Friday, June 28, 2013

Toddler + Restaurant = Stress-Free??

On June 19th I was lucky enough to appear on My Carolina Today again and meet the new co-host Mike Morse.  What fun we had this time!  Well, we always have fun, but this time I got to test Volanda and Mike’s traveling with baby knowhow with a little quiz on eating our with your little one from Baby Traveling Tips for the Clueless Chick.

So let’s test your knowledge!

1.  You should never take your little one to a restaurant that does not normally serve children?
If your child is well behaved, feel free to take her to any (yes any) restaurant, even one that doesn’t have highchairs.  Just don’t forget your On The Go Booster Seat and Gripper Sipper from The First Years.

2.  You should worry about the cleanliness of highchairs and tables at any restaurant?
Try as they might, it is nearly impossible to keep highchairs clean, especially when people turn them over to rest an infant carrier on the “bottom”.  All you need is a Green Sprouts high chair cover and table topper and you’re ‘covered’ he he ;-)

3.  It is easy to travel with homemade baby food?
By prepping your baby food in Baby Cubes or a Little Green Pouch, you can pop them in your diaper bag and you’re good to go.  If you need to thaw frozen food, just ask the waitress for a cup of hot water.

4.  When eating out you have to order from the Kid’s menu?
First, bring a few snacks like your favorite NurturMe yum-a-roo’s.  Second, look for a meal that you can share with your little one – what are the chances you’ll finish your entire dish anyway?  Third, if you have 2 little ones, let them split one kid’s meal.

5.  Keeping a toddler occupied long enough to have a nice meal is impossible?
Always, always, always have baby’s favorite Linki Uni and snacks handy.  Be sure to have an extra few crayons and Post-it notes in your diaper bag for craft time and don’t forget to ask for the check as soon as your food arrives just in case you do need to make a quick exit ;-)

Taking your little one to your favorite restaurant, or eating out while you are traveling can be surprisingly stress-free with a little strategic planning.  Now don’t get me wrong, if you’re in the throws of the terrible twos or your little angel likes to hurl his peas across the room, I’d skip the restaurant and order in ;-)

For more must have tips for traveling with your little one, pick up a copy of Baby Traveling Tips for the Clueless Chick.  Use coupon code SAVE25 to get 25% OFF!

Until next time,
aka Chick #1

A BIG thank you to the companies who provided samples of their products for this taping:
The First Years (part of the TOMY family)

Each of the above mentioned manufacturers provided samples of their products for use as props.  I was in no way compensated for my honest product recommendations.  These are, in my humble opinion, some of the best products out there!

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