Survival guide: Bringing a toddler to a wedding, Lifestyle News
So you have been invited to a wedding. And you said yes. But you also have a toddler you are taking. Now what? Do not panic. It can be done with grace and you may even end up having fun all night long.
Here are a few tips and tricks for surviving an entire marriage with your little one in tow:
1. Make it an adventure
This may be the first wedding your little one will go to, so they may have no memory of what it means.
Paint a picture of what it’s going to be like to attend a wedding, but make it sound exciting, and go on an adventure that only very well-behaved kids are invited to (I hope that’s is his signal to have the best behavior all evening). Keep it simple, depending on your toddler’s age and level of understanding.
2. Have a game plan
Discuss with your partner how best to handle an awkward situation if it arises (consider crying or screaming toddler), so that you are not caught off guard. Take turns taking care of the toddler, so while one is babysitting the other can be social and enjoy the food without being jostled.
3. Sit in the back
You might want to be seated in the front near the front benches, but this time it’s probably best to sit closer to the exit door and have a quick escape route in case the seizures of anger would start at the worst possible time.
4. Let your friends and family help you babysit
Hope you get to know a lot of trusted souls at the wedding. If so, make use of this very valuable resource as it helps in caring for your little one, leaving you free time to enjoy the wedding as well.
5. Bring plenty of food and snacks
The last thing you want on your hands is a #hangry toddler! You probably can’t rely on food service timing to feed your little one, and even then, there’s unlikely to be anything kid-friendly on the menu. So do yourself a favor and arm yourself with lots of different snacks for him to keep him happy and busy throughout the event.
6. Don’t neglect nap time
If there’s one other thing you can’t miss besides snacks, it’s nap time. Whenever possible, try to ensure that your toddler’s regular schedule (especially the nap part) is not affected.
Even though you’re going to be a bit, it’s definitely worth it if it means your little man arrives well rested AND in good spirits. If the wedding is at a hotel, book a room if possible, so your child can take a nap there comfortably (and you’ll also have a handy retreat in case the party gets too loud for them and one of you should party with him).
7. It’s time to invest in new toys
Toddlers are easily distracted! Toys are likely to keep him entertained and occupied, so definitely bring his favorite toys to the wedding if they don’t take up a lot of space (and are quiet enough).
Events like this are also a great time to break out new toys your little kid has never seen before, making them a welcome surprise to distract them. It can be as simple as small coloring books. Tip: When all else fails, maybe giving plenty of screen time to that particular occasion might just do the trick.
8. Don’t forget the stroller
Strollers can be a lifesaver if you can’t manage a good nap bed, or even just keep your little one in one place while you try to feed him (or keep him from going wild during wedding vows during example).
Some children love the idea of familiarity and will happily remain quietly tethered for a while, especially with a device in hand. Others may not like the idea of being denied freedom, so see what works best for your child.
9. Bring a change of clothes
We cannot stress the importance of this. And that doesn’t just apply to your little one, but to you too. You never know when your outfit is going to be covered in milk, food, or vomit, so make sure you have a backup.
And of course, for your little one, it might not be a bad idea to bring two spare outfits (depending on the length of the event) and plenty of extra layers.
This article was first published in wonderwall.sg.