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Would you take your baby to a rock concert?

Posted by on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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Mom Wants to Breastfeed 4-Month-Old in Mosh Pit at Concert -- Who Cares?

by Judy Dutton

As a mom who's brought her baby to questionable venues from bars to New Year's Eve parties, I'm not one to judge where mothers bring their kids. That's why I was dismayed to hear that a breastfeeding mom with a 4-month-old baby strapped to her chest says she was kicked out of a Brad Paisley concert in San Diego last Thursday, with police arguing that she was endangering her child.

The mom, who'd identified herself as Megan Christopherson, 30, filmed her altercation with the cops on her phone (some footage below). First, she claims a security guard approached her and asked her to stop breastfeeding.

Then, later on, while she was down in the concert pit, guards approached her again and asked her to move out of the pit, since they feared her 4-month-old girl, Gracie, could be crushed in the surging crowd or have her eardrums damaged by the noise.

Christopherson argued that her baby was fine -- in fact, fast asleep, which suggests the noise in the pit wasn't bothering her. When given the option of moving to a seat farther away from the concert stage or getting a refund and leaving, the mom trounced out.

Should moms take their babies to concerts? Can we be trusted to make that decision for our kids and know when the music's too loud, the circumstances too dangerous? In my mind the answer is yes, within reason.

For instance, if it were a mosh pit for Megadeth where people were eating live rats, I'd, of course, pass. Or if my baby started crying from the noise or commotion, I'd leave then too. But these are decisions any mom of sound mind would make.

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Besides, babysitters are expensive, and no mom should have to sit at home until her kids are grown. That's just a recipe for a miserable motherhood, which won't do her children any good. One of my friends is a professional musician, and she's been taking her daughters to concerts since she was born. "I was much more horrified by the noise levels at a Yo Gabba Gabba concert," she points out. "It was way louder and more dangerous than any adult punk rock concert I'd been to in my life."

In other words: give moms a break and let them have some fun!

Would you take your baby to a rock concert? Why or why not?

Image © Ted Horowitz/Corbis

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by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM
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i think there is a huge difference between having a seat at a venue / sitting in a field over a mosh pit or pit. a mosh pit is super crowded and has lot of stupid people there. ( crowd surfing, moshing) it is also extremely hot.   this is from a mom who loved moshing but I have also been hurt pretty bad too. also people are stupid and will push anyone in.  yes to concerts, no to the pit. 

by Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:42 AM
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imo, if you can afford tickets to a concert, you can afford a babysitter for a night and relax and enjoy the evening. people do get hurt in mosh pits, just by accident, you can get elbowed or pushed- breastfeeding is no big deal, but i just dont see how a baby would enjoy a concert.

by Bronze Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:46 AM
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1) wasnt a rock concert, it was country.

2) people dont mosh at country concerts, or crowd surf.  If anything its women on their SOs shoulders to see better.  

3) people at country concerts are typically more respectful of any kids seen than at any other concerts.

4) nice dramatic title.  

by Ruby Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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If  mom can afford concert tickets, they can afford a sitter. If they can't, they should have chosen a cheaper concert. I take my kids to concerts, my seven year old saw the Rolling Stones last summer and has been coming to concerts since he was a child, but I would never bring an infant because yes, the music is too loud for their little ears, my kids wear proper hearing protection and we sat in a safe location. I would also never bring a child into a concert pit, that is stupidly dangerous. Its too hot, too crowded, and everyone is shoving each other, not a place for a baby. I fully believe that the security guards did the right thing by kicking her out. She was putting her child in danger. She needs to grow up and put her kids safety before her own fun.

by on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM
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Mosh pit at a Brad Paisley concert? Lmao.
by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM
Yes to concert no to mosh pit
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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A mosh pit at a Brad Paisley concert lol. I bet that's a rowdy crowd...
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM
1 mom liked this baby at any concert.  They'd be at a sitter or I'd be home with them (if I couldn't find a sitter).  And country concerts are not much different than rock concerts.  Sometimes, they get more drunk and turn into bigger asses.  Two years ago, DH and I were at a Blake Shelton concert..  Far away from the stage (balcony, actually).  In the middle of a song, we heard screaming and DH grabbed me and switched places.  Two ladies right behind us were beating the shit out of each other and one grabbed the other, pulled her over the seats and almost hit us with the lady's legs.  So yeah, concerts just aren't the place for a baby to be.  

by Anonymous 3 on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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A baby is not an accessory. There are places that aren't appropriate for babies.
by Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

If the baby would have been  hurt in a mosh pit, would she have sued? I think shes crazy to bring a 4 month old to a concert. They didnt make her leave. They offered her different seats!

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