Eat out with kids

Eat out with kids

Going out for a meal with your baby doesn’t have to be a disaster. Here’s how to keep things light and happy from appetizers through to dessert.

Tempted to skip eating out until your child turns 10? Turns out that going to a restaurant with your new baby in tow is doable and even enjoyable. All you need is a little prep work and some mommy must-haves for a fun family dining experience.

Do your research
You probably wouldn’t want to dine with your little one at a formal, fancy restaurant. Look for a place nearby that’s casual and lively (but not too loud), and that’s used to having babies among their clientele.

High-chair hygiene
To avoid spending the entire meal worried about the germs your new baby could pick up, bring along plenty of baby wipes.

Pack extra food
Fed ahead of time, a younger baby might even sleep right through your meal! If you have an older tot, keep snacks like crackers on hand to pacify her while she waits for the food to arrive.

Small toys
A baby book, soft animal or squeeze toys are perfect for banging on the table without making too much noise.

Bibs and baby-proof dinnerware
Wipe-off or disposable bibs make for an easy clean-up. If the bib is reusable, consider storing it in a plastic baggie after meals. It’s also smart to carry a baby spoon and bowl in case your little one gets the urge to toss her (very breakable) restaurant china off the table.

Expect the unexpected
It pays to be prepared, but you can’t always anticipate a public tantrum or crying fit. Be ready to duck outside for a while or ask for your check early if your new baby decides she’d rather be eating at home.

Dining out as a family doesn’t have to be an ordeal. The more you go to the restaurant with your baby, the better you’ll become at anticipating her needs when you’re eating away from home.

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Eating out with 4 girls

Djennings328 1/17/2016

Yea always fun eating out with my 4 girls 12,6,2,1 yea usually i bring absolutely everything i know or think I might need and as long as the two yougest had their naps we are good. I would suggest that you dont go out when your little one or two are fussy cause that wont be a fun time but as long as the little one is in a good mood its go time.

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1/1/2016

I like disposable bibs and since my 13 month old is learning to eat with utensils I like the table covers. They don't take a lot of room in your diaper bag and don't have to worry about germs on the table touching your child's food.

eating out

10/13/2015

I try to feed him before the food comes and then give him more finger foods and toys while we eat!

One to grow on

10/9/2015

Great advice. I think next time I will be better prepared with some snacks handy if my baby eats prior to getting to the restaurant.

Lily

Lily 10/1/2015

Very useful tips to a new mom to be. I will certainly be prepared when it comes down to eating out with my little one! Thanks for the advice

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