence!

Cecilia - posted on 01/21/2010

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my son was thre when my twins were born my hubby works out town all week and right after i had them he sort of took of so I've pretty much been on my own took all 3 to store, dr, everywhere. it is hard, it is horrible even. but you get through it al little crazier and w/ a little more patience. no room in cart w/ 2 babies so i would by very little adn my muscle got a lot stronger as well.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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We have always made it a family thing when we go shopping, or just one of us goes and the other stays home with the kids. My friend was a single mom of triplets when they were babies, and used to push the triple stroller with one hand (they're like buses! Imagine a double, but another 1 1/2ft longer!) and pull the cart behind with the other hand. She said it took her longer, but she got it done. As she frequented one store more than others, they would send one of the baggers with her to help when she came in.

Good luck!

Stefany - posted on 01/21/2010

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Push the cart with the twins in it and pull the cart with the groceries in it. You do what you have to and learn to use everything at your disposal.................

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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depending on how old your twins are you can go to walmart and they have the shopping cart that has seats and it works perfect for my girls

Danielle - posted on 01/21/2010

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I agree, a sling would be helpful. My girls ALWAYS sleep when they are in a sling. Then only one car seat goes on the cart!

Kim - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have twin one year olds and I just take my stroller and push the stroller in front of me with one hand and pull the cart behind me. It sounds like a pain but it's really not that bad once you get used to it!

Angie - posted on 01/21/2010

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When I took my twins shopping, I'd put one in a careat and the other one in a front carrier. That way you still have both hands free to do your shopping. And then I'd switch them around next time when I went shopping.

Debs - posted on 01/21/2010

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The answer is TESCO.COM! Or ASDA lol! Do it on the internet, they deliver when it suits you too! Sooo much easier haha!

Kathryn - posted on 01/20/2010

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One facing the front of the cart, the other attached sideways behind the other one... and then you pull another cart!haha The first few times can be trying... But you get the hang of it. Putting them in a side-to-side stroller and pulling a cart is much easier for me now that they're a bit older (Just turned 8 months old this week). I say a side-to-side stroller as it is MUCH easier to maneuver with one hand than a tandem,

Karen - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have had to go out with my twins shopping a few times. It isn't easy, but if you have two carriers, I put one on the seat (where it should go) and the other one in the basket itself, most of the time this works...as for groceries it is in and around the two and on the bottom of the cart. The only thing is it limits a little bit of how much you can get. So I only get the necesseties. Best of luck to you

Susan - posted on 01/20/2010

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I went through the same thing with my boys. It's a bit easier now that they'll sit in a cart (they're 10 months) but when they were still small, I used to take my stroller and hang cloth bags off the handle with a mommy hook. I'd also put things underneath the stroller. It's not easy but it worked for me :) Good luck with your shopping!

Rikki - posted on 01/20/2010

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A lot of people have posted but I felt the need to share anyways :) When my twins were born I had three other children who were barely 5, almost 2 1/2 and 15 months. I was SOO desperate to get out of the house and all I had was a double stroller. I ended up carrying one of the carseats, put the other twin and my 15 month old in the stroller and held my 2 1/2 and 5 y/o's hands. It was harder than it sounds, but my point is, if you enjoy having a lifestyle where you can get out and be independent even with a large amount of kids, where there's a will there's a way. I have done all the shopping for my family since day one and I never intended to let that change.



I have since bought a quadruple stroller and will push that while pulling a cart behind or once the twins were old enough to sit up, Target, Walmart and most grocery stores have carts that will seat up to 4 kids. I get the stares and totally unnecessary comments but it's so worth it to get out of the house and have freedom and independence.



Good luck.

Victoria - posted on 01/20/2010

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I kept both of mine in their car seats, one hooked on over the seat & the other across the back. If I put the seat sideways at the very front of the cart, it would stay across the top which left room for groceries in the cart. I always took my twins with me & this always worked.

Jan - posted on 01/19/2010

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When my girls were very small, I would put a blanket in the bottom of the basket and put them both on that. I also had a 3 year old and a five year old son, so 3 year old went in the seat of the cart that they girls were in and the five year old helped to push the back cart for the groceries. Shopping took a while but it worked.

Dawn - posted on 01/19/2010

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My twins are now 2 1/2- and I also have a 4 month old and successfully go grocery shopping w/ all three!! I have a side by side stroller that I push, put baby in a snugli infant carrier, and I pull the cart. I shop at certain stores that have shopping carts at the perfect level for manuvering this task. People look at me like i'm crazy & I get many comments like "whoa your brave". But hey- I'm proud of myself that I can go w/ my girls & don't need to enlist an army to help me. You can do it too! Somedays its a disaster- then we cut the shopping trip short & go home. Other days- all three fall asleep in the car & stay sleeping in their stroller & snugli- ahhh!!!

Dawn - posted on 01/19/2010

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My twins are now 2 1/2- and I also have a 4 month old and successfully go grocery shopping w/ all three!! I have a side by side stroller that I push, put baby in a snugli infant carrier, and I pull the cart. I shop at certain stores that have shopping carts at the perfect level for manuvering this task. People look at me like i'm crazy & I get many comments like "whoa your brave". But hey- I'm proud of myself that I can go w/ my girls & don't need to enlist an army to help me. You can do it too! Somedays its a disaster- then we cut the shopping trip short & go home. Other days- all three fall asleep in the car & stay sleeping in their stroller & snugli- ahhh!!!

Amanda - posted on 01/18/2010

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This is what I did when I had to take my twin girls grocery shopping. I each of them in their own carts and pushed one handle like normal. Then I turned the other cart around so I was pulling the "non-handle part." Sounds funny and you look crazy, but it works, believe me.

Renee - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hi Deniece, they're adorable. I'm not sure I have a lot of additional advice but when they are able to sit up on their own in the cart, shop around for stores with double seaters. Sam's Club carts are all double seaters so we have started shopping there a lot. A big plus there is that diapers are cheaper and although you're getting a lot of frozen things, it lessens the trips to the store. You can also buy milk in bulk and freeze it.

Anna - posted on 01/18/2010

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They don't , I ha dthe same problem the way I solved it was one in the infant carrier and one I carried in a pack . Just alternate every trip and you will be fine. Switch babies each trip one in seat one in pack they got used to it and so did I. That way I saved the money of having a sitter and spent the savings on much needed things

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my girls are 22 months old and were micro preemies, so their compromised immune system meant that I didn't feel comfortable taking them into crowded spaces. When I did have to go -- I did the bjorn / shopping cart routine when they were small. I also ordered a lot of recurring stuff from Amazon.com -- if you "subscribe" to things like diapers and TP it is actually cheaper to get them delivered than it is to buy in bulk at Costco or Walmart and then I didn't have to leave the house as often. I asked single friends to pick up fresh groceries for us when I was really in a pinch -- they were often happy to help and then got rewarded with a visit with the girls and me when they dropped off the food.

Crystal - posted on 01/18/2010

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It really isn't that hard. Just use 2 carts:) Our twins are 2 now and being a stay at home mom I typically do all the shopping with no help and the kids in tow! If you stress about it and make it seem like a big job it is. You were given twins because you can handle it:)

Tawni - posted on 01/17/2010

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For a long time I pushed the stroller and pulled the cart - then a manager at Walmart told me I could have an associate to follow me around and push a cart. I started asking for the same at my grocery store who gladly complied. Life became easier after that. Give it a try.

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2010

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search for buggies with 2 seats, sam's club is wonderful with 2 seats with buggies. sometimes I have pulled one buggie and push another.

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2010

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search for buggies with 2 seats, sam's club is wonderful with 2 seats with buggies. sometimes I have pulled one buggie and push another.

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2010

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search for buggies with 2 seats, sam's club is wonderful with 2 seats with buggies. sometimes I have pulled one buggie and push another.

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2010

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search for buggies with 2 seats, sam's club is wonderful with 2 seats with buggies. sometimes I have pulled one buggie and push another.

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2010

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search for buggies with 2 seats, sam's club is wonderful with 2 seats with buggies. sometimes I have pulled one buggie and push another.

Leighanne - posted on 01/17/2010

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My twins are 3 and a half, but when they were babies I used to take them shopping with me. All of my 3 little ones were in the pram (I have a 4th child who is 11 months younger than the twins), I'd push the pram with one hand, the shopping trolley with the other. You deal with things as best as you can. Test your limits, know what you can do. I don't see why a twin mother would need help going shopping. If I can do it with 3 babies (and believe me they weren't angels!), anyone can do it with 2. Make sure you have a routine and stick to it :)

Charlotte - posted on 01/17/2010

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Are there any Mulitpule Birth Associations in your area? I got in touch with one where I live and they gave me a list of grocery stores in my area which have trollies that cater for someone with twins and it has 2 things that look like capsules on the top. When you call the stores that have these and let them know your coming in the arrange for someone to meet you out the front with one of their trollies.

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