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Babysitting at Grocery Store

Load Up the Cart: Phoenix Grocer Provides Babysitting

A trip to the grocery store with a tot in tow is never as quick a trip as it would be on your own. From the constant whining asking for a sugary cookie to the battle over sitting in the cart, a grocery excursion is often more hassle than it is worth.

I was recently lamenting about a disastrous shopping experience with a friend based in the Phoenix area when she told me about the novel idea they have there. Their local grocery store offers a babysitting service complete with toys, videos and indoor gym spaces to occupy the kids while mama fills her cart. Staffed with trained (and CPR-certified) babysitters, the play area allows my friend to get her shopping done and keeps the kids happy at the same time.

Would you seek out a grocery store that had child care services?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Anon #8, I was going to say the same thing. This doesn't seem like a "novel idea" to me. Giant Eagle (and the local grocery store in my hometown, among other places) has been offering this for years.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
I know that Ikea does that around here and a mall, too...but I think they charge something.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I might be too paranoid to leave my kid with grocery store employees, but i wanted to pipe up and say that i love how it has an indoor gym with play equipment and not just a tv and a few toys. There are several places here with this sort of thing but they focus mainly on kids shows with a few sparse toys.
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
They have this at Wegman's in NJ too.
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