Eating out with a toddler can be tricky, but it isn’t something that you have to avoid! Charlotte is usually really good in restaurants, which we are so thankful for. We have learned some things that work really well for us when it comes to eating out, and today I wanted to share my tips:
1. Busy Baby Mat
The Busy Baby Mat is a game changer when it comes to eating out! It’s made of 100% food grade FDA approved silicone, which makes it the perfect mat to put on top of tables at restaurants. Charlotte is able to eat her meal right off of the mat instead of the table, which helps minimize germs too. There are 4 tethers that attach to the mat, and then can attach to toys and pacifiers. Charlotte goes through phases where she likes to throw everything on the floor, and the Busy Baby Mat keeps me from having to keep picking her toys off of the floor.
The mat has four suction cups on the bottom which allows it to stick to most surfaces including tables, high chairs, bathtub walls, refrigerators, windows, tables on airplanes, and shopping cart handles. It’s a great way to keep babies and toddlers busy no matter where you are! You can use the code HTTC for 15% off!
I bring a pouch, and a snack cup filled with goldfish and veggie sticks whenever we go to restaurants. If Charlotte starts to get fussy and hungry before our meal is ready, it’s a great way to distract her with some of her favorite things.
Timing is key when it comes to going out to restaurants! It’s important to avoid going out to eat in the middle of nap time, and also close to bed time to minimize meltdowns. We always go out when Charlotte is at her happiest, which means she is pleasant during meal time.
I’ve mentioned this a couple of times before, but Charlotte is obsessed with books (here are our favorites). One thing I’ve started doing is bringing books that have flaps with us on road trips, and in restaurants. It’s so cute to see her smile and giggle while ‘reading.’
Photos by GloryRoze Photography
This post is in collaboration with Busy Mat, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.