Every mother has it...the fear....of your first time dining out with your new baby. So you want to dip your toe in the water of regaining a social life after the arrival of your baby. You’ve seen other parents out to dinner at cafes with babies sound asleep in a capsule or pram or quietly eating in a high chair. You think you can do it. Surely you can. HOLD IT! Before you step one foot out your front door, you need to know about our dining out with baby survival pack. It’s not as simple as it looks. You could be faced with crying, boredom, or the dreaded explosive poo that seeps out the nappy and sends wafts of foul stench through the restaurant – killing the ambiance for you and your partner, as well as the entire restaurant.
This is not the time for the cutest little dribble bib that perfectly matches your child’s outfit. That’s what I did the first time we took our baby out with us to dinner. She was on solids and we shared our meal with her. The end result was sauce smeared all over her beautiful dress. Food was spat and dribbled all over the place. Now I know to take a big, gutsy bib – that is still stylish – in my dining out with baby survival pack.
As stimulating and witty as our dinner conversation was (or maybe it was sleep-deprived stammering) my little one was soon bored out of her little brain. She was grabbing for the knives and forks, pulling at the place mat and napkin, even reaching for every glass on the table. We were heading for diabolical destruction of our lovely restaurant table, when I pulled out the one toy I packed. Huge mistake! Now I make sure to pack lots of toys. My dining out with baby survival pack has some tried and trusted toys and books, and also some new toys, or ones that haven’t been played with for a while. While I’m eating my meal, my baby is entertained for an hour or more.
You need a mountain of wipes when you eat out with your child. It doesn’t matter how clean the restaurant or café is, wipe down everything. Now I don’t mean to sound obsessive, but a lot of high chairs have layers on layers of food on them. Even if they’re not the grottiest I’ve seen, my dining out with baby survival pack has anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down the straps, tray and sides - I do stop at wiping the legs of the high chair! Then there is my precious baby who likes to touch and squeeze and rub almost every mouthful of food that I want to get in her mouth. So outcome my pack of baby wipes, for her face, hands, arms, legs, feet, hair. It’s like she needs a sponge bath every time we eat out.
The key things I look for in choosing a restaurant or café when I’m dining out with baby are: