Yet another dilemma new parents face is whether to take an infant/toddler to the movie theater or not.
Ever since I became a mom, I have always been surrounded by contradictory thoughts on whether infants should be taken for movies. Some moms advocate it saying, infancy is the best time, since the baby is likely to sleep through the movie and wouldn’t be running and jumping around.
But the idea of taking my infant for a movie did not appeal to me ever.
I always thought the loud noise and dark environment wouldn’t be comfortable for him.
Also the closed air conditioned theatre with so many people made me think of that place as a germ house for my little baby.
But now as my baby turned 11 months (I do not consider him an infant anymore), I decided to explore this domain as a mommy too.
Or more so I failed at taming the Kareena Kapoor fan and the bollywood bug in me this time over.
After some discussion evaluating the ifs and buts, we finally decided to have a crack at it.
We caught a 10.15 pm show of Ki n Ka and yes all three of us sat through the entire movie.
So if you are planning a movie date with your baby, here is what you can consider :
Plan ahead – Book your tickets in advance and choose your seats appropriately. Choose seats close to the exit and where you can nurse comfortably.
Reach the theatre and your seat ahead of time to avoid walking in the dark.
Choose the time wisely – I wouldn’t expect a baby to sit through the movie at a stretch. Choose a time close to your baby’s nap time. Knowing your baby’s schedule you would be the best judge. For me the night show worked best.
Keep the baby essentials handy – You don’t want to spend time hunting for what you need to comfort your baby while he howls. I was wearing my nursing cover through out the movie, so I didn’t have to waste anytime hunting for it and wearing it. Keep snacks, water and napkins handy. Carry a blanket to comfort your baby in the cold room.
Skip the opening weekend – The crowd and chaos could be a little overwhelming for your baby. I suggest allowing a few weeks to pass by before you decide to go for the movie.
Toys – I wasn’t expecting kareena kapoor to keep my son engaged, so carrying some toys ( which do not make much noise ) was a good idea.
Be considerate of others – Well, you ask a non parent and they will express their displeasure of having a baby in the theatre like no one else. Spare yourself the rude glares, walk out if you baby is crying.
You would never know how your baby takes to it , unless you try it. So give it a shot. Wish you luck 😉
You may or may not succeed, but it will sure be an amazing memory.
I would love to hear your experience with your baby in the movie theatre, do share it in the comments below.
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