Shopping with a pram is difficult at the best of times. With the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping it can be a nightmare to combat the shops with a little Christmas helper in tow. With shopping centres sure to be bursting at the seams over the next week, it’s no wonder people can become stressed and pushy at this time of year – something that’s of no help to those trying to shop with a pram!
Here are 3 tips to help you shop with a pram this Christmas:
Know what you want and be strategic with how you tackle the shops. It might be a good idea to go to a shopping centre you already know, with a list in hand. Try to take advantage of parental parking so you’re close to the doors and to give you more room to manoeuvre your cargo. Shopping with a plan will help prevent you from having to go backward and forward through the crowds to tick things off your list. Check items out online and call ahead to hold any stock you know you definitely want. Some shops offer ‘click and collect’ – where you can simply buy your goods online and pick them up at your nominated store.
Most big shopping centres offer parents rooms, an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the centre, where you can tend to your little one in a peaceful environment. Most parent rooms offer a place to feed and change your child, as well as a place to sit and take a breather. Some of the bigger shopping centres might offer toys and activities to keep your holder kids entertained while you tend to your younger ones.
Baby carriers can come in handy when shopping at busy times – by leaving the pram at home and strapping bub on, you’ll have a free set of hands for shopping, and you won’t have the added stress of the pram to worry about. Another option is strapping baby on plus taking your pram – where you can store all your goodies without having to lug them around.
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