Six months ago I avoided the shops with Little Man as much as I could. He would never stop to look at anything with me, if he didn’t get his own way there would be tantrums galore and the amount I ended up paying in bribes was set to bankrupt me! Not wanting to be shop avoiding forever (I really like shopping!) I tried lots of advice and tips I had read online and gleamed from other people over the next six months. I am little scared to type this incase I jinx it but so far so good. Little Man is much much easier to take around the shops now.
Christmas shopping is a whole new level of shopping isn’t it? Scary people slightly pushing, no space in the car parks, bags & bags of shopping. So I thought now would be a good time to share my top five tips on how to survive the Christmas shops with a toddler.
Give them things to look for – Keep those little humans talking and looking. This works perfectly in supermarkets; I ask Little Man to look for all sorts of food as we walk around keeping him occupied.
Prepare them – Now Little Man is 3 I explain to him where we are going and why we are going prior to getting out of the car or leaving the house. For example, I tell him we are going for a present for Granny or we are getting something for lunch.
Snacks – Little Man loves snack time. So I always take snacks out with us. This is especially useful if I need him to sit in a trolley and stay in it!
Pick your time – I don’t have to take naps into account anymore
unfortunately but before Little Man gave them up, I used to avoid the shops at nap time like the plague. Tiredness and busy shops don’t mix with toddlers. I also avoid times close to lunch time or dinner time as Little Man has a short fuse when he is hungry.
Avoid the toy aisle – I have gone down the toy aisle by accident and instantly regretted it. It’s like showing a dog a bone and then taking it away. This is more tricky at Christmas but if you can avoid toy aisles, do it at all costs.
So there we are, I hope they help this Christmas. Does anyone have any tips to share