grocery shopping with twins?!?!

Dorothy - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )

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anyone have any tips on how to do grocery shopping with 4 month old twins?

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Melissa - posted on 04/04/2010

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I stated leaving the house and shopping with my twins at four weeks old. Another twin mom shared with me a tip that worked. I'd put the babies in the stroller and push them while pulling a cart behind me. I'd get a lot of funny looks, almost looks of awe and admiration, but it got the job done. MY husband worked 13 hour days, so I had to be able to get out of the house and shop on my own.

Beth - posted on 03/16/2011

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one in the carriere and one in the sling,it gets easier when they can sit up , our grocery has two seats in the regular carts, so it works awesome now they are a year old, and they love the grocery snacks!

Ami - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have always shopped with my twins by myself (dad is an over the road truck driver). I have always used their stroller (car seats snapped in when they were little) and now that they are 18 months, they just sit in the stroller. They love to see the people. I pull a cart behind me and shop away! I get crazy looks from people, but it works for me!

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Charity_knox - posted on 01/17/2013

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Wow two carts! Sounds kinda ridiculous but I guess I can't knock it till I try. When they were a few weeks/months old I kept one or both in the car seats and placed one in the front of the cart and and one in the back and put what I needed where I could. if I needed a big load of groceries one baby would be in the moby or sling wrap and the other sitting in the front cart seat or in the car seat in front of the cart.

Michelle - posted on 01/04/2013

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By now your twins are 3 so perhaps this idea might help! Lingo's Market (www.hilingo.com) was created by a mom who wanted to find a better way to integrate learning into her children's everyday life. Lingo the Dragon goes shopping along with your child teaching vocabulary and word recognition for over 100 words in either English, Mandarin, Spanish, or French as he eats his way through the market. Play with it at home or bring it with you on your next trip to the grocery store. Watch your children delight in connecting the real life items they see in the store with the ones shown in the Lingo's Market app. It's available for 99 cents on the App Store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lingos-m...

Anna - posted on 04/20/2012

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I did what Ciera Wetzel did,...getting to carts was too much of a hasle for me...then I got an infant carrier and would carrie one in it and the other in the car seat in the cart...they are now 4 1/2 so they like to walk or take turns in the cart...

Holly - posted on 04/20/2012

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Ask the store you shop at to buy a few double carts and have any you know do the same. The more that ask the more likely they are to do it!

Bridget - posted on 04/20/2012

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If at all possible, shop at Trader Joe's. A Super friendly employee will push the shopping cart around for you while you push the double stroller and they will also help you to the car. The stroller should not be a side by side, but a long stroller to fit n the isles. I did this a lot with my twins.

Heather - posted on 03/23/2011

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Thankfully a lot of the places I would do my shopping have the trolley with two baby seats on and I could put the girls into that and once they got too big for that and were sitting up unsupported by themselves we started using the twin seat trolley and they love it!

Sometimes if I'm going shopping with my Mummy we'll get a trolley each and use the smaller trolley that only has one child space but it makes it more fun for the girls cause they never know when we're going to bump into each other in the shop.

MamaB - posted on 03/16/2011

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Let someone else do it for you, for goodness sake we have to be superwomen don't we! Its a logistical nightmare isnt it. The thing about twins is that you have to learn to do everything over again because it is so difference from raising a singleton. Good Luck, you are amazing and it gets better.
MamaB
www.liveloveconquer.com

Meredith - posted on 03/15/2011

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I did the grocery shopping alone, with my twins from 9 months to 18 months due to my husband deployment. I usually used my stroller since it had such a large basket underneath. Or I would put one baby in the Baby Bijorn and the other in the cart. Now that they are two and if I have to go by myself, one is in the cart and the other either walks along holding the cart or is in the backpack (depends on how crowded the store it). I haven't had great luck with the police/firetruck cars our store has since the basket it too small to hold a lot of groceries.

Cree - posted on 04/05/2010

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my twins are now 9 months old. back when they were 4 months old we would feed them and burp them right before we left the house. we always left them in their carseats, and they were sleeping most of the time during our shopping. the carseats sit perfect on the carts, which we always had two of. load up one cart. then when checking out, unload the full cart and have daddy put the bags in his. it always worked great for us. we always took a diaper bag too, just in case of hunger or anything else.

Sarah - posted on 04/05/2010

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i have also seen women do criss cross slings but do not waste your money on the maxi mom twin carrier. Ihave long arms and I could not touch my hands together once I got them on and it took a while to get them on

Kristen - posted on 04/05/2010

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for us it was a two person job, still is LOL. I would push the pram and the hubby would have the trolley, but when they could sit up it was a trolley each. i have never seen a twin seat trolley, i have for babies, but not for todlers! If it is to much of a hassel you can do your grocerys online and have them deivered.

Katie - posted on 04/03/2010

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I would wait until my husband came home and go shopping, unless I needed just a couple of things. Once they are sitting up well you will be able to go to places that have the two seater shopping carts - they are a lifesaver!! My girls use them now (they are 14 months old) and we can go grocery shopping and to Walmart or Costco and fill up the cart!

Sarah - posted on 04/03/2010

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Twins in the stroller and pull the buggy behind. thet keeps babies away from the cart/germs once they are older my grocery store has the little truck on the cart super big help

Correna - posted on 04/02/2010

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I have always shopped with my twins. When they were very little I pushed them in their stroller and pulled the shopping cart behind me. Once they were able to sit up I would take turns with one in a back pack the other in the seat of the shopping cart. Once they were old enough I switched to a grocery store that had shopping carts that had 2 seater buggies. I always brought snacks and drinks with me.

Jenn - posted on 03/31/2010

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Ummm....don't! :0)
Now truly, the answer is still to be figured out I think. I have to do my grocery shopping with my twin girls and my 2 year old most of the time. Thankfully the girls are now 11 months and can sit in the "mac daddy cart" with the extra seats. Prior to now I would put one infant seat on the top of the cart, carry one baby in a mai tai carrier on me and my 2 year old would walk along with us. I hope that helps. The only thing that will never get easier is being stopped by every person that has to goo goo at your kids, ask "how do you do it" or tell you a story about someone they once knew who had twins :)
Hope this helps!!

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Well, I usually bring in my stroller and then just get a hand held basket and can only buy what I can carry, which means not too much. I try to either go with my husband on weekends or run out without them at night or something.

Lauren - posted on 03/30/2010

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When mine were little if I couldnt find a sitter I would have to take two carts. But I have 6 that I have to take with me, lol. I have 2 older stepsons that are a great help when it comes to things like that and now it really isnt that bad. Good luck and best wishes!!!

Carrie - posted on 03/29/2010

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at first when they were really little I would push the stroller and pull the cart but when they got bigger and could sit up well I put one in the cart (totally strapped in) and then one in the backpack carrier.

Melissa - posted on 03/28/2010

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I pushed the stroller in front and dragged a cart in back. Basically I had to do this until they were able to sit up really good and then I got lucky because places like Kroger and Sams have double carts that can seat 2 kids in the front which I love. Sometimes when I just had little shopping I just kinda stacked everything on the top of the stroller hoods and put stuff in basket underneath. Although usually I will only do the big shopping once a month and I prefer to just leave them hom with dad if I can.

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2010

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When my twins were that young, I did 2 shopping carts like others have said. Or I would put one in a baby carrier (on me) and the other in the carseat and put it on the top. Costco is good cos they have double seating but 2 carseats dont fit (at least my 2 didnt). You figure it out eventually... otherwise all else fails and you ask a friend to go with you to help push the carts. After plenty of practice you will get the hang of it and will be able to take them anywhere! LoL

Janeane - posted on 03/27/2010

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I always use two carts until they could sit up. The car seats just clip right into the basket area, so I would push one and pull the other, taking turns so that I got face time with both. Once they were old enough to sit up well I would load up the basket seat with blankets and put them both in there facing each other. Their feet would overlap a bit, but the sides of the basket were good back support and they got to face each other and play.

Heather - posted on 03/26/2010

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a lot of grocery stores now offer a variety of carts one of them being the double seater up by the handle bars if not one carseat in the front of the cart and the other can go sideways on the end of the cart and food can go under the carseat. depends on how many groceries you have to get. have fun

Amy - posted on 03/26/2010

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with my twins I left them in their carriers and I one in the front of the cart where you push and the other carrier went across the back and I put groceries under her. I cant pull 2 carts around .

Celeste - posted on 03/26/2010

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When my boys were little, I would put one in a carrier (either a ring sling or my Beco )and keep the other one in their carrier.

A friend of mine with twin girls would put her girls in Bumbo seats in the cart.

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I would use cloth bags and hang them off the handles of my stroller and use my stroller as well. Just don't forget to check the stroller thoroughly to make sure you didn't miss anything.

Tasha - posted on 03/25/2010

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Do you have other children? My older son was a BIG help, he would push one cart with a baby, and I would push the other. He always kept them entertained. Now that the twins are &, I let them each push a catr so they can be the helpers.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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When my twins were babies -- I used to bring in thier stroller and then get a shopping cart! Did not want my girls getting to many germs from those shopping carts!
It can be done! My girls are 5 now and we still go to the stores together! We have a lot of fun now that they are older!

Mandy - posted on 03/25/2010

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well i usually find a sitter but when i have to take my three month old twins i put one in the back one in the front and have my nine year old push my three year old and the groceries and my six year old helps keep an eye on all of us...... shes the little mom of the family.....

Torey - posted on 03/25/2010

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Hello,



Sorry to say but the best way is like everyone else is saying is get two baskets. One for the kiddos and the other one for grocerys. I really wish I could give you some kind of other advice.



Torey

www.Moms4HealthyFamilys.com

April - posted on 03/25/2010

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lol its funny how everyone ends up doing the same thing.... I guess it kinda comes natural for of twin moms! I live by a Wal Mart neighborhood market and when I would take the boys when they were in their infant seats they would be in one basket and food would be in another. I took the boys with me so much when they saw me they would say oh the calvary is here! Now they love when I bring the boys in. The boys are almost 2 and they all have got to see them grow! One thing I like about Sam's s they have a double wide basket and you can set both carriers on top!! Good luck!

Angel - posted on 03/25/2010

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I did it the same way Destiny Wetzle did it. Shopping at Costco with the extra huge carts always helped too. :) Just wait til they are old enough to walk beside you, then you end up w/lots of stuff in the checkout line that you don't remember puting in the cart. LOL~

Best of luck to you!

Pip - posted on 03/24/2010

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Take someone with you or if you haven't got anyone available to help be prepared to be out for alot longer than a normal shop. I used to go back and forth to the car several times with smaller loads when mine were that age. When they got a bit older, like sitting up, it got easier. The logistics of doing even little things like shopping with twins is hard. Then you have everyone stopping you because you have twins... dah! Good Luck.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/24/2010

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Before mine were big enough to sit in the double carts (ours have steering wheels) I would usually go a couple of times a week and put them in the stroller, carry a basket and put items in the basket & under the stroller. Another thing you could do is take in the stroller and pull the cart behind you. I've only done this 2 times- dress cool because you'll work up a sweat! And go when there's the least amount of people there. It can be hard to steer the cart and the stroller and you'll have less people to run into and make stupid comments. You can leave the cart places like at the end of an isle and take the stroller down and then come back for the cart.
But the best way I found to do this though was to put one on the cart (in the car seat) and carry the other in my front carrier (or sling if you have one). One of my boys was able to sit on his own almost 2 months before the other so when this happened I could sit him in the cart and carry the other in the front carrier. I still do this at stores like Target & Walmart that don't have double carts and my boys will be in 2 weeks.
Hope this helps!

Ciera - posted on 03/24/2010

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Keep them both in their carriers. Put one in the front of the cart facing you, the other in the back of the cart on top facing sideways (It should clip right into the rails of the cart). It will be sturdy but if you get nervous anyways, take the safety belt from the front part of the cart and strap it around the handle of the seat in the back. I did this for a while until I realized that it is very secure in there. Anyways, you put all your groceries in the cart UNDER the baby seat in the back. Hope you understand. I did it this way until they outgrew their carriers at which point they shared the front seat. They are 13 months old now and still share the front seat. Now 4 1/2 months pregnant again, I have to figure out how to work baby#3 into that equation. :)

Adrienne - posted on 03/24/2010

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I have been grocery shopping with my twins by myself since they were 6 months old (hubby is deployed to Iraq). Up until they were 11 months old I would put them in the cart side ways while buckled into their infant car seats. It made it hard to put groceries in between the car seats, but if an item was too large to stick between them I just stuck it on the bottom of the cart. And when I went to go check out I would put one twin on the seat portion of the cart while I unloaded the cart. My twins loved this postioning because I could sing to them and talk to them as I grocery shopped. Another thing I would do when they were both wide awake was put one twin sitting in the cart seat and strap the other twin into a body carrier facing out so they could play with their sibling. Now that the babies are 13 months old, still doing it on my own, I purchased an Evenflo hiking carrier on ebay to use while grocery shopping. This was the best investment I have made as a mommy of twins! Whichever baby is on my back loves it! Then the baby in the cart gets to play with toys. It works out great! Trust me!!!

Kelly - posted on 03/24/2010

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Use two carts, one for food the other for the babies. After you have gone through the line to pay have a bagger assist you to your car.

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