Do you know how those parents keep a safe and happy baby at the restaurant? No matter how you try to keep your baby clean with the best burp cloth, still its close to impossible to make them stay put. Babies just move a lot and that’s a fact.
But there is no reason why a baby should be left behind for a family eat out. If you have the right game plan, it can be done. Here are a few tips
- Mentally prepare yourself
You should know what you’re getting into. Try to determine what your child is ready for and try to anticipate what can happen inside the restaurant. When you have done this, determine what you need to do if they do happen. Resolve in your mind how you’ll handle the anticipated situation and you will never be surprised.
- Choose the right location
Scout the location that you plan to have dinner and see if it has enough space to move around. Keeping the baby busy and moving around helps in blowing off the steam caused by boredom. Choose locations with a lot of distractions like aquariums. If there is a playground near the area so much the better. This will prevent the baby from getting bored and you will definitely have an enjoyable dinner.
- Timing is everything
A hungry baby is an angry baby. If you want to enjoy dinner, time it at the time your baby is about to feed. If this is not possible, feed your baby a little at home or bring a snack for distraction. Don’t forget to bring the stroller near you if the dinner is to last beyond the baby’s bedtime. Better still, don’t plan a dinner that will keep you out too late at night.
- Take some toys
There are restaurants that sell toys. These are novel toys that your baby will love to play since this is not something that he or she has played at home. If you find this, make sure to buy one for your baby. If you can’t find this, make sure to bring a favorite toy from home. If you do this, dinner will be smooth including up to desserts.
- It’s all about the setup
Make the table baby proof. You can do this by removing all dangerous items that can potentially harm the baby. This are things that the baby can mistake for toys that it will grab and hurl. If you can avoid glass items and choose instead to use plastic, so much the better. Plastics don’t break so this eliminates the possibility of having broken glasses where your baby is.
- Just do it
If you follow these tips, there is no reason for you not to take your baby to dinner at the nearest restaurant. Don’t pay too much attention to squished fries because this is all part of the game.