Let baby "finger paint" with baby food in restaurants
Christy's hack may give you a few precious moments of quiet at a restaurant:
When my first child was about 8-10 months old and we wanted to go out to a restaurant for dinner she was always too finicky to sit still and would fuss unless one of us was standing up holding her UNTIL we inadvertently discovered she would sit contently for a whole dinner if we put a drop of sauce or baby food on her tray to play with. This worked consistantly and is working with my second baby, who is now 9 months old. She just sits and puts her finger in the sauce and paints the tray.