***I'm sure this is something that gets asked on here every so often, so I sincerely apologize if it's been too soon since this topic last came up and/or this post irks anyone too much***
With most of the students out on break and a "less attractive" opponent coming into town, my wife and I figured if there was any time to take our infant girl to her first Michigan sporting event, tomorrow's game against Holy Cross would be the game. Alas, as first time parents with very pretty much no Michigan fan friends with children, we have no idea of the logistics of bringing a 4 month old to a game and only recently found the balls to take her out to restaurants with us. So, I turn to you MGoBlog. Please give me advice on how to make this less painful for us, for her and for fans around us, or at the very least, talk me into saving this milestone for another time in the future. Here a few concerns I definitely have:
- Mgoblue.com says children of all ages need a ticket. How strict are they on this? I mean, a ticket for an infant, seriously? Even airlines aren't that anal.
- The bag policy at Crisler is simply "no oversized bags." Will we get hassled if we brought a regular sized diaper bag, and would they have to search it? Would a prefilled bottle somehow violate the dreaded "no container" rule?
- This one is a bit of a stretch, I know, but what about baby carriers? Obviously trollers aren't allowed, yes, but nothing is said about carriers, and if we do have to pay for a seat for the baby, might as well get to use it.
- How did you bring your infants to games? Carrier, baby sling, just carried them, other...?
Lastly, we'll greatly accept any other tips or tricks you have, or any words of warning you'd like to give. Thanks!
Edit - Thanks to everyone who commented with advice one way or the other! Besides all the hassles of bringing the baby, since this is the first game (and possibly the only game) of the season my wife is able to attend without too much of a struggle, we're leaving the baby at home with her Aunt. There will be a lifetime full of Michigan games for her to see when she can actually at least attempt to understand what is going on. Thanks again, everyone!
So, really off topic but hopefully the community at large won't mind and will allow me a moment...
I am about to be an MgoDad for the first time. I'm young, I was the youngest sibling to no experience with babies or child rearing. I know nothing about children and am a bit fearful. So, I ask you dear MgoReader any advice, suggestions, books/articles to read to help prepare me please share!
EDIT: Thanks everyone for the well wishes and great advice. This community surprises me time and time again with your willingness to help and sincere care for one another. Yet another reason why its great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
FTR: its a girl. Audrey Victoria (for Victors! Yes, I won that discussion)
I've never heard of this blog before, so I don't know if it's any more believable than any other source. Count me skeptical right now.
...He understands (and even communicates effectively with) infants.
#7 for the win.