Boom! Babies, Toddlers and Fireworks: 

A Guide to a Safe and Fun Experience

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Ah, fireworks—the dazzling bursts of colours that light up the night sky, the awe-inspiring displays that make us ooh and aah. With Firework Night fast approaching you are likely to start seeing and hearing them soon. But what happens when you have a baby in the mix? Will the loud booms and bright lights turn your little one into a bundle of nerves? Can you enjoy the fun of fireworks? And what about that all important bedtime routine? Will your baby sleep though them? 

Let's dive into some tips and tricks for making fireworks a baby-friendly experience.

Your bedtime routine with fireworks

Getting your baby to sleep while fireworks are lighting up the night can be a challenge, but it's not impossible. You may even be surprised what level of noise your little one will sleep through. Stick to your usual routine but be prepared. Comforting your baby with a soft lullaby and some gentle rocking or cuddling can work wonders.

Should I go to an organised fireworks event?

The short answer: It depends. Public firework displays are much safer than creating a display in your garden. They will have designated viewing areas, trained professionals handling the fireworks, and safety measures in place. So, if you're thinking about taking your baby to see fireworks, an organised event is a safer bet.  Search online to find public displays in your county.

Every baby is different. Some might be perfectly fine with the noise and lights, while others will find it overwhelming. You know your baby best. Keep a close eye on their reactions and make sure you have a plan B if they are finding it all too much. Watching the display from inside a building might be a good compromise and a great way to ease them into fireworks in their first year. 

Will the fireworks be too loud for my baby?

Fireworks are known for their ear-piercing booms, and it's natural to worry about your baby's delicate ears. Fireworks can be incredibly loud, often beyond what is safe for young ears. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid fireworks altogether.  There are things you can do to keep their ears safe’’.

Consider using noise-cancelling headphones that are specifically designed for infants and young children. These nifty gadgets can make a real difference by reducing the impact of loud noises to help your baby stay safe and comfortable. If headphones are outside of your budget, you could try earmuffs. They don’t give as much protection but they do come in cute designs.

Top Tips for Fireworks When You Have a Baby

Now that we've covered the basics, here are some top tips for ensuring a smooth fireworks experience for both you and your baby:

Choose the Right Time: Opt for an early show if possible. Babies tend to be more relaxed earlier in the evening, making it easier for them to handle the excitement.

Find a Good Spot: Arrive early and secure a comfortable spot well away from the fireworks' launch area. The further you are from the source, the softer the booms will be.

Create a Cosy Nest: Bring a blanket or comfy chair for your baby to sit or lie on. Familiar items can help them feel more secure.

Dress for Success: If it's chilly, make sure your baby is warmly dressed. Layers are your friend, as you can remove them if it gets warmer.

Have Snacks and Distractions: Bring along your baby's favourite snacks and toys to keep them occupied during the show.

Stay calm: Babies are excellent at picking up on their parents' emotions. Stay relaxed and composed, and your baby is more likely to follow suit.

Know When to Call It Quits: If your baby becomes too upset or scared, don't hesitate to leave the event. Your baby's well-being comes first.

Fireworks can be a thrilling experience for the whole family, including your baby. With a bit of planning, the right protective gear, and a relaxed attitude, you can make sure that your little one enjoys their first ever Fireworks Night. 

Remember, every baby is unique, so trust your instincts and prioritise your baby's comfort and safety. 

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