Bringing Baby to Adult Outings

Some babies are very portable and social at 10 or 11 months. If your baby seems to be past the stage of the stranger anxiety and awareness common at 8-9 months, and often beyond, he may enjoy the attention he’s sure to receive at an adult event, like a party or wedding.

But if he gets tired after a couple of hours, you may need to bring him home or find a comfortable, safe and quiet place for him to nap. And if your baby still seems shy around strangers, you may want to leave him with family or a sitter while you head out.

Consider, too, whether you’d like a few hours of talking, eating and dancing without your arms and hands full of a baby. This might be an occasion to have some free time and fun for yourselves!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, attending a party, wedding or other large gathering could put you and your baby at risk of exposure to the virus. Even if you decide to attend a much smaller gathering, you may want to leave your baby at home with family or a trusted sitter and to wear a face mask and socially distance (staying at least 6 feet apart) at the event to help prevent possible exposure.

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