Bonfire Night on the 5th November can be a fantastic night for sharing with the whole family, soaking in the autumn atmosphere and practicing your collective “oohs” and “aahhs”. The great news is you can bring baby along too, whether you’re keeping it small with fireworks at home or going to a big display.
We recommend babywearing for the best Bonfire Night experience as it’s a handsfree option that keeps your baby close. This means you can comfort them easily and keep an eye on them wherever you’re celebrating. Read on for more of our top tips.
1.Protection for little ears
Part of the fun of Bonfire Night is the fireworks but it can be a bit overwhelming for young babies and toddlers. For little ones, you can shield their ears with a pair of Reer SilentGuard ear protectors. These are ideal for tiny ears as they have a soft band that is gentle on your baby’s head, helping to keep the ear protectors effective but not restrictive.
The earmuffs themselves are super soft so they’re nice and snuggly, whilst giving maximum noise protection for sensitive young ears. They’re also small and light, perfectly shaped to fit your baby’s ears. If you have older children too, Reer’s ear defenders range from 3 months to 24 months and older with the larger models growing in size as your child grows.
2. Close for comforting
If you’re going to a big firework show, babywearing is the best option for your baby and even your toddler. With the large crowds and big bangs, you’ll want to keep them close. With their head against your chest, your baby will be able to feel the warmth of your body and the soothing feeling of your breathing which will help them to stay calm. This will help ensure that they stay settled for the whole evening and they may even manage a nap!
With a soft buckle carrier like the Izmi Baby Carrier, you can keep your baby next to you whilst having the support and simplicity of buckles. That means you can easily take them out and pop them back in, securing with the buckles in seconds. Thankfully, it’s so effortless that you can even do it in the dark so there’s no need to huddle next to the bonfire to see what you’re doing!
3. The holiday for handholding
The beauty of babywearing is that you can keep your handsfree. This is especially important if you have older children as you’ll want to hold their hand if you’re in a crowd this Bonfire Night. Holding hands will help your little one feel safe whilst also making sure they don’t get too close to the bonfire or the area where the fireworks are being lit. This is the holiday where hand holding gets priority. Of course, if it’s just you and baby, you can have both hands free for holding on to a toffee apple! Older babies and toddlers could benefit from being carried in the Izmi toddler carrier to keep them up out of harm’s way and to allow them to see every magical firework from an elevated height whilst benefitting from the comfort of staying close to you.
4. Sparkler safety
Sparklers are a must-have for Fireworks Night but unfortunately, they’re not safe for children below the age of 5. If you have older children who want to have a go at sparkling, remind them to keep lit sparklers at arm’s length and wear gloves. A sparkler stuck firmly into the end of a carrot can help to keep sparklers further away from your child’s body if you’re contending with little arms. As much as you might be tempted, sparklers are a no-no when you’re babywearing.
5. Toasty like a marshmallow
November weather is perfect for getting cosy next to the bonfire. The chillier temperatures mean you need to keep an eye on your little one’s layers. For babies, this means a warm fleece layer. If you’re babywearing, they will have some warmth from your body, but you will need to give them extra protection if you’re planning to be out at night. A fleece is better than a padded onesie as there is less fabric, allowing you to keep them in closer against your body and reduce the chances of covering their faces, a key tip for safe babywearing.
All these ideas are great ways to keep your whole family happy and safe on Bonfire Night so you can enjoy the wonder of the holiday together, wherever you are!