why not wal-mart

I realize that, to many of you who will be reading this, this location may already be a weekly adventure location for you. Others of you, like me, may have tried your whole adult life not to frequent this place. But, if you are needing a place to go with your baby on a cold, blistery day in April {sigh}, Wal-Mart might be an idea.

Truth be told, I am generally not a fan of Wal-Mart. When possible, I much prefer to frequent locally owned businesses. I certainly never considered the retail giant an “adventure destination” . . . until I had my son.

As the parent of a little one who is not yet at the stage of pleading and negotiating to take every toy in sight home to add to his collection, Wal-Mart can actually be a great, free discovery zone. As a baby, my son was completely thrilled to ride around in the cart or stroller and take in all the sights, sounds and smells in Wal-Mart.

The infant toy section has several “Try Me!” toys with sounds and movement that are obvious attention-keepers. However, other areas of the store can provide an educational component to your Wal-Mart adventure. For example, the clothing, fabric and craft sections each provide opportunities for introducing colours and textures to your baby. A walk through electronics will evoke a variety of sights and sounds for you to point out to your baby. You might even locate a few soft fragrances to encourage your baby’s developing sense of smell.

Plus, if you don’t purchase anything, you won’t have to manoeuvre my second least favourite thing about Wal-Mart – the terrible checkout lines!




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