we take DS (2y) out at night quite regularly. Usually to dinner. Sometimes to friends or family.
For the most part he is great but we make sure we're out to eat by around 6-630 otherwise we've lost our window. And we don't tend to stay out late past his bedtime.
for a grand final? if we thought he could make it through and it was something we loved, maybe, since it's a once off.
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02-10-2016 19:35 #11
02-10-2016 19:44 #12
Taking young kids out at night
We don't usually take them out past bedtime. So we might go out for early dinner but be home by 7.30-8pm in time for bath and bedtime.
When it was just DS1 and he was under 1 and not sleeping through the night, his routine wasn't as important to us so we would take him out everywhere at any time. I even remember celebrating New Year's Eve with him at a restaurant in the middle of a ski village watching the fireworks when he was about 15 months old.
ETA - my boys are 5 and 3
Also wanted to add, earlier this year I would have said no way would we take them out anywhere to a restaurant, but in recent months we've been going out weekly to a restaurant for dinner and the boys have gotten so used to it now, they behave beautifully. So yeah we go out but we just make it early so they still get to bed on time.
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02-10-2016 19:56 #13
Very rarely. DD (6) is a very early riser and won't sleep in after a late night. It takes ages for her to get over a late night as she never catches up on the missed sleep. DS (3) would cope better in terms of recovery but would be a nightmare unless he could run around. As he gets tired he gets more energetic and just can't sit still.
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02-10-2016 20:02 #14
We do quite often, with our 3 under 6. To a restaurant,I usually feed them at home first so they're not starving by the time the meals arrive, but they will still eat a small amount there. I bring plenty for them to do. We also often do family & friends houses regularly. Family they usually stay up and play with their cousins, & friends we usually put all the kids to bed so we can enjoy adult conversation It works for us & is usually fine. Sometimes it's a disaster, but I just find you have to put those ones behind you & try again
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02-10-2016 20:15 #15
Taking young kids out at night
I couldn't even keep my almost 4yo up till 7pm tonight as she lost her shiz even though we are having a party
Much like her mother who gets tired and cranky past my bedtime lol
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02-10-2016 20:16 #16Senior Member
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We will occasionally go to the pub that's 5 minutes from our house for an early dinner (as in 5:30pm early and home by 6:30 lol) but even with food, toys etc by the time our dinner comes out she's often had enough of being stuck in the high chair and it doesn't make for a very enjoyable eating experience as one of us wolfs food down to get her out if we go to someone's house it's stressful as none of our friends have kids so their houses (even my parents) are not toddler friendly at all and I'm constantly worried she will break something/crack her head/eat the kitty litter or something. It's a bit easier that she's not trapped in a high chair but we still make it home for bedtime at 7:30. Am hoping when she gets a touch older it might get a bit easier.
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02-10-2016 20:30 #17
When DS was little we never ever did- he's a nightmare if he doesn't go to bed at a reasonable hour. Kids are just like anyone else, some people are night owls, some morning larks. It annoys me a little when people say 'oh he will get used to it' nope, he won't. He just doesn't cope. DD on the other hand is fine with a late night- it doesn't make any difference to her. When sometimes go out later now that DS is older (almost 7) but we would still always aim to have him in bed by 8.30-9 at the very latest.
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02-10-2016 20:36 #18
We go our fairly regularly for meals. At home DS (2 yo) bedtime is 7-7.30 but he copes just fine being up until 9ish. We need to have dinner by 6pm though otherwise he gets ratty, but once his tummy is full he is more than happy to play and have a run around. We usually get home by 9.30 at the latest, he is always up by 6-6.30 the next day but I find he tends to have a longer day sleep if he goes to bed a bit later and will still go to bed quite happily at 7 the next night. He is a pretty easygoing little kid though and tends to cope quite fine with routine changes.
02-10-2016 21:02 #19
They really are all so different! DD loves going out to restaurants and is fine to sit at the table, I don't need to take anything for her to do. But 2yo DS is so restless!! He's fine when actually eating but otherwise just wants to run around. We always book for the earliest time possible. Maybe it's an age thing, he's so impatient and grumpy lately!
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