4th of July is next week, and because it’s on a Wednesday, most celebrations are happening this weekend. It’s Avery’s first 4th of July and we’ve been going back and forth about how to celebrate. We’d love to take Avery to see fireworks. They’re loud and bright… he loves sounds and colors so we think he’d love them. But, are fireworks appropriate for babies?
When we were dating, we (along with the masses of people) watched Boston’s Fireworks along the Charles River. They’re always a huge display, Boston Pops plays in the park, everyone has glow sticks and it’s a zoo getting to and from. But now that we’re a family of three and living in the burbs – not really, but we’re out of the city now – we’re checking out the local activities.
Our town has a full day of activities for the holiday: a carnival, parade, performances, and fireworks. Sounds like a great time to us! But what about the fireworks? Here are the two issues I have with fireworks for a 9 month old (yes, he’s 9 months, today!):
1. Fireworks are LOUD! Should we invest in some ear muffs to muffle the sound? I’ve seen them used at races and airshows like this little guy:
Without ear will it damage his ears? Avery loves anything that makes noise, which makes us think he’ll love them… but will they be too loud for a baby? (image source)
2. Fireworks start at 10PM. Avery’s bedtime is 7PM.
Do we really want to shift his schedule around, risking messing it up for the next day or two, especially while we’re trying to get him to sleep thru the night? We could have him nap for a bit and wake up for the fireworks… but then I bet it’ll be rough getting him back to sleep… especially if he’s over-tired at this point…
Help a Momma out! What do you think? Any experiences you can share with us to help us decide? Any tips and tricks to make this a fun family experience?!