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Old 05-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #11
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I would stay home and wait for the sitter. Kids can be so disruptive, especially tired ones.
This. I wouldn't bring a toddler to a ceremony.

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #12
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She's the be-cranky-and-overtired type! And hubbers is IN the wedding. Its his friend.

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She's the be-cranky-and-overtired type! And hubbers is IN the wedding. Its his friend.
Yeah, stay home.
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She's the be-cranky-and-overtired type! And hubbers is IN the wedding. Its his friend.
I would either get a different sitter or wait for this one. I wouldn't bring a cranky baby/toddler to one of the most important days in your friends' lives.

Depending on whether it is a religious ceremony, it could be lengthy. Our wedding Mass wss about 90 minutes. Not great for a tired toddler who does not have to be there.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:21 AM   #15
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Re: A toddler & a wedding

If you really wanted to go you could go to the cry room if she starts to wind up. Assuming the church has one, of course. I'd call and ask.

I watched my BIL and SIL's wedding from the cry room as my 11 month old crawled around my feet.
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Re: A toddler & a wedding

At that age my kids have already learned to behave pretty well at church and since weddings are shorter events (normally) then I'd not have a second thought about taking them, esp with only having one child. I took my 3, 1.5, newborn to my friend's wedding last year. They were so curious about what was going on that they were quiet. After the wedding, I'd drop off with the sitter and then go to the reception.
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I would not take her if the invite didn't include her, she is prone to meltdowns when tired , or there is not a place to take her if she does get cranky. If none if the above I would take her knowing I might have to leave.
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Re: A toddler & a wedding

For me it would depend on a few things.

How long is the wedding? A Catholic Mass can be over an hour, but some other services are 20 minutes or less.

Where is the wedding? Cathedrals are echo-y and you can hear every little sound.

Is your child use to sitting still in church or other places for an extended amount of time?

We're Catholic, so our kids attend Mass every Sunday. We've never had an issue with them at a wedding because they are used to it, and pretty intrigued that something special is going on. I would be hesitant if it was not something they were used to and was in a place where every little peep would be heard and it would be hard to sneak out quietly if they were getting antsy.
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We just took our 2 yr old to a family wedding. He ate all his snacks within the first 30 seconds of the ceremony and then started talking. The room we were in was all hard surfaces and extremely echo-y. I spent the entire ceremony in the bathroom with him because that was the only place to go. There were no high chairs or boosters at the reception. He spilled water on the dance floor, had two horrible dirty diapers during the reception, threw up a little bit at the table after gulping too much water, and I was generally just stressed. I found attending a wedding with a toddler to be way more stressful than getting married myself. He loved the dancing, but it took forever to get to that part.

We go to church every Sunday and he can sit through an hour-long service very well, but the wedding was kind of a fail, and it was a 4:30 wedding so we weren't even dealing with tiredness/naptime.
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