Whether or not you are a football fan, you may find yourself at a Superbowl party. And if you have a baby, there are a few things you can do to make the party the most enjoyable for you and your little one. First off, you might be wondering, when is the Superbowl again? Great question. It is on Sunday, February 4th at 3:30pm PST. When I first saw the time, I immediately did a google search of how long the Superbowl lasts, because throwing off bedtime for my little guy will often result in quite a meltdown. According to The Verge, the average amount of time of the Superbowl over the last decade has been 3 hours and 44 minutes. So, let’s say it will likely be over around 7:30, and while that is on the later side of bedtime for my little guy, it’ll do.
However, keeping in mind that we are going to be pushing it for bedtime, the first item on this list is even more important than I originally realized…
We just established that you will be out and about for at least 4 hours (depending on how far from home you will be, and assuming that you stay for the entire game.) If your baby is under 1 year, that means they will need to nap at least one time while you are there. Just because you are at a party does not mean that naptime has to go out the window! And allowing your baby to still have their naptime while you are out will mean less fussiness because they are overtired, which equals a more enjoyable time for you and baby.
A couple of ideas around this: either bring a pack and play that you can then put in a quiet room if you are at someone’s house so baby can sleep in there or have baby nap on you in a baby carrier or wrap if they are able to nap that way. (If you have a way to babywear and you haven’t tried naptime this way, you still have a few weeks until the big game, so give it a try beforehand.)
Bring a Bottle for Baby (if you are breastfeeding)
Note: This one only applies to breastfeeding mommas since mommas that use formula will already be bringing a bottle or two and formula.
Since this is a social event, you may want to indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two. Even if you are thinking there is only a slight chance you will want to have a couple beers or glasses of wine, bring a bottle of pumped milk, just in case. (Maybe you will decide you don’t want a drink after all, and in that case, you can just bring the milk back home with you.) But, if you do decide to have a couple drinks, you will still be able to feed your breastfed baby without having to worry about it they are getting too much alcohol from your breastmilk.
Now, this is a great thing to bring with your for a couple reasons. One being that for some reason, traditional superbowl snacks aren’t always the healthiest of choices. So why not put a quick veggie/hummus tray together (or buy one from the supermarket) and bring it with you? I bet there will be at least one other person who is glad you brought a fresh, healthy option. The second reason you may want to bring your own snacks or food item for everyone to enjoy is if you are a breastfeeding mama with dietary restrictions. For example, right now I am breastfeeding and my baby has proven to have a sensitivity to dairy (when consumed by me). Believe it or not, dairy is in a lot of things, so rather than being hungry and unable to eat anything there, I plan to bring some dairy-free, but delicious options with me.
Resist “Pass the Baby”
You’ve probably heard about it, but this year, the flu has been especially devastating throughout the US. Pair this with it being “cold season” and having a party full of people hug, kiss, and pass around your baby puts them at a higher risk to be exposed to these viruses. So, as much as everyone will want to love on your adorable little one, resist “pass the baby”. This may not make the Superbowl party itself more enjoyable, but it will make the following weeks more enjoyable when your baby is less likely to have come down with a virus.
Wear Your Dancing Shoes
If you haven’t already heard, the star of the halftime show this year is none other than JT- Justin Timberlake, which means there are going to be some catchy pop songs perfect for dancing with your baby. What a great break to get some movement and music in with your little one and see them light up with smiles and giggles. And if dancing’s not your thing, well you’ll still want those comfy shoes for walking around carrying your baby throughout the game.
Alright, now that you have these 5 tips in mind, get ready to have a great time with your baby on Superbowl Sunday!
Also, do you have any other tips to suggest for making the Superbowl more enjoyable with a baby? I would love to hear them!