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Should Restaurants Offer "Baby Seating"?

by Kim Conte on March 31, 2009 at 12:00 PM


A writer for Serious Eats suggests that restaurants offer an early "baby seating." Similar to movie theaters that offer mommy and baby showings on weekday mornings, restaurants would advertise special baby-friendly dining hours as a way to attract parents who would otherwise choose to stay home with their babies.

What do you think of this idea? Would you take advantage of "baby-friendly" hours?

Filed Under: eating out, family meals, kid-friendly, suggestions, trends


  • 1stti...


    March 31, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    If my son was a baby still I would take advantage for sure, but he is 16 months old and he is very well behaved in restaurants...

  • myboy28


    March 31, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    toddler boytoddler girlWhat a wonderful idea for families of lil ones. I am a grandmother to eight, and children do get up early and to have this available I think is worth and initial trial basis for the restaurant business as a whole. Kudo's for the marketing firm that came up with this idea.


  • ThaMCE


    March 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    I think that's an excellent idea. There are so many restaurant patrons who are also annoyed with parents who bring their children, and while I sympathize with them, we shouldn't be holed up and never bring our kids anywhere.
  • Lanasmom


    March 31, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Shouldn't all hours be child friendly hours?

  • sunmo...


    March 31, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    I take my baby anytime we want.  We don't eat out very often.

    I thought this was going to be about seating options for babies.  Some restaurants have booths but they aren't wide enough to fit the baby carrier in it.  That drives me nuts!

  • tgiamt


    March 31, 2009 at 1:09 PM
    We really have never had a problem. So we wouldnt choose to use those hours. Maybe when she goes through the terrible twos.
  • LoriW


    March 31, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    I think it's a great idea. My kids were never allowed to be loud, they were taught that all of these other people didn't come here to listen you you. They didn't have a choice so it was never a problem. I can not stand parents who have no control over their very loud kids. I don't go out to eat to listen to them. So many adults are the same way, it is a different world where I live now, people were never taught any kind of manners....inexcusable.  

  • i_am_...


    March 31, 2009 at 1:19 PM
    I think that babies should be accepted anytime, regaurdless how others feel about it, sounds to me like they are trying to segregate patrons with babies for the sake of others, babies happen get over it! If you don't like it deal with it!
  • Miche...


    March 31, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    I think this is a fabulous idea. But I believe if a parents teaches thier child proper manners, they should be able to take them anywhere at any time.  We took my daughter everywhere with us, and she was taught to to sit nicely and color and use her indoor voice and her manners. When she was an infant and cried, I took her to the ladies room to calm her down.  What bothers me in resturants is parents that allow thier child run around or stand up and lean into other booths. The child is a product of the parenting! So if parents did thier job, you wouldn't need special kid friendly hours.

  • RanaA...


    March 31, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    It's a great idea.  Then you know that if your child isn't the best in restaurants, you're going to be there at a time when EVERYONE else is going to have children there too, and expect for it be noisy.  It's a good time to teach your child restaurant manners without being worried about the other patrons.

    On the same token, I find it acceptable (and understandable!) for restaurants to do "kid-free" nights as well.

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