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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Multi-kid Shopping Carts

I try to go grocery shopping or any other kind of shopping when I can go alone or at least when one or two kids are somewhere else.

But, occasionally, I have to take all three.

If it's grocery shopping and I have all three, we go to the store that has a free child watch in it, where I can leave my oldest while I shop. Then, I try my best to grab one of those "car" carts that is basically a normal shopping cart with a little ride-in car on the front. Monkey is in childwatch, Bear rides in the car, and Cub is in the basket. Not too awful. And only three more months until I can put both the older kids in childwatch!

Even though I absolutely heart Super Walmart, I rarely go there with all the kids, since the one near me has TWO carts that can handle multiple children. So, when we do go there, Monkey walks, Bear sits in the basket, and Cub is either in the sling or in his infant seat in the big part of the car, taking up the space I need for groceries.

But, the other night, I had to stop in at Walmart with all three kids, just to pick up my contacts. It was getting dangerously close to bedtime and I wanted to do this as quickly as possible. As I was pulling into the parking lot, I noticed one of the multi-kid carts in one of the cart returns. So, I parked next to it and grabbed it to put the kiddos in.

Cub stayed in his infant seat in the big part of the cart- no basket seat on this kind of cart. The big boys went on the back part, which is this huge, obnoxious contraption where the boys are not only crammed in there, but they sit FACING each other. Whose idea was THAT?

Trying to push this thing, I was extremely grateful that I did not have to add anything heavy to the cart. Between the weight of my three boys, the infant seat, and the cart itself, it was easily 100 pounds, if not more.

Thank goodness that when we had to cross the parking lot into the store, cars stopped to let us pass. I don't think I could have gotten that thing moving again if I'd had to stop.

Though, having the boys in the cart was definitely easier than allowing kids who are tired to run wild through Walmart.


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