Blog Posts by Rachel at Better Homes and Gardens

  • Dining Out with Small Children: 8 Sanity Savers from Real Moms


    It can be challenging to dine out with small children. As the mom of an active 7-month-old, I know this firsthand. Perhaps your little one isn't old enough to stay in her seat for very long, or maybe she tends to get cranky around mealtime. But that doesn't mean you have to avoid restaurants during the toddler years. With these tips from real moms you can teach your child the joys of dining out while loving every minute of the meal.

    Pack snacks. "Sometimes food takes a while to be prepared," says Erin M., mom of one. "Bring a small snack for your little one so they don't get too hungry. A hungry baby is a cranky baby." The difference between a good experience and a meltdown can be a few goldfish crackers.

    Order right away. "Ask the server to bring your child's food as soon as it's ready," says Tracy F., mom of three.

    Use your technology. "Play games on your iPhone," says Michelle B., mom of two. Or load up a movie (with headphones, of course).

    Location, location, location. "Choose a

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