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Taking A Baby To A Wedding


I have never been to a wedding before so I had no idea what to expect as it was daunting enough without taking Amelia along too! As weddings tend to be a long day especially if you are there for the whole day it's best to be well prepared when taking a baby or toddler along.

Here are some of my tips from what we have learnt over the weekend:

1. Take plenty of food! - Double of everything especially for a toddler. We ended up running back home because for some reason she decided that she was extra hungry that day so we had to stock up on more! Take plenty of snacks to keep them quiet during the ceremony as you don't want a screaming baby running about. I packed plenty of cucumber, strawberries and cheese for finger foods along with some quavers and milky bars as a last resort. 

2. Take an iPad/dvd player- This was a lifesaver! It kept Amelia occupied for a lot of the day especially is she was being fussy. It allowed us to be able to sit down with other guests and not have to worry about Amelia running wild. We gave her some snacks and she sat happily in her pushchair next to us.

3. If you live close to the venue or have a car it's a good idea to take a drive to get them off to sleep at nap time especially if you are there all day. We timed it just right with Amelia's nap time and took a 15 minute drive around the area and she was fast asleep by the time we got back. We then transferred her into the pushchair and then carried it over all the pebbles back inside and this allowed us to sit and enjoy good company. 

4. Take a change of clothes - It's a good idea to take a couple of spare outfits, you never know how dirty they will get and if they have any accidents. You can always leave these in the car, but it's best to have them just incase. Also depending on the weather you may want to have different outfits for the day time and then evening event. 

5. Don't stress - I was so worried how she would behave before the day, at one point i was even tempted not to go. However i thought heck there will be other kids running riot there they probably won't even notice Amelia unless she's having one of her dreaded tantrums. Relax and have a great day! 

Do you have any tips to share from your experience of attending a wedding?

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26 comments

  1. I recently did this myself! Luckily there was a break between the wedding and dinner so we could go home and my daughter caught a late nap in her own crib. Lots of snacks are a must-have, and I only wish we had a DVD player to keep her still during parts of the reception. At least I survived, but I wouldn't want to take a 2 year old to a wedding alone ever again!

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  2. I've taken my older son to quite a few weddings from when he was a baby and i second all your tips. We also found he slept well in his buggy for the evening part which allowed us to stay out later. We took a buggy black out blind which was a big help :)

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  3. you can buy special ear muffs so they sleep through all the noise

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  4. I second the spare pair of clothes, sometimes a third pair too!

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  5. Agree with the several changes of clothes... :)

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  6. I took my son when he was a baby a few years ago. Just took plenty of toys and a change of clothes!!

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  7. I've taken all my children along at various ages to weddings and had little if any problem...it helps that the people who were getting married and their extended families were very understanding that babies cry!

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  8. I have to take my 2 year old to a christening soon I'm worried she's going to get bored and get noises S-:

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  9. I can't wait to take Grace to a wedding :)
    We have an invite later this year but not for her too so Mummy will be letting her hair down!!

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  10. Lots of chocolate buttons for the ceremony!

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  11. Snacks, snacks and more snacks. My twins were flower girls at a wedding - keeping twin 2-year olds quiet and well behaved (and spotless!) was no mean feat! Brilliant success though, loved every minute of it. :)

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  12. preparation, make sure you have everything you could possibly need, take a trolley case if necessary, snacks, drinks, clothes, nappies, toys. I may be like packing for a week but is less stressful for you if you know that you are prepared for all evenualities

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  13. be ready with everything you usually have to entertain them

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  14. Enjoy being out as a family and relax :-)

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  15. Rebecca mercer

    Don't stress about it to much or baby will be stressed, there'll be plenty of things to distract baby and lots of people willing to have a cuddle to keep baby occupied.

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  16. We chickened out and just didn't go but if we did now then the iPad would be a great help. Such long days aren't they.

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  17. Food is a great bribery in the church, did that myself with carrot sticks for our little un :)

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  18. Luckily I never had anything like this to take my sons to when they were small. But all your tips seems like perfect sense to me.

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  19. Fab tips, I had my mam-in-law to pick my little one up early evening , then little man didn't miss the fun but we got to leave our hair down a little during the night. Perfect compromise !

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  20. I am getting married in 6 weeks, we have an 18 month old and im concerned what she will be like on the day, thanks for the tips

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  21. great tips ill try them out next week at my friends wedding

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  22. Luckily for me the only wedding ive had my son at was my own and he was 1 month old and my mum looked after him the whole day apart from when i had to feed him, so he was the perfect little wedding guest

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  23. Have not had to take my children to a wedding yet but have taken them on long days out / family events and I do similar things. All great ideas :)

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