bringing baby to the movies, would you bring baby to the movies

Popcorn, soda .... baby?

Years ago, my friend Christine and I brought her son to the movies. He was just a few months old, and I think Christine wanted to show she was still the same freewheeling person she had been before her adorable bundle of responsibility came along. She'd continue to live her life and do the things she'd always done.

I thought it was kind of weird, but Christine seemed very relaxed about the whole thing. We didn't know it at the time, but the movie we chose ended up being extremely loud and violent. The baby slept through it all (if he had cried we would have left), but I couldn't help wondering if all the dialogue, guns, and killing were somehow being impressed upon his pure little subconscious—or if the noise was hurting his ears. Neither of us enjoyed the movie. It was bad, but it was also really stressful with the baby there. My friend never brought the baby to a movie again.

Christine and I never talked about the movie "incident," but I recently saw her a few months ago when she was meeting my baby for the first time. Her son is now seven and she has a 5-year-old daughter. My daughter was just a little older than her son had been when we brought him to the movies. Christine looked at me and said with a little smile, "Do you remember when we brought Ben to the movies?" I caught her eye and nodded, and I knew we were both thinking, Crazy, first-time mom!

Have you ever brought your baby to the movies? Would you do it again? Do you think it's okay if the baby stays quiet? Have you ever been at a movie where another movie-goer brought a baby?