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Parents- Do you bring food into a restaurant for your kids?

hyacinthgirl | Mar 25, 2013 12:42 PM

I'm starting a thread because I'm not entirely sure what the proper etiquette for this situation is and I thought I'd see what the hounds thought.

To preface, I have a 20 month old and my husband and I sometimes take him with us out to eat. We go at off-times to places that are willing to accomodate children and do everything in our power to make sure we are non-disruptive to other diners. Thus far, he's been pretty well-behaved and not caused any incidents, but he's still a toddler and it is our responsibility to make sure we are well prepared for any possibility. Sometimes this means that he is too hungry to wait for an order that is taking longer than expected, or, for whatever reason, he has rejected the food we got from the restaurant for him and yet is still hungry. Therefore, I now have a "mom-purse" that is littered with bags of emergency cheerios and usually a banana or cup of apple sauce.

My questions are:

1. Is it ok for me to bring outside food in to give to my child? I can't imagine it being ok to do this for adults, and if it's ok for kids, what's the cut-off age?

2. Is it ok for me to feed him outside food if I'm not ordering anything specifically for him? (I've yet to see anything on a children's menu that we would give him, so when we can, we order from the regular menus, but more often than not, it works best for us to just give him some of our food)

Very curious on everyone's thoughts on this, thanks!

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