do you think it's okay to take a sixteen month old to the movie theater
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Ev - posted on 04/24/2015
For the rest of you, I do believe that its not good for a child under the age of two or three to watch much if any kind of movies, television, etc. Even the use of computers, smart phones, tablets and such should be also very limited if used at all. Its because of the fact that at these ages children are learning at a rapid rate, the neurons in their tiny brains are developing certain connections that help their development over all, and that they need to be engaged in more hands on activities/one on one play.
That said: The reason I said it depended on the theater and its policies is because where I live the one theater has a sign on the door that reads something like this: Children under 3 not permitted to PG-13 or R movies after 6 pm. Meaning that afternoon movies to early evening its not considered a big worry as a lot of people take their kids with them. This I do not agree with on the level of the PG-13 rating for kids under the recommended age. But that is their policies.
I think that if a parent is going to be so certain they need to take their child this age to a movie it should at least be the G rated ones that are supposed to be intended for children not the adult movies if they do go. Its unfair to the rest of the patrons to have to sit there and listen to, see, and try to enjoy a movie with a little one that cries, runs a muck, and just outright ruins the whole experience for the rest of the audience.
Now, I will say that back when my kids were little before the studies came out of how their brains developed, I would take them to the G movies that Disney put out for families when they were under 3. Both did watch the movies. Both were quiet. But then I guess I had unusual kids. I did one time take my son to see a movie at the age of two in the afternoon. I discovered that during scenes that there was not much action that he was bored. It was a good thing it was afternoon because he and I were the only two in the movie so it did not disturb anyone else. After that I was careful about what ones he did go to see.
Do not take my story of my two being quiet during movies under the age of 3 for granted that your kids will too. All kids are different. You just have to judge for yourself what your child can handle and not.
Gena - posted on 04/25/2015
I wouldn't because the movies (at least in the country I live) are very loud. If he starts crying you wont enjoy the film and others might find it annoying. They wouldn't even let us in with a baby here in the country where I live.
Dove - posted on 04/24/2015
At 16 months... I wouldn't. I did take my baby at 2 months (spur of the moment decision to see a movie when we were already in town) one time. I nursed her right before it started and she slept through it. Other than that... none of my kids were in a movie theater til 3ish... and only kid appropriate movies.
Ledia - posted on 04/24/2015
Evelyn makes a good point about it depending on the movie and time. There are a couple of theaters here that do a summer movies thing for kids. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am, they show a retired kids movie (rated G or PG) at a discounted rate (I think it's like $2/ticket). They actually do not allow adults without kids to these showings. Lots of moms with kids of varying ages will bring all of their kids, including the toddlers, and I think it's fine because the movies are meant to be an affordable place where stay at home parents or child carers can get out of the house for a little break while doing something fun with their kids--It's all moms and dads or whoever cares for the kids when school is out for the summer, so they know the kids are not going to be perfect all the time, and paying a sitter for the youngest ones defeats the purpose of the discount tickets.
Jodi - posted on 04/23/2015
Definitely wouldn't recommend it. Firstly, he is too young to watch the movie and is highly unlikely to sit still for that long. That ruins other people's experience. They pay to go to the movie too - they should have the right to watch it in relative peace. There is nothing worse than being at the movies, even a kids movie, and having a child constantly being disruptive. And as a parent, there is nothing worse than having to be constantly attending to your child (or even having to take them outside) because your child is being disruptive and you are trying to be respectful of others.
Ledia - posted on 04/23/2015
I wouldn't. It isn't recommended for children under 2 years of age to watch TV, and a movie theater is pretty much just like a giant TV.
Also, I've never seen a 16 month old child who enjoyed sitting still for an hour and a half or more without getting up to run around or play--there are no movies that would hold the attention of a child that young for that long. If the child gets antsy, you'll have to leave or you will be disturbing the other movie goers.
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