In a perfect world... You can give the baby a bottle, eat a meal that didn't come out of the microwave, and chat with grown-ups. Jackpot!
The reality The barrage of unfamiliar sounds and smells can turn even the calmest baby into one cranky little customer.
Our advice Schedule lunch or dinner for a time when Baby is rested and fed. It's a good idea to call the restaurant and ask whether it's baby-friendly.
Go before the crowd gets there, and bring toys. Get a booth if possible, and seat Baby next to you in his car seat. If he acts up, you'll have to hold him, so order food you can easily eat with one hand. Then just be prepared to ask for a doggie bag.