Here in Portland, one of our local grocery store chains offer parents a sort of babysitting service while you shop. They have toys and activities, and will ensure your child’s safety while you focus your attention on the task at hand: buying your weekly groceries.
We’ve used the service once, and our daughter loved playing with toys she didn’t have at home, but we prefer to take care of our shopping when they’re in school or in bed. Now that my kids are a little older, we even tackle our list team-style some weekends so that they can play a role in selecting snacks and sides for our weekly meals.
But I can definitely remember how challenging it was to shop with a toddler who didn’t have a lot of patience to last a full shopping trip without needing some attention. And I thought about those days when I read this article today on markets in Colorado that have installed TV screens in their kid carts. You know, those carts with the little car in front? Well, these have screens that play cartoons like Handy Manny or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Since it’s been a while for us, I want to hear from parents of toddlers…what do you think about cartoons for your little one so that you can put your attention on your shopping list?
How do you feel about commercials that play as you pass by the products in the aisle? Happy to be alerted of the savings or don’t want that interruption?
Let’s chat…in the comments below or over on Facebook. What do you think?