I was in a complete daze that first few weeks when the girls were born. Kind family and friends brought us meals, and my in-laws had Vons deliver groceries right to our door. But after a while the casseroles stopped coming and we had to figure out how to keep food in the house all by ourselves.
Here are some of the things I tried:
- Online Grocery shopping: Certain grocery stores (Albertsons/Lucky, Vons/Safeway) have a program where you can order your whole grocery list online. Vons/Safeway will deliver it to your house for you (most areas), and many Albertsons/Lucky stores will pack it up so that you can pick up your order from the store (most areas). Walmart also sells grocery items online but they don’t offer fresh fruits and vegetables or deli/meat items. This is a good idea if you don’t need groceries right away, since it takes a few days to process and ship your order. Depending on the store, you may get free shipping the first time or for orders over a certain dollar amount.
- Take a friend/spouse: I took my 9-year-old son (neither friend nor spouse!). I pushed the cart around the store and the Boy came behind with the double stroller with the two babies inside. You could bring a stroller or each of you push a cart with a baby. I have to say, this was not a very good experience for me. It took a lot longer to coordinate the movement of 2 people and 2 4-wheeled objects through the aisles. It was awkward and took up a lot of space in the aisles too. I don’t recommend this option.
- By yourself option 1…Two carts: Here’s what else I did. I tried putting the babies in one cart (one on the handle bar and the other in the basket). I could push the babies ahead of me while pulling a second cart behind with the groceries. Or I also tried placing one baby on the handle of each cart. This was my least favorite choice for doing shopping. It is very cumbersome, it attracted a lot of attention, too, which made me feel like I stood out bigtime. I already get anxious with all the attention that twins draw, I don’t need to add more by lugging two carts around!
- By yourself option 2…Use a sling or baby carrier: This is the only way I shop now. I keep a sling in the car at all times in case I get a sudden urge to shop. One baby goes in the sling and the other stays in the car seat and gets to ride in the cart. You can still fit all the groceries in the cart, and one baby gets to snuggle with mommy. You could alternate which baby goes in the sling each time to make sure each gets some snuggle time.
I haven’t tried using two slings (or the kind that holds two babies) and I never will. The one alone gives me a shoulder ache, so make sure you are ok with wearing a sling before heading out.
Do you have a different way of getting shopping done with twin babies? Share in the comments.