When I was pregnant with my twins I read a lot of books on raising twins. I mean A LOT of books. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say I’ve checked out every book the Lynnwood Public Library system (which shares books across twenty libraries) has on the subject of being pregnant with, giving birth to or raising twins. I tried to imagine myself getting around with two babies, out in public, without extra hands to help out.
One of the monthly and often weekly chores for us to navigate is grocery shopping. I used to wait until Hubby was home and the boys were into their night schedule to run out and go shopping by myself. It was a chance to have some quiet time, time without babies all over me, time to get away to actually miss them a bit.
But in the last six months or so, grocery shopping has turned into a day time outing I enjoy doing with my boys.
I never expect it to be a “quick” run to the store. That is to say, on the days I’m home alone with the boys and the plan is to go to the grocery store, that is the ONLY thing we do outside the house that day. Just packing up and getting out of the house (and pulling out of the driveway) can take twenty or thirty minutes.
Grandpa can attest to that! He was visiting today and we went out for lunch with the boys. The wrangling, socks, shoes, jackets, let’s get to the car, leave your toys in the house, no really let’s get in the car, oh wait now Miles has a poopy diaper… we had to have a snack just to make it out of the driveway!
So, if you plan to have the run to the store be your outing for the day, you can actually enjoy the experience. Take along a couple sippy cups of water, some snacks and don’t forget a spare diaper and supplies in the car (just in case) and you’ll be set!
But then what do you do once you’re actually IN the store? Most grocery stores don’t have two seat shopping carts so you have to figure out a way to navigate the store.
When the boys were in infant car seats I would put one car seat in the basket of the cart and put the other in the front of the cart in the child seat section. That didn’t leave much room for groceries but it worked. You can also put your babies in their stroller and use the basket or carrier of your stroller for holding groceries. Another method I used was clipping a shopping basket to my stroller with one or two of those mommy hooks or other like product. But those methods assume you will only be purchasing a small number of items.
As I needed to do more substantial grocery shopping by myself I’ve come up with my go to method. Push the boys in our city mini double stroller ahead of me and pull a short grocery cart behind me. The city mini double is easy to steer one-handed and the shopping cart is small enough that you can pull it behind you without any trouble. I was out shopping with a fellow twin mommy and had her snag a picture of us in action. (Miles is clearly not impressed to be grocery shopping AGAIN).
It’s a method that I had never read in any book but really does work well and is very do-able. If you have a stroller you can steer with one hand and a grocery store with either small carts or wide aisles for pulling a full size cart then you’re set!
I did read in one book (which now I can’t remember which it was to give it proper credits) that you could use two full shopping carts – one for the infant car seats and one for your groceries. I was never that skilled or that desperately in need of groceries to try it out.
If only more stores had double wide shopping carts, or perhaps even a little divider you could extend between the boys to cut down on the snack stealing – now THAT would make my grocery shopping experience a lot more manageable!