When I was childless I’d see people have their babies at a concert and wonder at what they were thinking. Now I know.
Bringing a child to a concert (with proper ear protection,) seems to be just about the most fun a baby can have in public.
At record store day this Saturday we took Maggie in against my gut feeling that this was a terrible mistake. She’d been to an outdoor venue before but with this being a closed-in area at Grimey’s Record Store in Nashville I expected problems which did not manifest.
With ear protection firmly affixed we walked into the back parking lot where a band was playing, and found we were not the only parents lugging around little ones with headsets on.
The bands played on, Maggie kept her headphones on without too much complaint and sang along with some of the songs in true rock baby fashion, and after a while another baby joined our table and the crib rock continued.
Although there was a lot of holding, moving, and otherwise manhandling of babies involved, the day was fun, and when the night came baby had had a plenty fun day and was ok going to sleep.
The only issues we had were out of 200 or so people one person was smoking so we had to move to another section, and when we moved there another person was upwind of us smoking weed for a hot second.
Ah well… record store day… I had more annoyance for the person smoking the cigarette.
Maggie was sporting her Peltor Noise reducing 3M Peltor Junior Earmuffs, and the other baby I am not sure what brand he was wearing, but they seemed to do the trick and the babies were happy getting thumped by the bass.
Maggie had very little problem keeping the ear protection on, so it worked pretty darn well for what it did. The hour or so of concert allowed her to be adored by several passing people, play with another infant, and sing along as she felt like it without annoying anyone.
So good times…