Bringing Baby to Adult Outings

Q:  “We’re going to a wedding and expect to be out of the house for 5­–6 hours. We have the option of bringing our 11-month-old son with us or leaving him with relatives. Which would be better?”

A:  Some babies are very portable and social at 11 months. If your baby seems to be past the stage of the stranger anxiety and awareness so common at 8–9 months, and sometimes beyond, he may enjoy all the attention he is certain to receive at an event such as a wedding.

If he gets tired after a couple of hours, however, you may need to bring him home or find a comfortable, quiet place at the reception for him to nap. If your baby still seems shy around strangers, you may wish to leave him with relatives while you attend the wedding.

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

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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