New Mom Secret: I Took My Baby to a Bar

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i took my baby to a bar, mom confessions, new mom secretIt's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets—we won't tell.

This Week's Secret:

"Before I got pregnant my husband and I used to hang out at our local bar all the time. When our son was born everyone there wanted to meet him so we brought him to the bar with us when he was just a month old." —anonymous

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We all have secrets and opinions—so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation nonjudgmental!

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Brook... Brooklynbannow

I don' know... it doesn't seem like such a big deal to me.  All our bars are smoke-free these days and obviously, I didnt bring my son to the bar at night.  It was the afternoon in the summer and I wasn't getting hammered or anything.

ellyc... ellyc19111

I doubt a newborn would even be aware of his surroundings since they sleep most of the time. I just hope there wasn't an abundance of cigarette smoke and the Mom wasn't drinking if she was breastfeeding.  Still., It seems like an unnatural scene to be carrying a baby around in a carrier in surroundings like that.. I hope the dart game players were aware and she didn't take it into the rest room

Jason... JasonsMom2007

It depends on the bar.  My son has been into a bar that is family oriented.  Kind of a there is a bar but the majority is a family area.  Now if it was a smoking (there is no smoking allowed indoors here though), rough, drink until you are drunk type, no way!

Preem... PreemieIansMom

I thin it's ok to go show him off.  But to take them so you can drink is a big NO NO!

april91b april91b

I've never taken my kids (aged two and one) to a bar, but I've been the pregnant chic at the bar before! ;)  It was hubby's birthday, and he really really wanted to go play pool, and there are no pool halls where we live that are not inside a bar, so we went!


I've done the bar type restaurant plenty of times, tho.  :) 

peewee76 peewee76

my husband used to sing in a bar, so both my girls were "regulars", it's not like we served them or put them in danger....

Lucky... LuckyPlusOne

When we went back to see old college friends we met them at a bar/restaurant outside of town.  E was about 3 months old at the time and slept during our whole visit.  The state has a no smoking policy and we only stayed for about 1/2 hour.


We would not have gone if the state still allowed smoking in bars.


We now take E to bar/restaurants to eat.  Bar food is good and most of the places have booths and tables and highchairs so you aren't sitting at the actual bar with a toddler.  We don't really drink-we just like the food.  It's no different than going to a pizza place that serves beer.

ragam... ragamuffins

We go to restauraunt bars all the time!! I like it because they are usually loud so you can't hear my kids (babies) getting loud! LOL However, there is a difference between a nightclub type bar and a restaurant type bar.. I think smokey, booty bars and babies are not a good mix though..  

FergieDZ FergieDZ

Ehh I haven't done it really.  But I would.  I mean as long as I don't put beer in their bottles (I might try it though if they will sleep..LOL just kidding) then what is it hurting?  I can think of a lot of other places that might be worse. 

woogi... woogiemama

My husband worked at a local pizza joint/watering hole and we had our son in there on many occasions.  Many times for lunch but occasionally in the evenings if there was good live music.  We also live in a state where smoking has been banned.   If it allows parents to get some time out of the house and spend time together I'm all for it. 

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