Breastfeeding Friendly Halloween Costumes

Breastfeeding Friendly Halloween CostumesWhen you’re a breastfeeding mama who plans to partake in Halloween festivities you may want to consider a costume selection to make nursing as simple as possible this year. We’re sharing breastfeeding friendly Halloween costume ideas to help you and your little one maximize the fun and minimize the fuss on Halloween night.

Layer Up: Wearing a nursing bra under your costume is a must but it’s even better if your costume will accommodate a nursing cami. This nursing solution is a snap and can easily be incorporated into many Halloween costumes. When you’re considering how to dress this Halloween, think about how your nursing cami can work with the costume.

Superhero: We all know moms are superheroes so dressing like one on Halloween makes a lot of sense. Plus, your cape can double as a nursing cover as you feed your baby your superfood breast milk. Dress your baby as a side-kick and the two of you are a dynamic duo saving the world one breastfeed at a time.

Baby Wearing: Keeping your baby close in baby carrier or sling can make nursing super simple when baby is hungry. There are lots of fun breastfeeding friendly Halloween costumes that incorporate your attached baby, such as a kangaroo and joey, spider in a spider web, or a chick hatching from an egg.

Ghost or Goddess: Drapey costumes can help make breastfeeding easier on Halloween. Consider a flowing ghost costume or elegant draped neck goddess gown. These can be pulled down for breastfeeding access for your little pumpkin.

Strapless: Selecting a strapless costume also makes nursing simple, especially on-the-go. With little effort you can fold down your top for feedings. Strapless ideas include a ’20 flapper gall, a mermaid, or a fairy.

Big Costumes: Want privacy for breastfeeding? Make your own nursing space with a big costume such as a box of popcorn, a gumball machine, a trashcan, a lego or a bus. While it may be bulky, you’ll have the ultimate discretion for breastfeeding your baby on the big night.

Keep these breastfeeding friendly Halloween costumes in mind as you’re coming up with a creative idea for you and baby this year!

Swaddle Baby Halloween Costumes

Swaddle Baby Halloween CostumesIf you have a newborn, you’re probably excited for your baby’s first Halloween. As fun as it is dressing your baby daily in adorable clothes, it’s even cuter to dress your little one in a baby Halloween costume. For the newest and tiniest additions, it may be easiest to keep your baby swaddled snugly during your Halloween festivities. Today we’re sharing colorful ideas for swaddle baby Halloween costumes that you can make yourself.  And no matter what shade strikes your fancy, we’ve got an idea for every color of the rainbow:

RED – Ladybug

Draw black circular dots all over a red swaddle. Fasten pipe-cleaner antennae and eyes to a black baby hat. Your lucky ladybug is ready for her Halloween debut.

ORANGE – Jack-o-lantern

We’re going with the gourd of the season for our orange pick. Simply draw or iron on a jack-o-lantern face include triangle eyes and nose and a jagged grin.  Secure a green stem from an orange baby hat and your lil’ pumpkin is prime for picking.

YELLOW – Burrito

You’ve probably felt your baby looked a lot like a burrito when swaddled. You can make it so by using a yellowish gold swaddle and adding some tissue paper accents such as green for lettuce, red for tomato and brown for meat. You can even add a little sticker identifying your favorite local Mexican restaurant where your baby burrito came from.

GREEN – Caterpillar

Using a green swaddle, adhere strips of green painters tape or ribbon about 4-5 inches apart from each other. Put your baby in a green baby hat with antennae and bug eyes. Your little crawling critter will be cozy and cute for the big day.

BLUE – Superhero

On a blue swaddle place a cut out or print out of the first letter of your baby’s name. Use a piece of fabric or a small towel as a cape and place the same letter on the back. Fasten the cape to your baby’s swaddle. Your little one is ready to save the day.

PURPLE – Butterfly

With a purple swaddle center, simply fasten butterfly wings to the back of your baby’s blanket. Then add a baby hat with antennae and your beautiful butterfly will look spectacular for Halloween.

WHITE – Sushi

Wrap your baby in a plain white swaddle. Using a black strip of fabric, gently fasten a small orange or pinkish pillow to your baby’s front or back. The pillow is for the fish and the white is the rice. Your baby will surely look delicious enough to eat.

BROWN – Football

Swaddled in brown, add white painters tape in the pattern of football stitching. Do the same for a brown baby hat and you’re ready for game day.

Swaddle baby Halloween costumes are a fun way to keep your little love warm, snuggly and comfy during baby’s first Halloween.

How to Throw a Halloween Party

While you may have passed down the trick-or-treating to your children it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this Halloween! If you’re planning a Halloween block party this year that’s fun for everyone checkout these helpful tips on how to get ready for the big event:

 

Invitations: Whether you send out a Facebook invite or you make your own invitations it’s important to have something to let everyone know what’s going on. Don’t forget to put the date, the location, when the party starts and stops, and what kind of party it is. It’s important to keep in mind not everyone can make it on Halloween because they may be taking the kids out for trick-or-treating. Try planning your party the weekend before or after Halloween so all your guests are more likely available. Don’t forget to say on the invitation it is costume mandatory! It’s Halloween after all.

 

Decorations: Decorations are always fun at a Halloween party. Sometimes they can make or break the mood. Whether your party is being hosted at your house or another location, make sure to have the appropriate decorations. This is your party so have fun and decorate the way you want to, but make sure to keep the children in mind. Decorating for Halloween can be fun, but if you plan to get really gory you could scare the kids. Instead try decorating with simple props such as pumpkins, skeletons, cobwebs, etc. Also, your lighting and sound effects are definitely something to consider. Ask one of your neighbors if you can borrow their strobe light to set up in the front yard to make a spooky entrance. A fog machine is also something that will be a hit at the party. Set it up outside or even in the basement to be included in the fun dance party later on!

Tip: If you choose to have the location set somewhere else besides your home, make sure you have plenty of time to set everything up. Give yourself more than 24-48 hours to have everything ready for the big party.

 

Music: You can’t have a Halloween party without some spooky music! The hit Monster Mash is totally a must, but if you want to try something a little different put on a spooky movie to fill the background while people are hanging around. Pick a movie like the Headless Horseman or A Nightmare Before Christmas to keep it kid friendly.

 

Snacks: Pizza is great, but if you’re trying to spruce things up a bit, try looking at Pinterest for some Halloween snack ideas. You’ll find anything from puking pumpkins to amazing finger snacks. People will go crazy over anything that is a little different from the norm. Plus the kids will find your spider lady fingers really fun and delicious!

Tip: If you’re on a budget it’s okay to put on the invitation to bring a side to pass around.

 

Games: Do you have any special games in mind? Depending on the weather you can do a lot of things both inside and outside. These are our favorite outside games: pumpkin corn hole, pumpkin carving, and ghost in the graveyard. Here are our favorite inside games: murder mystery, Pictionary, charades, diving for apples, and best costume reveal!

 

The biggest thing to remember is to have fun! It’s your party so whatever you decide goes. Make sure everyone gets involved with the games, both the kids and the adults, so everyone can have a good time laughing and playing around!

 

 

DIY Family Halloween Costumes

DIY Family Halloween CostumesOrganizing Halloween costumes for yourself and toddlers can be a little hectic. Not to mention the cost of some costumes can be little absurd. If you’d rather do something a little more fun, creative, and cost effective we have a few ideas for you! These days movies and television stars are plastered everywhere from back to school folders, notebooks, and your child’s book bags to clothing and even sometimes the noodles of Kraft Mac n Cheese. It’s easy to find a popular kid’s show to get some inspiration for this year’s Halloween.

Today we are sharing 8 DIY popular ideas for your family’s Halloween costumes:

Minions from Despicable Me: This has been such a popular idea this year! Everything from dressing up your dog to your babies has been all over the web and we are loving it! To master this look all you need are some boxes and paint. Paint up your boxes to create your minions and then all you’ll need are black pants to complete this awesome Halloween look!

The Walking Dead: Dress the whole family up as your favorite Walking Dead characters! This can either be as zombies or as one of the main characters such as Rick or Carl. Either one can be assembled with old clothes and fake blood!

Frozen: Right now it’s every little girl’s dream to be Princess Anna or Queen Elsa. Get the whole family on board and dress up like the whole crew of Frozen. If you have a little boy they can join too as either Kistoff or Olaf! There are lots of ways to make these outfits with fabric and other materials. Checkout tutorials on YouTube!

Your Favorite Board Game: Whether your family is into Clue, Monopoly, or another board game, you can create awesome Halloween costumes to depict your family’s favorite games! Just like the minions idea, all you’ll need is some cardboard and paint. This is a great way for the whole family to get involved and create their own creative board game costume!

Star Wars: With the new movie and video game about to release it’s no wonder this idea is so popular for Halloween! For R2-D2 you can create your costume out of a box, and if you have a little girl who wants to dress up as Princess Leah a white robe will do the trick.

Goosebumps: Goosebumps is another series that will be expecting a new movie! With all the different monsters and characters it might be a little difficult picking your inspiration, but creating your outfit will be a lot of fun!

The Avengers: Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? This year make your own Avengers’ costumes with things lying around your home.

Lego Movie: The Lego Movie is another 2015 favorite! A large amount of cardboard will be needed!

 

 

Maternity Halloween Costume Ideas

Maternity Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just a few days away and for expectant moms, you may feel a bit restricted by the little monster, ghost or pumpkin in your belly.  But don’t let your bump trip you up.  In fact, let your belly be a fun part of your costume.  You can still dress in your personal Halloween style, whether that’s sarcastic and ironic, or simple and creative.

We have a ton of easy maternity Halloween ideas that will bring a smile to everyone’s face and keep you in the Halloween spirit.

Maternity Bra:  We love this clever maternity bra costume, but then again, we are partial to bras.  It may look complicated, but with the fabric of your choice, scissors, fabric glue and Velcro, you can easily design and produce your very own maternity bra.  Grab your partner and stuff his belly to match yours.  Then, let your bumps fill the cups.  We guarantee lots of laughs on Halloween night.

Snowman:  When coming up with a maternity Halloween costume, consider options that are naturally round.  A snowman or snow-woman in this case, fits the bill perfectly.  Between your naturally round head, growing breasts and your plump belly, you’ve got the three parts of this costume without much effort.  Wear all white, paint your face (complete with a carrot nose, of course) and fasten some buttons.  Don’t forget the scarf and top hat too!

 

Bun in the Oven:  From figuratively to literally, this costume is a hilarious way to make a maternity statement.  Bun in the Oven costumes can be purchased or you can make one yourself from a cardboard box.  Just make sure you can get it on and off easily for those non-stop bathroom breaks.

Road Signs:  Sometimes road signs say it best.  We love these two simple yet truthful road sign costume ideas.  For “dangerous curves ahead,” cut the shape out of yellow cardboard.  Then use black marker or adhesive letters for the words and sign outline.  If you’re a bit more adventurous, go for the painted belly “bump” sign.  Just as a road sign should, we bet you’ll attract a lot of attention.

Painted Belly:  Speaking of painted bellies, we have a few more cute maternity Halloween ideas for you to adorn your bump.  The sky’s the limit when having your belly painted but some of our favorites are these two: A pumpkin on the outside covering your pumpkin on the inside is sweet and festive, or pay tribute to your favorite sport or team by dressing your bump as a ball.  Be sure to use non-toxic paint so no unsafe chemicals are absorbed into your skin and you do not inhale any harmful fumes.

Maternity Halloween T-shirt:  If you’re just not in the mood for a full-out maternity Halloween costume, go for a festive t-shirt instead.  You can purchase these online (rush order to get them by Friday!) or you can easily make these yourself using markers, stickers, felt or other fabric cutouts.

 

Happy Halloween, Moms-to-Be!

Baby Halloween Costumes

Baby Halloween Costumes Sweater weather, hay rides, pumpkin picking, falling leaves, cookouts and spooky costumes. What does this all add up to? Only the coziest month of the year: October! Yes, fall is here and that means a lot of wonderful things. But most importantly, Halloween is just around the corner!

You’re probably used to going through the costume picking process and, if you’re a new mom, things are about to change. No longer are you focusing around pretty, witty, or even sexy. Now? You want a mom and baby costume to photograph and document for years to come! (And perhaps embarrass them with when they’re older!)

So get out the cameras and sewing supplies because we’ve collected some of the most creative ideas yet, from the almost too adorable to wildly hilarious!

Baby Costume Ideas

If you’re not into dressing up but would still like your little one to participate in the festivities, get excited! Without the fuss of your own costume you are free to focus completely on the lovable hilarity of your baby’s! DIY baby costumes are key this Halloween and below are a few options that always please the crowd!

The Burrito Baby

 Are you a Chipotle fan? If so, ask for an extra bag on your next burrito run and let the merriment begin! Simple, funny and warm, this cheap and easy infant costume will have you cheerful all night – and perhaps a little hungry, as well…

The Timeless Classic

We’re sure you’ve seen it and loved it every time. Why? Because a baby dressed as an elderly person is just too funny! And if your little one is learning to walk, it is the perfect chance for some outdoor practice!

Biker Baby

Looking to be cutting edge this holiday? The quick and easy biker baby costume is perfect! And HALARIOUS! A little eyeliner beard and I LOVE MOM tattoo, dollar store bandana and baby biker shirt and jeans will make this Halloween the edgiest yet! Oh, did we say edgiest? We meant cutest!

Mom and Baby Costume Ideas

Looking to dress up with your little one? Well, toss out the heels and grab the baby carrier because it is time to focus on cute and comfortable! And while many costumes are expensive, you don’t have to go out of your way to buy a matching outfit. Instead, take advantage of the things you have around the house. DIY mom and baby costumes never get old! Below are a few moms who have outdone themselves! We hope this Halloween you do the same!

Baby Lion & Mama Lion Tamer

 

Get a roaring applause this Halloween as the loveable lion & lion tamer duo! A little eyeliner mustache, a cheap costume shop top hat and a classy outfit of your own will make for a flawless lion tamer! And if you know how to sew, put this adorable lion costume together yourself! If not, there are plenty of cheap, well-made options that you can purchase online. Either way, you’ll trick or treat your way into pocketfuls of candy with a costume this cute!

Little Popped Corn & Mommy Attendant!

Who needs candy when you can have popcorn? Easily dress up as a mama movie attendant and bag of popcorn with a few easy materials: for the attendant you’ll need a white button up, black slacks, and a red bow tie! For the baby bag of popcorn, simply glue together pieces of white and red felt around your baby carrier. If it’s chilly, hot glue some pieces of popcorn to your baby’s white beanie! With a costume this sweet, you’ll want to eat your little one up!

Rainbow Brite and Sprite

From the beloved children’s TV show, Rainbow Brite and Sprite is the ideal costume to add a little love and color to this traditionally eerie holiday! Focus your costume around rainbows and, for your baby, lots of cozy fluff! Lovely and sweet, this costume is perfect for a new mom to portray the love and warmth she feels for her baby.

Family Costumes:

If you and your husband want the fun and charm of a matching costume, make sure to include the kids! Group costumes are both wonderful and entertaining and they allow the whole family to play a part. From a favorite movie to a favorite food group, family costumes are always the way to go!

The Beehive

A little pricy to create but, the outcome? TOTALLY worth it! Consider, as a practical costume alternative, using a bee beanie for your baby and dress up the carrier as a hive. No matter what you decide, dressing up as a beehive with your little honey and hubby will make everyone agree: your costume is the bee’s knees!

The Safari

Comfy, cozy, and cute, this family costume is to die over! While keeping your newborn soft and warm in their lion snuggy, pull on your hiking boots and high socks for a real safari adventure! Include some aviators and binoculars to spot all the jealous onlookers!

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

If you have two little ones and your husband wants to be a part of the family costume, but not enough to wear the makeup and clothes, go for a simple and cute alternative! With the purchase of snuggly animal costumes and a simple ‘Oh my.’ t-shirt, you can still achieve an adorable Halloween pun while pleasing everyone.

With inspiration like this we’re sure you’re ready to get started on your own! So break out the camera and sewing supplies and remember: you’ll be mummy of the year with costumes like these!

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+!