The 7 Stages of Eating Out With a Toddler

Before having Little Man when I went out for a meal with G or with friends it was a very relaxed affair; I would spend an hour or two choosing an outfit for a start. I would even manage a pair of heels. My face would be made up and we would sink 3 courses of food, a couple of glasses of wine and talk! Blissful.

This was a rather long time ago!

This was a rather long time ago!

Then I had a baby. Sorry, I shall re-word that. Then I had a toddler. One that could move around a restaurant, shout very loudly and generally not be the most well behaved dinner guest.


Now going for a meal out goes something like this.

  1. Fill up my biggest handbag with nappies, wipes, tablet (or Tumble Tap as it now called), books, crayons, beaker and back up food.
  2. To avoid busy restaurants we book a table for 5pm dinner.
  3. No time to change, put my make up or heels before heading out the door.
  4. We sit down to eat after explaining to Little Man how he must be a good boy and wait for his food.
  5. I throw a load of distraction toys at Little Man whilst we quickly pick our food.
  6. We have just one course and eat it swiftly
  7. We ask for the bill while Little Man is still eating so as soon as he finishes we can leave before he gets bored, kicks off and there are crayons, books, bits of pasta and my sanity scattered across the restaurant floor.

Does anyone have any methods they swear by when out eating with a toddler?

Have a lovely day.


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  • Mummy Muddler
    07/06/2015 at 13:12

    Ha ha, exactly the same over here. My eldest has just started to get better/ easier at eating out in the last couple of months. She’s 2.5. It can still be a challenge though. We start with sticker books and one of those water paint books, then bring out the bug guns (ipad) when we really need it!
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    • Mummy in Training
      08/06/2015 at 19:07

      Haha yes can’t beat the tablet! x

  • Natasha
    07/06/2015 at 22:56

    Sticker books or just stickers! S absolutely loves them and they can keep him busy for quite a while. He also loves watching videos of himself on my phone so that’s always my plan B!
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    • Mummy in Training
      08/06/2015 at 19:06

      Oo yes good shout on the stickers, don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it, we have a million of them in the house! xx

  • kristen Smith
    10/06/2015 at 21:02

    EXACTLY!! How life has changed!! Meals out are super stressful with toddlers…my daughter just stands in her high chair and insists in eating this way….get so many looks!!! Ha ha….xx

    • Mummy in Training
      12/06/2015 at 19:50

      Eek, the joy of the looks! x

  • Ashley Beolens
    11/06/2015 at 21:17

    I was always a little anti kids in restaurants (before I had kids) but when they are well behaved it is nice to see them enjoying good food 🙂
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    • Mummy in Training
      12/06/2015 at 19:50

      Very true! xx

  • Helen Gandy
    11/06/2015 at 22:10

    Yep this is us, oh how the times change! I also make sure our tablet is fully charged and we sit near a window where possible (not to throw toddler out of obvs) for distraction purposes! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst and hope to see you again next week!

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    • Mummy in Training
      12/06/2015 at 19:49

      Oo yes the window is a good one! x


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