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taking a 4,2 and 1 year old to the cinema ?

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OnEdge Wed 24-Aug-11 21:40:32

I just went along with them today to watch Smurfs. It started off OK, then my 1 year old got fed up and wanted to sleep, wouldn't settle so I took her out with the 2 year old. Then I settled her to sleep on my shoulder ( had to leave buggy downstairs ). We went back in then 2 year old could not sit still in his seat, ended up playing on the steps in the isle. I moved down to the front left by the door and just sat there cringing. The 2 year old just pottered about sitting on the steps and then sitting in his seat, but he was quiet. I felt as though my efforts to keep him sat in his seat were more distracting than letting him potter about. 4 year old was just good and enjoyed the film.

When I got home, my DH was shock that I had even tried to take them, also a friend was a bit surprised.

WIBU ? Or is it OK when its a children's film ?

squeakytoy Wed 24-Aug-11 21:41:39

You were brave... 4yo no problem.. but I am amazed you thought a toddler and baby would sit and watch a film! grin

Iggly Wed 24-Aug-11 21:42:17

DS is nearly 2. There's no way I'd take him to the cinema and certainly not when he was 1. Madness!

PacificDogwood Wed 24-Aug-11 21:42:23

YANBU, but -sadly- insane shockgrin.

I could never have stood the stress of being there with 2 children too young to understand what's going on or sit still.

worraliberty Wed 24-Aug-11 21:43:10

Totally selfish imo

It gets on my norks when people take kids to a film they clearly aren't interested in seeing all the way they spoil it for everyone else.

MrsBradleyCooper Wed 24-Aug-11 21:43:19

I'm with your DH and your friend.

Didn't take DS to cinema until he was almost 3 for those very reasons.

OnEdge Wed 24-Aug-11 21:45:06

Oh Crap ! really ? Why am I so stupid ? I am embarrassed now, thought it was such a great idea too blush

FabbyChic Wed 24-Aug-11 21:45:19

Mental! Really not fair on other people in the cinema.

OnEdge Wed 24-Aug-11 21:47:05

I think that in my head, I had the buggy with me, and 1 year old would be sleeping in it, and 2 year old was a bit less of a nightmare.

I didn't bank on having to leave buggy downstairs, thought i could take it to the front.

Hassled Wed 24-Aug-11 21:47:25

I think you should have probably left at the point at which the 1 year old wouldn't settle.

But you don't learn these things unless you try them. It's part and parcel of being a parent. And it was the Smurfs, in fairness - you probably enhanced the experience for the rest of the audience grin.

MrsPlesWearsAFez Wed 24-Aug-11 21:47:28

If you want to take them then you're best to aim for one of the weekend kids screenings (usually £1 or £1.25 each for a ticket, around 10am, different cinema chains do it). As it's then a cinema full of kids the noise/disruption is more acceptable.

OnEdge Wed 24-Aug-11 21:47:56

Oh well, you live and learn, worrying that I am so far removed from reality shock

PaperView Wed 24-Aug-11 21:48:51

Unless you are at the £1 kids club then YABU. ANd even then i would take a sobbing 1 year old out.

OnEdge Wed 24-Aug-11 21:49:02

It was a kids club film, I think, at VUE, 10:00 one

GypsyMoth Wed 24-Aug-11 21:50:36

Not fair AT all on others

Cinema is expensive enough without a child playing on stairs/seatsshock

Did nobody give you a hmm look

princessProudmel Wed 24-Aug-11 21:53:36

Smurfs was one of the £1 films?? In our vue its still full price and the kids club film is Kung Fu Panda 2

SiamoFottuti Wed 24-Aug-11 21:54:30

Even if its a kids film, they have still paid to see and hear the film, and bringing children who are far too small to sit down and watch is not a great idea.

I brought my almost 4 and 7 year olds to a movie recently, cost me 15 quid, and we couldn't hear a word over babies screaming and toddlers shouting. Really pissed me off.

mumeeee Wed 24-Aug-11 21:56:10

I think your were unreasonable to take a baby and toddler to the cinema..You should have taken them home when your toddler started playing on the steps. It would have been very distracting to other people . If you want to take your 4 year old take them on their own.

DilysPrice Wed 24-Aug-11 21:56:29

if kids club then not too inconsiderate or extravagant, but very very silly. Between the ages of 9 months and 2 years (3 in some cases) babies and cinemas do not mix.

Iggly Wed 24-Aug-11 21:56:35

<waves at princess> how are you? Not seen you on the Oct 09 thread (although I've not been on much recently myself)

bonnieslilsister Wed 24-Aug-11 21:56:47

Did you feel happy leaving the 4 yr old in the cinema when you took the other two out?

eandemum Wed 24-Aug-11 21:56:48

You are lucky - the £1 film here was HOP - I took DD and DS

It was a complete waste of £3!!

worraliberty Wed 24-Aug-11 21:58:31

If your child was distracting me or my kids from watching the film, due to playing on the stairs, I would have complained to the staff.

As an adult I can't imagine being taken somewhere and made to stay there for 1 1/2 hours or so, sat in a seat bored out of my skull and told I'm not allowed to leave til the time's up.

That's effectively how small children feel when taken to the cinema by parents who really should know better.

bonnieslilsister Wed 24-Aug-11 22:00:54

I know what it is like having 3 little ones and wanting to do something.

BimboNo5 Wed 24-Aug-11 22:02:46

YWNBU YWBD(demented). What on earth made you think for a nanosecond a 1 year old and 2 year old would behave/sit nicely/quietly in the cinema. Parents like you annoy me tbh.

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