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Mom’s Screen-Free Hack for Keeping Toddler Busy At Restaurants

She absolutely wins for this one.

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Eating at a restaurant with children of any age isn't always the most relaxing thing in the world, but bringing toddlers along gives a whole new meaning to the word "chaos." They're up, they're down, they're refusing to eat their food, and usually, they're also refusing to let you eat your food. It's just the way it goes!

And while many of us may be tempted to pull out an iPad to maintain some level of peace at the table (and there's nothing wrong with that!), one mom has found a way to keep toddlers busy at restaurants without it. She's a genius! 


Best of all, this hack is using items you likely already have at your house. In the video, we can see a tot sticking cotton swabs into the holes in a spice shaker. He's very focused, but most of all, he's busy — and he's probably letting his mom eat her food in peace, which is what really matters here. 

When he runs out of cotton swabs, she can just dump the shaker out and he can start all over again. Genius! 

"I leave it in the diaper bag and only give it to him when needed," the mom wrote in a comment. This is smart — using it only when out and about will maintain the novelty of this game.

Next time we dare take our kids out to dinner, we'll be bringing this activity along with us. If it helped her kid, it might just work for ours!