Squirming in the stroller
My kids have spent so little time in strollers that one model lasted through three of them. Charlie actually learned how to undo his buckle by 18 months, and my husband, good sport that he is, bought a harness meant for shopping carts and sewed it into the stroller to keep him safely strapped.
A year later, I use my stroller with Charlie for short periods and only when absolutely necessary for safety or damage control. But are there other ways to keep a little wiggler happy?
What to do: Stores that have cleverly designed kid carts rate high on moms' shopping lists. But when you've no choice but your own set of wheels, "get really good snacks or drinks you'd never give your child at home -- like ice pops or hot pretzels -- or toys that can be played with only in the stroller," says D'Amico. "The key is to set in stone that these special things only happen when he's sitting nicely in his stroller."
When Monnot goes food shopping, she makes a list of items by location in the store so she can get in and out more quickly. "I run only one errand per day and try to dangle a reward like the play area at the mall if David behaves. If he doesn't, we skip the reward to teach the lesson," she says.