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How soon can baby go to the cinema?

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JDad2015 · 28/10/2015 13:37

JD is 5 days old. How soon can we take her to a 'parent and baby' screening at our local cinema?

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WhoTheFuckIsSimon · 28/10/2015 13:39

I'm not been funny but why would you want to? Wait until she is old enough to actually benefit from it, ie understand and enjoy the film. So a coup,e of years minimum.

CultureSucksDownWords · 28/10/2015 13:39

There aren't any rules on this! So, whenever you're ready to. Personally, it might be a bit loud for a tiny baby, but you'll know your own child better than anyone else.

CultureSucksDownWords · 28/10/2015 13:40

Presumably JDad2015 means the kind of screening that is for the parents but you can bring a baby along too? It's not the same thing as a childrens screening.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon · 28/10/2015 13:42

Oh ok. So it's an adult film for grown ups who can't get baby sitters rather than a Sat morning Disney type thing?

Blimey, never had such things when dd was small. Grin

MrsBalustradeLanyard · 28/10/2015 13:43

Just go, I took DS when he was teeny; DH was still on paternity leave and DS slept through the whole thing. Was lovely!

PisforPeter · 28/10/2015 13:43

Minimum aged 3 I would say

PisforPeter · 28/10/2015 13:44


LeaLeander · 28/10/2015 13:45

I wouldn't subject a tiny baby to the germs and the deafening volume of cinema speakers, personally. Why? What is to be gained by doing that?

If you do go, get some decent ear protectors for the child, at least.

CultureSucksDownWords · 28/10/2015 13:48

WhoTheFuckIsSimon, yes - many cinemas do a screening on a weekday of films that are suitable for adults, where you have to have a baby/young toddler to attend. i went regularly from when my baby was about 8 weeks old. I saw Skyfall, Lincoln and many other films. Baby just mostly slept or fed. When he was older I stopped going as he was not going to sleep or feed for that length of time. It was a real lifeline when my baby was tiny - adult entertainment in a comfy place!

Cineworld Cinebabies is an example of the kind of thing I mean.

Daffydil · 28/10/2015 13:48

I took DS from about 4 weeks I think. It was a "parent & baby" showing, mid morning, volume was a bit lower than normal.

We stopped when he was about 5 months, when he wouldn't just feed and nap on my lap through the film!

NeedAScarfForMyGiraffe · 28/10/2015 13:53

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CultureSucksDownWords · 28/10/2015 13:56

It's a "parent and baby" screening, it's not for the baby to watch....

KondosSecretJunkRoom · 28/10/2015 14:02

Whenever you like. I'm pretty sure your baby will let you know if the movie is too loud or is uncomfortable in any other way. You might want to give it a week to avoid half term though.

StompyFreckles · 28/10/2015 14:06

Parent and baby screenings are for parents to watch a film and take along babies that are too young to move about, so your baby sounds perfect!

BertieBotts · 28/10/2015 14:08

If your baby isn't screamy and you (by which I mean Mum, just clocked username) can sit comfortably then I don't think there is a minimum age :)

overthemill · 28/10/2015 14:15

Our cinema calls it the big scream showings! So you can take your baby and no one will complain if it grizzled all through. Wish they had such things when mine were tiny. Great idea. But min 2 years for actual cinema for kids I'd say, our eldest was terrified of the giant screen!

NotCitrus · 28/10/2015 14:58

I took dd age 8 days, not a baby screening just a normal midday showing with hardly anyone there. I'd promised to take ds age 3 to a film he was desperate to see.

Undoing a sling to breastfeed in the dark was tricky, but otherwise fine.

For baby screenings, jolly films with music work better than ones with quiet suspense and sudden shouting - Frost/Nixon did not go down well with under-ones but they all loved Slumdog Millionaire!

TinyTear · 28/10/2015 15:14

Between 3 weeks and 6 months... Then they become too alert

My nearly 7 month DD just watched the last half of Macbeth as she didn't sleep as long as I wanted...

JDad2015 · 28/10/2015 17:51

Thanks for all the comments! JMum, JD and I are going to see Spectre next week - JD says she's hoping it will be better than the earlier Bond films featuring Spectre (Daddy told her they were crap).

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overthemill · 28/10/2015 17:53

i also think cinemas don't allow babes in arms at normal screenings

BertieBotts · 28/10/2015 19:42

No, they don't. But OP wants to go to a mother and baby screening... like they said in the OP. Confused

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