Here are some tips if you have to go to a wedding with a newborn baby.
I am pregnant with my fourth in five years, and I started having kids when ALL my friends started getting married. So, I have a few tips on bringing that newborn to a wedding that will make your life and their life a little bit easier.
I have brought one of my babies to a wedding as early as three weeks. It can be a little intimidating (especially if you are still recovering from birth and have to basically wear a diaper, but that's a blog post for another day!) but doing these things helped make the day easier. I only brought my babies when they were this young when it was the wedding of someone who meant so much to me (and it was local!). It was a milestone in their life I couldn't miss! But I will say this; I did not stay long. I came to take part and witness the essential things but left as soon as I felt it was time to call it.
If you're going to a wedding just weeks after giving birth, chances are not everything's going to fit the same. If you're looking for a dress that is breastfeeding and or postpartum friendly, I have a whole list linked right here for you!
Weddings can get very loud. So to protect baby's ears, you can purchase these ear muffs for babies. They are not electronic in any way, just an added measure of protection for the baby's hearing in noisy places. Get it on Amazon
I'm all for normalizing breastfeeding out in public, but if you are uncomfortable doing it out and about, this cover will make feeding more discrete while remaining comfortable for you and your baby. It's so stretchy that it can accommodate any size, any baby, and the top has an opening big enough to where you can see your baby and have some airflow. Also works as carseat cover! ' Get it on Amazon
Chances are you will want to dress them in something super cute, but as the night goes on and it starts cooling down (or if you're somewhere where there's a heavy AC), I suggest putting them in footed pajamas. They will be so much more comfortable, and it will be easier to wear them in the carrier throughout the night. Be sure to take pictures of them at the beginning of the wedding in their cute outfit, then swap out the dress or mini tux for something that will keep them warm and comfortable. Get it on Amazon
There are these cute and comfortable cloth carriers that make wearing babies easy! They come in many colors, so if you would like them to match your or your partner's outfit (since you will most likely be wearing it throughout the wedding), you have options to match the look!
Wearing your baby throughout the wedding will make it easier for you to move around, interact, socialize, AND you will avoid people asking if they can hold the baby. From my experience, when the baby is comfortable in their carrier, ESPECIALLY these cloth ones where they are snug as a bug in a rug, people will refrain from asking you to remove the baby from their comfortable position to hold them. Get it on Amazon
If there are points in the night your baby would prefer the stroller, get this portable sound machine and a car seat canopy cover. The white noise machine can clip onto the car seat handle, and the canopy will make it dark for the baby. In addition, the canopy will provide a barrier to prevent people from getting too close to the baby's face! Get it on Amazon
Get it on Amazon
Sometimes things don't always go as planned. I have been to several weddings where the food has fallen behind schedule. If you have just given birth, your body will need to be nourished and hydrated more than ever, especially if you are breastfeeding. So bring snacks and water in the event the food is taking too long. Normally, this would be considered improper etiquette, but NORMALLY, women shouldn't be expected to dress up, look nice, stand around, and attend a wedding with their newborn baby while their vagina is healing a massive hole from delivering a baby. So yeah, have the snacks and if you feel weird about it, find a quiet place to eat them away from the party.
Hi my name is Chrissy Horton and I hope this post was helpful! If you enjoy this type of content or have any questions, connect with me on my Instagram and TikTok! I go over all kinds of stuff like this over there!