Going out with a small child is always a shot in the dark. It can go smoothly, where the baby remains calm for most of the time as it can take a completely different turn and lead to crying and irritation. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should stay at home and deprive your child and yourself of a good time.
Getting the child used to the ambiance of a restaurant is a great way to incentivize them to eat by themselves and try everything on the table. Check out some suggestions below:
- Take the stroller or portable chair. Since the child is already used to those, hardly will they throw a tantrum or cry. Besides, high chairs offered by most establishments are for babies that can already sit up on their own – even if that’s the case with your child, they can find it strange and become uncomfortable.
- Stay away from noisy places with live music, at least for the first couple of times.
- As long as there’s no air current near the table, try sitting close to the exit. If the baby starts to cry, you can distract them with a short walk.
- Take toys and even a plate with a spoon. Even though they’re still exclusively being fed maternal milk, the baby can pretend they’re eating. Leave the noisy toys at home, so as to not disturb others.
- Try to go out during times that won’t affect the child’s sleeping habits.