Your Netflix binge list is empty. You鈥檙e so very done with hitting that 鈥淵es, I鈥檓 still watching鈥 button from your couch, and you鈥檙e really, really ready for a night (or, at least an afternoon) out. But the sitter just canceled. Your date night just went from dinner and a movie to brainstorming gift ideas for your The Walking Dead-obsessed BFF while you rewatch the sixth season for the 12th time. Or you could just bring baby along with you. Before you pack up that cute diaper bag and head out to see the latest soon-to-be Academy Award nominee, check out these reasons why it鈥檚 okay to take baby to the movies (oh yeah, and one major reason not to).

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1. You find a baby-day matinee. Yes, this is really a 鈥渢hing.鈥 Some theaters have special baby showings 鈥 just for moms, dads, other caregivers and babies (or very young children). Unlike a regular show, this one typically features a low-key movie (in other words, no loud explosions or anything else that would jar a sleeping baby into wailing tears) and lots of other adults with their own possibly cranky children. This means that your baby鈥檚 sudden bout of fussiness won鈥檛 irritate, aggravate or in any way otherwise annoy the other patrons.

2. You have a never-wake-up napper. It鈥檚 like clockwork: Every afternoon at 2pm your little one goes down for the count. They snooze away for at least two hours and rarely wake. If you have a mega-napper, you may be able to get away with toting them along to a movie. As long as you time it right, bringing them to a movie may pose few problems. That said, keep the baby-day matinee rules in play: Pick a film that won鈥檛 wake your baby, which means ruling out anything that鈥檚 too action-y. Films with car chases, explosions, gunfire or galaxy-wide battle scenes are def a no-go.

3. There鈥檚 a family film fest. The newest animated kid flick is out, and the theaters are packed. Perfect for you, mama. What with the constant chatter of precocious preschoolers, the toddler tirades and the random tantrums, no one will notice when your baby starts crying. Okay, so maybe the woman sitting directly behind you might, but she鈥檒l stop complaining the second her four-year-old starts kicking the back of your seat.

4. You deserve to treat yourself to an out-of-date date night. You were desperate to see the latest Hemsworth film when it came out. You aren鈥檛 even sure which Hemsworth is the star (um, the cute one鈥 or ones?). You鈥檝e been busy with your newborn, and now it鈥檚 been weeks 鈥 or months 鈥 since the movie opened. Perfect! Everyone who wanted to see the movie in the theater already has, and the rest of the want-to-be viewers are waiting to stream it to their living rooms. Since you鈥檒l pretty much have the theater to yourself, why not bring baby along?

5. The theater will be empty anyway. Even if the movie hasn鈥檛 been out for what seems like ever, you can still find a time when the theater will be mostly empty. Midafternoon on a perfectly sunny day, a 10am show (who sees a movie at 10 in the morning anyway?) or during the workday are all times when the theaters aren鈥檛 hugely full. That means there are fewer people around you to worry about!

And one reason not to take your baby to the movies鈥

1. You鈥檙e exhausted. You may have gotten a quick 15 minutes of sleep in somewhere around 4am. Now isn鈥檛 the time to see a movie. The moment those lights go down, your eyes will close. That is, until baby wakes you up 鈥 in the middle of a movie theater, no less. Instead of pushing yourself to go out, use those two hours to take a nap. A fussy baby? You can deal. Crying? Yep, you鈥檙e used to it. But sleep? Sleep is precious!

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