Tips for Taking Your Baby to His (or her) First Baseball Game

Baseball is a huge part of our life. Once April rolls around it’s basically all you will find on our TV — or at least it used to be until we cut cable and now can’t get our local games 😆 — but you get the idea. We took Aiden to four baseball games last year (they are free for children under 2 assuming they sit in your lap) and I never wrote about it, so I figured now is as good a time as any to give you the best tips for taking your baby to his or her first baseball game.

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Plus, we will be taking him to a few games in the next couple of months so I can write a follow up about taking a toddler to the game because I am sure it is more difficult!

Here are my best tips for taking your baby to his or her first baseball game:

1. Bring them in a carrier and do not bring a stroller.

There is really no place to put a stroller. Most stadiums will allow you to drop one off a guest services, but I can assure you it will not be convenient. Not to mention there are a ton of people walking around especially near the entrances and they are not watching out for a stroller so you will get run into and will likely run into others. A carrier is a much better alternative because it is much easier to maneuver in the crowds and if he gets tired he can sleep. You can check out my favorite carriers here. Keep in mind, if you are wearing them, you can walk them right through the metal detector.

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2. Check out the Breastfeeding Lounge!

Unless you are in a really old stadium (and even those have a lot of great amenities) there is most likely a breastfeeding lounge which is perfect for feeding time. It’s also great if your little one gets overstimulated and needs a little break — or if it starts down pouring and there is a rain delay 😆

The lounge I visited at Nationals Park had plenty of comfortable seats, a tv to watch the game and was guarded so randos couldn’t walk in. There were also hospital grade breastpumps in case you needed that service. If you do not have a breastfed baby you can bring in a factory sealed bottle of water and formula powder. However, check your local stadium’s rules for details on what is allowed.

3. Wear a jersey and get to the game early!

Here’s the thing baseball players love little fans so if you get to the game early enough you might have the opportunity to get a ball signed. Also, keep in mind, if you are near a foul line there is actually a rule that the ball girls have to give kids wearing the home team’s gear any foul balls first! Aiden got his first jersey when he was still in the womb!

 

4. Be prepared that you will not stay the whole time!

Manage your expectations. If you are like us, in the past we never left the game early…ever (even if it was 40 degrees in April and we had to drink cold hot chocolate). But when an infant is involved things change. The games start late on the weeknights (which is the best time to go due to crowds and heat) and they are long. So your baby might sleep right through a lot of the game but you still don’t want to be out all night.

 

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5. Don’t forget to get a first game certificate!

Did you know you can get a certificate to commemorate your little one’s first game? We didn’t either so we ended up getting it on his second game (shhhhh!) Just go to guest services and they will give you one!

Baseball  is such a great family activity and it’s not as stressful as I thought it would be to take a baby, plus we have some great memories and souvenirs.

Have you taken your baby to his or her first baseball game? Share your tips in the comments!

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We took our baby to four baseball games last year. Here are the best tips for taking your baby to his or her first baseball game.
We took our baby to four baseball games last year. Here are the best tips for taking your baby to his or her first baseball game.

About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Rachel Loza

    We brought our son as a baby and number 4 is KEY! Haha! And 1000% yes to the carrier > stroller.

    • Melissa

      Hi Rachel! Yes, it was hard for us to think about leaving early but it would be tough to be at the ballpark for 3+ hours with an infant LOL!

  • Such great tips! I love that you can get a certificate for first games! Also never breastfed while going to a game so amazing that they offer breastfeeding lounges!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Tamara! I was so excited about the certificate. We have a baseball themed nursery so we framed it and hung it on the wall!

  • Nicole Banuelos

    I agree, a baby carrier is the way to go! And thats so awesome that they have nursing stations!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Nicole! I agree!

  • Great tips! I completely agree with leaving the stroller at home. I made that mistake once and learned from that lesson!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Stefanie! I once saw a person try to put a huge stroller at the bottom of the stairs at a stadium, needless to say it was scooped up by stadium staff very quickly and they didn’t even realize! Once I saw that I would never make that mistake. It’s just a pain to try to remember/keep track of!

  • Maranda Laverdure

    Strollers are so bulky no matter how small of one you get. Baby carriers are so much easier, plus if baby gets fussy you don’t have to stop and take them out of the buckles, you simply move and tada! Baby is soothed (not alway) but you get the idea. So much easier to do things with a carrier than a stroller!!

    • Melissa

      I totally agree Maranda!

  • Firenze McCowald

    Oh, wow, your stadium has a breastfeeding lounge??? Our little minor-league team does not have one of those! That is so awesome! And I’d totally agree about skipping the stroller/doing a carrier instead! 🙂

    • Melissa

      Yes we do have a breastfeeding lounge. I do think the major league stadiums are going to be quicker at adopting them than the minor league teams, but hopefully soon they will be common everywhere!

  • Shelby @ Blooming Beckers’

    I had no idea you could get a first game certificate! So fun! We’ll have to look into that for my girls when we take them later this month!

    • Melissa

      Yes! They usually give them out at the guest services office. I hope you have a great time!

  • Torché Nash

    Aaaawwww! This is such a cute post. I actually used to work at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA. It was a few years back, but I’m so glad to hear that they have an actual breastfeeding lounge. That’s so convenient and it shows that they really care about the fans. How awesome! I’m also a huge fan of baby carriers, they’re so much easier than strollers. Not only for big baseball stadiums, but just period! Many blessings to you first time mama!

    • Melissa

      Thank you so much Torche! Have you been to the new stadium yet? Agree on the carriers — they really are so much easier generally than strollers.

  • Jamie L

    That’s so fun! I’ve actually never been to a game myself.

    • Melissa

      Hi Jamie, thanks for stopping by! You should totally check out a game. They are even more fun in person if you aren’t a baseball person. Are you near any teams?

  • Sumer

    Aww! This is SO cute and so much fun! We recently took our kiddos to their first game, but they are 4 and 2, so a bit older, but still so fun going for their 1st time. We love baseball games, too!

    • Melissa

      That’s awesome! I bet they loved it! What team did you see?

  • Trista Peterson

    Oh my gosh! This is so fun. I’m wanting to take both of our kiddos (3 years & a 4 month old!) to their first Cardinals game this year. They’d both need first game certificates. Also I never would’ve even thought to look for a breastfeeding lounge. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Trista! Your littles would have so much fun especially at 3 or 4. I bet the Cardinals stadium has a playground too and they are the perfect age for that. I can’t wait to see pictures on Instagram!

  • Yes, I agree with getting there early. You guys had a great time and the pics are so fun. Great tips!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! Agree, getting there early is probably the number one tip!

  • I didn’t know all of this.. I’ve only been to one baseball game in my life and I’d at least like to take my kiddo once. I like the certificate idea!

    • Melissa

      Hi Ellen, we are baseball nuts over here so we couldn’t wait to take our little guy to his first game. I was so excited about the certificate too! I hope you guys get to one 🙂