Well I have delved into restaurants with toddlers before. You should really check out the post because there was so much great advice in there. Promise.
But since that post, I can say that we are WAY more easy going about eating out. We have an arsenal of ways to entertain him as well as work on manners. This is also through the trials of potty training. We visit a variety of places and really don’t have many problems. We haven’t had to pack up in leave…so I am counting that as a success.
I thought of this tonight when we were eating out with my inlaws. We were there for more than an hour. here is how the evening transpired:
- Booster seat set up in chair, happy toddler inserted. Tip: We have moved to a booster and have found that chairs work WAY better than booths for getting him close enough.
- Crayons provided by restaurant (Crayola too!) and he begins requesting us to draw.
- Food ordered and he is given his phone to watch. TV zone in full effect.
- He is given cut up green peppers and carrot sticks I have brought from home. Tip: If they are going to get antsy for something before, make it something healthy. This way if the food takes a long time, they have at least filled up on something healthy. This works well too when they are really hungry.
- Multiple requests to potty. He goes A LOT each time. Later we realize he drank the 8oz water/apple juice mix in about 2 minutes when we got there. Oops
- Food comes and he eats all his fruit and eventually decides the hot dog isn’t evil. Eats all of it.
- Finishes quietly and watches phone while the adults chat.
Dinner success all around. High fives little fella.
*note when we got home, a demon entered his body and he began demanding everything and got sent to his room within 15 minutes. But hey, at least he was full!
So how are you fairing with restaurant outings? Better? Worse?
Here are a few dinners from the week: