Any tips on how to make eating out with a baby less stressful?
Dining out with your baby can be a challenge, but advance planning will make your meal out more pleasant. Make a list of family-friendly restaurants and talk with other new moms to find out their experiences with these places. Before leaving the house, pack baby’s bag with formula, bottles, bibs, cups, spoons, baby wipes, and diapers. Include favorite toys and snacks for diversions.
Avoid dining during the busy hours. Crowds and excessive noise can upset your baby. Ask for an out-of-the-way table that provides plenty of room for your baby supplies and diaper bag. If your baby gets fussy, try to divert her with toys. If that doesn’t work, take a walk to calm her down. And do it quickly. There’s no reason to wait until all eyes are on your table before you try to remedy the problem.
And at all times, remain flexible. If the restaurant of your choice is crowded even at off-peak time, go elsewhere. If baby simply wants nothing to do with the experience on a particular day, ask for carryout. Perhaps this is the perfect time for an impromptu picnic in the park instead of dinner indoors.
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