Tag Archives: restaurants

Heading to New York city?? Need a place to breast-feed?

8 Aug

I found a great little link on places to nurse in New York City.  I’ve personally never been but if you’re going there, you can use this list as a starting point. Plus, take a look at the comments below the article at all the other places people mention.

http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/where-to-nurse-in-nyc

& if you visit any breast-feeding friendly locations, Share them! Let’s get the word out about breast-feeding friendly locations!!!!

Advertisements

Cloth to go

11 Jun

Traveling out & about while cloth diapering

As some of you may know, I recently began cloth diapering (CD’ing) part time for my little guy who is almost 3 months now. I wasn’t aware of all the challenges & tips needed when venturing out with a LO while CDing so I asked Blog writer Jenny Cooper of Cloth Diaper Diary to share her knowledge. Below is her post which you can find at My Cloth Diaper Diary: Cloth to go

In this blog I will be sharing what I’ve learned so far about cloth diapering on the go. We have yet to go on any long road trips or overnight trips since we started cloth diapering, so my experience is limited to mainly common everyday outings and day trips to grandparents, family or friends houses, but I hope it will be helpful to some of you.

When I first started using cloth I had only a small one-two diaper wet bag. This worked/works fine for a quick trip to the store or park, but I quickly realized was not enough for longer outings, such as a few hour outing to friends of families houses or church and lunch. I bought a medium bag and still it was not quite enough for events that turned into all day or sometimes even half the day events. I recommend a large wet bag. You rarely need that much space, but it’s always nice to have extra space as apposed to not enough. I also think it’s helpful to have at least 2 so if ones in the dirty clothes you have a back up.

In the beginning I also was unsure how many diapers to bring on outings. Since cloth diapers take up significantly more space than disposables I recommend, one, having a bigger diaper bag and, two, stashing a few extras in the car. When you’re more experienced with how many diapers your baby goes through in a given period of time or at certain times of day, you can plan how many you think you’ll need for the amount of time you think you’ll be gone, but again extra is always better.

I would say 2 of the biggest challenges about cloth on the go is rinsing poopy diapers out and having to worry about storage of dirty diaper while dealing with a squirming dirty bottomed baby. I have learned a few things that help with these issues. Firstly I get everything I need out before I take the soiled diaper off; wet bag, wipes, new diaper. When I take the diaper off and wipe the baby down I make a careful pile of trash verses things that will go into the wet bag. I pick the trash up with a clean wipe toss it in the wastebasket and throw the diaper in the wet bag, then re-diaper the baby. Some people do this for all diapers, I prefer to make my best effort to have soiled diapers as clean the situation and environment will allow.

I use what I have to rinse the diaper as clean as I can most places this means dunking and swooshing in whatever toilet is available, but I’m also very grossed out by using a public restroom toilet. For rinsing some may want to keep a pair of rubber or disposable gloves in a Ziploc or wet bag for rinsing and ringing out diapers. At public restrooms I wipe what I can with the wipes and try to get home sooner to rinse them thoroughly. The best thing has been the flushable liners, once baby is having more solid BM’s this is the best solution it helps get a lot and even sometimes all poop from getting to the actual diaper.

Now that my daughter is potty training age one thing I started doing and I think can be done even at much younger ages is I try to get her to pee on the potty before we leave the house. Even on little ones that don’t known anything about peeing on the potty can be sat down for a reasonable amount of time to see if they can go before you leave the house. This helps maximize the amount of time before they’ll need another diaper and helps prevent them from have a soiled diaper in the car, which my daughter hates.

For church Sunday school we always put her in disposables so the staff doesn’t have to deal with cloth. I don’t know what we’d do if she had to go to daycare, but I have heard of some cloth friendly daycare’s, so far we’ve been lucky enough that Grandma and Grandpa have always been able to watch our little one when we’ve needed a sitter. I recommend using AIO (All In One) diapers for sitters, they’re the easiest for inexperienced cloth diaperers. I also recommend using all the same type/brand so it’s less confusing for sitters not having to learn a new snap setting or Velcro direction for each new diaper.

I’ll let you all know how it goes whenever we do a road trip or overnight somewhere that’s at a hotel not just families house. We recently went camping, but I figured a camping trip with a toddler in a tent is tough enough without having to figure out where to wash out my cloth diapers and I also don’t think I have a big enough stash to last for 3 days. Till next time happy diapering!

Bj’s Country Kitchen

8 Apr

200 W Shaw Ave # 103 Clovis, Ca. 93612

1 Star out of 5

Pros:

  • High chairs

Cons:

  • No boosters
  • Tight spacing, no room for stroller
  • Nowhere to nurse
  • No changing table

Personal Experience:

I’ve been to this restaurant before & had good dining experiences, I don’t know if the economy has gotten that bad or just customer service in general. Yet the thought that kept coming to my mind was…So gross.

I mean, I feel grossed out even thinking about eating there. The food was heeecka greasy & I mean GREASY.We waited so long to get our food & I began to wonder if it was because they were letting the hash browns soak in the oil for that long. Granted, when the waitress said we had 5 tickets ahead of us (after waiting 20 mins from our order being taken) I asked if there was ANYTHING they could bring out. She happily said she could bring out my biscuits n Gravy…Thank you Lord!

The tables are SO close together, even if it is loud enough for your kid to make noise, the tables are only an arm’s length away so it’s like you’re sharing a table, haha!

Now this is my own growing pet peeve, but everything was sticky. I get a little grossed out thinking that it’s been THAT long since the plastic menus have been wiped down,especially being that you handle them BEFORE you get your food, so it’s not from the food that it’s getting that way.

The food just wasn’t that good & I regretted not eating at Denny’s. Not that Denny’s food is top cuisine but it sure beat Bj’s Country Kitchen.

Me N Eds-7080 N. Cedar Ave.

9 Jan
Outside Sign7080 N. Cedar Ave. Fresno, CA 93720
1 Star out of 5 Stars
Pros:
  • Have high chairs
  • If your child is noisy, it’s not really an issue.
Cons:
  • No booster seat
  • No Changer
  • High chair cannot be turned upside down for a car seat
  • No car seat sling
  • No Nursing area.

Personal Experience:

I think the atmosphere of a place & how comfortable you feel w/your child makes a difference in each place that is visited. Since our son is older, the place was fine for him to walk around, look at toy/candy vending machines & not disturb others as he walks past them &/or waves : D There are some booths, so a car seat could go in one of those & if REALLY needed you could always use the bench seats as a changing table. Although my husband & I try not to do that in restaurants, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to take off that poo! = P

Samurai Sam

9 Oct

585 W. Nees Ave. #123  Fresno, CA 93711

1/2 Star out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have high chairs
  • Place is loud enough that your child making noise is not an issue.

Cons:

  • No car seat sling
  • No nursing area-nowhere to really nurse, chairs are uncomfortable & the bathroom is a single handicap bathroom.
  • No changing table
  • High chairs cannot be turned upside down because the back is raised. So if you attempt this you run the risk of your baby being knocked over, since it’s not really what they are meant to do.
  • Not really room to bring your stroller in, unless you “park” by the door.

Personal Experience:

The food is DELICIOUS! The vegetables taste fresh, as well as the rest of the food. I got a half/half bowl of steak & chicken….my goodness that steak was SO tender. It is a small business, so the tables are pretty close together. We really enjoyed the food, unfortunately did not feel it was very baby friendly : (

Denny’s

3 Oct

“hmmm…what to order??”

530 S. Clovis Ave. Fresno

4 1/2 out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have high chairs
  • Have boosters
  • Can turn high chairs upside down to put a car seat in
  • Changing tables in BOTH men & women’s restroom
  • Loud enough that if your kids is babbling or making noise, it’s not a big deal, but not so loud that you get a headache
  • Kids menu
  • Kids eat free on certain days w/a paid adult entrée.

Cons:

  • No nursing area

Personal Experience:

On this particular occasion it was FREEZING inside. Which for the restaurant, the a/c is only off or on, not temp controlled & apparently the heat is the same in the wintertime-all or nothing. I thankfully keep  a couple of blankets in the car for my son. The waitress was very kind & when we told her the high chair was sticky she wiped it down for us quickly & helpfully. She was very mindful of my son & tried to make him comfortable as well.

Other than the freezing temperature, the meal & experience was good. BUT Because of the not having an area to nurse, I couldn’t give them a full 5 stars.

Black Angus

21 Sep

1737 E. Shaw Ave.  Fresno, CA 93710

3 out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have high chairs
  • Have changing table in BOTH men & women’s restroom.

Cons:

  • No baby chairs
  • Not really anywhere to nurse
  • Very quiet restaurant-so every little squeal is noticeable.

Personal Experience:

I LOVE to sit at the booths because of the very high backs. In these I was able to sit my sons car-seat on the booth seat. If you nurse at the table, depending where you’re seated, you only have one angle to worry about exposing your boob to! Sitting at a table is too uncomfortable & there is no room for you to put your child in a car seat.

One subscriber said “their high chairs didn’t flip over to hold a car-seat and they didn’t have those sling things. So we had to set her car-seat on a chair and it made so nervous she was going to be bumped by someone walking by and go tumbling on the floor.”

Red lobster

19 Sep

3 out of 5 stars

Pros:

  • Have high chairs
  • Have a changing table in the women’s restroom (not sure if one in the mens)
  • Restaurant is loud enough that if your child is making noise it’s often not very noticeable.
  • It’s a small thing, but I VERY much appreciated the little hook inside the handicap door that allowed me to hang his diaper bag on, instead of putting it on the floor.

Cons:

  • Nowhere to nurse
  • Booth tables are pretty close so there is little room to nurse at the booth without the baby hitting their head if they move much.

Personal Experience:

We went on a all-you-can-eat night so the place was pretty busy. Needless to say by the time my son was “done” sitting still & being quiet, it was loud enough that he wasn’t an issue. Trying to nurse while sitting at a table is uncomfortable & kind of awkward when there are people sitting at every angle around you. On one occasion, there was a man leering at me in SUCH  a creepy way & not at ALL trying to hide it. I went to a booth in a corner.

Which poses its own issue unless your child is small & doesn’t move much. My son was 7 months old & did NOT fit either of these categories so he ended up hitting his head on the heavy wood table : (

I Love Sushi

16 Sep

465 W. Shaw Avenue  Clovis, CA 93612

3 1/2 Out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have High chairs
  • Have Boosters
  • Loud enough for children but won’t give you a headache.
  • Changing tables in BOTH men & women’s restroom.

Cons:

  • There’s not really room to put car seat in booth & the chairs are too small for that as well.
  • The high chairs can be turned upside down so that u can put the  car seat on the chair but its on a slight tilt so you would have to make sure NOBODY pushes it and that you are RIGHT next to the baby. It’s a little too dangerous for me & I’m too nervous to risk that.
  • No nursing area. The tables are too uncomfortable to nurse at & if you can get a booth in the back, that’ll help, just be sure to not get in view of the tinted window next to you.

Personal Experience:

The name of the restaurant matches how I personally feel when I think of sushi (*sigh 🙂 I have always had a generally good experience there as well. On this particular occasion our waitress was Judy, VERY sweet girl but in general the staff is nice & accommodating. Any questions I had, especially regarding for my child, they were happy to help.

I wish I could rate this place a little higher but as a nursing mother it is not very comfortable & I would have to say that it is more kid friendly rather than baby friendly.

Golden Dragon

9 Sep

5235 E. Kings Canyon Road  Fresno, CA 93727

2 out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have high chairs
  • Clean restaurant
  • All food is To-go

Cons:

  • No changing table & the tables only have chairs so if you need to change your baby’s diaper you may have to do that in your car if you drove.
  • No nursing area

Personal Experience:

The workers are very nice & accommodating. It is a small, local restaurant so I understand how hard it must be to add amenities like a changing table &/or nursing room. This place does not have a kids menu but have yet to eat at an oriental place that does. While I personally like this place, especially that they offer not just Chinese food but Vietnamese as well (mmm, pho) I’m afraid it’s not very baby friendly. On the plus side you can order any of their wide varied food to go.

*Warning to any nursing mothers, the chow mien is spicy so aware of that when ordering your dish.