Our little man is 17 months old now, and we’ve taken him to a good number of places in the USA, Asia, and Mexico. When we’re on the road, we’re eating almost exclusively in restaurants, and we find disposable placemats to be absolutely invaluable. They solve a few problems:
- Kids are dirty.
- Restaurant tables are dirty.
- Kids break things.
We use place-mats from a company called Simply Natural Babies. You can get a pack of 60 at Amazon for like $13.89. When we get to a restaurant, the first thing we do is clear a place at the table for Zachary. We move the cups, plates, silverware, salt and pepper shakers, etc. We get it all out of his reach, and then we stick one of these mats down on the table.
Each mat has four adhesive strips on the back. You pop them all off and stick it onto the table. Your little one can eat right off the placemat, and you don’t need to worry about him or her making a mess of a plate or eating food off of the table. By moving everything away from the baby and having them eat off the placemat, you also ensure that nothing in the restaurant gets broken.
Not only are these awesome for us, but while the waiter or waitress is typically surprised by these at first, by the end of the meal, they’re usually thankful that we brought them. When Zachary is done with a meal, we just peel up the place-mat, and it naturally catches all the extra food and mess in there, making it much easier for the restaurant to clean up.
As a kid, I always remember my mom cleaning off tables at restaurants before my younger brothers sat down to eat. Wiping down a table is still never a bad thing to do, but the disposable place-mats add another level of cleanliness. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer!