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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 16:58

Do you take your toddlers to restaurants?

Taking young children out to a restaurant can be a stressful experience for the parents and also for the other diners without children. However parents perception of their toddlers behaviour is probably much worse than it actually is.
 
There are people who don't want to sit next to families, particularly fashion conscious 20 and 30-somethings working off a hangover," says father-of-three Peter Harden, publisher of Harden's Eating Out With Babies And Toddlers, which was co-produced by parenting website gurgle.com. So the advice is to try and choose your table carefully or ask the waiter/ waitress to find you a suitable table.
 
Top Tips for dining out with young children by Mumsnet Katie O'Donovan
Go to a restaurant that won't stress you or the kids out
 
Go when the toddlers are not too hungry
Take a stash of books or small quiet toys
Try and sit away from the romantic couples
There is safety in numbers
If your children cannot be quietened take them outside until calm is restored
 
Harden's top 11 for toddlers 
 
Giraffe
Pizza Express
Carluccio's Caffe
Wagamama
Byron
Strada
Nando's
Jamie's Italian
Ask
Cafe Rouge
Zizzi
Based on survey of 8,000 restaurant-goers for baby food firm Plum and Harden's
 
Please complete our pole on whether you think toddlers should be able to dine in restaurants 
  
Information gained from BBCnewsmagazine online