Halloween Baby Steps
September 21, 2011
Getting Baby ready for his first (or second) Halloween? Here's your chance to enjoy all the fun and preciousness of adorable costumes before you suddenly have a big kid who wants to go trick-or-treating solo!
Babies are generally unaware of what is considered scary, but loud noises and masks (or make-up that significantly alters your face) might frighten little ones. Children's ears are very sensitive so skip the loud parties and haunted houses. And remember that your baby is looking to you for cues. If your baby can see your face and you seem calm, most likely he will find it an enjoyable experience, too!
As your toddler approaches the preschool years, he may have some anxiety around typically "scary" decorations and costumes. Respect that and focus on the fun or goofy aspects of Halloween or set an example and Go Green for Halloween and just celebrate the local harvest time.
It looks so cute in the pictures but will baby be comfortable in the costume? Get the funny bunting or hoods for a snapshot if you must but if baby will be joining you on the trick-or-treating rounds, consider pajama costumes! One year my toddler was a skeleton and this year my newborn will be Superman. Bonus: You can continue to use the pajamas for bedtime for the rest of the fall and winter!
If you are a babywearer, incorporate your baby carrier into the costume! My mei tai will sport a red cape for my Superbaby.
Your New Best Friend & Toddler Treats
If you are concerned about all of the candy during Halloween, hand out Halloween candy alternatives. Or take the middle ground and prepare some semi-healthy treats with your toddlers, like these simple banana ghosts.
What about all that candy that comes into the house, no matter how hard you try to keep it out? Use some for candy experiments and donate the rest! You can convince your toddler to give up the candy with a little help from your new best friend: The Pumpkin Fairy. She collects all the extra candy from boys and girls and leaves a lovely, more durable and special, non-tooth rotting present in its place.
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