Eleonor Pritchard

Eleonor Pritchard

is creating "Babies who Lunch" a directory of child friendly cafes

3

patrons

$2

per month
Eating out with a baby can be quite daunting, it doesn’t have to be.

After giving birth in 2015, I realised that there is a myriad of things to consider before stepping out for a coffee with friends: “Where should I go? Should I take the pram in, or just the capsule? What if there’s no room for the pram? It’s winter; will I have to go back to the car? What about a change table?”

I had a difficult couple of weeks following the birth of my son, but I knew that I should try to get out of the house to catch up with friends, however I started stressing about being away from the comfort of home. Aside from the general anxieties which come with taking your first baby out in public, such as public screaming or a ‘poo-splosion’, I also stressed that I may get to a cafe and not be able to fit in with my pram.

Being sleep deprived makes you more sensitive to everything, so I think if I struggled through the door of a cafe, just to find out that I couldn’t fit the pram anywhere, I probably would have burst into tears!

Scouring the internet to find a café where I could fit my pram, I came up with nothing. While some cafes and restaurants are promoted as child friendly, there are not any details about what this actually means. Babies Who Lunch is an easy to follow review-guide which details some of these features, predominantly centring on the question “will my pram fit?”, it also reviews child friendly features such as whether the restaurant has change tables, playgrounds and high chairs and touches on food and service too.

The website uses a series of easy to read icons for each café reviewed including:
  • how many prams can fit;
  • if there are high chairs available;
  • whether there is a change table; and
  • if there is a toddler play area.
Canberra parents are invited to submit their own reviews, and many have, as well as contributing comments and feedback to already published reviews. This makes Babies Who Lunch a real Canberra community website, reviewing local businesses and supporting local parents. Visit www.babieswholunch.net to find the perfect restaurant, or to submit your own review.
Tiers
Babies
$1 or more per month
Show your support!

As a supporter of Babies who Lunch you will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as having the knowledge that you are not only supporting Babies who Lunch, but also the many parents who utilise the page every day.

  • Public thanks on the Babies who Lunch website
Toddlers
$5 or more per month
Have some influence.

Apart from receiving my heartfelt thanks, and knowing that you're supporting a website that helps many parents in navigating cafes with a child, you'll also have the opportunity to influence the website.

  • Suggest places that you would like to see reviewed
  • Suggest other information that you may want to see on the website
Pre-Schoolers
$10 or more per month
Wow - you're awesome!

As a "Pre-Schooler" supporter you will not only receive the above rewards, but you will also be able to:

  • Request reviews (one every three months), and I will do my best to make them happen
Parents
$25 or more per month
Supporter of the year!

You will receive the above-mentioned rewards, as well as:

  • An invitation to join me and Wyatt for morning tea
  • A hand-written note of thanks and piece of art by Wyatt
Goals
$2 of $20 per month
The cost of the website.
This amount will cover the cost of domain registration and web hosting for Babies who Lunch.
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Eating out with a baby can be quite daunting, it doesn’t have to be.

After giving birth in 2015, I realised that there is a myriad of things to consider before stepping out for a coffee with friends: “Where should I go? Should I take the pram in, or just the capsule? What if there’s no room for the pram? It’s winter; will I have to go back to the car? What about a change table?”

I had a difficult couple of weeks following the birth of my son, but I knew that I should try to get out of the house to catch up with friends, however I started stressing about being away from the comfort of home. Aside from the general anxieties which come with taking your first baby out in public, such as public screaming or a ‘poo-splosion’, I also stressed that I may get to a cafe and not be able to fit in with my pram.

Being sleep deprived makes you more sensitive to everything, so I think if I struggled through the door of a cafe, just to find out that I couldn’t fit the pram anywhere, I probably would have burst into tears!

Scouring the internet to find a café where I could fit my pram, I came up with nothing. While some cafes and restaurants are promoted as child friendly, there are not any details about what this actually means. Babies Who Lunch is an easy to follow review-guide which details some of these features, predominantly centring on the question “will my pram fit?”, it also reviews child friendly features such as whether the restaurant has change tables, playgrounds and high chairs and touches on food and service too.

The website uses a series of easy to read icons for each café reviewed including:
  • how many prams can fit;
  • if there are high chairs available;
  • whether there is a change table; and
  • if there is a toddler play area.
Canberra parents are invited to submit their own reviews, and many have, as well as contributing comments and feedback to already published reviews. This makes Babies Who Lunch a real Canberra community website, reviewing local businesses and supporting local parents. Visit www.babieswholunch.net to find the perfect restaurant, or to submit your own review.

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Tiers
Babies
$1 or more per month
Show your support!

As a supporter of Babies who Lunch you will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as having the knowledge that you are not only supporting Babies who Lunch, but also the many parents who utilise the page every day.

  • Public thanks on the Babies who Lunch website
Toddlers
$5 or more per month
Have some influence.

Apart from receiving my heartfelt thanks, and knowing that you're supporting a website that helps many parents in navigating cafes with a child, you'll also have the opportunity to influence the website.

  • Suggest places that you would like to see reviewed
  • Suggest other information that you may want to see on the website
Pre-Schoolers
$10 or more per month
Wow - you're awesome!

As a "Pre-Schooler" supporter you will not only receive the above rewards, but you will also be able to:

  • Request reviews (one every three months), and I will do my best to make them happen
Parents
$25 or more per month
Supporter of the year!

You will receive the above-mentioned rewards, as well as:

  • An invitation to join me and Wyatt for morning tea
  • A hand-written note of thanks and piece of art by Wyatt