It’s always good to be well-prepared and organized when attending an event with or without a toddler. I guess most people who attend anime or cosplay conventions do not have toddlers in tow. But for enthusiasts with kids, I prepared some tips which could help in making it a pleasant experience for you and your children.
Knowing something about the venue, having an idea about the number of attendees, what activities you’re going to expect and the like are useful information. Aside from a clean set of clothes, it’s also good to throw in some balms for bruises, insect repellents, antihistamines (if your child is allergic), just as an added safety measure.
Aside from preparedness, here are a few more tips that you should consider.
In my case, Little TP has always been happy around people. Even when he was still an infant, he can blend in. Just make sure your child is comfortable to see a throng of people. Always expect that there could be large crowds and loud noises. It helps if the venue has a lot of free spaces so you can just avoid the things that could affect the mood of your child.
You should always be on your toes when you’re with a hyperactive toddler. Quick reflexes are very handy to break that fall or catch something that he might throw or drop. Though most of the time Little TP is a pleasant child, he is a runner and he insists on running when he can. Some people put harnesses/safety straps on their kids but I’m not a fan of those. Strollers can be useful too. I like strollers but Little TP avoids them. So aside from his dad, I asked his nanny to join us so he could assist me during the con. It would be easier to have a second or third person to join you so you can take better care of your child when you’re in an event.
Part of the Archer costume are two swords (I forgot to put on the gray straps on his pants though ^^;). Little TP likes to carry those swords but I made sure he’s not holding it when he’s walking or running. Even though it is just made of cardboard, it can also cause injuries. Pointed or sharp-edged props should be avoided at all costs.
Little TP did enjoy walking around, exploring, smiling at cosplayers and attendees, (that Sinanju on the cover photo was his favorite) and having his picture taken. We arrived at the venue after we had our lunch then we left after a couple of hours or so because Little TP got tired and sleepy.
Maybe some people will still disagree with me because it is not advisable to bring small children to events with such large crowds. But I think you can still bring your child anywhere as long you are prepared and the safety of the child isn’t compromised. You and your child can have a good time at any event if you set realistic expectations.
Do you have any other tips to share? Feel free to post in the comments below. ^^
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