Bringing toddler to UF game...

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  1. Marvel_Comics
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    No. Not worth the risk of traumatizing your kid and having to leave. Plus our offense may make him tired and cranky.
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    This.
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    We took our 1 year old to the Missouri game last year. You don't have much of an option when you are just working a game into a week long vacation. It wasn't hot and turned out to be a pretty mellow game so noise wasn't an issue. (Noise was our biggest concern)

    she slept though a good chunk of the game and was fine when she was awake. The people in seats around us never showed so we had some extra room, which I'm sure helped.

    You could probably pull it off. You might need to leave your seats every now and then and maybe try getting seats high on the alumni side for earliest shade and slightly less noise.
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    Don't do it. even at 5 my son melted from the heat, although he loved it. I had to leave early. you will be trying to find shade the whole time. even a 3:30 game is brutally hot at the start.
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    Maybe a late season game would work as others have mentioned, if you pick an opponent that won't fill the stands.

    But a hot day with a big crowd will likely be very tough on everyone involved - child, parents and the fans in the vicinity.
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    You can always try, but you have to be ready to abandon ship at any time, no matter how inconvenient or how bad the timing is.
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    Where did you live where people rolled kids into a bar? Never seen that....the kid isn't a toddler ,dude said he was 18 month old didn't he? Wussification of America! Start drinking fluids now and he will be fine....then go stand under one of the "big ass fans" if it gets too hot...
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    The home game against UT back in '05 was the most humid night ever, plus I had facepaint on lol

    I would also recommend just bringing the little one along one of the games against the crappy teams, like before the FSU game
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    Every stinking Saturday in 2006 in Raleigh NC.

    Oh...and in 2006 you were still allowed to smoke in bars. I truly enjoyed it...the infants screamed and the 5/6 year olds poked each other with pool cues.
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    This will be much louder and much hotter than a typical Bucs game, with less room to move around. I've been to both venues and there's a discernable difference. You'd be better off taking him to a rock concept. That being said, he sounds like he handles these sort of situations far better than a typical 19-month-old baby.
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    Why would you take a two year old to a 2-3 hour game in blazing balls heat?
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    Epilogue: Despite the negative feedback, my wife and I decided to bring our 19 month old to the game. He did awesome. Slept through the first quarter (his typical nap time) and then woke up and enjoyed the hell out of it, cheering with the crowd everytime as if he knew what was going on. I have a great video of him cheering after the long pass to Dunbar. Having first row in our section helped as we could sit and keep him on our laps and still see b/c no one standing in front of us.

    So it can be done. I think it largely depends on the kid, however, and my son happens to do well in these situations. Also was important to have an unlimited amount of water and snacks available as we did for him.

    Go Gators.
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    I think it's insanity to bring an infant to a game. It's a waste of money and the child has no idea what's going on, plus the heat and noise probably aren't the best for the kid. My advice: stay home or get a babysitter.
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    Terrible idea. Get a good babysitter. My 4yo did alright, but anything younger would be just stupid.
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    Not advisable for most folks, but you knew your kid and yourselves, and it worked for you. Glad it did.
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    everyone is thinking of the kid. I think it is selfish of the parents. The other adults around you now either conscientiously or sub-conscientiously will change how the act and enjoy the game. By not cheering as loudly or changing their behavior. Very selfish because you didn't want to get a sitter.
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    People need to get off the OP's back. He probably just wants to be there with his kid. If he dies tomorrow, at least that's something he can say he did for his kid.
    I took my young kids to games all the time, but they were more like 5 or 6. To the point of a lot of the posters, though, I did so only as a Bull Gator, so for the hot games, we spent most of the game indoors or under fans.
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