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Do supermarkets accommodate the parent with no transport?

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lee72 Mon 31-Mar-14 20:44:24

Does anyone have to pick up groceries and does not have their own transport?
I am a father of 2 and fortunately have never realised their may be a problem. However, when my wife said she used to struggle to push the buggy round whilst trying to fill a shopping basket I started to observe this and have seen many parents with the same dilemma. I am currently studying with the OU completing a design and innovation module and was thinking of exploring this area to see if an improvement, no matter how small could be implemented.
Does anyone else find this a struggle?
What are your thoughts for an improvement other than the buggy park which many supermarkets will not introduce and hanging bags off the handles?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

LadyMaryLikesCake Mon 31-Mar-14 20:47:02

It's called 'online shopping'. Why spend time doing all of this when you can get someone else to do it for you. They even bring it into your kitchen for you. Splendid!

kimlo Mon 31-Mar-14 20:55:59

mine are older now but online shopping for the big shops and one of those baskets that you can pull along behind you when just poping in for a top up shop.

I had a buggy that could easily be pushed one handed though.

WhatsTheWordHummingbird Mon 31-Mar-14 20:57:29

Sling an under one
Avoid at all costs with a 1-2 year old
Make a 2+ year old walk

Artandco Mon 31-Mar-14 21:00:14

Online for everything. The odd milk/ bread you can just hold or put on pram hood as just 1-2 pieces.

I haven't done an actual supermarket shop in about 5 years

BrianButterfield Mon 31-Mar-14 21:00:42

I've often wished for a basket that attachs to a pushchair somehow. It's all very well going on about online shopping etc but it doesn't actually solve what should be a fairly simple problem.

PopOfTheTops Mon 31-Mar-14 21:16:44

It would have to be an attachment for the buggy rather than something the supermarket provides. So you walk to the shop with the buggy and struggle to walk home with the shopping. A service provided by the supermarket wouldn't solve that.

You can buy little hooks that attach to the buggy to hang bags off, but I would think something more like a motor bike sidecar would work better. Not attractive by any means, but useful for the weekly shop trek by foot.

ITCouldBeWorse Mon 31-Mar-14 21:18:34

If you have to shop in store (avoid), then fold the buggy and put in a trolley, stick baby in the trolley seat.

LineRunner Mon 31-Mar-14 21:20:59

I like the sidecar idea. Or a buggy board with a tall basket.

GreggsOnLegs Mon 31-Mar-14 21:22:56

Our Tesco's now does a scan and shop, I scan items and put straight into basket under the buggy. It's great, no basket balancing involved.
Now I need the other supermarkets I shop in to start doing this too

LadyAlysVorpatril Mon 31-Mar-14 21:28:14

I hang bags off the handles. It works fine.

BagOfBags Mon 31-Mar-14 21:31:34

Canvas baskets, like the ones you get in shops like mothercare are much easier to carry with one hand or to hook over the handles of the buggy.

Artandco Mon 31-Mar-14 21:47:32

The microlite twofold pram comes with the option of attaching a huge trolley size bag on the back already.

PopOfTheTops Mon 31-Mar-14 21:52:44

Tall basket on buggy board would be good too, line.

Fairylea Mon 31-Mar-14 21:56:04

Not everyone wants to shop online. I like to pick and choose what fresh foods I buy and it can be quite educational for a toddler to pick and see all the fruit and veg!

I think a fabric or mesh basket that could be hung from a pushchair would be fab smile

NotCitrus Mon 31-Mar-14 22:05:45

Baskets with two handles go over the buggy handles fine. One handled baskets are a problem but in those shops I use the buggy basket or shopping bags instead.

The only problem is pressure to use the self-checkouts which can't cope with you packing items in a buggy.

nooka Mon 31-Mar-14 22:16:56

I used to do small shops and then catch the bus home. I can't remember it being a big issue in the store so much but the problem with putting bags on the buggy is that if your child hops out (or if the shopping is very heavy and the baby light) the buggy falls over backward so something that helped with balance would probably be handy.

PopOfTheTops Mon 31-Mar-14 23:46:44

That's why the side car idea or the buggy board with tall basket would work. More space and no falling over.

OohOod Tue 01-Apr-14 08:02:25

We have hamster bags on the pram

OohOod Tue 01-Apr-14 08:03:08


SixImpossible Tue 01-Apr-14 08:10:34

Some Waitrose branches have wheeled shopping bags that attach to a bicycle like a tagalong bike, and can be borrowed to take your shopping home. Something like that, with a universal clip to attach to the side of a buggy handle, would have been very useful.

HolidayCriminal Tue 01-Apr-14 08:12:56

If you can't shop online, then walk or bus to market, do the shop and taxi home. People have been doing that for many decades, too.

SixImpossible Tue 01-Apr-14 08:16:46

A cross between this and this.

Minnieisthedevilmouse Tue 01-Apr-14 08:17:46

God if someone would come up with a sensible basket that works with a buggy and didn't then stick it behind trolleys or in corners of stores (where the fucking elderly congregate and shuffle about really slowly) so you could actually pick one up, turn round and move off at an adequate space or even hey novel idea pick up as you walk past, I'd say he deserved a medal.

Do you fancy an obe op? I do online shop. But still sometimes need stuff and it's HIDEOUS.

fideline Tue 01-Apr-14 08:20:35

I used to find this a huge problem.

Some supermarkets have demi-trollies that attach to wheelchairs. Something similar for buggies would be good.

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