Easy School-Safe Treats and Activities for Your Tots Classroom

Easy School-Safe Treats and Activities for Your Tots Classroom
By Paige Goodwin, Contributor

When I was young, if you had a birthday during the school year, your mom stayed up the night before baking the exact number of cupcakes for your classmates so you could hand them out with sticky fingers at lunch. It was glorious, getting to be the center of attention while handing out haphazardly iced desserts, bragging about how you made them by hand, all by yourself, the night before.

Birthdays are still celebrated in school, but with many schools and preschools cutting down on what foods can be brought in (if at all), it isn’t as easy as baking a few dozen cupcakes anymore, but certainly no more time-consuming.

Food Snacks

If you child eats lunch in a cafeteria, chances are they can only hand out pre-packaged snacks that are nut-free (that also includes being made in a nut-free facility). Some schools do not allow any food sharing in cafeterias to protect students who cannot read food labels, so if the teacher hasn’t give you information on how to distribute treats on birthdays, get in touch ahead of time to see if they can help pass out snacks before the students go to lunch.

Here are some safe treats that don’t require a trip to a specialty grocery store:

• Single Serve packages of Rice Krispie Treats rice-krispie
Pop Chips — these are actually friendly for most
allergy sufferers as they are vegan and gluten-free. You can find single-serve packages at most Wegman’s stores and Safeway, but go on to the Pop Chips website to check for nearby locations to you.
Goldfish
• Plain Hershey’s Kisses — make sure to not get kissesany specialty flavors, as Hershey’s does can’t guarantee nut-free manufacturing for those. Hershey’s Kisses are made with milk, milk chocolate cane sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, lecithin and natural flavors. The Hershey’s website also includes a number you can call regarding the allergen information for each of their products.
Wonka brand candies
Starburst, Skittles, Fruit Roll-Ups, and Sour Patch Kids

There are also brands dedicated to making snacks and desserts that are nut-free:

Treasure Mills has mini cupcakes, brownies and cookietreasure-mill bars. Their website lists the ingredients for each product, and has a store locator to help you find them in your area.
Skeeter Nut Free sells packages of different types of cookies such as shortbread, double chocolate and chocolate chip. Click “Learn More” on each product to get a full ingredients list.

When in doubt, check the labels. Your child’s teacher will too, so check ahead to see if you need to bring in treats earlier for approval.

Class Activities

If your child’s class has a lot of students with diverse food allergies, or you child’s school does not allow food snacks to be shared, there are still quite a few inexpensive and fun things your child can share with the class. Small activities may also be a fun addition to a snack you bring in as well. Don’t be surprised if other parents borrow your ideas for other birthdays in class!

• Even if your child doesn’t bring in food, you canbday-express still make lunch festive by sending in themed plates, napkins, cups, or even brightly colored bendy straws. Try Birthday Express for a huge assortment of themes.
• If your child is in preschool or kindergarten where there
is a daily or weekly story, see if your child’s teacher would be okay with your child’s favorite story being read in honor of their birthday. If possible, volunteer to do it — the teacher will appreciate a short break, and you can embellish the story with funny voices to help make it a new class favorite.
• Older children may enjoy helping make a themed word search or coloring page about
them for the class. Try Really Color to turn a photo into a crayolacoloring page, or Crayola for pre-made coloring pages. Discovery Education has a free word search maker for your older child, which will generate a puzzle after you input the words their classmates must find! Have your child hand them to the teacher at the beginning of the day — there is always down-time in a school day, and the teacher will enjoy having the activities to hand out when there is time to spare.
• While many teachers give out special pencils to birthday children, you can make fun personalized pencils through Oriental Trading. Your child can put their name, or evenmartha-stewart a funny saying on the pencils so the whole class has a fun, matching pencil. The teacher will appreciate not having to find students an extra pencil, too!
• If your child’s class is a little too young for pencils, try giving old crayons new life by making each child a custom crayon using these instructions on Martha Stewart’s website. Your child can hand out rainbow crayons, or whatever color combinations they like best!

Please remember that with class activities, unless you are handing something small out, to talk with the teacher ahead of time to make sure whatever you plan doesn’t interrupt their schedule, and so that everything goes smoothly for your child’s special day.

Tips on How to Survive a Summer Pregnancy From One Soon to be Mom to Another

Tips on How to Survive a Summer Pregnancy From One Soon to be Mom to Another

By, Jenilee Keefe Singer

Being pregnant in the summer is no joke. For me, the heat has induced contractions and given me kankles, and made me plain tired. Here are some tips on how I’m surviving the heat and making myself feel more comfy.

1) Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important throughout pregnancy, but it is especially important on those hot, summer days. Dehydration is bad news. Not only can it make you feel awful, but it isn’t good for the baby. I recommend investing in a good water bottle and taking it with you everywhere you go—and chug that water down.

2) Eat lighter meals. Nothing makes me logier than a heavy meal on a hot day. This may be a good time to lay off the lasagna and opt for the salad instead. I also try to avoid super salty foods, as they only contribute to my swelling (oh ankles, how I miss thee). Please don’t completely eliminate salt. Salt does help maintain fluid balance and contains needed iodine.

3) Wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant feet can swell. Hot pregnant feet REALLY can swell. Keep your feet comfortable in forgiving shoes. Flats and sneakers help. Watch out with certain sandals and flips flops. Those straps can dig into your feet!

4) Wear breathable, loose fitting clothing. Wearing lighter (materials and color), loose fitting and breathable materials will help keep you cool. Dresses are really helpful and luckily there is no storage of options. You have a job that requires business attire? Throw on a blazer or nice cardigan for the office and take it off went you head outside.

5) Make friends with air conditioning and fans. Ah AC. One of life’s modern pleasures. I know summers are meant to be spent outdoors, but when you are pregnant there are just some days that will beckon you indoors.  If it’s 95 degrees outside and incredibly humid, don’t push it. It’s ok to spend some time inside. I recommend finding something to do around the house. If you are nesting, this is the perfect opportunity to get things done—organize that hall closet, put away baby clothes. Or get out of the house and go to a movie, the mall or a museum. These places are almost always cool—so cool for me that I often bring a sweater!

6) Pay attention to the weather. Does the forecast call for it to be 90 for the next five days? You not looking forward to spending more time inside? Well, pay attention to your hourly forecast. You may find that the morning and evening temperatures are better. Then do what I do – hit that farmers market as soon as it opens or take walks after dusk.

7) More on water. I’m not talking about drinking water. Use the water to cool you off. Take a shower. Carry around a spray bottle. Freeze a towel and place it on your neck. Go for a swim. Or run through your kid’s sprinkler (I am not ashamed to admit that I did this).

8) Kick up your feet. The heat is tiring. If you can, take some time to kick up your feet and relax. Elevating your feet will also help with swelling. And better yet, if you have the time, get in a nap.

9) Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. Feeling off? Can’t seem to cool down? Swelling like crazy? Talk to your doctor. You never know if you what you are experiencing is a simple annoyance or something more serious. It never hurts to ask for medical advice.

Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park

 

Buy tickets to sit with other PJ Library families as they cheer on the Washington Nationals vs. the Colorado Rockies. You can also purchase seats with a different Jewish organization or buy individual tickets.

No matter which team you choose to sit with, join them before the game (starting at 11:30am) for crafts, snacks and other family fun!

  • Decorate tote bags with PJ families
  • Taste flavored popcorn from Federation’s Jewish Food Experience®
  • Go on a scavenger hunt around the ballpark, learn about Jewish baseball history legends and win prizes

22 Essentials for Every Diaper Bag

22 Essentials for Every Diaper Bag

By, Mariana Sava, Contributor

You have (or will have) a baby! Congratulations! Now let’s get down to business. What are you going to do about the diaper bag? A well-stocked diaper bag keeps away the white flag. You shall not be defeated by a dirty diaper or drooled on shirt with the list of essentials I put together. With the help of real mommies and daddies (and the internet) I made up a list of diaper bag necessities to make your lives easier. I hope this list helps and happy packing! Oh and if you think of something else I might have missed on this list, just make comment down below and let everybody else know.

A Diaper Bag
– Make sure it’s waterproof
– Choose a bag with multiple pockets to keep your items more organized
– You don’t necessarily have to buy a diaper bag, but a bag that will fit all the items, like a backpack. Check out our list of Chic and Practical Diaper Bags here: http://babyfriendlyamerica.com/2016/07/chic-diaper-bags/

Diaperstwo diapers for each hour you are out
– The rule says one diaper per hour plus extra ones, well, might as well just make it two diapers per hour to be safe. You know what they say, better safe than sorry.

Change or two of clothes
– In case of drooling, spitting, blow outs, vomiting, or spills
– An extra set of pants and shirt should be fine, especially because of all the other items you will pack to prevent messes.

An extra pair of socks
– Keep those cute little toes warm in case it gets chilly over time.

Hat for sun or cold
– You can never be too careful.

Bibs – 1 or 2
– So you don’t have to change the baby’s clothes…again.

Blanket
– Maybe not for the baby, but you might need this to cover in case you want to breastfeed the baby in public.
– The blanket doesn’t even have to be in the diaper bag, just store it somewhere in the car.

Wet Wipes
– Never leave the house without wet wipes. There is always something to wipe clean.
– In addition to cleaning bottoms, good wipes can clean clothing better than anything (good to keep in the office too)

Regular tissues
– It’s also good to have a variety. If you don’t want wet tissues, then use some dry tissues.

Hand Sanitizer
– To kill those germs on your hands if a sink isnt nearby

Changing pad
– To change the baby’s diaper, of course.

Plastic bag or diaper disposable sack
…or any bag that could be used as trash for the poopy diapers.

Pacifier
– If your baby uses one.

Pacifier container
– If there is a pacifier in question. To keep it clean you can buy a container from the store or just store it in a little plastic container like the ones for ketchup or other sauces.

Sippy cup/Bottles
– For milk, formula, water, or juice

Sunscreen
– For those sunny days to avoid burns

Nail Clippers
– Your baby might fall asleep and give you the perfect chance to cut those cute little nails.

Nasal Aspirator
– To get rid of those annoying boogies.

Toys
– To keep him/her distracted and that wont drive you crazy.

Nursing cover
– If the mommy wants to breastfeed the baby in public
– Or you can just use the blanket like I mentioned above

Baby food or snacks
– I may be 21 years old but my mother still carries snacks in her bag for me…and my sister, but mostly me.

Baby spoon/fork
– if your tot eats solid foods this is essential as no restaurants have these… we have asked

First aid kit – This is serious business people!
– Antibiotic cream/ diaper rash cream
– Any prescribed medications

A diaper bag should be packed in consideration to how long the trip is going to be. The longer the trip, the more items should be packed. In addition to our above list

Attention! Don’t forget your personal purse with your essentials. (i.e. phone, wallet, keys, water bottle)

 

The Most Amazing Kids Party Ever!

The Most Amazing Kids Party EVER!

The current era of organizing and throwing Clown Kida child’s birthday can be stressful to say the least. When you know that some parents have been planning their 3 year olds birthday party on a Pinterest board for the past 6 months and have handcrafted everything from favors to cut-outs that kids can take selfies in front of how can a normal parent even compete?

In one word we will tell you the answer to how Girl touch bubblesto achieve eternal glory on small child birthdaydom that costs nearly nothing, but will make you the envy of all the other parents in the block… BUBBLES.

Bubbles you say? How can bubbles rise my son or daughter to the top of the birthday party circuit? We are happy you asked.

 

First a History Lesson

Patent 2There is no known inventor of 1st bubbles picture3the “modern” bubble, but bubble blowing can trace back to the early 1700s where an artist Jean Siméon Chardin painted a boy blowing bubbles with a pipe. What we do know is that one of the earliest patents for bubble blowers was filed in 1918 for a new and improved bubble pipe that “may be cheaply manufactured and in which the parts are so associated that they may be disassembled and cleaned and quickly reassembled by an unskilled person.”

 

Let’s Thrown in Some Science

  • What exactly is a bubble? A bubble isLots O Bubbles simply a thin sphere of liquid (usually soapy water) that encloses air or a gas in the form of a hollow sphere.
  • Why do bubbles fly? Bubbles actually don’t fly, they float. A bubble and the air trapped inside the thin wall is less dense than the air (carbon dioxide) outside the bubble.
  • Why do bubbles appear to change color? Two reasons: 1) Magic and 2) Bubbles thin walls act as a prism that bends light when it’s passed through it thus allowing you to see different colors that make up the light.
  • Why are bubbles always in a sphere shape? Macro_Photograph_of_a_soap_bubbleSphere have the smallest amount of surface area so bubbles natural shape is always what you are used to seeing. That being said, with special wands as we describe below you can make some new and inventive shapes which will thrill your kids and party guests.

 

Steps to Achieve Success

  • Making your own Bubbles RecipeKid bubbles
    • Our Favorite: 1 Cup Warm Water; 2 Tablespoons dish soap (certain baby shampoos work as an alternative); 1 Tablespoon Glycerin (can use corn syrup as alternative); 1 Teaspoon Sugar
    • Note: Adding glycerin and sugar makes the bubbles last longer before popping. Also, some people have found that making the solution 1-2 days in advance makes even better bubbles
    • Buying Bubbles: There is no shame in buying bubbles, but when you are using a bubble machine or filling a large bubble pool it can be expensive to buy gallons of the good stuff.
    • Wands: The type of wand you use determines the quality, size, and shape of the bubble. Here are some suggestion on making a number of fun options.
      • Buying Bubble Wands: Buying some bubble Bubble Wandwands in addition to make your own wands is always a good idea as premade plastic ones are guaranteed to maximize bubble fun.
      • Foam/Paper Cup: Buy an ordinary disposable cup and cut a small hole at the bottom of it. Have the kids dip the large opening into the soap and you have a super bubble blower.
      • Coat Hanger: While these can make an effective bubble wand, coat hangers can be dangerous to use if small children are running around with them and are not advisable given all the other great alternatives.
      • Pipe Cleaners: Great for parties, Pipe Cleaner Wandyou can have kids make their own unique wands by making all different sized loops. An additional design element is to let kids (if they are old enough), but fun colored beads on the shaft of the wand to make them look even cooler!
      • Cookie Cutters: If you have some plastic cookie cutters at home (metal don’t work as well due to the seams), let the kids dip them into the soap for what we call them in our household, “Cookie Bubbles”
      • Giant Bubble Wand: Take two straws Bubbles with Strawand yarn or string that is about 50 inches long. Pull the string through the straws and tie a not. The kids should hold each straw in a square shape and dip the wand into the soap for some truly big bubbles.
      • Hand Wand- To achieve a fun, wet, and very hygienic wand, have the kids put their thumbs and index fingers together to make a circle. Then dip their hands into the soap and you have an instant bubble wand. As a bonus your kid’s hands have now been cleaned in soapy water. Hazaa!
      • Hula Hoop: For this you will need a Hula Hooplarge kiddie pool and a hula hoop, but the results are amazing. Have a kid step inside the hula hoop which is dunked in the soapy water and then have 2 people pull the hoop above them to make the largest bubble ever!
  • Bubble Machine: If wands are for kids, bubbleBubble Machine machines are for parents who want to achieve the WOW factor for their kids. Bubble machines achieve what all kids want, an infinite supply of bubbles that will keep floating in the air. Lots of great quality bubble machines can be bought online for under $20 from retailers like Target or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Funrise-32417-Gazillion-Hurricane-Machine/dp/B00OZECKFK. When we had them at our last party there were thousands of bubbles everywhere and they didn’t stop until we ran out of bubbles… which takes us to the earlier note of these machines go through bubbles extremely fast so be sure to buy or make a significant amount of bubbles to guarantee your party will go down as the most sudsy in history!

Top Board Books for Toddlers

Sometimes it feels like our child has a full library despite only liking to be read a few books over and over again. What makes one board book more attractive over another to a child is a mystery as there are tons of wonderful board books out there. Below is a list of some of the best classic and new board books that we have found that deserve to be read and enjoyed by you and your child through their early development years.

Tip: When searching for a new favorite, we recommend bringing your child to your local bookstore (you can find a children’s bookstore nearest you via our website www.babyfriendlydc.com) and putting a bunch of board books in front of them. Whichever books they flip through is likely the book for them… this tactic also works with educational toys.

 

Blue TruckLittle Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry: Little Blue Truck has been a favorite in our house ever since it was first read. The cheerful animal and truck sounds will have your child mooing like a cow, quacking like a duck, and beeping like the friendly little blue truck. Along the way, readers see that it pays to be kind to our animal friends . . . if we show a friendly respect to others, we’re more likely to get help when we’re, say, stuck in the muck in a truck. This original book is followed up by “Little Blue Truck Leads the Way” and Little Blue Truck’s Christmas.”

 

Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: This classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when a caterpillar is hatched out of a tiny egg. After eating everything in sight the little caterpillar magically turns into a beautiful butterfly. If your child is anything like ours, the pages where you count food that was eaten by the caterpillar will be read over and over again.

 

Brown BearBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr: A brown bear, a green frog, a purple cat, and a blue horse all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to the beautiful illustrations and singsong text. Two additional amazing books in this collection include “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” and “Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?”

 

Dear ZooDear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell: This brightly illustrated board book takes your child on an adventure where the local zoo is trying to find for them a perfect new pet. The flaps on this book to reveal the animal are the most secure we have seen to date.

 

Goodnight moon Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd: This classic story will have your child asking for this book to be read each night before bed as the softly spoken narrator lulls your child to sleep by reminding them to say goodnight to all of the familiar things in their bedroom.

 

Moo Baa La La Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton: Despite being a simple book of animal sounds, the cartoon drawings and rhythmic writing have led this book to be a daily favorite for many toddlers. Don’t be surprised if your toddler starts to think that pigs say “La, La La… there are few things cuter”

 

Are you a cowAre You A Cow? by Sandra Boynton: From the bestselling author of Moo Baa La La La and Barnyard Dance comes another great book that helps your toddler identify animals and have a good laugh when they tell you that they are not a cow, a duck, a frog, or even a chicken who is upside down.

 

I love you all the time• I Love You All The Time by Jessica Elin Hirschman and Bonnie Bright: This book reminds your child that no matter what they do or where they are, they are always loved by those close to them. Wonderful illustrations and a heart-warming message that is the perfect book to read before bed.

 

where is spot

Where’s Spot: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Eric Hill: Your child will enjoy searching the house with Sally for Spot. In the book you will meet many of Spot’s other animal friends who are similarly hiding around the house.

 

 

Barnyard DanceBarnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton: If your child likes stomping their feet and clapping their hands it’s a pretty good guarantee that they will want you to read them the Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.

 

 

So Big

So Big! by Anna Jane Hays and Christopher Moroney: This book appears to be many children’s first interaction with Elmo and it’s a great way to get them to know the lovable Sesame Street character. At the end of the book, there is a surprise pop up that shows how big baby Elmo has grown. A fun and silly book for toddlers.

 

baby be kind Baby be Kind by Jane Cowen-Fletcher: This beautifully illustrated book shows that even babies can make the world a better place by petting a puppy, sharing snacks, and helping someone who has fallen down.

Top Tips for Flying with a Toddler this holiday season

  1. Child on planeTiming: The team at Babyfriendlydc.com recommends scheduling your flight around your little one’s schedule (if financially and practically feasible – we know sometimes you just don’t have a choice). Usually this means no extremely early or late flights. You know your kid best. If he’s one to fall asleep easily, try scheduling a flight during nap time. If she is happiest in the morning, try scheduling the flight then. Your end result should be a much happier baby.
  2. Early Boarding: Boarding early can give you extra time to get your little one settled. In our experience, some airlines are excellent at providing an early boarding option with children…others are not. For a better on-boarding experience that doesn’t require dishing out extra cash for early boarding, we recommend booking your flight through Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska, or Virgin Airways. If money isn’t an issue, try booking with an airline that allows you to pay extra to board early.
  3. Safety: If you purchased your child their own seat, make sure you only use child restraint systems that have been certified by the FAA or the airline attendants will not allow the CRS to be used. A list of instructions on FAA approved CRS products can be found here: FAA Website. Note that there is only one approved airplane specific harness-type restraint for children weighing between 22 and 44 pounds.
  4. Checking in: Most airlines require that children under 2 have a copy of their birth certificate to show that they do not need to have their own seat purchased. We have flown with our child a number of times since birth, and each time we have been asked to show a copy–even when he was five months old and clearly under 2. Make your life easier and have a copy of your kid’s birth certificate with you.
  5. Food: Given how common flight delays are these days, it’s always best to travel with at least two meals (and snacks) and drinks for your little one. Terminal food is hit or miss, so prepacking food you know they will enjoy is always the best plan. Never rely on plane snacks and drinks. We recently experienced a turbulent flight where the flight staff was not able to get out of their seats to serve anything.
  6. Toys: Entertaining your child on the plane is not an easy thing to do. Always try to bring a few books and washable toys to keep your child entertained. You can even try introducing a new toy. Leave toys with pieces (they can get lost easily) and are  hard to clean at home or safely stowed in your luggage. Allowing some distracting screen time can also work. Preload age appropriate games or videos to your tablet or smart phone, if you have one.
  7. Diaper Changes: Depending on the airplane you are on, changing a diaper in the airplane bathroom can either be a moderately easy experience or an activity requiring 3 years of juggling lessons. If the airplane bathrooms are small or not equip with a changing table (this has actually happened to us) and you are traveling with 2 adults, we suggest simply changing your child in the 2 available seats. It’s faster, cleaner, and in some cases safer given the small and confined quarters of some airline bathrooms.
  8. Strollers: Almost all airlines will allow you to gate check your stroller for no charge. Bringing a stroller to scoot around your child (and sometimes hold bags) makes life easier. If you are delayed, it also makes a great clean and safe place for them to nap. If you intend to bring a stroller with you when traveling, we recommend purchasing a travel bag for your stroller, as it can help minimize damage to your stroller when checked.
  9. Assistance in the Terminal: For us, the most difficult part of flying has been waiting around in the terminal before the flight departs. Our little one just wants to run around through the sea of people. If you are lucky enough to have close friends or family drop you off at the airport, find out if your airline will issue them a gate pass so they can come through security with you. Having an extra set of hand to wrangle your little runner or new walker or crawler takes a lot of stress off of you and allows your family or friends to spend a more time with you and your child.

Top 10 Tips for Dining Out with Baby

  1. Noise. A noisy spot can be a parent’s best friend. A louder restaurant can help drown out your baby, who is just starting to find her voice, or any possible fussiness coming from your table.
  2. Entertainment. Dining outdoors, if possible, can be the best entertainment for your child. The constant action will keep their attention. Toddlers, in particular, are fascinated by the cars and people moving around them.
  3. Toys. Bringing along some toys also makes for great entertainment. This doesn’t mean you should bring your entire toy chest along. Keep a couple of go-to favorites in the diaper bag. Just make sure they are washable…leave the stuffed animals at home, if possible.
  4. Cups and Utensils. Most babies have a favorite sippy cup and right-sized utensils. Always bring them with you. It helps keep your little one comfortable, particularly in places that do not have child cups and utensils. This will hopefully help minimizes drinking out of a heavy, breakable, adult glass and feeding themselves with an oversized, sharp fork.
  5. Snacks. Even your most adventurous little eater can have moments of pickiness. Combat this situation by bringing an assortment of favorite snacks with you. While it is great for you child to try something new, we all know it is better you have a well-fed baby.
  6. Placemats. If your baby is able to pick up her own food but hasn’t quite advanced to using plates, be sure to buy some disposable stick on table placemats. You will get a nod of thanks from the wait staff and you won’t have to worry whether the table is clean or if your little one will try to toss a glass plate. Here is a link to some we have used with our baby: http://www.amazon.com/Sesame-Disposable-Placemats-Reusable-50-Count/dp/B000R7L80C.
  7. Kids Menu/Small Portions. Restaurants with children’s menus are great! If a restaurant doesn’t have a kids’ menu, you can opt for an appetizer or small plate. Also, don’t be ashamed to ask the wait staff if they have half portions.
  8. Stroller Parking. Based on the age and temperament of your baby, she or he may highly likely to fall asleep in her stroller at any given point. Finding restaurants that have enough space between tables to fit your stroller in a reclined position allows you and your dining companions the ability to enjoy your meal without having to run home to put baby to bed.
  9. Changing Tables. For my family, the availability of changing tables has been one of the most important factors in selecting a restaurant. Changing a diaper at the table is no fun for you, baby, or the other guests trying to eat. Always try to dine at places that have baby changing tables or at least flat services in the bathroom where you can change your baby. If none are available, the next best option is change your baby in her carriage or asking the wait staff if there is an office or room you can use. You’ll be surprised at the number of restaurants that are more than happy to comply with your request.
  10. Timing. Know your babies time limitations. If your baby takes an afternoon nap at 1:30pm, don’t go out for a late lunch at 1pm. Plan your dining around your baby’s nap schedule, and take queues from your baby that’s she’s had enough and that it is time to leave.