There are benefits to taking your children to concerts from a young age. It exposes them to new people and artistry and can be a fun family bonding activity, But the younger your child is, the more challenging attending a concert altogether can be. But going to a show with a toddler is not impossible, it just involves some preparation and planning. Consider the following tips when getting ready to take your toddler to a concert.
Pack According To The Venue
There will be certain venues that make it easier to attend a concert with a young child, like an outdoor space. But what’s most important is that you pack your gear according to the needs and accessibility of the venue.
If there’s not going to be a lot of space, especially if you’re in assigned seats, bringing a huge stroller isn’t going to be an option. You might be able to get away with a foldable stroller if the venue is spacious enough. See what the venue recommends, if possible.
If your toddler is still small enough to wear, you may find it most convenient to opt for a carrier or wrap. This keeps your child close by, literally. Consider a backpack or a shoulder bag for your child’s other necessities – anything lightweight and compact is best.
Use Noise Reduction Headphones
Babies and young children are more sensitive to loud noises since their ears are still developing. The ear canal is smaller the younger the child is, which means louder sounds generate more pressure and can cause damage it wouldn’t normally be done to adult ears.
It’s wise to invest in a pair of noise reduction headphones for your child to wear at the concert. These special headphones help mitigate surrounding sound, thereby protecting your child’s ears. They’ll still be able to hear, but you can rest assured their ears are safe.
Bring Distractions & Snacks
You can’t expect your toddler to be distracted by the musical act at all times, even if it’s a child-oriented concert. The younger your child is, the more difficult it may be to get them to stay still for a long period of time. That’s why coming with ample distractions and snacks is essential when taking a toddler to a concert.
When packing your bag, take a few small toys that do not make a lot of noise or take up much space but will keep your child occupied in a flash. You may even want to consider bringing a small notepad and some coloring utensils. When all else fails, you can offer your child your phone or tablet with a game or video loaded.
Additionally, don’t forget to pack snacks. Go with something reliable you know your toddler always likes. They’ll likely be more agreeable if you treat them to one of their favorite snacks they don’t get to have often (even if it’s not the healthiest).
Don’t Make It A Full Day
Disrupting your toddler’s schedule for a couple of hours and exposing them to a busy social gathering can already be tough enough on them. So, imagine how fussy and exhausted they’ll be if it’s a full-day affair.
It may be tempting to take the whole family to a full-day music festival, but you need to consider what’ll be best for your toddler. If they get too cranky, it can hinder the experience for everyone. It’s best to make sure your toddler still has the opportunity to rest. Don’t expect that you can have them out for the full day with no downtime. Daytime and early evening shows will likely work best since your kid won’t have to be up too late.
Be Prepared To Leave
When taking a young child to a concert, you need to be able to manage your expectations. You can hope your child will behave perfectly, but that’s not always going to be the case.
You need to be prepared to get up and go if your child is becoming fussy. You may not need to leave entirely – simply getting a change of scenery or some fresh air can help calm your child. But if they aren’t settling down, and it’s starting to interfere with the ability of other concert-goers to enjoy the show, the polite thing to do is to excuse yourself and leave.
To make sure you can easily excuse yourself in case things go south, identify the nearest exit as well as a space where you can have some privacy, especially if your toddler is having a tantrum, like a family bathroom or an outdoor area.
Remember, going to a concert with a toddler can be a tricky experience. You want to make sure both you and your child will enjoy the experience, or else it’s not worth it. Not every concert or venue may be suitable for a toddler, so trust your gut when planning to attend a show with your little one.
Sources: Baby Hearing, Fly Paper, All Mom Does, What to Expect,