You’ve all seen them. Those tiny carts at the grocery store your “little shopper” can use to be just like Mom. Before you get all excited about them, you should probably know a few things.
They’re adorable. Who doesn’t want their sweet child pushing a mini cart around the store filling it with cheese puffs, fruit snacks and ice cream vegetables, fruits and whole grains? It’s just sooo cute.
They’re a distraction. They give your child something to do at the store instead of opening every single bag of potato chips unsalted pretzels.
They make great Twit pics and Facebook mobile uploads. Who doesn’t want to share a picture of their precious child with the whole world? All while proving that being a stay at home mom is filled with picturesque moments? (Of course the picture would have to be taken pre-shopping to try to prove this.)
They’re not actually pushed. Your child my push it through the door, but the rest of the trip, you will have one hand on your cart and one on the mini cart. You will be bent over in a ridiculously awkward position trying to pull your sweet wee one along.
The contents are unacceptable. To avoid any freak outs, you will let your child put anything you’re buying in his cart. Even wine. This makes it look like you’re an enabler.
It overflows. Once your child’s favorite toy is put in the cart, (most notably a large stuffed Winnie the Pooh) there isn’t much more room for food. Your child will still insist on more stuff which will fall out. You will then have to go back and pick stuff up off the floor and try to sneak it into your cart.
The bar you hold onto isn’t actually held. While you are bent in your awkward pulling position, you will look back to notice your child isn’t actually holding the cart anymore. He is 2 aisles back eating those freakin potato chips unsalted pretzels.
Think long and hard before you let your child lay eyes on those suckers. Get blinders or a hat for the run in, buckle him in the seat of the regular cart and be done shopping in half the time.
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