Here are some tips for success when it comes to eating out with young children.

  1. For babies under ~14 months, bring “whole” foods from home to keep sodium low, especially under 12 months (e.g.; broccoli, tofu, less mess quinoa cups)
  2. For toddlers in the range of 14-20 months, bring some food from home they can start on while you wait for your meal (no one wants a hangry toddler!)
  3. Bring activities for your child (books, magnadoodle, finger puppets, coloring) to keep them occupied
  4. It IS an unreasonable expectation that they sit still and quiet like an adult – be prepared to take them on a walk around the restaurant or outside
  5. Sometimes making the call to order in will lead to more success and enjoyment for everyone!

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Hi, I'm Thalia the Dietitian 👋 I help parents overcome picky eating challenges, conquer mealtime battles and raise happy & healthy eaters. My unique approach to parenting at mealtimes uses elements of the “division of responsibility”, but goes even further when it comes to restricting (or not restricting) foods like dessert. I help parents through my courses and 1-1 coaching program approach mealtime situations from a place of respect, curiosity, and understanding to achieve their desired results. It’s my belief that every child deserves a healthy relationship with food, and every parent can give this gift to their child. I have a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics and I'm mum to two little ladies (and a retired guide dog lab.)


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