After she delivered our entrées, she squatted down next to Max's high chair.
"He is an awesome restaurant baby!" she explained, smiling at Max.
Best. Compliment. Ever.
And it's true. Right now in his life, Max is a fantastic restaurant baby. Maybe it's because his first restaurant outing was at 3 weeks old. Or that he enjoys crowds. Or that we perfectly time every trip to a dining establishment down to the minute.
Whatever it is, it's allowed us to still do what we love best: eating out.
Even if we're enjoying dinner with the blue hairs at 5:30pm.
How to Dine at a Restaurant with a Baby in 25 Easy Steps
- Forgo any notion of eating dinner when it's dark outside.
- Think of your most favorite restaurant, where you have delicious cocktails, sumptuous appetizers, and delectable entrees over a 3-hour period. Then pick a different place.
- Planning for the night starts when your baby gets up in the morning: Nap and bottle times, amount of stimulation, finding an outfit that is comfortable and non-restricting, yet presentable in public. Don't wait until the last minute.
- Remind yourself that eating at the restaurant just might not happen, and that eating at home is just as good.
- Pack the diaper bag. This should be done early, off of a list, and double-checked no fewer than 3 times. The proper restaurant diaper bag should contain the following:
- back-up dinner in case he doesn't like the first dinner
- enough snacks to last a week
- soft toys that make no noise
- plastic toys that make minimal noise
- back-up lovie
- iPad with favorite shows ready to go at the click of a button