Shopping With A Crying Baby In Tow

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 I was at Office Max doing some back to school shopping with my kids. The moment I walked inside the store, I heard a baby crying hysterically. Needless to say, I wasn't the only shopper looking around to find where the baby was. My mommy mode immediately turned on. I scanned around the store to see if I could spot the baby and at least know that everything was fine. I wondered if the baby was hungry or hurt. Moments later, the crying stopped. I was relieved. Then the baby started crying again. It was hard to concentrate on my shopping. I think I spent 10 minutes browsing up and down the aisles and during the entire time, the baby was still crying. When we were at the checkout stand, we saw the mom with the crying baby at the nearby customer service desk. She was with her daughter who's probably 2 or 3 years old. Her son was sitting on the stroller crying. I guess he didn't want to sit on the stroller! The little girl asked if she could buy a candy bar and the mom took it away telling her she already has candies at home. The girl cried. By now, both of kids were crying. The mom looked super stressed out. She knelt down trying to calm the daughter. The daughter did stop crying for a minute before resuming again. When we drove up the street, we saw the mom with her kids and yes, her daughter was still crying. Seeing this, I'm sooooo glad I didn't have to deal with this when my kids were younger.  


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36 comments:

Ami said...

I'm always torn between feeling sorry for the parent in a situation like that and wanting to get the hell away!

Mama Hen said...

It can be stressful for parents to go shopping with two little ones. Who knows if the kids were tired or not feeling well. Some kids also just don't like doing the shopping with mom and it can get stressful. I never judge, because we just don't know. Have a great night!

Mama Hen

CVmom said...

I can never let my baby cry like that. I'd pick him up for sure. It's distracting to everyone else around me.

ModernMom said...

Ug. Stress! Poor lady. Hope those babes passed out in the car so she at least had a peaceful drive.

MaryAnne said...

That poor mom! I shopped all the time with my oldest child, but the other two children really don't enjoy it - so now I try to shop in the evening/weekend when my husband can watch the ones who don't want to go. I'm so glad my husband IS available to watch them in the evenings so I can run errands stress-free!

Lydia Kang said...

Oh I feel so sorry for that mom. When your kids go nuts in a public place, it's so awful.

Suzanne said...

Having been in both situations-where my kids are crying or someone else's- I always feel for that mother, if I make eye contact I give them the, "I know how you're feeling" look, because it stinks, all you want to do is shop in peace whether you're that mom or someone else!

Lisa said...

As a mom my first instinct would have been to pick the baby up instead of letting it cry and irritate everyone else in the store.

Something that bothers me even more when I'm out shopping is these kids with their pants down so low & their underwear showing. It drives me crazy!!! It looks totally ridiculous. I see parents dropping their kids off and wonder how in the world they can let them walk around like that. Sorry to change the subject. :)

Savvy Gal said...

LOL.... When my niece was little, we can't shop with her too. : )

Dora said...

My little guy was a little crying baby last time so I just waited 'til that phase is over (coupled with the outbreak of H1N1 that time) only then I brought him out for shopping.

He doesn't cry now of course but SHOUT!

AVCr8teur said...

This happened to me last week while shopping at Safeway. A mom with 2 young daughters, one crying and one not, threatened to leave the store and go home. That only made it worse. Then the mom proceeded to explain to the crying daughter about 3 how she was embarrassing herself in front of everyone. Eventually she stopped crying, but I didn't hear what secret weapon the mom used.

Kelly Polizzi said...

wow you didn't? How come?? And any tips for me? lol That poor woman was me today at Walmart!

Ummie said...

RoseBelle,
Pass the mother some tip, please.
She's here, now.

MinnieRunner said...

And I hope I won't deal with the same situation when I already have my kids.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

That's me! That's me! That's why I always avoid shopping with my sons!

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Luckily, I don't have to deal with this situation now since my kids are past the todler stage. Some kids are difficult to coax.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Luckily, I don't have to deal with this situation now since my kids are past the todler stage. Some kids are difficult to coax.

Veronica Lee said...

Phew!! I'm glad those days are over for me!!

BTW - Have you watched the Percy Jackson movie?

renaye said...

well the most common way i have seen parents dealing with their crying children is to slap them and tell them to shut up but that only makes things worse when they cry louder. sometimes i wonder how parents can be that dumb. sorry to make it so blunt because my parents is one of them. sometimes, i just feel won't it be easy to ask why the children cry instead of beating them and utilising parental power at the wrong time and place?

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Some kids just won't give up and it can be stressful when the crying is prolonged.

Cheryl said...

I was so very fortunate in that my three children were good in the stores. There was the occasional outburst but then we would quickly leave the store!

Christina Lee said...

Ughhh been there, done that --but not recently--whew!

Icy BC said...

Oh I remember those times! Shop owners know how to get the parents all stressed out by placing those candy isle by the registers.

Alicia said...

It's so hard with these situations because you really never know what's going on. EVeryone could be having a bad day, or the kids could just have behavioral problems. Honestly, for me, that wouldn't bug me because I have five kids, and my patience level is alot higher than others.

Lynda Young said...

When I used to work in retail I always tried to serve the mums with the crying children first. They (and everyone else around them) didn't need any extra stress ;)

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

If it was me you'd get to add in my 5-year-old: Mommy, why is that boy crying? Mommy, mommy, why is that girl crying? Are they sad?

ACK!!!

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Rosebelle, I guess that happens with young kids. Guess they too young to understand things.....
We too experience these often at malls, especially at the toys dept....

How you doin'? You have a pleasant week, keep well. Lee.

Erin said...

I just had a new mom in my office today, her baby, almost 2 months old, was just done....crying...and she was so embarrased. When I walked up to see the adorable baby making all the noise she apologized profusely for the baby crying, and all I could do was coo at the baby and tell her "Don't worry about it, it's a beautiful sound, it means you have a healthy baby" and she immediately relaxed.

I think a lot of babies or children respond to their parents, if you are uptight about them crying or worried about how people see you or look at you, maybe they cry more? Or louder?

levian said...

it sounded stressful enough just by imagining the situation she was in. parents are definitely not an easy role to fill.

Mei Teng said...

Hearing a little one bawling away can be really stressful for the parents. I find bawling kids scary.

Liz said...

I feel sorry for the mom and boy I am glad too I didn't have to deal with that when my kids were very young.

Ryhen said...

Jesus! I think I know a little bit about adult behavior, but when it comes to children, my goodness. It's an entirely different domain that would give me nothing but headaches. lol

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, I feel for the mom... so far I haven't had to deal with meltdowns in public, thank goodness.

myorii said...

Awww that poor mom! It's situations like hers that make me hesitate on wanting more kids. It's enough work trying to keep E from having crying fits when we go out. I can't imagine what I'd do if I had to work with another screaming child!

Serline said...

The next time you see a crying toddler being passed around by 2 teenagers and their 40-something parents, that would be us ;-P

Wendy said...

yeah, and you really have to ask yourself sometimes, it is REALLY that important to be shopping at that moment?