Fireworks Night is an exciting time of year, filled with brilliant colours and dazzling displays. However, when you have a baby in tow, it's essential to determine whether your baby is ready to go to a fireworks display. Are they easily upset by loud or unexpected noises? Do they startle regularly or become overtired if faced with a change in routine? If so, it might be better to watch the displays from the comfort of your home this year.
When you do decide to make the journey out on Bonfire Night, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. At iCandy, we understand the importance of making precious memories with your little one, so we've put together a list of top tips to help you have a fantastic fireworks night with your baby.
1. Choose the right location:
Selecting the perfect location is crucial when attending a fireworks display with a baby. If you can, opt for a family-friendly event that's not too crowded and offers designated areas for families, where you can have more space and quieter zones that you can head to if your baby is alarmed or upset.
2. Timing is key:
Consider the timing of the fireworks display. Most babies respond best to familiarity and regularity, so consider attending a show that works with their usual routine, preferably before your baby's bedtime. This way, you can enjoy the event without disrupting their sleep schedule.
3.Dress for the occasion:
Keep your baby comfortable and cozy by dressing them appropriately for the weather. Layer up to ensure they stay warm, and don't forget to pack extra blankets, a rain cover and outer clothing in case it gets chilly.
4. Ear protection:
Fireworks are notoriously loud, which might be distressing for your little one. Invest in a pair of noise-canceling baby headphones to protect their sensitive ears. These are readily available and designed to provide a comfortable and secure fit. Check out our iCandy Recommends page for impartial reviews from real parents on a selection of top baby ear defenders.
5. Keep them comfortable:
Ensure you have a comfortable spot for your baby to sit or lie down during the fireworks. A multi-terrain pushchair with a large basket such as the iCandy Core will enable you to travel easily around the site and also means that you can keep all the necessary essentials easily within arm's reach.
6. Prioritise safety:
Safety should be your top priority. Keep a close eye on your baby at all times, and make sure they are happy, secure and away from any potential hazards. Be mindful of the crowd, and avoid standing too close to the fireworks display area - at least 200 feet is recommended.
7. Capture the moment:
Don't forget to capture this special moment with your baby. Take photos and videos to create lasting memories of their first fireworks night.
8. Have an exit strategy:
Lastly, be prepared for the unexpected. If your baby becomes overwhelmed or upset by the fireworks, it's okay to leave early. Having an exit strategy in place ensures you can make a quick exit without any hassle.
Fireworks night with your baby can be a magical experience filled with wonder and joy. By following these top tips, you can ensure that both you and your little one have a safe and enjoyable time, creating memories that will last a lifetime. From all of us at iCandy, we wish you and your family a sparkling and unforgettable fireworks night!