News

Taking Baby to a Concert

Taking Baby to a Concert

Having a baby doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite activities.  In fact, most parents want their kids to grow up enjoying the things that they themselves enjoy.  What better way to do that than to bring baby along to your favorite activities?

Some things, such as outdoor concerts, may be a bit more challenging to bring baby along, but with a little forethought can still be enjoyable for you and your baby.

Most babies love music and would likely enjoy the tunes at an outdoor concert as much as you.  Of course, the blaring speakers could be a bit too much for those tiny little ears. Many bands turn speakers up even louder at an outdoor concert to compensate for the sound dispersion that comes from being outside. This can lead to the music being in excess of 100 decibels. Anything over 75 decibels can be harmful to baby’s ears.

How can you overcome the potential damage to baby’s ears and still enjoy the outdoor concerts that you love so much?

  • You might need to exchange your usual front row spot for one a little further from the speakers and thus a little quieter.  
  • You can also purchase something to help muffle the sound such as a Hush Hat. Your little one could be lulled to sleep in no time, leaving you to enjoy the concert and the peacefulness of a sleeping baby.

Babies always enjoy fresh air and sunshine, but if the sun is a little too much or there is a chance for rain, additional preparation may be needed. Sunscreen, a sun shade, an umbrella, or an extra blanket can easily be tossed into your diaper bag to keep baby out of the elements.

Although outdoor concerts do offer more freedom of movement than an indoor concert, crowds could still be a concern. Where will the concert take place? Check out the venue online before you go so you know if it's better to bring a stroller, to wear your baby, or to bring a baby carrier. If space constraints aren’t too much of an issue, the stroller may be the best option, as baby changing stations aren’t likely to be found at most outdoor concerts.

Whether they are strolling in style or snuggled up on your back, your little one can be very content enjoying great music, in the great outdoors, with their favorite people.

Our Favorite Books for Babies

Our Favorite Books for Babies

Is there anything better than reading with your baby? Cuddling up on the couch or in your favorite reading nook with a wonderful story is such a great way to spend some quality time. Most families have their favorite books already, but if you’re looking for a few new titles to add to your collection, give some of these a try.

I am a Bunny

Celebrate the seasons with Nicholas the bunny in this classic Golden book.

Everywhere Babies

“Everyday, everywhere babies are born.” Lovely illustrations and rhyming text tell the story of babies being babies, and the people who love them.

To Market, To Market

A fun twist on a classic, that describes what happens when the “fat pig” purchased at market … escapes.

The Monster at the End of This Book

Grover is so terrified of the monster waiting for him at the end of this book, he’s begging you not to turn the page. But don’t let that stop you …

The Little Blue Truck Board Book

This fun story about friendship and the power of helping others includes lots of fun animal and truck sounds, making it a real treat to read aloud.

The Pout-Pout Fish

Enjoy the bright colors and fun rhymes as the pout-pout fish learns that being glum isn’t his destiny.

Peek-A Who?

Can you guess what’s peeking at you? Read the clue and turn the page to find out!

The Little Gardener

Do you know what it takes to make a garden grow? It’s not just seeds and water. Lift the flaps to find out more!

We hope you and your children enjoy these lesser-known but wonderful books. Pick a quiet afternoon, a rainy day, or a cozy hour before bed and settle in for some sweet time together to appreciate these classic, or soon-to-be, stories.

No-screen time with your toddler

No-screen time with your toddler

It’s kind of funny when you think about it. After all, people managed to raise toddlers for thousands of years without depending on devices with screens to help entertain and educate them.

Yet here we are.

That’s not to say screens are entirely bad. After a certain age, limited screen time with educational content can be beneficial. But for toddlers, it’s really not helpful or necessary, no matter the marketing ploy. Yet, it can be a real struggle to give up the screen. So instead of focusing on the times you do use your device or the television, focus instead on finding a balance, and working to incorporate more screen-less time into your daily life.

Here are some fun activities to try:

Get Outside

There are so many activities and adventures just waiting to be found outdoors. Take the stroller and go for a walk around your neighborhood, go to the local park to play, visit the zoo or nature center - there are so many options. Collect sticks, interesting rocks or flowers, and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Have a Seat

Be honest. How often do you actually get to sit down and relax? Now is your chance! Pick a pile of your favorite books, and work your way through the stack. Read to your toddler, and let your toddler “read” to you. Get out the family photo albums and show your child photos of yourself at her age. Tell stories. Get out the coloring books or paper and make art. The choice is yours.

Clean the House

Let your child help. (After all, in a few years he won’t want to.) Give your child a dust rag, a broom, an empty spray bottle, and let him go to town. Your house might not get a deep cleaning, but you’ll be having fun together, and making memories.

Take the time to slow down and enjoy life more, together, without the distraction of the screen. You won’t regret it.