3 tips for running errands with a toddler

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Running errands with a toddler can be exhausting and stressful to say the least.  A 15 minute trip can easily turn into an hour.  I have learned over the years a few tips that have made my life so much easier.

1. Bring FOOD!!

3 tips for running errands with a toddler

 

This is truly my first and most important tip: bring snacks along! My toddler loves the new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks.  They happen to be the cutest snack ever.  Right now you can even get cash back with the Ibotta app (my favorite way to save money as many of you know) with the purchase of TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks at Walmart.

Teddy soft baked filled snacks

Bringing food along has been a game changer for us.  I bring easy to pack snacks that I can just throw into our bag and get out the door quickly.  Whenever he turns fussy, snacks  tend to calm him right down.

3 tips for running errands with toddlers

I love the new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks. The biggest seller for me is that they have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors.  They are made with quality ingredients like milk, eggs and chocolate.

3 tips for running errands with toddlers

These are my new saving grace from toddler meltdowns.  My son loves this loveable bear shaped snack.  He really thinks that they are so fun to eat.

3 tips for running errands with toddlers

I think he wanted to play with the TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks more than eat them at first.  However, once he tasted them, there was no going back.  I love to give my children snacks like this that provide some entertainment too.

I easily found this product at my local Walmart in the cookie/cracker aisle.  There is a demo on 2/23 as well where Teddy Grahams partnered with GoGo Squeeze and the PRD Display.

3 Tips for running errands with toddlers

2.  Let them help.

 

3 tips for running errands with toddlers

Give them tasks to do.  Let them help you put stuff in the cart.  Many times I find that my toddler fusses because he’s bored and is done with the store.  He wants to be active and do something.  When he feels included he is less likely to cry.  He helps me put stuff up on the check out belt, and even slide my card.

3.  Go during prime time.

Figure out what is the best time of day that your child is easiest to manage and go then! For many toddlers it’s the morning hours before lunchtime.  For us, this is around 9-11am.  I don’t have more energy than the any other mom first thing in the morning but it is worth the peace and quiet from a non-cranky toddler.  Definitely avoid meal and nap times.

I hope one of these tips will make the next time you run errands with your toddler so much easier! Don’t forger that you can earn cash back with the free Ibotta app on the purchase of TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks at Walmart!

 

 

3 tips for running errands with toddlers

 

 

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February 22, 2017

Funny how we learn how to manage. I try to completely avoid taking my toddler to the store if I can help it.

February 22, 2017

LOL! I totally get it mama!

February 22, 2017

Tip 1 – leave them at home. Just kidding! I always shop with them and have grown to like it. You’re right about feeding them throughout the shopping experience. That is how we survive too!

February 22, 2017

LOL!! Right?! I usually can’t do that if I want to get my shopping done during the day!

February 22, 2017

Thanks for another great one. Your tips are extremely helpful for me as a new Mom still learning the ropes. ~BLESSINGS~

February 22, 2017

Thanks so much! I really appreciate your support!

February 22, 2017

Your first tip REALLY is the most important! I learned this pretty quickly, the food keeps them from asking for (and snatching at) all the food on the shelves. These Teddy grahams are pretty cool, and being able to identify the ingredients is so important to me. Thanks for sharing, I must be out of the toddler loop because I’ve never seen these…gonna keep my eye out for them now.

February 22, 2017

YES!! lol they are actually pretty new in the stores! So, you should see them now!

February 22, 2017

Great tips as usual! They can be used for all ages. My girls love regular teddy grahams, so I’ll to pick some of these up the next time I go to the store.

February 22, 2017

Yes they really can! Including myself lol awesome!

February 22, 2017

These are great tips! Especially snacks. Our grocery has free bananas and apples now which is awesome!

February 22, 2017

Wow that is pretty impressive!!

February 22, 2017

I always forget to bring snacks with me, when I’m taking my little guy out for errands, especially if it’s right after we pick him up from daycare. Food can be a lifesaver!

February 23, 2017

LOL YES I forget too sometimes!

February 23, 2017

The only way I survive running errands with a preschooler and a toddler is by bringing snacks and lots of them.

February 23, 2017

LOL I’m sure!

February 23, 2017

These are great tips..especially bring food lol! Thanks for sharing

February 23, 2017

Thanks!

February 23, 2017

These are all true. I know in the morning before nap time is prime for us. Also, when I go grocery shopping, my oldest always gets a cookie from the bakery (thank you Kroger for the free cookie).

February 23, 2017

That’s the best when they give you free food at the store.

February 23, 2017

Great tips & those snacks look soooo yummy!!!

February 23, 2017

They are! Thanks!

February 23, 2017

Snacks are an absolute must!! I always have them in my bag. When I go grocery shopping I let my son hold the bananas and he will talk about them the whole time, haha.

February 23, 2017

Yes they are! Great idea!

February 23, 2017

I really need to put together a snack bag even for myself when running errands! Snacks are definitely key! #client

February 23, 2017

LOL Yes for myself too!

February 23, 2017

Yes to all of these! I haven’t had teddy grahams in forever, yummy!

February 23, 2017

Yes these are different than the originals but you will love them.

February 24, 2017

Those snacks look yummy! They’d make me less cranky for sure! 😉

February 24, 2017

LOL Snacks tend to have that power!

February 24, 2017

Snacks, yes!! Let them help…yes!!! Such great tips mama!!! 🙂

February 24, 2017

Thanks so much! Appreciate it!

February 24, 2017

Great tips! I’ve found that timing is everything with toddlers too! My grandfather used to say he could babysit the world if he had enough Oreos.

February 24, 2017

LOL! OMg that is so funny!! So true I’m sure.

February 24, 2017

I love his sweet face when he’s getting a snack in the shopping cart! Bringing food helps so much. I forgot to do this when we went shopping this morning. Not smart! 😉

February 24, 2017

AWw thanks for your kindness! Yes, when I forget I’m so mad at myself!

February 24, 2017

I might use some of your tips! I usually can’t deal with my kids in the store because they ask for this and then they ask for that!! This is a great idea ?

February 24, 2017

LOL! Thanks I’m glad you liked them!

February 24, 2017

Great tips! Bringing food ALWAYS helps us! Not only are full tummies happy, but I feel like fun snacks also keep them occupied!

February 24, 2017

Yes this is so true. Gives them something to do. LOL

February 24, 2017

Good tips! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve rolled up to the checkout with opened snacks to keep the beasts tamed 😉

February 25, 2017

Letting them help is such a great idea! Our errands always run much more smoothly if my 2-year-old has a job to do 🙂

February 25, 2017

Yes this is so true for us as well.

February 27, 2017

These are all great points! I’d say make sure you have drinks to accompany the food too lol

February 27, 2017

LOL Good point!

February 27, 2017

Food is number one!!!! You can never bring enough snacks for the little ones!!!

February 27, 2017

You can never bring enough snacks for the little ones!!!

February 27, 2017

I know! I rather bring too much than too little.

February 27, 2017

Food is key! They can’t complain if they have a full mouth – lol. Those new snacks look great. I need to grab some for my kids.

February 27, 2017

This is so very true! LOL

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