Fits in the grocery store

Season - posted on 08/12/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )




Any ideas on how to get a 2-year-old to sit down in a grocery cart WITHOUT throwing a major tantrum (other than bribery)?


View replies by

Michelle - posted on 01/04/2013




While you posted this awhile ago, I imagine that it is still tough sometimes to get your now child to sit in the grocery cart! I know that I used to have that problem! That is why I just launched an app a few weeks ago -- I think would be perfect for you. It is called Lingo's Market ( and it makes shopping with your kids easier and educational! Children "shop" along with Lingo feeding him over 100 food items commonly seen in a grocery store. Children will learn how to spell and recognize over 100 food items in French, English, Spanish or Mandarin (simplified characters and pinyin)! For a limited time this January, it will be on sale for 99 cents.

CJ - posted on 03/01/2011




Have you tried those car shaped carts...they work wonders with my daughter. Usually when we go grocery shopping I let her walk with me and help get the grocery's while my fiance pushes the cart, but on days where it's just me, or she's being uncooperative, I find she sits much better in the car carts than in a regular one. We also bought one of those backpacks with the leash...I always told myself I'd never put a leash on my child unless we were in a big amusement park or something, but when my daughter started getting impossible in stores, I gave in and got one. It's been one of the besat purchases I ever made. We let her pick out which one she wanted...had her wear it around the house to get used to it, showed her at home while she was wearing it what would happen when mommy had the leash (my friend tried hers out in a store and her kid ended up trying to run off and whn he hit the end of the leash he like flung back and ended up getting hurt) Now we bring "fred the monkey" with us everytime we leave the house, getting him is part of our routine to go anywhere. And she likes that she can bring him into the stores as I make her leave any other stuffed animals or toys in the car. Also, her diaper bag is a backpack and her daddy has a backpack he brings with him when we leave the house, so it makes her feel like she gets to be like mommy and daddy and have a backpack too. I still make her hold my hand when she is wearing it, but then if she pulls away I don't have to worry about her running off.

Deepti - posted on 02/28/2011




hi a nice conversation to prepare his mind for a visit to store will help... make him feel involved in the process and tell him what gud things u r goin to buy for him and family and how these things will benefit him like cheese will make him healthy and handsome.. like that... u can also tell him to find certain things for u in the store.. that wud keep him occupied and feel special... keep talking to him is the key.
there are many other ways by which u can make ur child obey u happily and become better which are available right here:

Viviana - posted on 02/28/2011




I have found that bringing a clip board with paper and crayons helps keep them occupied. Or if you print out a picture of the things you need they can cross the items off the list as you put them in your cart. Or if you have a phone that the kid can play games on or watch a show that always helps too :)

Erin - posted on 08/19/2009




I haven't really had an issue with this unless she's overly tired. However, I always chat with her the whole time, we talk about what we're picking up "look at the yellow pepper" "would you like purple grapes or green grapes" etc she's very involved and I ask her to find things for me (that she can see from where ever we happen to be). We also just talk and I praise her lots for being a good girl and we even sing songs, I'm sure I sound crazy in the store but she's good and enjoys shopping for the most part. BTW I've done this since she was 3 days old, you should have seen the crazy looks I'd get from people showing the red tomato to my newborn LOL

Katrisha Ann - posted on 08/19/2009




For me, my daughter was like that when she was younger, what I did was I ignored her. I know its difficult as I know this will cause so much commotion in the grocery, but I just wanted to make a point that if she throws a fit then the more I wont give her my attention. And now I find it easier to be able to explain to her things like I cant buy you this we dont have extra money etc.

Stephanie - posted on 08/13/2009




My three year old normally has a fit everytime we get to the grocery store. and everytime I can't make it through the produce section without turning around, yanking her out of the cart and sitting her butt on the bench outside. I turn my back and wait. I tell her, "when you're done, we can go shopping" and I wait, I wait for her to tell me she's ready. (kinda like a time out) and she normally finishes in about 5 minutes.

lol, and normally I have old ladies telling me how I should spank her, or this and that. lol, certainly makes for interesting conversation.

Patience and stick to your guns! Only say it once, and follow through with the consequence! Mum is boss, "because I said so" :D

Charissa - posted on 08/13/2009




i usually give my 2 yr old things in our cart that wont break nor hurt him & anybody. but to keep him really quiet, i give him any toy he sees...just make sure that he wont open it so u can return it if he wont let go of it at the check out.

Sherry - posted on 08/13/2009




Unfortunaltly grocery shopping is very boring for kids, After nap time is usally the best time to go shopping a childs not going to coperate when tired,1st make sure there strapped in, 2nd have a list so you can make the shopping visit as quick as possible,3rd you need to bring alone a snack drink book something to keep them ocupied whilst in the trolly 4th let your child help a bit with the shopping eg" would you like this cerel? could you grab the box for mummy and put it in the trolly behind you?". 5th skip the confectionery isle completly this will just cause dramas theres also confectionery free checkouts make sure you go to that one. Hope some ideas helped,keep us posted good luck.

Ashley - posted on 08/13/2009




usually when we go shopping with our son we will usually bring a sippy cup with us, and we will let him put the things in the cart except like meat, and eggs and milk and stuff.. and that will usually keep him occupied...or try if your grocery store has car carts have him sit in one of those...

Shauna - posted on 08/12/2009




My 1yr old son does the same thing sometime, I do say some of the things veronica mentioned, but that doesn't always work. Sometimes i will give him my keys, or a grocery, a bag of noodles, or something just to keep him occupied. Don't give him any toys though, i made the mistake of doing that and when it was time to check out he didn't want to give it up and was screaming as loud as he could bc i took it away! Good luck!

Veronica - posted on 08/12/2009




Quick, to the point remarks/commands. NO, SIT, Stay here. Dont move. Keep your voice low, but husky with sternness. and continue being consistant. My kids have done well with this - and i also get informative too - Season (lovely name) - if you move around like that you are going to fall and crack your head; if you run away or if you dont stay by mom a stranger will steal you -- im very blunt with my kids - give them the reality -- but this is my way -- perhaps you can take a bit and use it YOUR way -- good luck!


Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms