Errands with a Year Old Boy
Today was an errand day. J was a trooper in his Ergo in this heat. We don’t usually do errands together as I try to save those up for when my mom or sister can watch him. Both of them haven’t been around lately, so little man and I went out today. A few tips for errand running with a squirmy toddler:
1) Wear the child if possible.
If he or she is even remotely carriable, it is way easier to peruse the aisles, pack the groceries, or make the detailed selections on fabric with a child strapped to you, versus scooting or toddling away from you. We live in our Ergo Baby Carrier, but once our Rockin’ Wrap arrives (thank you, Larissa!) with its beautiful horse head design, J will have two places to live while attached to me. J found the aisles of CVS particularly amusing and tried to lunge for the hair samples attached to the bottles of hair color in the shampoo aisle. Luckily he was attached to me!
2) Bring water or a snack.
We brought homemade biscotti (whole wheat! (recipe to follow)) and a sippy cup with water. Naturally J only wanted the water once I took the cap off as he likes to drink out of “big boy cups” instead of his cup, but he did get a little hydration which was key in this heat. The biscotti was a great hit in the car when he realized he couldn’t rip apart the envelope he had snagged from my hand before buckling up (ergo: ensuing tantrum).
3) Take advantage of offers to carry things out to your car.
The Coop is such an easy store to navigate and the staff is always helpful when you’re wearing a child and have two big bags for your groceries. And the plums and peaches that are on sale right now are J’s favorite. We just skin them and he devours them in minutes. Grateful to have such delicious food so close and so local.
4) If child is screaming, be prepared to purchase something extra.
We were in Creative Kidstuff buying a birthday gift for one of J’s buddies and he was pretty hysterical. I offered him toys from his own diaper bag but those were of little interest. He pointed to a toy and said “baaall.” Indeed it was a ball! The Original O-ball. We bought it. He then proceeded to hold it for the next 45 minutes of walking errands, and didn’t even drop it while crossing the busy intersection. I wasn’t planning on an extra purchase, but if something can hold your child off from the brink of despair (and it’s not sugar), then I say go for it.
5) Lots of love and floor time when home.
Although we were up against nap time, instead of immediately doing a diaper change and charging into nap routine, we just played on the floor for a while with our new ball, talked about what we had seen out and about, and settled back into home. He went down like a shot for nap time and hopefully will associate his busy out-in-the-world day with fun!