I travel constantly for work, which hasn't been great for my waistline. After eating in all of the best restaurants in the world for a few years, I realized that I had gained around 30 pounds. Fortunately, I was able to work with a health coach who taught me some valuable skills for my way of life. She taught me how to recognize unhealthy foods and swap them out for better options--even in foreign hotels. The results were incredible. I was able to lose weight while enjoying my travel adventures. My blog is for anyone out there who wants to enjoy healthier food on the go.
Dining out with a toddler can be frustrating for parents. But you do not have to skip the restaurant experience until your child fully learns their manners. Instead, it is possible to accommodate your child for a relaxed meal out while teaching them how to behave in public spaces. The trick is to be prepared. Selecting child-friendly restaurants where the wait staff is pleased to see your child and ready with coloring sheets and high chairs can be helpful, but here are three things you can pack to be prepared at a new restaurant.
Either a Booster Seat or a Height-Adjustable Stroller
While many restaurants offer high chairs, it can sometimes be difficult to maneuver them into place, especially if you are dining during peak hours. Additionally, some toddlers refuse to use unfamiliar high chairs. To free up your lap so you can enjoy your meal, consider bringing your own booster seat or a height-adjustable stroller. Travel booster seats fit into your car or diaper bag and then strap onto a chair at a restaurant. However, if your toddler will still sit in a stroller, a height-adjustable stroller that will put them at table height is ideal, because your child can take a nap in the stroller after dinner.
A New, Exciting Toy
At a restaurant, everything is new to your toddler, and they will likely want to explore. You can't fault them for their curiosity, but you can redirect that curiosity. Instead of letting them wander over to the side bar to tear apart silverware sets, bring a new toy that they have not seen before. An interactive toy, such as a puzzle or a quiet game, is an ideal choice. Also, if you are a parent that allows screen time, save up your daily dosage to help keep your child amused at the restaurant.
A Small Snack
While many restaurants do not allow outside food into the establishment, most will make an exception for small children. Most children are used to sitting down at the table after their food has already been prepared, so waiting 10-15 minutes for their dinner may be asking too much. If you bring a small snack to hold them over until their meal arrives, it may help to appease them. However, it is still important that you order a meal for your child (or share yours with them) to allow them to try the dining experience.Share