Brittany - posted on 05/15/2012 ( 32 moms have responded )
My 20 month old son recently started refusing to go in the shopping carts, or sit in his stroller (he unbuckles himself) & stands up! He can walk but everytime I take him out I tell him he has to hold my hand or he is going back in the cart...anyways he will NOT hold my hand and he keeps throwing himself onto the ground everytime I take his hand...than if I try & put him back in the cart he will not let me. He stiffens his body, screaming & crying, hitting, scratching, pinching etc. I've tried almost everything...any toys he just throws out of the cart after 5 mins and gets mad if I try and give it back to him, eating a snack keeps him content for a little while but also not very long. If I let him stand in the front part of the cart he has recently started swinging one leg over like he is going to jump out! I don't have much option BUT to take him with me! It's a very stressful and embarassing experience because everyone stares as if I am hurting him. Last week we were standing in the checkout for 20 mins because he would not let me put him bnack in the cart so I can bag my groceries...I had to put him on the floor and he kept running away! I don't know what to do anymore and I'm at my wits end! My bf works long hours and is never home to watch him so I can go run errands. Any suggestions would be great, thanks!