Dining out with food allergies has to do with your own comfort level based on individual allergies plus being prepared. With that being said, it’s been over a year since we went out to eat with TJ, (minus one time after the beach when he was napping in his stroller with us.)We simply aren’t ready yet and feel as though he isn’t either being only 16 months and still having many food allergies.
Looking back to before we knew about his allergies, there were a few times we took him with us to eat. We always planned it for a time when he would be taking a late afternoon nap or right before his bedtime. While we would start each dining experience with him in his stroller, usually as we were eating our main course one of us would have to hold him as he started to fuss. Once again, we would continue eating our food while holding him. This is obviously no longer feasible since he is a toddler who is on the move and also has several confirmed allergies. While we look forward to the day that we all do indeed eat out as a family, we are simply waiting for when it is safest for TJ.
However, just because we aren’t ready yet to hit up a restaurant with our little guy, doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for when we are. Here are excellent resources that I have found and wanted to share. We look forward to the days ahead when we will be using these resources too so we have faith and smile on…
Test your knowledge: Take the Ingredient Quiz
This is an awesome guide to allergy-friendly restaurants throughout the United States. (There is also an app for your phone!)