2.04.2009

Avoid supermarket disasters

I avoid shopping with my 3 year old at all costs. There is very little I can do to keep him near me and I spend the entire shopping trip saying "Hold on to the buggy", "STAY with me", "don't put that in the cart - we are not buying that", and the worst "WHERE are you?". Since he could walk the idea of sitting in a shopping cart or stroller is lost on him and he will whine & complain until you let him out. Thank goodness for preschool or I would never be able to run errands. The only way I have found to get him to sit in the shopping card is good old fashioned bribery. The bribe: snacks. I guess the way to a toddlers heart is through his stomach. The only problem with this method is the spills and the fact that he thinks he should be able to carry his snacks with him as he roams about. The OnTray solves this problem - instantly.

The OnTray snaps unto the bar of a shopping cart to make snacks easily accessible to your child. It comes with a slide off lid that makes the OnTray simple to store in your purse and to keep stocked with your little one's favorite snacks. When we run errands I explain to my son that in order to eat he must sit in the buggy by the OnTray. Snacks must stay in the OnTray and it CANNOT be removed. I'm not sure why but this works and it does an awesome job of keeping him distracted as I cross items off my shopping list. It also cuts down on the spill factor. While he might drop a goldfish or two - it is nothing like when he would dump an entire bag of crumbling snacks onto the store's floor.

Even if your child has outgrown the need for snack storage, the OnTray is still full of uses for you. It is so helpful for a place to store your coupons, shopping list, even your calculator. I have also used it to hold onto my cell phone when running errands. You can keep your need to get to shopping necessities neatly stored in this handy case and then pop it on the buggy as you shop. It will save you a lot of the usual purse digging and make it much easier to use your coupons. I can't tell you how many times I go shopping because of a great coupon and then forget to use it entirely. The OnTray is available in 4 colors and will only set you back $7! It's also dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and made using BPA free plastic. You can pick one up today by clicking here.





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99 comments:

Katherine @ Sweet Caroline's said...

This seems like a really good idea... I may just get one for my 3-yr old... altough I do try to leave her home with Dad too, whenever I can :)

valerie2350 said...

1) them getting cranky and wanting to leave
2) blue

valerie2350 said...

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Erin, maker of chimes said...

Them wanting to touch EVERYTHING!
green or yellow

Erin, maker of chimes said...

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Nancy said...

1. I think the biggest challenge in shopping with kids is keeping them entertained so they are not quite so fussy.

2. My color choice is blue.

Thanks!

Nancy
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alissa4illustration said...

I'm already a subscriber.
1. My 3 year old running off thinking it's funny; when I have my other kid who's 8 months in the cart.
2. Green.

Laurel said...

my biggest struggle when shopping with my 2 year old daughter is that she gets bored of sitting in a regular cart so then i end up carrying her AND pushing a heavy cart... or if it's a store with one of the "car carts" that she loves so much, she's twisting out of the seat belt and climbing out of the car part - while it's moving!! ARGH!!!

i love the true blue color!!

Laurel said...

i'm a subscriber

moushka said...

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moushka said...

The biggest problem is keeping them focused until we are done shopping.
Yellow is my choice of color.

Babyluxe Dana said...

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"Can I have this, can I have that, I WANT that, I NEED this" URG, the whole time we're in the store, it's so frustrating! :)

BLUE please!
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

they are not hungry until they get to the store and then the sample lady does it by waving the tray- I try not to go places where there are samples, etc but does not alwasy help

blue

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

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wigget said...

my biggest challenge is keeping them from knocking everything down. i like the mellow yellow.

Ellen C. said...

My biggest struggle when shopping with my son and husband is trying to look for all of the unadvertised deals and using all of my coupons before they both get tired and cranky.
I would like to win the green one. Thanks for the chance.

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Ellen C. said...

I am a subscriber.

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Kara said...

I would love to have a green one. My biggest struggle when shopping is trying to fit both my kids and all the stuff in the basket at the grocery store. I have a one year old and a three year old, and if I let either one of them out of the basket, all heck breaks loose.
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Kara said...

I'm a subscriber.

Kristy said...

1. definitely tyring to keep him entertained & not fussing
2. green please

Kristy said...

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Susan said...

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Susan said...

green is so cool, keeping them occupied is the heardest

Halifax said...

My struggle is to sit my daughter down on the cart. She likes to run around looking at things rather than sitting there. I'd like a tray in yellow

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Halifax said...

I'm a subscriber

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Aura said...

Just juggling twins and a shopping wagon is really hard when shopping. I like the blue ontray and I'm a subscriber

Mommy's Home!! said...

Going green would be my color choice. THe biggest chalenge is trying to keep my 2 year old in the cart (she likes to try to get out) while keeping up with the four year old. With another baby due in May, it will get even more interesting.

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Cher said...

I struggle to keep my son entertained while grocery shopping. I had to resort to shopping after dinner because he wanted to touch everything! This just may help! I love the blue one as my sons love blue!

Cher said...

I subscribe too!

itsahumanzoo said...

My biggest struggle with shopping is that my 3 year old does not like to sit in the cart. He screams when I try to put him in. I put him in there anyway, but it's embarrassing having him screaming so loud. I would pick true blue if I won. Thanks for the giveaway!
-Angela

itsahumanzoo said...

I'm already subscribed. :)

Pam said...

The biggest challenge, besides getting him to sit in the cart or stay anywhere near the cart, would be preventing him from adding items to the cart - he's a huge fan of the produce aisle and notoriously throws the most damaged apples, etc. into our cart...

I would pick green as the challenging one right now is a boy but we are expecting a girl any day now...

I'm a subscriber!

Cali said...

My biggest struggle is keeping them from abandoning me. I like the blue one!

Cali said...

I subscribed.

Jaime said...

I think this would be great, I've brought snack cups to the store only to have them get spilled everywhere!

Eryn at HomeSchooledYear.com said...

1-Their hands wanting to be on EVERYTHING. OnTray would help give them something that they CAN keep their hands on lol

2-Blue, as to not offend my gender-conscious son ;)

Eryn at HomeSchooledYear.com said...

And I'm an email subscriber :) Leig hbra@ gmail. com

Liza767 said...

i would have to say them want all kinds of things i not buy

green please

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liza-lu said...

My biggest struggle with shopping is having to go to the bathroom with my 3 year old and our baby. There's not really any clean place to put the baby down so I can hold my toddler over the toilet!

I like the true blue on tray.

I'm also a subscriber

Ashley said...

1.My biggest struggle would be finding a way to not touch everything and get germy touching the basket

2. Pink

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Ashley said...

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Anonymous said...

My son wanting to get out of the seat!
Yellow

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Kim said...

1. them getting CRABBY
2. green

Kim said...

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andrea v said...

biggest challenge is keeping them happy and wanting to stay in the cart.
i would choose green.
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andrea v said...

i'm a subscriber
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DEBIJOT said...

grabbing everything within reach.

DEBIJOT said...

forgot - blue would be nice

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Melanie S. said...

Snacks work most of the time with my son too, but I rarely bring my whole (huge) diaper bag with me into the store, and so seldom have anything with me to give him. This is a brilliant little invention!

My favorite color, I think, is the yellow one.

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Melanie S. said...

I'm a subscriber too. Thanks for hosting yet another cute giveaway!

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Beth said...

Having kids trying to get out of the cart! I like the green one.

Beth said...

I am a subscriber

mcveggie said...

These are such a clever idea! My biggest shopping with kids challenge is all the whining and begging for treats. My fave color is the blue one :)

mcveggie said...

I'm a subscriber too :)

Ally said...

I would want a blue OnTray but I think the biggest challenge is trying to keep him occupied and keep him from trying to climb out of the cart. He gets bored or drops his toys.

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Ally said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Sandra said...

I have a 2 1/2 year old and an 8 month old, keeping them both entertained at the same time while I shop can zap any last bit of energy I might have!

I like the true blue.

I'm a subscriber: saving.raths.money@gmail.com

Crochet by Momma J said...

Biggest problem is the little one wanting to get out of the cart - the minute I let her out she runs wild!

I would love the pink one!

Marianne
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www.crochetbymommaj.etsy.com
www.crochetbymommaj.blogspot.com

Crochet by Momma J said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Kaycee said...

I hate that they put the candy where you check out!! They always want it when they see it! It's hard to teach healthy habits when you have a screaming child wanting candy and you are trying to check out!! Maybe this would help! I like the "Going Green" color. Thanks!

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Kaycee said...

I'm a subscriber!

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judybrittle said...

Grabbing stuff off the shelves.
I would like the True Blue.

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Ann said...

Well at the moment we're not struggling, the oldest is 10, the middle is 7 and the youngest is 1,5. She sits in the cart and so far has been good, once in a while she's fussy, but I always make sure I have a snack with me. I would love to win the pink tray. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Ann said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Richard Maus said...

One of my biggest challenges when shopping with my 3 y.o. is the fact that she is always dropping the snack we have & then it doesn't last long. This looks awesome! I'd love to have a pink one.

Thanks for the opportunity,
Beth
reapingjoyATyahooDOTcom

Richard Maus said...

I'm a subscriber.

Thanks for the opportunity,
Beth
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NateAndJakesMom said...

My biggest struggle shopping with my kids is that I really can't since one needs to be in the seat and one is in a carrier!
I would love the Pretty in Pink On Tray.

I am OF COURSE a subscriber.

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g said...

getting them out of the toy aisle
true blue

nanja said...

1 getting fussy and wanting to come out of the shopping cart
2 I like the pretty in pink tray
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nanja said...

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Lisa said...

Our biggest struggle is that the 10 month old always wants to get out of the basket. She wants me to carry her, while I push the cart containing the 3 year old and the groceries, and try to shop. Impossible.
I'd choose green.

susan said...

Our biggest challenge is keeping our hands to ourself! We'd love a going green.

susan said...

I subscribe.

The Dreamer said...

The biggest thing is keeping him entertained without allowing him to grab everything in site. I'd get the going green tray!

thanks

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Donna said...

I can't keep them quiet. I would like blue.
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Donna said...

I am a subscriber.
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Tanya @ Mommy Goggles said...
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Maggie said...

My biggest struggle is when my son wants to help push the cart and gets a little wild hanging on it. The trays look neat, I like GOING GREEN. Thanks for the giveaway!

Dina said...

I like the green one. My biggest struggle is that my kids likes to do the shopping too - we have to constantly remind them that they can only get one item each (and yes, I do buy it, luckily it is usually something small).

Dina said...

Subscribed.

Tara said...

Oh goodness, it is such an ordeal when we all go shopping ugh.. My this tray is the coolest thing. I wonder if they had anything like this.. this is one of the problems.. I am trying to give my daughter cherrios..all the while dropping everything.. I love this.. the Pretty in Pink is awesome but I think it would clash too much with Target carts lol So I will probably opt for True Blue!!

Tara
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Tara said...

I am a subscriber

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Jamericanspice said...

Biggest hurdle shopping with kids, they run away and I panick because I don't want them lost or kidnapped.

I'd want the Mellow Yellow ontray

Jamericanspice said...

I subscribe

reva skie said...

My biggest challenge is battling the "I wants". I would like the green.

ecochicmama said...

I am a subscriber.

ecochicmama said...

1. By the time I have my lo in her car seat in the cart and my toddler in the seat by the handle the where do the groceries go.... I either need another person - a kid per cart or not having them both with me. Then once I figure out how to wrangle the kids and groceries keeping snacks in the cart was my second delima but this product would certainly solve that!
2. going green

Leah said...

My ds loves to reach for everything and anything on the shelves. We've definitely had some almost glass shattering moments! The operative word is "almost"!!!

And, I so love the True Blue Tray!

Thanks so much for this give~away! : )))

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Leah said...

I also subscribe! : )))

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melissa said...

Keeping the kids entertained long enough to get what I need. I would love blue.

melissa said...

Keeping the kids entertained long enough to get what I need. I would love blue.

Lisa said...

My biggest struggle when shopping with my son is to keep him from wandering off.
I'd like the blue OnTray.

Lisa said...

I am a subscriber.
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leah said...

My biggest struggle while shopping with my daughter is that she wants everything. We end up buying lots of uneccessary items! I'd love to win the green OnTray. peanutATnyc.rr.com

leah said...

I am a subscriber.
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