How To Enjoy Fireworks Night With Your Baby

Fireworks exploding in the sky

The nights are starting to draw in, and we’re all debating whether to turn the heating on! It’s that time of year again - autumn, Halloween, the run-up to Christmas (yikes!) and, of course, Bonfire Night.

But if you have little ones, especially babies, it can sometimes be hit or miss as to whether they will enjoy the fireworks. After all, they are loud, bright, and can pop in the sky completely unexpectedly! They even make me jump!

But with a bit of planning and patience, you can plan a fun-filled evening or late afternoon and make some fun memories.

Timing is Everything

Before you make firm plans, consider your baby's bedtime routine. Fireworks shows can get loud and run late, so plan accordingly.

If possible, attend an earlier display that won't disrupt your baby's sleep schedule. This way, you can both enjoy the whizz, pops and bangs without worrying about tired little ones.

Wrap Up Warm

Bundle up your baby in warm, comfortable layers. Even though fireworks night is all about the bright lights in the sky, it can get quite chilly when you’re standing around in the cold. Don't forget a cosy blanket or two and, of course, things like hats, scarves and gloves. 

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Choose the Right Location

Opt for a family-friendly fireworks event. Look for ones that are known for being less crowded and more accommodating to families. Consider bringing a foldable chair or picnic blanket, so you have a comfortable spot to settle in with your baby.

Ear Protection is Key

Loud fireworks can be startling for babies. Invest in some baby earmuffs or noise-cancelling headphones to protect their sensitive ears. These are widely available online and can make a huge difference in keeping your little one happy.

Read more: 10 Best Baby Ear Defenders for Fireworks Night

Pack Baby Essentials

Be sure to pack everything you need - nappies, wipes, bottles, snacks, and a favourite toy. You never know when you'll need them, and it's better to be overprepared than underprepared.

Find a Quiet Spot

If your baby gets overwhelmed by the noise or lights, don't hesitate to move to a quieter spot! Most fireworks events have areas away from the main crowd where you can still enjoy the show at a more comfortable volume.

There’s a huge show along the seafront close to where we live. Last year, my youngest was only three, and due to Covid, we’d never taken him to a show before. We stood down at the far end of the beach, close enough to see and hear the fireworks but far enough for them to be a lot less noisy!

Plan Your Exit

As soon as the fireworks end, start making your way out or back to your car.

The crowds can be challenging to navigate with a baby and even more so with a pram and in the dark. It can be fun to give toddlers and little kids a torch - yes, they really do exist outside of smartphones! My son loves walking along, holding hands and navigating the way.

Have Fun and Go With the Flow!

Bonfire Night with your baby can be a magical experience, but it can also be stressful. Expectations of making it magical and then it being anything but can leave you feeling frustrated and fed up.

Especially when your friends post their Reels and Stories of the most amazing time they had, of course, they won’t be posting all the realities - forgetting a snack, a pooplosion just as they got in the car, a full-on argument about who didn’t remember to pack wipes. Remember, it's not about the perfection of the night but the joy of being together and spending time together.  

If you found these tips helpful, share this post with your fellow parents and friends who have little ones. Let's spread the warmth and joy of Bonfire Night this autumn! 

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