We've all heard 'Never go to the grocery store hungry.' Sounds easy, but even if I eat beforehand I always get hungry while I'm shopping. Call it a manic response to the darned appealing food packaging or whatever. Regardless, if I get hungry when I'm surrounded by food, my kids will too.
My solution: let them eat at the store. And if they're going to be eating anyway, why not eat at lunchtime?
Every Wednesday (double coupon day) we head to the grocery store with our OnTray. The OnTray is a 5x5 inch container that clips to the handle of your cart, and rests on the lap bar. It comes with a lid so I just pack my baby's little lunch inside ahead of time. Basically it's like a small bento box with a clip. You can save money and waste by avoiding plastic baggies.
We no longer have a problem with leaving a trail of raisins or Cheerios behind us. As convenient as it was to follow our tracks back to the entrance, my little girly now eats with her pincer grip instead of her fist. Apparently that makes for a much cleaner eater since she can easily see the food in front of her instead of blindly reaching into a bag for a handful of food. Plus, I love that my thirsty baby can always keep her drink at arm's reach, now that I don't have to keep grabbing it from the bag.
The OnTray is BPA free, but also dishwasher and microwave safe.
Bonus Pro: Don't just use it at the grocery store! Keep your bike trailer crumb free because the OnTray hooks onto my Burley!
The Con: It is possible for your little one to pull the OnTray off the handle of your cart.
The OnTray is available in 4 colors at these retailers or online for $7.00 (plus shipping). But I did hear that it could be available at your local Meijer.