Mother shares tips after taking nine-month-old baby to rock festival

After bringing her own nine-month-old son to the Download festival last weekend, a mother shares her best tips for taking a baby to the festival. Anne Shirley, 36, and her partner Andrew Harris, 37, began planning to take their baby Ziggy to a festival when Anne was still pregnant, and when Ziggy was six months old, she organized tickets for the Download Festival. did.

Up for a challenge, the pair did all they can to prepare for weekend camp with a child leading up to the Download Festival last weekend. Maths teacher Anne doesn’t mind taking young rocker Ziggy along, and now she’s giving her best tips to other music-loving parents for taking kids to festivals.

Anne said: “It was something we always talked about when we were pregnant – we couldn’t wait to take her with us to a festival. We’re both super passionate about music so Wanted to make him young, plus tickets are free for kids under four.

“We had a great conversation about whether this was really likely to pick him up and whether he’d really get any pleasure out of it, but it turned out he loved it. Before the festival, we saw him in some bands. Instead of the ones that were on so that he could recognize some music – we even got him singing the Kiss lullaby so he could fall asleep.

Anne Shirley, 36, and her partner Andrew Harris, 37, took baby Ziggy to a celebration

“I’d recommend bringing lots of snacks and pre-made bottles of formula because it costs a lot less than making bottles. Bring sunscreen if you’re lucky, rainsuits if you’re not. We gave her a lot of music Instruments – tambourines, maracas, drums, bells – so that we can encourage him to play along.

“We camped behind the main stage and on the second stage where there was space for picnic blankets and for him to crawl, pounce and dance and we brought a little baby pop up tent for shade and shelter. I think it Fair enough to say Ziggy had a blast! I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of taking their kid to a festival!”

Anne and Andrew had initially planned to go to the Download Festival later in the day and return home to sleep, but during the day Ziggy brought a tent in case any downtime was needed. Amazingly, Ziggy even managed to take naps in the arena and had no problem falling asleep at his normal bedtime, so the family ended up camping the entire weekend, among other festivals.

Many festivals, including Download and Glastonbury, have quiet camping areas, where Anne recommends camping when taking a baby or young child to the festival for a peaceful sleep. Anne said: “We decided that we would set up the tent so that we would have somewhere to bring her if we felt she needed some quiet time or if the weather was terrible, we would have somewhere clean and dry to replace her. And throw in some camping stuff on the off-chance.

“He slept better in a tent than at home! You can get a cool camping pass and it costs no extra.

“We tried to keep her routine as normal as possible, popping her in her pushchair to take a nap. At bedtime, we put her in her sleepsuit and sleeping bag, give her a bottle and a bottle as usual, and then Laid him on his bed.pushchair with hood and he managed to sleep through all the headline acts!

“When we were ready to go back we put him in the tent and he slept well!”

Anne covers Ziggy’s pram in fairy lights so that people can see her and not trip or fall on the pram and advises other parents to do the same. She said: “We moved his pushchair because the forecast was dry, but made sure we had a backpack baby carrier in case it was still muddy, although he preferred to sit on the shoulders.

“I would always recommend asking the security staff if there is an easier route – each one of them was happy to open the gate or direct us through easy access routes that were not open to the public.”

He also bought baby ear defenders for Ziggy which he kept with him most of the time and that meant he could still enjoy the music without it all being too loud for him. There is a wide selection of baby earmuffs available online with prices averaging between £10 and £20 on Amazon and Anne recommends parents buy them for their kids for festivals after having so much success with Ziggy .

Anne said: “He also seemed very comfortable in the ear guards – it’s usually a real fight to keep anything on his head, so no sun hat! They were really nice and he left them on most of the time.” I succeeded!”

Dressed in a denim jacket covered in rock band patches like his father, Ziggy was attending a festive look and could be seen dancing happily to the music throughout the weekend. Anne said: “I think it would be fair to say that Ziggy had a blast!

“Before the festival, we played some bands for him so he could recognize some of the music – we even got Kiss lullaby renditions for him! We had a great time – very different from the usual festival stage with a beer in hand The experience of running till, was completely calming and it was great to see Ziggy having so much fun.

“The staff and crowd were so friendly and helpful and they showered her with fuss and attention, which she loved! We would 100% recommend this to anyone thinking of taking their baby to the festival. We would definitely recommend it.” Will take him next year and are currently looking at taking him to Bloodstock if we can get tickets!”

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