5 Simple Tips For Dining Out With Baby

Posted by on May 14, 2014 | 4 comments

5 Simple Tips for Dining Out With Baby - Baby's Own Room Blog

As every parent knows, dining out with a baby in tow can be a stressful experience if you’re not prepared. It’s fair to say that restaurant etiquette won’t be first and foremost on your little one’s agenda. We’ve all been there to witness a full blown tantrum or two, and most likely just as the meals arrive. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be like this. If you follow these 5 simple tips for dining out with baby, you will be able to enjoy a peaceful night out with your family in a lovely restaurant.

1. Familiarize Your Baby With The Restaurant

Upon arrival, take some time to walk your baby around the restaurant. This will get them familiar with the strange surroundings and make your child more accustomed to a room full of people. Showing off your baby’s cute factor will also earn points with other diners and make them more forgiving should junior decide to act up later on!

2. Choose The Right Time

Make sure you choose a time when the restaurant won’t be too busy or your baby isn’t be too tired. Work your meal around baby’s normal eating time and try and avoid heading out for a meal at nap time.

3. Keep Baby Entertained

Bring some toys! Your baby will easily get bored so it is important you have some way of entertaining them while you eat your food. Brightly colored books or toys are best in this situation. It’s also wise to roll out the toys in stages instead of presenting them all at once.

4. Bring Baby’s Favorite Food

If your baby is still breastfeeding or on the bottle this won’t be an issue, but if your baby has just moved on to solids your options could be limited so make sure you bring along some of their favorite foods.

5. Try Not To Feel Embarrassed

Although a full on public meltdown can be very embarrassing at the time, it’s important to remember you are not the first person this has ever happened to. Most of the people eating and working in the restaurant will have experienced the same thing before. They will understand what you are going through. People are surprisingly patient and empathetic about these things, and you don’t have to high tail it out of the restaurant just because your baby starts to cry.

How do you deal with dining out with baby? Please add your best parenting tips and resources in a comment below, a new parent will love you for it and so will we!


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  1. When my oldest grandson was a small boy, 2-4,in that age group, my daughter made a notebook of sheets of stickers, coloring books, and picture books with a zippered pouch of crayons. When we went out to dinner, the notebook came out onto the table and kept him entertained until the food came. Worked like a charm and he behaved very well. I know today’s parents utilize I-Pads or videos, but a little bit of pre-planning can make for a delightful dinner for all.

    • That’s an awesome tip Karen. I’m sure that your grandson looked forward to those happy times, knowing that the special pouch of ‘goodies’ were coming! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Dining during the right time is such a great tip, and something that you may not even think about at first. 6pm on a Saturday evening? By the time the food arrives I’ll probably be just as miserable as the kids haha! Mondays and Tuesdays are great days to dine out with kids!
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    • So true Brooke! And your tip about Mondays and Tuesdays is spot on, maybe that’s why there are so many kids deals on those days. 🙂