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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Target Tips With A Toddler

What Mama is not obsessed with Target?
I don't think there is a single Mama out there that isn't obsessed with the big red and white bulls eye.
From their incredibly cute merchandise to their amazing clearance deals,
you can't go wrong with Target.

Now, most Mama's have to do do their Target runs with kid in tow.
I am here to let you in on some secrets to make your trip to Target
the pleasure filled trip you deserve.

1. Right when you walk through the door and place your sweet face in the cart,
head over to the "concession stand".
For $1.39 (or even cheaper if you use your Target card to save 5%) grab a small
popcorn and ask for a cup with a lid for water.

For a $1.39 (or even cheaper) this will turn your whiny trip into a bit more peaceful experience.
Your sweet face (and mommy too) can enjoy some yummy popcorn all while acting like he is a big boy/girl and drinking from their cup with a straw.

I promise you, you will wonder how you conquered Target without this little cheap indulgence.

2. Grab a toy from the toy section.
Yep, you heard me right, grab a toy that your child seems interested and let him/her play with it in the cart with them.
C's favorite is the light up bouncy wand buton.
It's easy to hold with one hand (because don't forget they are shoving popcorn into their mouths with the other hand) and fun to look at and play with.

When you are checking out it may become a problem and a meltdown may happen.
Just keep this in mind.
However, when you are putting the toy back you can tell them that when you come back that they can
play with it again.
Hopefully that prevents all meltdowns.
Probably not but worth the good ol college try.

3. Bring your iPad.
C is totally into the iPad and all the fun kids apps.
He will jump from app to app and find what he wants to play.
Make sure you have a good shock proof case for it in case it falls from the cart.

4. Let them sit/stand in the big part of the cart.
Once the whines start, its normally because he is sick of sitting in the same place.
When I put him in the big part of the cart, all whining stops.
It's amazing.
When C is sitting down inside the big part of the cart, I will even strap the iPad to the back part to prevent it from "accidentally" falling out.

5. Grab a Starbucks.
This is obviously more for the Mama's, but for you Starbucks lovers this is the perfect time to enjoy your cup of coffee. If Mama is happy and enjoying her time, HOPEFULLY, the toddler is happy.

Hopefully my little tricks can help you out by enjoying your Target runs with a toddler.


the girl in the red shoes said...

I totally need to bookmark this post for the future...I love it!

applesandglue said...

Oooh very clever! and I love your blog title btw!

Jenn @ Party of One said...

I love this! I'm NO where near enjoying Target with a toddler but these tips are so fun :) I love the idea of letting them play with the toy while they are in the store. So smart!!