Before my husband and I had kids we talked a lot about how we wanted to be low maintenance parents. We’d see parents stroll into a restaurant with their entire house, setup shop with more stuff than we even thought a tiny human “required” and thirty minutes later they were ready to order.
Yikes! Wouldn’t it just be easier to eat at home?!?
Fast forward to life with our little guy and we still feel we are pretty low maintenance. We definitely do things we thought we would never do when it came to dining out with a tiny human.
Table for three please. Oh, er, uh that table won’t work. Sorry, but it’s in the middle of the dining room and although we may look entertaining, it’s best for all involved if we are seated at one of the far corner tables. Most hostesses are happy to accommodate, but occasionally we get the look of…ah ok, you are that family.
Nope, really, we’re not usually but the potential for mayhem is possible so please don’t question our seating request. We promise to tip generously. 😉
Nowadays we look forward to eating out and luckily our son has a pretty diverse palate. I’d like to think it’s because we just feed him what we eat and don’t make a big deal out of food, but who knows. Kids are kids. At least if we’re feeling Indian food for dinner it’s an option and our kid will mow down some curry.
After many meals out we’ve mastered the necessities of what makes a meal stress free and enjoyable for all of us. We always bring C some sort of coloring toy or book. Tons of pre-meal snacks…our kid eats like a linebacker and his trusty sippy cup.
Simple and easy, except for the fact we always found ourselves forgetting little man’s utensils and getting creative with what to serve his food on. We’re not huge germaphobes, but we do draw the germ line somewhere.
We thought about just using the restaurant plate, but launching a plate into the air would be inevitable no matter how much we watched him and those around us may fear for their safety.
So, I took to Amazon.com (a busy parents best friend) and searched for table toppers and travel toddler utensils. To my surprise there were two options that were inexpensive and not super bulky.
Neat Solutions Neat-Ware Table Toppers
Why I love thee…
These table toppers are easy to whip out, setup (they easily stick to the table) and leave a clean place to set your baby’s food until they are old enough to not eat like a baboon. Plus, this three pack from Amazon is a steal and lasts me forever. I ordered my last set in April and still have a package left.
Fresh Baby My Plate Cutlery Set with Travel Case
Why I love thee…
Well, first of all they are SO cute! I mean come on, the little veggie graphics and the case are just adorable! Second, they are incredibly convenient to carry in your diaper bag or purse because they are lightweight and slim.
A couple tips when using these:
- Purchase two if you travel a lot. I keep one in my diaper bag and one at the place where we are staying so we’re not juggling two types of utensils for little man.
- If your bambino is too young to use this set, I would purchase these Green Eats 4 Pack Feeding Spoons & Forks. C learned to eat with these very early on…can’t remember the age because I’m that mom that forgets to write down important milestone dates. 🙁 Anyways, stash the Fresh Baby utensils away and use the pouch for the Green Eats utensils until it’s time for your little to graduate to the bigger ones.
After being parents for a little over two years now, my hubby and I both agree our low maintenance style of parenting along with not lugging a sh*t ton of crap with us has helped our little guy just roll with whatever we’re doing. We have our moments, but overall we love being out and about with him.
As I think about the things that have made my life easier as a mama I will share it here on my blog under the family tab, positive parenting category. You can also sign up for my posts under the Don’t Miss the Vue box and they’ll arrive right to your inbox.
What makes dining out easy for your family??