I’ve only been a parent for 9 short months and there have already been several of those events. You know the ones… the ones where when you think about taking your little ones you get so excited when you think about how much fun it’ll be (especially if it’s a first for your family) and then in record time you. freak. out.
It’s going to be so much work, what if they’re cranky, should we take them…. Does this sound familiar? I know it does for my husband and I. We are still so new at this and there have been several events where I want to take our son and I weigh the pros and cons and decide if I should, most of the time I do.
One thing you should know about my husband and I is when we got pregnant we decided we wanted our baby to be apart of our lives. What I mean by that is, I did not want to be a couple that stayed in and turned down plans because we had a baby (within reason of course). We wanted adventures and memories with all the good and the bad.
So when the opportunity arose to get semi season tickets to our favorite hockey team when I was 7 months pregnant we took it, knowing that our son would only be 3 months old when the season started. There was going to be so much to figure out but it was an adventure we wanted.
So this is how we take our son to hockey games and pretty much every where and enjoy ourselves.
Most of us moms are planners or at least when it comes to our children we are. We know when it’s time for them to eat, when they will throw that evening fit, and when they are going to get overly sleepy. Knowing these things is part of being a mom and they play a huge roll in planning a successful trip out to a big or crowded event.
Things to figure out before:
- When will your baby need to eat.
My son was still nursing every 2-3 hours when we first started going to games so I knew I would have to feed him before we left, once we were there, during the game, and before we left.
- Where/how will you feed your baby
We decided to do a little of both. Sometimes I would have a bottle pumped so we would take that and save it for during the game to cut down on needing to nurse in public and other times I didn’t so I would prepare for nursing under my cover in my seat or sitting on a bench.
- Do you need to take any medications
My son needed acid reflux medicine so we knew that it needed to be packed and easily accessible while we were at the game.
- What kind of event will you be attending, do you need anything special (swim diaper, head phones, etc)
Hockey games are loud so we knew that we had to invest in some good headphones to protect our little ones ears. We bought these and they have worked so well even as he has got bigger.
- How late will you be out, should you take pj’s to make baby comfortable
Since our hockey team plays 1.5 hour away we knew that packing Pj’s was a good idea. We could get him settled in and comfortable making transition to bed easier when we got home.
After you have answered all the big questions you can move to onto the check list of things to take with you.
Going to the hockey games meant seats that were close together so we opted to take a small draw string bag instead of our diaper bag. So we went down our plan and figured out what we would need to make sure baby was happy and content without packing everything but the kitchen sink.
- Diapers (how many)
- Food (breast milk or formula)
- Nursing cover
- Binky and clip
It was here, our first hockey game as a family of 3. To say we were nervous and stressed would be an understatement. I stuck to the plan of nursing right before we left ( to keep baby somewhat content on the drive), we loaded the car with our condensed diaper bag and headed off to our first big outing. When we arrived I nursed again in the car ( I know I can nurse in public but I always felt more comfortable in the car). We parked and walk to the game. When we got to the arena we changed his diaper and found our seats.
During the game we had our plan. The baby would eat once during the game and then again when we left. I located the nearest restroom just in case and we settled in. We had a blast!!! Once we were in our seat my son (who was SUPER difficult his first 6 months) did amazing. He got his medicine on time, I nursed in my seat and he had his head phones so he could enjoy the game. The bag we brought fit perfectly under my seat making it easy to grab but not in the way and when he got cranky he had his binky or I could walk him up the aisle.
After the game we changed him and learned about ‘Family Restrooms!’ (we were really excited about this haha), took him back to the car changed him into his pj’s and headed home with an amazing night of memories.
He did so well. As a family we had so much fun. Was it different? Of course. Was it a little difficult? YES. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY
As new parents we were probably a bit naive and we probably still are. But who isn’t?? And if a small touch of ignorance gives us memories… well then it’s worth it.
Comment below and let me know what events you have been brave enough or naive enough to take your little ones to.