Taking your little one anywhere out can be an elaborate and exhaustive task. Just the thought of all the crying, fussing, spitting and making a mess you’ll need to endure when eating out with an infant might wear you out. And in most circumstances, might even make you drop the idea. However, subjecting yourself to home meals, because you are worried about your baby’s probable tantrums, will be setting wrong examples of socialising for your little one and might even be preventing you from having a good time.
An article in the BUMP says that the preparation is the key to having a stress-free and enjoyable dinner time with your child. “Decide what your child is ready for, anticipate what could happen (tantrum, diaper explosion), determine how to prevent it and consider what you'll do if it happens anyway. Just thinking about how you'll handle these little blips is really half the battle,” says the article. Choosing a kid-friendly restaurant and bringing attractive distractions (books, toys, pacifiers) with you will also help you in handling the situation well, in case a tantrum were to break out.
However, if your baby is being too fussy, don’t get distressed. According to an article in Parents, “If your child does act up in the restaurant, do your best to calm him down, but don't let it ruin the evening. Chances are almost everyone in the place has been in your situation at one time or another.” Relax, and do not let one incident ruin your idea of outing and dining with your baby.
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