Wining and dining was a big part of our life, so we didn’t wanna change that when Mille was born. Going out to nice restaurants was gonna stay in our weekly routine. Little did we know…
I was shocked to see the looks of some people when we entered a nice place with Mille when he was still a tiny baby.
Some people looked at us like we’re ignorant parents, while it was perfectly do-able at that age. He slept or drank a bottle, that’s it!!
We didn’t let it get to us, but I can imagine that some people would be discouraged.
Now Mille is at a stage in life that it’s impossible to go to a restaurant in the evening. He’s too tired and restless by diner time.
So the solution is going out for lunch for now.
The more kid friendly to better, because you need some extra stuff with a little kiddo.
I went to Copenhagen and there it’s perfectly normal to take your LITTLE kids out to diner or lunch. Every hipster place has children chairs and some toys or somethings to keep them busy.
In Belgium it’s a very different story. Such a shame…
Mille is in the ‘testing my voice out’ fase, so yelling is a way to express that he’s enjoying himself.
Instead provoking and going to a ‘social not accepted kids place’, nowadays I’m always looking for a great place to eat, that is kid friendly and practical.
Here’s my checklist to be kid friendly
play corner? (not necessary, but practical and no need to carry extra toys with you)
changing place? (not necessary, but practical if you do not want to change your kid on the seat of the toilet 😉
inside noise? The more noise the better
Which kind of public? I’m sorry, I don’t wanna be judgemental, but I write what I’ve experience, when the room is full of quiet coffee drinking old ladies, they will probably not be happy with a kid that makes noise at the other table, and yes you will get the looks, but I’m sorry I can’t tape my kids mouth to shut it up. Instead I play along with Mille (I have a rebellion character)
parking? this one is just easy if you have to bring lot’s of extra toys to keep them busy!
My favourite so far in Ghent is Amelie+moi
This is a bistro especially made for kids. They do great brunches on Sunday.
The interior is modern, the staff is friendly even if you make a mess, they have baby food and drinks, but most importantly you feel at home and at ease.
Our search goes on, my goal is to find the perfect place to eat with Mille in every city where we like to go.
In a meanwhile the messier we leave the place, the bigger the tip. Y’all know what I’m talking about!