Anybody who has ever tried to navigate a shopping centre while pushing their child in a buggy will know that this situation presents a whole load of different problems. What used to be a simple shopping trip turns into a mammoth event when you have to factor a child in. There will be no more idly browsing the aisles – you will want to get in and out as soon as possible in order to minimise the risk of a meltdown. It can be tempting to abandon the idea completely, however, you still need to do your shopping and in this article we are going to give you some great tips on how to make your trip as stress-free as possible. Read on for our top suggestions:
Go to the Toilet Before You Leave
Before you leave your house, go to the toilet. This may sound obvious, but until you have tried to get a buggy into a small shopping centre cubicle you just won’t understand. When you go to a shopping centre toilet cubicle, you simply won’t get the buggy in with you unless you are lucky enough to find a mother and baby cubicle (which are rare!) So you are faced with some choices – your first is to leave the child in the buggy outside the cubicle and shut the door, which most mothers couldn’t even dream of doing. Or you could leave the door open, which again, people are pretty reluctant to do for the sake of their privacy, or you could take the child out of the buggy and carry him or her into the cubicle with you (which presents its own challenges!) So going to the toilet before you leave is very important – and make sure you don’t drink anything on your trip either!
Park in the Closest Bay
Luckily, shopping centres are cottoning on to the fact that it is very difficult to get children into and out of cars when your car is wedged into a very tight parking space. More and more shopping centres are now creating dedicated ‘parent and child’ bays where you have more room on either side of your car. Always aim straight for these bays when you go shopping – and if there are none available then be prepared to wait.
Use the Lifts
Shopping centres tend to have loads of escalators and stairs, but if you have a child with you then you should rule these out straight away. There is nothing more embarrassing and frustrating than struggling with a buggy on escalators or a flight of stairs. Instead, seek out the lifts for a much easier ride. Again, you should be prepared to queue as there are often a lot of people in the same dilemma as you so there may be a bit of a wait.
The key to a successful shopping trip with your child is to be as prepared as possible, and also be prepared to do a lot of waiting. Don’t rush – you will only stress yourself out.
Nancy Baker is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Nancy has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.