4. Don’t Bring Anything – When bringing small children to church, it’s a good idea to teach them from the beginning that toys are never appropriate things to bring to Mass. If from the beginning of his life, you teach him that going to church is about their relationship with God, and not about false idols such as Sophie the giraffe, Pat the Bunny, and Thomas the Tank Engine, then by the age of 13.7 months they will understand what kind of behavior is expected and perform as such.
5. Bring Snacks – It’s a well-known fact among parents, that every church service is right in the middle of prime snack time. When one considers that it’s a good two hour process from getting dressed to arriving home, it’s obvious that a small snack of cheerios, puffs, or even apple slices will help tide your child over until the next meal. It keeps him quiet and happy so that everyone can ignore the fact that he is there, and it reminds him of the last supper, the real reason that we are all able to congregate in the first place.