Just because you are a parent now does not mean you can’t occasionally dine out without feeling guilty about leaving the baby at home. The problem is that your baby, who may not find the prospect highly exciting, could end up feeling bored or neglected.
A little forethought and planning however can ensure that eating out will be as much fun for you as for your child. Here are some valuable tips to make dining out with your baby a pleasant experience for you:
- Keep your baby busy: Carry interesting toys or games to keep your baby engrossed in playing while you are at the eatery.
- Ensure you baby is comfortable and safe: You may carry your baby’s favorite chair to the eatery so your baby feels at home. Alternately, take some time to choose a suitable place in the restaurant—far away from kitchen odors and noise.
- Be ready for food-spills: Bring in your baby’s towels, diapers, and napkins to take care of those food-spills as soon as they may occur.
- Order your baby’s favorite food: Your baby needs to be equally attracted by the food on its platter, as you would be with yours.
Dine in a quiet and un-crowded eatery: Crowded restaurants will tend to make your baby restless and cranky.
- Reserve early and pre-order the food: Avoid long waits to be seated and consider ordering the baby’s food immediately after sitting down. Most restaurants will have simple pasta and butter and steamed veggie options for babies. Don’t hesitate to ask.