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How To Recognize A Parent Of A Toddler In The Grocery Store

By Naomi Odes |

toddler and baby in shopping cart

Whoever Thought Of This Cart Is a Freaking Genius.

So, let’s say you’re not a parent. You’ve got an appointment with your personal trainer and only have about fifteen minutes to eat your lunch, so you just want to make a quick little stop at the store to get a healthy sandwich and a bag of pretzels.

Unfortunately the store is crawling with parents pushing around small screaming children. Crackers are crushed all over the floor. You hear cries of:




Although these people are impossible to avoid, here are a few tips on how to recognize them so that you might run in the other direction (or at least get into a different check-out line).

I bring you 7 Ways to look out for a toddler and parents in the grocery store:
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7 Ways To Recognize The Parent Of A Toddler While Food Shopping

We have the car shopping cart

Yeah, that's right. You're gonna have to wait for it. We need it more than you do.

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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “How To Recognize A Parent Of A Toddler In The Grocery Store

  1. Danielle says:

    I usually end up with one banana peel, several open bags/boxes of various snacks, occasionally empty fruit roll wrappers. :)

  2. Ren says:

    I am always baffled by people waiting for me parking spot…

  3. Christine Roosa (@biochemtine) says:

    Banana, yes.

    Cheeze-its (try to keep them unopened).

    We get help to our car, so the courtesy clerk loads the car while we put the kids in their carseats.

  4. KimberlyJ says:

    I am glad to know I am not the only one walking around with stickers on my face (and hands)… or paying for various already opened/eaten items (including a kleenex box).

  5. GGriffith says:

    We also walk down the middles of the aisles blocking all other traffic. Otherwise, our little ones “re-merchandise” the store!

  6. Anastasia @Healthy Mama Info says:

    I go to the store with 18 mo old twins and a 3 year old and it’s just like that!:)

  7. Brie says:

    We are also not talking to ourselves like crazies. We are attempting to entertain our children to keep them quiet and distracted from the princess, cars, superhero, pony and so on cereals and snacks!

  8. Marie says:

    You should also include a list of how to spot a parent of toddlers when she gets a rare chance to go to the grocery store without her kids. The things I always catch myself doing is steering the cart wide around the corners to keep things out of grabbing range, even when there’s no kids in the cart, and talking to the bananas that I’ve placed in the child seat.

    1. Naomi says:

      @Marie- brilliant and hilarious!

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