Grocery Shopping Guide for Dads

Sooner or later, every parent will have to make a trip to the grocery store with their little ones, and the thought of it can feel pretty intimidating. What do I need to bring with me to make sure my baby is happy? What if they start crying and need something while I’m in the middle of grocery shopping? When is the best time to make the trip? Don’t stress it, because we have put together the ultimate guide to grocery shopping for dads! Take a look at some of our top tips for making the most of your trip to the grocery store with a baby.

Time it Right

Consider your baby’s schedule and plan your trip to the grocery store around when it would work best for your little one. When they’re just born it can be a challenge, as their schedule hasn’t yet been established. In this case, we recommend you take off shortly after they wake up from a nap. That way they’re awake and happy and ready to go on a little adventure with you.

Keep Your Baby Comfortable

When you’re at the store, make sure your baby is comfy and cozy as you peruse the aisles and gather your items. A baby carrier is a great option for keeping your little one nearby. These Mission Critical baby carriers are made specifically for dads! Looking for another option for your baby at the grocery store? A Binxy Baby hammock keeps your child safely in the cart without taking up too much space.

Park Intentionally

What is the best place to park when making a trip to the grocery store with your baby? While many would prefer to park near the front of the store, we also recommend finding a parking spot as close to a cart corral as possible. This will make it much easier for you to load and unload your cart, get your baby situated back into the car, and return your cart without having to go too far.

Be Prepared

One of the most important parts of going anywhere with your baby is doing what you can to be properly prepared. Before you leave the house, make sure your bag is packed with all of the baby essentials you’ll need for your trip. Diapers, wipes, bottles, and soothing items such as a pacifier or this Jellycat bunny from TNBC, are all must-haves that you’ll want to make sure to bring with you. Don’t forget all of your dad essentials, too: cell phone, keys and wallet.

Bring a List

Bringing a list with you to the grocery store is a surefire way to make sure you stay focused. Without a list, you’re likely to get back home and realize you forgot a handful of items, and nobody wants that. Put together a list ahead of time, whether it’s a handwritten list or a note on your phone, and double-check it before you ring up your items to make sure you got everything you need.

As you get ready for your trip to the grocery store with your little one, make sure you have everything you need and a plan in place. This will ensure that you’re prepared for your trip and that both you and your baby enjoy your outing. So pack that diaper bag, get your list ready, and you’re sure to have a successful trip to the grocery store!