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Would you take your baby to a rock concert?

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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

by on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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JDmommyJD
by the sauce is boss on Jul. 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM

 lmao, my first thoughts too.

I wouldnt take a baby to any concert, but still.. its not rock and you know there wasnt no mosh pit. lol

Quoting TrouserMouser: Mosh pit at a Brad Paisley concert? Lmao.

 

Reading.Rainbow
by LeVar on Jul. 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

That baby could be killed easily...


People fall at concerts, happens a lot. Especially in very, very tightly packed conditions.

For a baby who can't stand up it could be deadly.

Reading.Rainbow
by LeVar on Jul. 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM


Quoting JDmommyJD:

 lmao, my first thoughts too.

I wouldnt take a baby to any concert, but still.. its not rock and you know there wasnt no mosh pit. lol

Quoting TrouserMouser: Mosh pit at a Brad Paisley concert? Lmao.

 

I'm not really picturing a mosh pit, but everybody really close to the stage jumping and dancing around... It could be bad for an infant.

JDmommyJD
by the sauce is boss on Jul. 15, 2014 at 10:49 AM

 

Quoting Reading.Rainbow:

 

Quoting JDmommyJD:

 lmao, my first thoughts too.

I wouldnt take a baby to any concert, but still.. its not rock and you know there wasnt no mosh pit. lol

Quoting TrouserMouser: Mosh pit at a Brad Paisley concert? Lmao.

 

I'm not really picturing a mosh pit, but everybody really close to the stage jumping and dancing around... It could be bad for an infant.

 I agree a concert is bad for a baby.. 100%. Just saying, the story is very exaggerated. Heck, I wouldnt take any of my children to a concert that wasnt specificly for children, and ym oldest is 12.

But ive been to a toby keith concert, which is much more hype than paisley.. still..no crazed people.

firespurity
by Ruby Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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I'd take any of my kids to a concert. Music culture is a big part of our family. DF's family tree includes iconic musicians in USA history. There had been one person to not pick up an instrument in they family and it's a huge family.

People have different values. Maybe music exposure is important to their family. Leave it alone. I'm doubting there was a true mosh pit. Mainly because this story gets more dramatic everytime it is printed.
zacmacsmomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM
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Um, I worked at an Alan Jackson concert, the pit was NO place for a baby.  Several drunks had to be escorted out for causing problems, one of them knocked my co-worker out.  People still rushed the stage when Alan came on and it was shoulder to shoulder.  The pit is NO place for an infant, it is common sense, also it is very loud.  Just because there is no moshing doesn't mean it's not a risk for an infant to be up there.  My co-workers worked a lot of country show's, and there was always problems in the pits. 

Quoting momto2boys3215:

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.  

 

polkaspots
by Ruby Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM
I would if I had to, but I've never needed to. I plan to go to shows without my kids, because I would not enjoy myself as much with them. They're little and they require constant attention. On the off chance I really wanted to go to a specific show and had no one to watch them I would bring them with me. We go to shows in the parks all the time which aren't kid focused, but still fun.
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zacmacsmomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I think it's not a smart move having an infant in a concert pit, moshing or not.  People are drinking, they are swaying, singing, hands in the air.  People also can rush the stage, not to mention how loud it is down there and this child had NO ear protectors.  I've seen the video, this 30 year old woman acted like a complete child.  She could have had seats, but instead she threw a fit.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 6 on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

right-!!!

Quoting momto2boys3215:

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.  


Heaven127
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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This woman is an idiot & a danger to her child.

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