Dining out with a toddler & a baby… TIPS

As if dining out with one toddler is not enough to make the meal a bit messy, we dine out with a toddler AND a baby =)

Most of the time, it turns out okay. Edward (toddler) is well behaved, eats well, enjoys food outside of home. Oliver (baby) is also an easy baby, he would be contented to stay in his pram as long as he has been fed.

But are outings always rosy?

This evening it wasn’t. 

It was almost like hell.

Knowing that, why do we (and other parents) still want to dine out?! I guess it’s just the need to get out of the house. Want a break from cooking. Need to meet up with friends/family, etc.

If so, what shall we do to make sure we have a smooth meal out? Below is just some of my thoughts:

– avoid being out during/near nap-times
– avoid late dinners (after baby/toddler’s bedtime)
– bring a special toy for the toddler (one that he rarely gets to play with at home)
– feed the baby (if you breastfeed) before leaving the house
– Know your baby (does he get affected by noisy environment easily?)
– keep the meal short (1 to 2 hours should be fine, anything longer than that, you can wait to deal with a cranky toddler & baby)
–  remember to keep an ongoing conversation with your toddler
– make eye contact with the baby once in a while

so, what went wrong for us this evening?

– we went out for a late dinner. It’s way pass Oliver’s bedtime.
– Oliver could not fall asleep in a noisy environment (even a noisy restaurant, just the hum of people talking in an enclosed space and the clinks-clanks of fork/spoon)
– Edward’s getting tired too (it’s around his bedtime)

=> disaster.

Felt so bad for the kids. The last thing we would want to do is to make them feel uncomfortable.

we’ve learnt our lesson =) this is what parenting is all about. We learn along the way and hope to make it right the next time.


About Lili

Lili is a wife and a mum to 3 boys. An aspiring writer. Adores creativity, art and beautiful creations. Dog lover. Gentle-parenting follower. Follow her parenting journey at www.happywehappyfamily.com where she writes about family happiness and how to stay connected to our spouse and kids.
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4 Responses to Dining out with a toddler & a baby… TIPS

  1. Great tips. If we are dining out, we try to aim for early. There are fewer diners to annoy, too.

  2. Kate says:

    Horribly familiar! Thanks for sharing

  3. loveandkate says:

    I am so happy you posted this! These tips will definitely help us once i become brave enough to venture out with BOTH of them! 🙂

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