About a month ago, we posted a blog about our best tips for cooking with a newborn and we hoped you loved them. But the truth is, you can only cook and eat take out so much before you start to go stir crazy! So it’s time to grab the baby, get out of the house and let someone else do the cooking and the cleaning. Below are our tips for making your first restaurant trip as easy as possible.
- Keep it simple: This first venture out is not the time to try a new restaurant or try and sit down for a five-course meal. Choose a place that you’re familiar with and that you can eat at relatively quick. We chose a Mexican food restaurant 5 minutes from our house for our first time out with our daughter- we knew the menu, it was quickly prepared and we had a quick commute home if things went downhill. Family friendly places are usually a good pick as well.
- Plan Ahead: Does your new baby get fussy when he/she gets tired? Does he/she tend to take a quick nap right after a bottle? These are the things to keep in mind when planning your first outing. Planning around times that might be an issue will help make your meal more enjoyable.
- Come Prepared: Being prepared is always a good idea, but it’s a fantastically great idea when venturing out with a baby. Some things to consider bringing with you: bottles, pacifiers, diapers, change of clothes and anything else that can assist in keeping baby happy but also fit into a small diaper bag.
- Don’t Stress: We’ve all been there. Your baby starts crying and you imagine everyone at the restaurant is rolling their eyes and complaining about the people who brought their baby to a restaurant. Then you start stressing and baby gets more upset and before you know it, you throw some money at your server and are gone without finishing your meal. I promise most people aren’t paying attention. And even if they are, who cares. Try calming baby best you can and if all else fails, you can always take the meal to go if it gets really bad. But no matter what, don’t stress. We’ve ALL been there.
- Call a babysitter/grandparent: Don’t feel like venturing out with baby quite yet? That’s ok! Call a sitter or grandparent to watch the baby and hit your favorite restaurant for a fun date night. Baby will be ready to venture out before you know so enjoy the night with your spouse and try and relax because baby will be waiting once you get home.
What are you tips for eating out with a baby? Let us know in the comments below!