At a baby shower for my first baby, I got some of the best, most practical advice I’ve ever gotten. Most advice people give is subjective. Some things work, some don’t. This is a tangible piece of advice that has always worked.
When parking at the store or mall, always try to park next to a cart return. Always. As close as you can get…even if that means parking farther from the doors.
Why? When you have a newborn those carriers are heavy and you are tired. If you park out farther you can always put that infant seat right in a cart in the parking lot and push the baby into the store.
But the best part is on the way out. Have you ever parked a distance from a cart return, then when you’ve unloaded your bags into your vehicle you have to push the cart back? What did you do with your kids? I was always nervous about leaving them in the car…even if it was 6 or 7 parking spaces away. So I would have had to drag them with when all they would want to do is sit down. With a baby you are carrying them the extra distance to the car from the cart return.
Now that my kids are older and definitely do not ride in carts, I still park near the cart return. It is really simple to unload those big things like cases of paper towels or toilet paper, or those 8 bags into the van and then pop the cart in the return stall and be on my way.
Next time you are out shopping give it a try. Park next to the cart return and let me know if it worked for you…because it has worked for me for years.
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