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Julie74d Jul 31st, 2009 08:14 AM

Evening wedding reception & babies bed time at 7pm, how does this work!!
I was wondering what to do really. I have a evening wedding reception tomorrow night starting at 5pm and my LO who is 6 1/2 months usually goes to bed at 7pm. Not sure if she will sleep in pushchair with all the noise and will probably get really grouchy when it comes to bed time. Just wondering what other moms would do or if they have been in this situation before.

Fossey Jul 31st, 2009 08:31 AM

OMG I have the exact same problem, I don't even know what time the one I am invited to as haven't had the official invite yet but I just know it will cause issues. All family are going too so no babysitters, plus I would want her to go if I went.

Gwizz Jul 31st, 2009 08:39 AM

Is it in a hall, or in a marquee in someones garden ? how about seeing if theres like a spare room in the house/venue or cloakroom and take a baby monitor? The caterers may be able to keep an eye on them too.

Im not saying leave them but if you have a quiet room and a monitor close by and you can sit outside the room it may be better than in a pushchair next to the hokey cokey and the birdie song!

Kimboowee Jul 31st, 2009 09:07 AM

I had this problem. Baby was 4 weeks old so maybe he was at the stage where he slept through everything still

pictureperfect Jul 31st, 2009 09:19 AM

We have a wedding tomorrow aswell, all day though - we are taking Chloe and then in the evening about 7.30pm my OH's mum and dad are going to come and get her and her for the night so we can enjoy the alcohol :-)

Before they suggested doing this we were going to keep her with us, just see how she went and give her her last bottle there put her in her buggy and see how she went, its only one night was my thinking and if she wasn't impressed we obviously wouldn't of stuck around too late.

Good luck

LuluBee Jul 31st, 2009 09:33 AM

We had this last week, Alex is 6 months old and goes to sleep at 8. We were at the wedding all day and then for the evening reception too.

We found a quiet room to change Alex and do as much of his bedtime routine as possible, we fed him his last bottle there and got him to sleep in his car seat. He woke up briefly from the noise of the band but managed to get himself back to sleep again.

Here's a picture of him

nikkiangel83 Jul 31st, 2009 09:39 AM

Beautiful baby Alex!

LuluBee Jul 31st, 2009 09:45 AM

Thank you, I feel a bit guilty that wasn't a massively helpful post :blush:

Julie, I would try and find somewhere quiet - a room at the hotel or even in your car - and get Kaitlynn ready for bed, give her her last feed and try and get her to sleep away from the noise. Then when you think she's in a sound sleep take her into the reception room. We found it easier keeping Alex in the car seat, then we didn't have to disturb him when we left - and it meant that we could easily leave him with other people and have the odd dance.
As you can see from our pic he was loaded up with dummy and comforter just in case!

Hope you have a fab time, we really enjoyed our first wedding wiht Alex, felt so proud showing him off and something about it all felt different - I don't know how to explain it but it was just much nicer :)

Fern.x Jul 31st, 2009 11:55 AM

I had liam who was the same age at an all day wedding , he wasnt well that day though, he was in hospital that morning with a high temp it was a virus and because he was drinking fluids and his temp was normal and he was fine we got out in time, he was fine untill the reception it was roasting hot so so changed him in a quite room and gave him his bottle and he settled into his pram to sleep went hom at 9 it would have been fine if he was feeling himself. You may find that the music will help LO sleep! Good luck hun x

dali Jul 31st, 2009 15:26 PM

i went to an evening bbq for my sisters bday when lo was 4 months ish, and he just stayed up a little late and when he got tired fell asleep being cuddled, i carried him around for a bit and then put him in pushchair , it might mean a disturbed night or two but as long as you do your best to stick to your usual routine afterwards it probably wont bother him that much.
mind you my lo has always been a fairly good sleeper, and he found the bbq too interesting to go to sleep at normal time anyway , a quiet room may help if you cuddle him to sleep in it then put him down in push chair.
at the end of the day its only one night so i wouldnt worry too much just see how it goes on the night, and make sure youtake blakets etc.. incase it get chilly

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