Baby Halloween Costumes: Tricks for Making Halloween a Treat for Baby and You

Baby Halloween costumes might be the most exciting part of Halloween for any family with a new little pumpkin.  It’s practically a new parent’s right of passage to dress their baby in the most adorable costume imaginable, and take oodles of pictures, too. But keep in mind that, unlike a baby doll, your baby is quiet sensitive and may not always cooperate with your best laid plans.

We’re breaking down some of the most important parts of baby’s first Halloween to help get your creative juices flowing, and to keep baby – and you – happy and festive.

Baby Halloween Costumes

Stuck on which precious costume to choose?  Why not pick something you can use again, such as a baby t-shirt featuring your favorite sports team.  Your baby can be a player or a cheerleader with just a few reusable accessories.  Or keep it simple and let the t-shirt do the talking by selecting a top with a character, graphic or funny slogan printed on it.

If you’re headed to a party with family or friends, dress the little ones up together for awesome pictures.  Pick a theme, such as Old MacDonald’s Farm, and let each baby be a different farm animal – cow, horse, chicken, pig, etc…  And all the adults can be farmers!  Another fun theme can be a fruits and vegetables, with the babies dressed as strawberries, bananas, watermelon, carrots and pea pods.  They will look deliciously adorable!

Whichever way you go, be sure baby is comfortable in soft fabrics and dressed appropriately for the weather.  And if baby rejects the costume altogether, it probably isn’t worth a power struggle.  There will be many more Halloween costumes in the future.

Spook-Free Environment

While your baby may not be able to tell you, babies are aware of new environments, sights and sounds.  Baby can easily get spooked if something feels awry, so be conscious of exploring your Halloween scenery together, showing baby that it is all for fun.  Babies want to feel safe so don’t take your little one into a space that is extremely dark, with frightful decorations and scary noises.  Save the ghosts and goblins for the older kids and make Halloween a sweet holiday this year.

Taking in the new and interesting environment requires a lot of energy for processing, and baby may get fussy or tire easily.  Try to stick to baby’s sleep schedule so your baby isn’t crabby the day after Halloween.

Breastfeeding on Halloween

Loving Moments Nursing BrasPlan when and where you’ll breastfeed in advance.  It’s ok to adjust feeding schedules by a few minutes throughout the day to make it convenient to go out later.  If you’re headed to a gathering, ask for a quiet spot away from the excitement to nurse so baby can get a good feeding without being distracted.  As we all know, a well-fed baby is always happier!  Be sure to wear your Loving Moments nursing bras or our super-simple nursing tank under your costume to make nursing on-the-go easy.

Limit alcohol intake this year while you are nursing.  Get a recommendation from your pediatrician as to whether or not you can drink and how much is safe.  Also be conscious of your sugar intake on Halloween.  What you eat is passed along to your baby through your breast milk.  If you get a sugar high, baby may be bouncing off the walls too.

Have a wonderful and sweet Halloween!   We hope you’ll share your “Loving Moments” Halloween pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!