Frequently Asked Questions
~ Research the restaurant ahead of time. Check out our blog to see if we’ve been there, or take a peek at Yelp or Urbanspoon reviews.
~ Call in advance and talk to the host about whether the restaurant is kid-friendly or not. Tell the host you’re planning to bring toddlers in and give him/her details about whether you need a high chair, booster seat, etc.
~ If you’re having dinner, make a reservation for an early time. The best times are between 5 and 6 PM. Grownups looking for adult time will generally arrive between 7 and 8 PM, so if you’re concerned about disrupting them, try to get in and out early.
~ Bring noiseless distractions – coloring books, stuffed animals. If you’re planning to distract with an iPhone or iPad, turn down the volume or bring headphones. And refrain from bringing squeaky toys into the restaurant. Mommy made that mistake once and really regretted it.
~ Arm yourself with toddler-friendly snacks, just in case your little ones decide they don’t want fancy food that day.
~ If the outing begins to go awry, stay calm and don’t stress out. The more stressed you get, the more stressed the toddlers will get and the more stressed your server will get. Stress = poor digestion.
~ Know when it’s time to cut the visit short. The other diners will thank you – and you’ll thank yourself.