So last week Myself, Jade and the girls set off to watch a film at an independent cinema in West London, called the Watermans Art Centre. It hosts a baby cinema screening every Wednesday at 11.30am, for parents and their babies under the age of one (no baby, no entry). When I first heard about the baby cinema I thought, really? How can you possibly go to the cinema with your baby? After doing a little bit of the research the idea had seemed to grow on me. Baby cinema screenings are adjusted to become a safe and comfortable environment for your baby.The lighting isn’t too dark and the sound is lowered. After giving birth everything I did was baby related. The thought of going to the cinema any time soon was discarded, especially when 4 month down the line I’m still breastfeeding every couple of hours. So, I thought it would be nice to do something for solely myself and that meant going to see an adult film at the cinema.
We watched The Girl on the Train, which isn’t the most baby friendly of film, but we covered their eyes for the gruesome parts (not that they’re going to remember any of it). On arrival the cinema was absolutely packed with mothers and their babies, possibly a few dads too. It was a good thing that I pre-booked a few weeks in advance otherwise we wouldn’t have got any tickets. Myself and Jade both enjoyed the film and it was the first time we’ve both been to the cinema since having out little ones. Needless to say there was never a quiet moment in the cinema (which was to be expected). Naya and India was on their best behaviours, Jade brought a few snacks for Naya to enjoy during the film, she entertained herself with an empty packet of rice crackers (the rest of the rice crackers were on the floor lol). Whilst India found the cinema to be the prefect opportunity to have some boob.
The question that people always ask is how do you watch a film with your baby? When you book tickets you have the options to buy a ticket for one parent and one baby or two parents and one baby. The means that the adult and their baby get their own seat. There was enough space for parents to bring their child’s car seat or carry cot so that their babies could be propped in their own seat or on the floor next to them. Some mothers brought their baby carrier/sling, which is good for those babies who tend to get a little fussy.
What I liked most about the baby cinema is how comfortable you were made to feel. The thought of my baby crying whilst everyone was trying to watch a film made me little apprehensive. But whilst watching the film you become accustomed to the sounds of babies whining.
Once we finished watching the film, we had a lunch at the on site restaurant called The Guru Tandoori which served Indian classics at affordable prices. We ordered from the ‘eat and go’ lunch menu, where you can choose from a range of curries served with rice, naan and salad for £4.99. Not only was it cheap, but it was also delicious!
We both enjoyed the baby cinema and would definitely go back again. It’s nice opportunity to go to the cinema if you can’t find a babysitter.