What is it about giving birth that suddenly makes mums and dads stop loving going to the movies?
Nothing, is the answer!
I was at the movies when I was in labour with my first son, turning up the TENS machine scene by scene. I was just as keen to see movies after he popped out as I had been before.
How To Go To The Movies With A Baby or Toddler
Tiny babies often behave very well in cinemas, sleeping a lot and feeding the rest of the time, but as they grow bigger they don’t always comply with accepted adult cinema etiquette. Other cinema-goers are not very impressed when a baby starts to squawk and splutter, or even screech and shriek.
When they get a bit older, babies want to sit up and watch the screen and pass their own comments on the action.
The special baby-friendly film screenings and the cinemas with ‘baby crying rooms’ are the ideal places to frequent.
Baby Crying Rooms
A ‘baby crying room’ is not the most descriptive term since most babies are very happy in these sound-proof rooms set at the back of the cinema. The rooms have huge windows, and up to 10 seats. Some have other amenities for babies such as bouncers and change tables.
Finding Out About Baby-Friendly Cinemas and Screenings
I’ve posted on all the baby and child-friendly cinemas in Syney:
[Things do change… please do email me if you find a new cinema which is great for babies and young children. Likewise if any of the details have changed. Thank you!]
What Do Parents Say About Baby-Friendly Cinemas and Screenings
As is often the case in baby-related matters, some parents swear by the screenings and crying rooms and others swear about them!
Here is a handful of comments from film-going parents are carers.
‘I wouldn’t advise anyone to go to see a film that requires much concentration. It’s not the way to see a Schindler’s List, there can be just too much commotion, but with light-hearted films it’s no problem.’
‘Sometimes you get a bit of a pram traffic jam, so I just walk her along in the sling. She likes to sit on my lap now, watching the screen sometimes and playing with her toys, blowing raspberries if she gets fed up.’
‘Baby crying rooms are great for parents; there’s more choice of films as they are available for every screening in cinemas that have them. They’re great for nights out as a couple—it’s a bonus if the baby does drop off and let us watch in peace, but it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t.’
‘You do gets lots of screaming at the screenings, but that’s the beauty of it. No-one expects perfect peace and quiet, and no-one gets it!’
Do you visit the movies with your baby?
Any top tips?
Enjoy your movie!