TIPS FOR DINING OUT WITH KIDS
Dining out is a great way to relax. You don’t have to worry about chopping any vegetables, preparing any meal, or cleaning up after yourself. It is an excellent way to treat yourself to a nice, relaxing and hassle free meal where some else has to do the dishes. Well, if you don’t have a cranky toddler on your hands that is.
Here are a few tips to help you have a peaceful night out with your toddler:
- Choose the right time to go:We all love a good night’s rest, especially your little one. The timing of your outing is very important. If it runs way past your toddler’s bedtime, then it’s best to pass on those events. This doesn’t mean you have to skip out on all outings with your friends, you can probably manage half an hour (or, if you’re lucky, even an hour), but anything past that might be a bit too much for your child. It’s also a good idea to schedule it after your toddler has had a nap and it is close to their regular meal time.
- Choose the right place to go:If you’re on vacation, this is a must. When you were back at home, it wasn’t a big hassle picking out a place that would be family friendly; but that’s not the case here. Make sure to go online and check out the reviews for any place you wish to visit. You can even refine your search by allowing the site to view restaurants that are good for families with kids. From there, you can look through specific review to check whether they are good for younger kids.
- Take a look at the menu before you leave: If you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, then you are probably somewhat familiar with this step. Aside from preventing any allergic reaction, this will cut down the time you spend outside quite a bit. If you’re in a hurry, this is a life saver.
- The right company helps: Your toddler will be more comfortable with familiar faces around. Inviting your friends or family along is not only a great way to catch up, but if they have kids around the same age, it keeps your toddler from being bored! It’s a win-win situation, really.
- If you can, make a reservation:This is helpful if you’re going out in large groups. It will save you from the anxiety of whether you’ll be able to snag a table if it’s a busy nice, and also, from being kept waiting for long if you’re hungry.
Distractions:Of course, in spite of taking all these precautions you may still have a restless toddler on your hands. To help you with this problem, it is always a good idea to bring along a few tools or art supplies to distract your kid. If they have a toy they love (one that doesn’t make a lot of noise) it is a great idea to pack that with you. A lot of restaurants even offer art supplies for your kid if you happen to have forgotten it at home. This is a great way to keep your toddler from running and jumping about the restaurant.