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 raise healthy, intuitive eaters and foster healthy food relationships with their children. I'm an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist. I teach nutrition to college students, author higher education materials to accompany textbooks that engages students, and I'm mum to two little ladies (and a retired guide dog lab.)


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