to dine out with your toddler? Follow the tips to make dining out with your
toddler a memorable and an enjoyable experience.
With a one year old or two year old
toddler in tow, the hands are always full. But still there are ways by which
you can make the experience of dining out a pleasant affair and not something
that you would be keen to get over or forget. Here are some very simple ways by
which you can make dining out an enjoyable experience:
Be Prepared With Adequate Props
This means that carry a few small
little things that can keep your toddler busy. Toddlers are quite restless
and high on energy. So they will always be up to something or the other. When
you are dining out, there will be hardly any opportunity to let the toddler
freely move around or play. So carry little toys that will keep him busy and happy
when you are in the waiting room or waiting for the food to arrive.
Let the toddler know that you will
be dining outside and that he is expected to
behave accordingly and follow all table manners. Some kids get nervous if
suddenly they are taken out for dinner when they are mentally sort of prepared
to have it at home in a more relaxed and known environment.
Order the Food Quickly
When you are dining out with your
toddler, remember that they have pretty little patience, which is again quite natural. So
you need to really decide and order fast so that you have the minimum time
waiting for the food to arrive. Since the baby is aware that you have to dine
out, he will get readily impatient if the food takes time to arrive.
Walk Around a Bit
Toddlers usually do not like it when
they are asked to sit like a statue for long. While you are talking to other
people who might have accompanied you for dinner or discussing the menu, the
toddler might feel left out and sulk. It is a good idea to always keep them in
good humour if you want the entire dinner time to be free from adventures.
Walking around a bit is a good option. Hold the toddler’s hand as you take a
walk through the corridor of the restaurant, or to the washroom, or to the
garden area, if there is any or simply to the other end of the room and back to
Finally, be observant and quick with
your reactions. Your kid may be a calm one or a hyperactive one. Whatever the
case, it is probable that he might lose patience suddenly and act in a manner
so that he can have your complete attention. Or he may simply feel like
behaving a little out of turn. That is a kid’s whim, whose reason is
practically unexplained. There is no reason that you freak out when the toddler
behaves in a weird fashion.
There are basically
high chances that he will give certain cues that you are best acquainted with,
signalling that he is up to something or that he is no longer interested in
sitting quiet. You need to act fast and engage the toddler in some activity or
the other like say, hold a conversation or take him to the washroom in order to
divert his attention. Within a few minutes you will notice that the kid is
calming down or is behaving back to normal. This is when you can easily continue
with your dinner. Kids can be unpredictable at times, but not unmanageable.