Ikea is a magical place, we all know this to be true. It is filled with modern, affordable, funky ideas for your home and comes with a side of meatballs. What is there not to love? They even have some vegetables for us plant-loving folks, and there's a place to leave your children to play and suck on toys while you're out spending your entire months income on dresser organizers! I mean, c'mon, Ikea is just a wonder, all that's missing is glitter on the floors and soft music playing through the speakers. They'll get there, someday.
Here are my biggest tips for bringing a 3.5 month old baby boy to the dreamy land of Ikea. Take note, it didn't really go that well for us, since we went during Pumita's nap time. Nonetheless, we learned a few good things along the way, and bought curtains. Hooray!
1. eat a hefty breakfast.
this is a given, since you're going to be at Ikea for 5-8 hours total, including the 40 minute drive to your destination.
2. pack snacks.
these should be along the lines of fruit, vegetables, nut butters and lots of water.
3. bring friends and family.
if you don't, you will find yourself unable to decide what to purchase and even less able to pack it all into the back of your parent's truck.
4. bring your baby's giraffe.
otherwise, you will surely have a rough drive to Disneyland (Ikea).
5. eat something upon arrival.
only if you're my brother and you forgot tip #1
6. play with the toys.
this is more entertaining for you, as parents/grandparents, and less so for the baby.
7. bring a baby carrier.
so your little one can nap, even if he is over-stimulated by the lights and Ikea crowds. it will take up to 40 minutes to get him to sleep, but take heart, give it to God, and walk around while patting his back, bouncing, and repeating, "shh shh shhh".
8. go out to dinner afterward.
only if you are invited to do so, and if there are vegan options on the menu. check and check!