how to take your baby to the library

October 11, 2011

Does this scene look familiar? (Yes, this is my child running away from me and climbing INTO the bookshelf.)

Taking a baby to the library is hard. Even I will admit this. I should also let you know that I never even stepped foot into the library with Juliet until a few weeks after her 2nd birthday.

And even that was with great fear and trembling (on my part).

Babies are not exactly down with standard library etiquette, so it's kind of tricky taking them in there, but it can be done.

Here's what I've learned with Lucia so far.

1. You've got to strap them down. 
When I first started taking Juliet to the library, I would see mothers with two children pushing a gigantic stroller into the library and down the aisles.

I used to think, "Why in the world would they bring that huge stroller inside? Wouldn't it be easier to just carry your baby?"

I now know just how foolish that idea is. To mothers of 2+ children everywhere: I get why you bring the stroller inside. 

I bring my stroller inside now, too.

2. You have to move fast.

Babies will only tolerate being contained to their strollers for so long. Unless you plan on smuggling in some contraband cheerios, you have a very short window of time before the little angels will start screaming baby obscenities at the tops of their lungs.

Get your books and GO.

3. Give yourself a break.
When your baby starts screaming, climbing the bookshelves, or systematically emptying the entire Easy Reader section onto the floor while you are trying to check out your books, don't freak out or be embarrassed or think everyone is staring at you.

We're all parents and we understand because we've been there. No one is judging you--we realize that at any moment we could just as easily be standing in your shoes. But for the moment--this one sweet moment--your kid is making our kid look pretty darn good.

Just take a deep breath, check out your books, gather your husband's child, and walk out the door with your head held high.

And next time, remember to bring the stroller.

How about you? How do you/did you survive the "baby in the library" phase?

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