Now that we have a toddler, eating out is becoming more difficult. When he was a newborn, it was easy to just sit him in his car seat on the table and gift him a bottle or a paci. Now, he wants to touch EVERYTHING, be entertained, talk to strangers and crawl around the floor. Eating out with a toddler can be difficult, to say the least. While we try to eat at home as much as possible, sometimes we do like to treat ourselves and go out for a family dinner. I always make sure I have a few of my favorite tricks in my diaper bag when we go out to eat to make the dinner more enjoyable for all of us!
Squeezes. Our little one LOVES pouches! I love that they make it possible for him to feed himself while we are on the go or out to eat. I always hate how expensive pouches are in the store and how much of a waste it is to throw the pouch away after each use. Then, I discovered the Original Squeeze. These things are AMAZING! I can fill them with our little one’s favorite food and off we go. When we return home, I just throw it in the dishwasher and it’s ready to use the next time we are out and about! While these are not meant to replace your little one feeding themselves with a spoon, it is a great alternative to on the go feeding-especially while dining out!
Ask to be seated privately. Some restaurants have tables that they designate specifically for families with children. Ask the person who is seating you if they have a family or private area, just in case your little one gets a little loud-you don’t have to worry about disturbing other guests.
Share Your Food. If your little one isn’t at the age yet where he or she can eat an entire kid’s meal by themselves, they don’t have to feel left out. I usually order a side of green beans, mashed potatoes or another food that our little one can eat. I feed him a bit off of my plate and this usually satisfies his ‘nosiness’ and need to be included in the meal. It also fills his belly up but we don’t waste a ton of food by ordering a kid’s meal that he would never eat all of.
Baby’s Journey Baby Sitter. Have you ever been to a restaurant where the hi chairs seem like they are older than you? Yeah, me too! Hi chairs are not only usually germ infested, they can also be dangerous if the restaurant doesn’t properly care for and maintain them! The Baby Sitter is a great solution while eating out with your little one. It hooks right on to the chair and allows them to not only feel like they are a ‘big kid’, but it also allows them to be strapped onto a sturdy chair.
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What tips would you offer for dining out with a toddler?