Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas shopping with a toddler doesnt work!!

                            As they get older, the Christmas shopping gets harder!!

The past two Christmases, we have been able to go and get our present shopping done quite simply with our daughter in tow. Now, at the age of two, she is getting easily bored, wants out of the pushchair and keeps asking for the toilet! Christmas shopping with a toddler is not an option, we have found!!

A couple of weeks ago, we went to a Christmas market in a beautiful city. I wanted to soak up the atmosphere and have lots of fun. Unfortunately, we couldn't get through the crowds with the pushchair (nobody cares about letting you through when you are struggling if it is Christmas!) and not only that, our daughter was being whacked by shopping bags and had cigarettes in her face as people pushed their way through. That was with two of us there, it has been worse when it is just her and her Daddy....every time he tried to make a purchase, she needed a wee!!

We have decided that next year it will make sense to pick a day for our Christmas shopping and find a babysitter for the day so we can get it done in one go with no fuss!! But what if this just isn't an option and you haven't got anyone to watch them and have no choice but to go out with them into the Christmas mayhem?? Here are a few tips:

1. Plan your day as much as you can. Have a list of what you need to get and where you need to go.

2. Make sure your child is well rested and not feeling unwell. This will reduce the chances of them getting tired and ratty later (but not a promise here though!!)

3. Bring along some toys or books to keep them occupied, but make sure they are not their favourites as it is quite likely they may loose them in the crowds!

4. Allow time for breaks to allow the child to get out of the pushchair and stretch their legs. Are there any play areas around where you can stop?

5. Make sure your child has plenty of food and drink for the day.

6. Reward them for their good behaviour.

7. Try not to get too stressed with your child. Remember, shopping isn't always fun for a toddler and them getting restless is bound to happen!!

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