Tips for Surviving a Shopping Trip with a Toddler

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Toddlers can be a handful, and taking them shopping can be an experience. Here are some Tips for Surviving a Shopping Trip with a Toddler. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.

Toddlers can be a handful and taking them shopping can be an experience. Here are some Tips for Surviving a Shopping Trip with a Toddler .


The time from when a baby is born to the time when they become a toddler goes by so quickly! Especially when they start taking their first steps – a momentous milestone documented with cameras, written in baby books and shared around the water cooler. The first crawl/steps also mean a lot of things: Toddler proofing the house becomes a must, little brains become sponges which turn babies into parrots and a good pair of shoes becomes mom’s best friend for chasing a kiddo around the house. Because let’s face it, once they start walking they really begin running, making them active little people that make life interesting. That’s when Pampers Cruisers come in, which offer the best fit and dryness for babies on the move. Luckily, you can stock up on Pampers Cruisers and other Pampers products at Sam’s Club and save through the end of October.




However, going shopping with a toddler can be pretty tough, so here are some great tips to help you survive a shopping trip with a toddler and stock up and save on some great essentials!

1.Make a Shopping List. I can’t stress this enough. I’ve gone into the store many times for a few things and If I didn’t have a list, all it took was one meltdown for me to forget at least 2 of the things on my mental list. So making a shopping list is a must. Also, put a star next to your must-haves or work your way in by grabbing the essentials first like coffee, milk, etc. in case you need to make a quick exit. Need a good shopping list? Check out the one I use here.

2. Make sure and have essentials on hand: I always pack a bag for my guy that includes some of his favorite essentials like his sippy cup, a snack and a few of his favorite toys and books. You can have him/her help by carrying the bag and take each item out when the time comes.

3.Give yourself extra time for diaper changes and meltdown breaks. If you’re going on a shopping trip, it’s important to give yourself extra times for diaper breaks and if your little one has a meltdown that sets you back. Sometimes you get lucky and don’t need them, but it’s best to plan ahead.


4. Use any help your store has to offer: Sam’s Club has some great ways to help parents get through shopping trips rather quickly. Because chasing toddlers in public places is no fun, Sam’s Scan & Go App let busy parents bypass the register and make stocking up with a new kiddo on the move even easier. Just download the app to your mobile device and scan your items with your phone as you shop in the club. Check out with the app, your receipt will appear on your phone, and you’re on your way! Download the app: Apple or Android. Club Pickup lets you order your Pampers Cruisers on and have everything waiting for you when you arrive to the club. You don’t even need to leave your car in some clubs – a life saver when you’re shopping with kids!

5.Don’t forget to grab the great deals for your growing little one: Diapers can be expensive, so taking advantage of great deals is a must. Shop at Sam’s Club or before October 31 and get an Instant Savings of $8 AND free shipping or Club Pickup (where available) when you buy two packages of Pampers diapers or wipes. Savings will be automatically calculated when you check out at the register in-club, with the Scan & Go app or on

Pampers Cruisers offer Pampers’ best fit and dryness for babies on the move, so your toddler won’t be slowed down when they’re on the go exploring and having fun! Cruisers don’t sag like ordinary diapers so baby can move freely, with a unique 3-way fit that adapts at waist, legs and bottom for more flexibility. Flexible leg cuffs gently seal around baby’s legs for a strong leakage barrier. Best of all the soft, stretchy sides help the diaper stay in place, flexing with baby’s every move. So when you’re out shopping and getting everything you need done, your little guy or gal will be dry thanks to the Extra Absorb Channels for 12-hour dryness and less sagging.


Shopping with a toddler can be tough. But if you take a deep breath and follow this game plan, you’ll get out with everything you need, including the fantastic deals on Pampers Cruisers at Sam’s club.

So don’t miss out and grab these fantastic deals before they’re gone! With deals this good, stocking up on all your diapering needs with a toddler will be a piece of cake!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.


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  • Reply Donna L.

    Great tips, thanks

    November 15, 2017 at 3:40 am
  • Reply Kimberly Flickinger

    These are excellent tips. I will be sure to share these with my friend who has a toddler.

    November 6, 2017 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply calvin f.

    Great guide on how to make shopping bearable witha baby

    November 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Holly Thomas

    Good information, it should be helpful for a lot of parents.

    November 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Carrie Conley

    This little fellow looks like he is ready

    November 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply stella methvin

    i don’t go without a list and a treat is always in order for good behavior

    November 2, 2017 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Carrie Conley

    Shopping lists are great with or without a toddler

    October 31, 2017 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    I love the idea of using help the store has to offer!! I am kind of stubborn when it comes to trying new things and I should really change that 😉

    October 31, 2017 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Ronald Gagnon

    It is situations like this that make me glad I am a single old man

    October 31, 2017 at 7:47 am
  • Reply Zoey

    Having a shopping list is a great tip even if you don;t have a toddler!

    October 30, 2017 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Marie Moody

    Oh my, I sure needed this. We have so many toddlers in the family this year. My two sons & my daughter’s grandson… and she does have a son that’s 7… no wait or is it 8? hmmmmmm Well, at my age who cares. I’m the NaNee and where do the grandkids go…. of course bring them to Mom’s she loves watchin’ her grandkids!!! hmmmmmm Wonder who put that in her head… I do, but I mostly love spoiling them and giving them whatever they want and kiss them bye-bye… hehehehe…. payback is wonderful!!! bwahahahahaha (just kiddin-well sometimes). LOL

    October 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Anna Mitchell

    Thank you for these great tips!

    October 30, 2017 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Heidi Horne

    this is great if you have a toddler or have to shop with a toddler

    October 30, 2017 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Solorio

    Great tips…thanks!

    October 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply V Briard

    Sometimes, just open a box of fruits that is in the shopping cart works too for hungry toddler! Just told it to the cashier after! They know that babies and toddler are not good for waiting!

    October 30, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply rochelle haynes

    Thanks for the tips will come in handy

    October 28, 2017 at 9:46 am
  • Reply ashley johnson

    our best bet at that age was not going when the kid was due for a nap – even if I sat in the car for an hour outside to let a nap happen there.

    October 28, 2017 at 12:17 am
  • Reply Elaine Buonsante

    I like the way you have organized your grocery list. Sorted by categories facilitates a quicker shopping trip.

    October 28, 2017 at 12:09 am
  • Reply Katie Bellamy

    I love your grocery shopping list! 🙂

    October 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    Shopping with a toddler is so hard. We love shopping at Sam’s Club. Such great savings. We have used Pampers for many years. They are great. Thank you so much for sharing this article

    October 27, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Amelia Bayless

    Great ideas! My son likes looking around at everything, but if for some reason he’s particularly grumpy it’s good if I remember snacks or sometimes, let him do his alphabet on my phone.

    October 27, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Lisa Garland

    I will have to remember these tips. My granddaughter is 15 months old and she is a handful to take shopping. I just make sure I have plenty of snacks!!

    October 27, 2017 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    Shopping with my oldest was so much fun when she was a toddler, but when kiddo #2 became toddler age… shopping got interesting. Definitely having extra time and bringing “toddler supplies” are game changers! lol I never went to Sams or Costco with just me and the kids… I always waiting until hubby was off work. I’m still not that brave! lol

    October 26, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Lisa Ehrman

    Good tips. Shopping with a toddler is quite an experience!

    October 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Megan Monroe

    I always make sure my toddler has his blanket and sippy. Without out that the whole trip falls apart.

    October 26, 2017 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Mishelle Greening

    When my 2 were young I tried very hard not to go out at naptime… I’d rather be skinned alive then shop instead of have them nap. 1 hissy fit too many pounded that one in my head.


    October 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    I try to bring some coloring books to keep my niece entertained when shopping.

    October 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Carrie Conley

    It has been a while since my kids were toddlers, those were the days

    October 26, 2017 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Such awesome tips!! I agree with bringing essentials like toys and snacks! Lifesavers! Our local supermarket has a cart for kids and that helps so much too!! My kiddo loves helping!

    October 26, 2017 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Carole D

    These are awesome tips and your child look so happy in the shopping cart!

    October 26, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Maureen

    While I do not have children, I do however spend a great deal of time with my siblings children. I am also the oldest of 7 siblings.I have learned over time that I always have to have something that will keep their attention. Make them part of the trip or have some “good”food to keep them happy. Thank you for the tips.

    October 26, 2017 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    I love these tips especially the one about using club pickup.

    October 26, 2017 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Dana Rodriguez

    These are awesome tips. I like the idea of the list!

    October 26, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Katelyn Deveraux

    I think a list is essential for any shopping trip! It can also help you save money by keeping you away from things you dont need 🙂

    October 26, 2017 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Deborah W.

    Great tips! I would add one; make sure your toddler is rested and not due for a nap, ha. There’s nothing worse than a tired, cranky little one.

    October 26, 2017 at 9:08 am
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