Wednesday, August 24, 2011

There Should Be Rules For Shopping Carts

Yesterday myself and the boys headed to Target for some back to school shopping. Silly me thought that going on a weekday afternoon would save me from the crowds. Um, wrong. Hello, you are not the only stay at home mom in Connecticut! It was insane, especially since our Target is being remodeled.

So in the parking lot I quickly threw two of the boys in a standard shopping cart just to get us inside so I could transfer them to one of the boats shopping carts that holds three kids. Our Target recently got new all plastic carts and they are seriously awesome. The larger one, which I can't find a picture of anywhere, has an addition in the front that seats two children side by side. The last time we were there I put the toddler in the regular seat and the twins in the side by side while the 6 year old walked. It worked brilliantly.

We get inside and of course, no big carts to be found. Great. The store is packed and I don't want the twins roaming around. So I throw both of them in the "cargo area" where they are practically sitting on each other. As we shop I have no choice but to put items on them. So there they sit with backpacks, folders and lunch box supplies piled on top of them. And because I was in a pissy mood now, I kept my eye out for the big carts to see who was using them. Why? Because I have seen on multiple occasions a parent with just one kid take these and it makes my blood boil.

I did end up seeing two of the multi-child holding carts as we shopped. One was being used by a mom of 3 - good that is who should be using it. The second was being pushed by a mom with two kids in it which normally is OK, but her kids looked like they were about 6 and 10. Seriously? Your 10 year old can't walk? My 6 year old loves to walk around the store and on the rare occasion that he does get tired, he will stand on the cart bottom and hold on while I push. But even if you did want your 6 year old to sit, couldn't you get a single cart and have the 10 year old walk? Here I am with my toddler and two preschoolers squished in a tiny cart while your big kids are lounging about and being driven around the store. It is just so inconsiderate.

So here is my rule proposal. You should only use the multi-child shopping carts if :
1. You have 2 or more children and
2. said children are too young to walk the store themselves. What is a good cut off age? 6?

Eventually I took one of the twins out once they started punching each other in the head. Awesome. So I held his hand while I steered the cart with the other. Normally I love shopping at Target but I couldn't get out of their fast enough. Shopping with 4 kids during back to school time is no fun at all.

Oh and I missed the Earthquake while I was in there which has me feeling very left out. People all around that area felt it, but for some reason we did not feel it inside Target. Boo.

Have you ever missed out on the big cart because someone who didn't really need it was using it? What did you do? (Or am I just nuts?)


  1. First, I feel sorry for you, because I've seen those carts and think they are great for people like you and have seen people with one kid using them.
    They weren't around when my kids were little (mine are 20 & 23) so I had to stuff them in the cargo area, too, until they started "touching me."
    I totally agree with your rules, plus you wrote it so well I just had to laugh!
    The Shewbridges of Central Florida

  2. I can totally relate to what you're saying, although I've not has a use for those carts myself since my second is as of yet not born. I have seen parents with one child using those and it drives me nuts!

  3. When my kids were little, they would of been 7, 4 and 1 or 6, 3 and baby something like that.. :-) So the biggest could def be a walker beside me.. Then I would of had two in the cart.. Back then there was no 'big' carts. To be honest I would never have attempted one of the huge car shaped carts, how can you possibly maneuver through a busy aisle? LOL My kids now are 26, 23 and 20 :-)

  4. I agree with your rules since I have four of my own. However my solution is that I just don't go out of the house with all of my kids to a store.

    I think the carts are filthy anyways and I dislike putting my kids in them. So I either make hubby get what we need before he comes home or I go out later by myself. SOMETIMES I will take one kid with me if they need to get something for themselves or they are having a bad day and need to get out by themselves. But usually, when it somes to shopping at the stores, it's just me.

  5. This post made me laugh and made me furious! As a fellow mom of twins, I will be in your shoes in the near future. Mine are almost 8 months so I can still put one in the cart and carry one in the baby bjorn. Soon, though, I'm going to be on a mission to find those double carts! Also, was there seriously a 6 and 10 year old in a shopping cart. That is crazy!


Thank you for visiting my blog! I love comments, so please say hello and tell me what is on your mind.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...