Also we don't do a lot of big trips in the car, it's rare. We have a wonderful grocery store across the street that we go to on foot almost daily to get fresh produce or dinner ingredients; we do a big trip to the larger store maybe once a month.
Thats why everyone can be all obsessed with skinny in the city but strong in the burbs ~ my weeks groceries for 5 people are hella heavy
I'm another one that does it from birth, depending on the weather (like, if it's a zillion degrees outside, I'll keep him with me while I return the cart, because I figure it's got to be more comfortable outside than in a sealed up car. If it's raining, he goes in the car first, and then the groceries, and then I return the cart by myself.) I just can't see CPS getting involved because I walked 20 feet away to the cart return in the rain while the baby sat in a warm(er), dry car. I also live in a generally very safe area, and it's also not really in my nature to worry about stuff like that over much.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I think my kids are at a bigger risk hanging out in/around the cart while I unload than they are strapped into their seats! Especially my 3 year old. I can trust that the kid won't decide to bolt. He's a born runner, that little monkey.
I have always left mine in the car. I strap them in before unloading the cart. I usually turn the car on also so that I can heat or cool the car.
But to be completely honest, Dh does 95% of the grocery shopping. The store we like is 30 mins away in the town he works in. Plus he likes it (weird)
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I turn my car on, too, and then strap them in. And I agree that I'm more stressed out taking them with me to return the cart. My older one doesn't intend to run in front of cars but she just doesn't think and turns to run back to the car or whatever. She loves to return the cart with me but I have to keep such a tight reign on her that I would just rather have her in the car and return it myself.
I will admit that while not overly cautious, I'm very aware of my surroundings at all times when in any parking lot, and I've definitely planned out in my head how I would jump on and strangle anyone who tried to steal my car with my babies in it. HA!
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
My boys are older now, but I always put them in the car before unloading the groceries, and kept them in the car while I returned the cart. Now they help me unload the cart and then THEY get to put it away...I've even trained them to gather nearby carts that other people have left. It's become a pet peeve for them as well.
Carolyn - 37
Wife to Chad - 39
Mom to Tom - 15
Nathan - 10
I always put the cart away and then took the kids back to the car.. go out the same way we came in .
I do let them get in the car now, I always park as close as I can to this one cart corral so that I remember where I parked. They get in now while I put the cart in the corral or they do.. they are 9 and 10.
Heck I have left them in the car together while I went into a mini mart for an item now. They are responsible enough. And I have left my 10 yo at home alone to run to the corner market.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03