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Baby’s First Halloween: Tips for the Ambitious….and the Lazy!

October 15, 2012

One of the most fun, creative, and adorable milestones in your baby’s first year is her first Halloween! With the 31st of October just around the corner, we’ve got some ideas for your baby’s first Halloween that will be photo-worthy and fun, including some budget-friendly options and ideas for parents without a lot of time!

A lot of new parents head straight for the costume shop for a head-to-toe, elaborate costume. This can be a pricey option, but it also involved very little effort on your part and can really make a splash. Some parents choose adorable newborn options such as a pea in a pod, a ladybug, or a pumpkin. These easy costumes are comfy for newborns, as they are usually roomy and allow your baby to just curl up into a rounded shape while sleeping. Parents of older babies often draw inspiration from their nursery themes or their children’s latest favorite animals. Lions, owls, and ducklings are popular, as are flowers, superheroes, and cartoon characters.

Low on cash and time, but don’t want to miss out on dressing up your baby this year? Take a look at what’s you’ve got around the house. Does your baby boy have a white button down shirt? If you dress him in it and put on a pair of knock-off, baby-sized Ray-Bans, you’ve got Tom Cruise from Risky Business. Does your little girl have a little black dress, or a black turtleneck with black pants and ballet flats? She’s Audrey Hepburn. One industrious friend of ours dressed her six month-old all in inexpensive black cotton knits, and drew stars and moons on the clothing with non-toxic glow-in-the-dark fabric marker, and her little girl was simply “Night”. Sometimes some basic clothing and a quick trip to Target is all you need for a simple, cute, one-of-a-kind costume.

If you hate the idea of using a costume only once, remember that some of these costumes are manufactured to stretch and can sometimes be worn two years in a row. And of course, they can be handed down to a second or third child in the future. And for Boston parents, here’s an idea: that duckling costume can be used next May at Boston’s “Make Way for Ducklings” parade!

 

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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