Fall Football--no two words bring more excitement to my ears this time of year. From college game days to the Arizona Cardinals, football season is magic.
Gone are our days of spontaneous trips to the University of Phoenix Stadium or a local sports bar for all day football watching. Now we are saying hello to something even better, something more magical--tailgating as a family of three. There is nothing quite like introducing your little one to one of your favorite pastimes. Whether we are tailgating at the stadium or tailgating at home with our family and friends, I couldn't think of a better way to spend time together on the weekends.
Thanks to my college days in the South, gameday also means the perfect excuse to get dolled up. As a new mom, I need every excuse to change out of those sweatpants and put on a little lipstick.
If you are tailgating with your little one for the first time, here are a few tips for a fun filled day.
1. Pick a Family Friendly Area
Whether you are tailgating at the stadium, in a field, or a parking lot, find a family friendly area. Steer clear of parking near kegs and loud music to keep things calmer for baby.
Even though the Fall weather can be make the air crisp and refreshing, don't forget that the sun is still beating down. Pack a hat for your little one, or better yet, a canopy tent.
3. Keep Baby on Schedule
If your little one naps at 3:00pm and you are in the middle of tailgating at 3:00pm, prepare ahead. Pack a travel crib and set it up in an area that is a little quieter.
4. Noise Reduction
If there is one thing synonymous with football, it's noise. From loud music to celebratory fans, tailgating can be noisy. Consider investing in a pair of noise reducing headphones for your little one.
5. Get Festive
From people watching, to pom-pom shaking, tailgating provides plenty of entertainment for babies. Your little one will start recognizing that getting dressed up in your game day gear, pulling out those celebratory flags, banners and shakers, and loading up the car means a fun day is ahead. Sharing these traditions with Brody has been so fun--our little Arizona Cardinal's fan in the making.