Do You Use the Free Child Care at the Grocery Store?

If you shop at Fred Meyer (or other stores that have free built in day care) do you leave your kids there while you shop? 
I never have. 
Honestly, I don’t see myself ever doing it. It has never crossed my mind as an option. Not that I think it’s “bad” or anything, I’ve just never considered it. We walk past it every time we leave Fred Meyer after we check out with our groceries. I always wondered what people thought about it. 
Part of me thinks, No way! I don’t even know who these people are watching my kids. And it’s so… public. Someone could walk by and… I don’t know, I just don’t like the idea of total strangers watching my children. 

Then the other part of me says, Well, I guess it’s the same as a day care at the gym. Technically I don’t know those people very well either. Right? And I think this actually might be safer.. don’t they use little pagers or something? (Not sure, really.) AND, it would be nice to shop alone and let my kids play- burn off energy for 30 minutes. 
So — curious. 
Do you leave your kids in the play place while you shop? Why or why not? 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

9 thoughts on “Do You Use the Free Child Care at the Grocery Store?

  1. For real? There are grocery stores that have daycares in them!? I have honestly never heard of that!!! I really don't know if I would use it or not. I guess I would have to see it first and see how I felt bout it. I would think I probably wouldn't, but then again I have had some horrendous shopping experiences with all the kids lol

  2. We don't have that in my neck of the woods. But if we did, heck to the NO would I allow strangers to watch my children!

    And plus, I think children need to learn it's not always play time. When Mommy has to do things, you will come along and be good.

  3. They don't have that here either. (VA) But in PA where my parents lived they do, my mom would put my niece (between the ages of 6 & 9) in there while she shopped. She was basically homeschooled through a co-op, so she was always around and my Mom was raising her granddaughter, so not exactly wanting to tote a child through the grocery store any more. (she did it with all 4 of us)
    Anyway, I woudln't do it with a small child, but a school aged kid who could say yes or no it was fun, were they well taken care of, etc. sure, I'd let them go in there.

  4. Wow, I've never heard of this! None of the grocery stores I go to in FL offer this. Honestly, I'm not sure I'd leave my son there. He just turned 1 and actually enjoys going to the grocery store and driving the cart around the store. It's fun for both of us but I can see moms with more than one kid finding this option necessary.

  5. I don't know how I found your blog but I think I live in the same city as you. I would NEVER leave my son at the Fred Meyer day care. Nothing against the lady who runs it (*cough* sits on her butt watching cartoons *cough*) but I would rather have my son (13 months)WITH me. We have some great learning moments while grocery shopping! It does not meet my standard of care and I am not embarrassed to say so. May sound snobby, but I think my baby deserves the best.

  6. I guess I'm weird but I absolutely do leave my kids at the play land! I have three kids under the age of four and grocery shopping is pretty difficult. Plus the lady at our local Fred Meyer is pretty wonderful and my kids just love her! I don't feel guilty about it either because I know that my kids are safe and having a good time and I can get my shopping done.

  7. I have taken my son there twice now. He is 3 and has never been away from either Mom or Dad. He will be going to preschool next fall and I felt he needed a little experience of being away from us in a safe and controlled environment. You can always see what they are doing and how they are doing. I think its a great thing!

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