Taking kids to a cafe can seem like a daunting task and when there are one or more toddlers involved? It’s often avoided at all costs. Not only can this be a logistical nightmare (small spaces vs bulky prams!) but getting your little one to sit still and cooperate can feel like a losing battle. Before you know it, there can be tears – quite literally over spilt milk. As I am writing this, I have flashbacks from a recent visit to the cafe. We had our three children in tow, one child wanted something the other had and before we knew it? All hell had broken loose. My husband didn’t quite know what to do and and took off with one child to pacify her. I am convinced it was also due to embarrassment but it was me who was then left with two screaming children (and a look of defeat on my face). In hindsight it could have all been avoided. Let me set the scene. My husband put a plate of something that was to share on the toddler’s tray. So toddler assumed it was for him and couldn’t understand why someone would then take away half of his food. You see, you just can’t leave anything to chance when it comes to toddlers. If that little picture in their mind gets thrown off course – it’s almost always a guaranteed meltdown. This is why it’s more important than ever, to ‘prepare’ for an outing. Whilst how you do this will be completely dependant on age (and needs) there are a few key things to consider.