It can be hard to do so here are my suggestions. Maybe try to go out for breakfast or a late or earlier lunch. Try to avoid going out when it would clash with your normal routine. If bub always sleeps at midday and you try going to lunch at midday, there will be tears.

Try to bring some entertainment even an age appropriate app on your phone will do. Take some pencils and paper with you for bub to use. Order food that will be easy for bub to eat. We ordered spaghetti one time and will not be doing that again. Way too messy! There aren’t a lot of healthy options but you can order them fish and chips or chicken nuggets and chips and share your salad with them. If you go to a buffet, you won’t miss out on yours!

If you can, try to go to a smaller or less crowded place so that they will get your order out quicker. Don’t be afraid to ask if they have high chairs and ideally try to go somewhere that they do. Praise your child for their co-operation and good behaviour. Get them to say thank you to the waiter simply because it is cute….oh i mean polite! Enjoy your day but don’t forget the wipes!

Posted by mom94125, 20th June 2015

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  • Early dinner works as well (less cleaning up at home). Check the menu online and order food quickly after arriving. Have some emergency food for the children in case there is a delay in the meal being served. It is ideal if the children have space to walk around with getting in the way of the staff and other patrons.


  • Thanks for the great tips, I always make sure we go earlier than kids meal time so we have time to settle down and wait for the food.


  • Before going, I usually explain to my kids what sort of behaviour is appropriate and expected.


  • I try to always dine at eating places who cater to families, there is a hotel near us with an indoor playground, they supply colouring pages and pencils for kids and also every friday, saturday and sunday nights they have clowns, face painting or balloon animals for free.


  • Our local cafe has Drawing paper as the table cloth and crayons on every table…. love it!


  • We usually take out kids to a family place with a play area for the kids. So then they can be kept busy playing till food is served. But we tell them all the time if they want to go out for the occasional treat they must behave.

    • that is a really great tip! unfortunately not a whole lot of places have play areas


  • Great advice. I always take my own food for my daughter then share my dinner with her too.
    We recently went to a family dinner at a bistros and they gave all kids a little bag with pencips and paper and stickers which I thought was a great idea


  • don’t go when the kids are starving as the wait for the meal will seem like years!! Go before hunger strikes!

    • LOL! This applies to grown ups too! When I am hungry it seems like hours! ;)


  • And choose a place that’s family friendly.


  • Eating out with kids is fun too and teaching them how to eat and how to behave when out is important.

    • yep i agree! you have to teach them. some people avoid it


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