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This past weekend we took our 13 month old to her first concert and she loved it! We went to Nationals Stadium for Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” Tour and our daughter danced until 10pm!

In the days leading up to the concert, I was very nervous about taking her because I did not know what to expect and had tons of questions. What do I bring? Could she go without a ticket? Would she hate it? Would people look at us weirdly?  My over-planning self was stressing, but I am here to tell you that it was wonderful and you should not be afraid to take your child to a concert.  Plan ahead and you will be fine.

Homework ahead of time:

  1. Check the venue website. Do they have areas where you can hangout, if you do not want to sit in your seats?  Our seats were in the nose bleeds, so we hung out at a picnic table near the food vendors.  It was perfect; we were able to overlook the stage but were off to the side where it was less crowded.
  2. What is the venue? We went to a ballpark so it was not as loud as if we had gone to an enclosed arena.
  3. What is the atmosphere? The crowd at a country concert is much different from a heavy metal concert. You will have to decide what you are comfortable with.
  4. How old is your child? Some places require a ticket be purchased if your child is over 2 years of age while other places require a ticket to be purchased for a 3-year-old.  Some venues may say no kids at all, so check ahead of time.
  5. Do you bring a stroller or a Moby wrap? My daughter is becoming too independent for a Moby so we brought the stroller.  I did learn that the venue had a stroller check if we needed it, but we were able to keep it with us the whole time.


Overlooking the crowd from a safe distance.

 Things to bring with you:

  1. A small diaper bag. Your bags will be searched, so keep it simple: a couple of diapers, wipes, jacket, snack, and a sippie cup. Don’t bring the whole shebang, it’s too stressful.
  2. Headphones/ear plugs. I was worried about her ears and knew that she would not keep earplugs in so I looked into sound proof earmuffs. I researched and found a couple on Amazon  but in the end decided to use my husbands hunting/shooting earmuffs.  They are similar, get the job done, and we already owned them.  Once there, my daughter didn’t want any parts of the earmuffs, but I tried.

Helpful tips:

  1. If possible, find a parking spot that is easily accessible.
  2. Have plan A and plan B in case your child hates it. Who will walk around with the child? How long will you stay? Well, you get the point.
  3. Leave before the crowd does, nothing ruins the night like a screaming child in a car seat.
  4. Most importantly, have fun!

Cheers, T