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Eating out highchair hell

Going out for a meal can be a nightmare, you have to make sure you pack enough things to keep your little one entertained. If they don’t eat off the main menu then you have to pack a lunchbox full of appealing things for them to eat. Then there is the great discussion of where shall we eat where will be good to take children. Will there be enough space to take the pushchair in if she needs asleep. This is all before the drama of a highchair starts.

 I have recently been in talks with Totseat who have done a survey of 109 restaurants that are deemed to be family friendly on TripAdvisor. The result that they found with regards to highchairs in restaurants is shocking.



They found that 82% of British ‘kid friendly’ restaurants on TripAdvisor have no more than two high chairs!. This is just shocking to me as I quite frequently go out to lunch with my friends and between us we have more than two children, what do they expect us to do with the other children. I am not one to let Ava eat in her pushchair and she shouldn’t have to. I think the worse thing about it all is that they are meant to be ‘kid friendly’.

The other thing that really gets my back up is that I have found some restaurants have removed the straps on their highchairs!, to me this is ridiculous as it makes them unsafe. Also a lot of restaurants have these wooden highchairs that are massive meaning if your child is little then they will slip through, there is no ;


  • Julie @ Fab Working Mom Life

    Eating out with kids is hard enough, but ridiculous when restaurants don’t even have enough high chairs. Or – their high chairs are all broken and don’t latch. Um, safety! Most restaurants are just not kid friendly and I feel so out of place when I have to eat there with my kiddo.

  • Carrie

    This is so true! Many of the restaurant high chairs do not have functioning seat belts and it’s scary to put our little ones in them. We have a backup chair we bring and we love how well it works for us. It’s also nice because it has a plastic table cover which helps since our little guy loves to grab a plate to play with. Thanks for sharing the surprising statistics!

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