NOTE: BABY PICTURES HAS CLOSED IN OUR RHODE ISLAND LOCATIONS — HOPEFULLY THEY HAVE SOMETHING AVAILABLE LIKE IT IN DIFFERENT AREAS.
I WANTED TO STILL KEEP THIS POST UP TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT THE EXPERIENCE WAS LIKE, ESPECIALLY IF THEY EVER BRING IT BACK. IN MY OPINION, THEY WILL IF ENOUGH PARENTS CALL AND REQUEST THAT IT COMES BACK.
This post is part of the Tall Mom tiny baby’s Best Baby Friendly Places in Rhode Island Series
My hubby and I love movies. We love being transported to a different time or place, being wrapped in a world full of gorgeous soundtracks and fancy costumes, funny accents, or intriguing plot lines. Before I was pregnant, we were famous for attending midnight movie premieres, and even dressing up as characters from the films…yes, we were (are) those people.
Being pregnant made going to the movies slightly difficult. I enjoyed going to bed around 8:30pm, so long movies were out. I actually fell asleep both during Skyfall and The Hobbit. I still don’t know what happened to James Bond, and as for Bilbo Baggins…I read the book 😉
Now that I’ve had Itty Bitty, going to the movies poses a different slew of problems. Thankfully, a local movie theater has the answer!
The Warwick Showcase Cinema, along with several other National Amusement theaters, offers Baby Pictures approximately once a month. Itty Bitty and I went to see The Great Gatsby, and boy did I have fun!
- Films start at noon, which is fantastic since I am not able to get dressed and ready to go before 11am!
- Discounted rate of $6.00.
- Lights are kept on low, so you can rummage around in your ginormous diaper bag with ease.
- The volume is lowered slightly.
- There’s a diaper changing station inside of the theater, which consisted of two changing mats, a garbage pail, and extra wipes, all laid out on the floor in a corner.
- Everyone else in the theater is either a baby, a parent, or perfectly understands that there are crying fussing babies — so no one gives you that nasty, “take your crying baby outta here” look. What you see is more like the, “oh, girl I feel you’re pain” look.
- Perfect for newborn babies – not ideal for little ones who are mobile. It’s hard to drool over Leo DiCaprio when you have to chase your inexplicably faster-than-you two year old.
During our recent trip, there were about ten babies in the theater, each accompanied by a parent or two, or even some grandparents. Occasionally you would hear a cry, and the parent would take the baby around the theater or in the entranceway to soothe them. Many parents brought boppies to prop their babies on, others kept their sleeping babes in their car seats, and I brought my Moby Wrap.
Itty Bitty actually napped for almost the entire film. Halfway through he woke up for a feeding, but then went back to sleep. At the end of the movie, I took him to the changing station, gave him a new diaper, and then put him inside his car seat. I loved that I felt comfortable breastfeeding during the movie. It was also assuring to hear other babies cry throughout the film, and know that all of us were going through the same thing 🙂
The only changes that I think could make Baby Pictures better would be:
- Offer Baby Pictures more than once a month
- Possibly having a person come into the theater with a snack trolley – carrying a diaper bag, a car seat, and any other baby gear makes it difficult to balance a drink and a popcorn. And trust me, new mommies will buy those snacks if they were made easily available to them! Skittles anyone?
Now – if we could just get the other moms to dress up in costumes that relate to the movie. It would be like I didn’t even miss a beat…
What movie are you excited to see this summer?
Such a fabulous idea!!!!! I wish we had something like that local to me. And glad he slept through the movie 😉
Who knows – maybe one of your theaters does!
When my kids were bitty, I would have loved this. If I could have gotten myself out of the house! Bravo to you for getting out there!
Haha thanks! I'm trying 🙂
It's definitely helpful to have an environment that supports the many stages of our lives! A way for moms to come together, and do something fun. Kudos to you for getting out!
Thank you – plus – who doesn't love a movie?