If you're like me you have very little tot free time and so most of my shopping expeditions include our young chap. At 19 months Freddie is enjoying more and more time out of his pushchair but that means less actual shopping and more a chasing Freddie! Here are a few tips on how I survive our outings...
I vary our trips to the supermarket and so he doesn't yet associate them as a boring chore... We are fortunate enough to live just a four minute walk from our major supermarket (15 mins) when Freddie walks! Depending on time and size of shop needed we sometimes walk with pushchair, without (then he gets to fill the basket himself) or for the large shop we have to use the car (which means he can go in a trolley!) he always helps with the selection of goodies and loves popping them in the trolley himself.
If I need to shop for clothes, pressies etc I make sure we take the dog for a nice long walk or have a good play in the park before hand which then buys me a couple of hours, so long as he has a couple of books, nibbles and drink to hand. Sling or pushchair works :)
Many of the shopping centres and shops themselves have special events and things to keep the little ones amused especially at this time of year.
If I am honest, as Christmas approaches I would give Oxford Street etc a bit if a wide birth, unless you have the urge to take your little ones to Hamleys, Harrods or Selfridges, as the crowds can be pretty daunting when you are only a few feet tall! If visiting the best time would be midweek...