Vacation caused us to press the issue.
Over the course of five days we ate almost every single meal either at a restaraunt or in the hotel breakfast area.
We packed everything we needed such as forks, spoons, bibs, and wipes. The one thing we didn't have were our high chairs.
Even when we eat out in town we take those travel high chairs as they are, in my opinion, the greatest chairs ever.
Since we were such a long way from home we didn't take them with us.
Once again the girls adapted wonderfully to everything we threw at them. Along the way we learned a few little tricks I thought I would share. I might have mentioned how much I enjoy a good list, so here we go:
1 - When you order food, don't order anything for yourself unless you
2 - Most every place will have some sort of children's size cup that comes with a lid and a straw. As long as your kiddos know how to drink through a straw (very similar to a sippy cup, though a bit easier) you should be good. BONUS - you now have more cups to drink from at home - cups they will most likely not be able to break. And if they do? So what - it was free.
3 - For us, fruit is a good "go-to" food as the girls will almost always dig right in. It's also a lot healthier than a side of fries or onion rings, so make the substitution where you can - assuming your little ones like fruit. Also, fruit can be eaten immediately, but you'll have to wait for a piping hot plate of food to cool down.
5 - Try to get a table in a place that will bother the least amount of other diners as possible - just in case your little angels become little demons. It's just a consideration thing. The other people eating there are paying for their meal as well, so try to be aware of them when planning your outing.
6 - If you aren't sure how they're going to act, and if it works with your schedule, try going to eat a little earlier than the normal crowd. Eating with the blue-hairs is not a bad option. Not only have they probably been in your same position at some point in their lives, but since they don't hear very well your children can be as loud as they want and still not disturb them!
Six is not a very good number for items in a list, but for now it will have to do. If you have any other thoughts to add I would love to hear them - and put them to use when we head out next.