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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

What can I do to make grocery shopping with my child pleasant?

Answer

  • ​Go shopping when neither you nor your child is hungry.
  • Make a list in advance to save time while shopping.
  • Use a safety belt when your child rides in a shopping cart.
  • Bring toys to keep your child busy.
  • Set clear rules for behavior (eg, no climbing out of the cart, no asking for candy), and praise your child for following the rules.
  • Ask your child to help you look for food items.
  • Talk to your child about what you are buying.
  • If possible, do not rush your child. Children love to look around and discuss what they see.
Source: Bright Futures: Nutrition, 3rd Edition (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)