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baby costume ideas halloween

When choosing a baby costume for your infant or toddler, you need to consider not only the cutie-factor but also several practical issues that can make or break your party. At least if you want a happy baby (and mom).

In this article, we share tips on what to think about when you choose a costume for your child, regardless of if you are going to make it or buy it.

I have personal experience of NOT following these tips. When my daughter was 9 months old, we dressed her up as a puppy for Halloween. She was gorgeous – for one minute. Then she got furious on the fur and the tail and refused the costume for the rest of the day. Her friend was dressed up as a pumpkin, using just some orange clothes. A much better option for a baby!

To avoid unnecessary mistakes, follow my tips below.

For anyone interested in making your costumes as well as other Halloween kids’ crafts, you can find inspiration and instructions in the book “23 Halloween Crafts for Kids: Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas and Spooky Decor”. (Link to Amazon).

And for buying a costume for your baby, Amazon works really well. Another fun place is HalloweenCostumes.com, which – obviously – specializes in Halloween costumes. They have a huge offering!

Baby Costume Ideas & Tips

  • If the costume includes some sort of hat, make sure it is detachable. Many babies really hate wearing hats. For newborn babies, it can even trigger the suckling reflex again and again and again…
  • If your infant is young or the party is long, buy a baby costume that is comfortable and safe to sleep in.
  • Older babies need a costume that they feel free to sit, crawl climb or walk around in; whatever they like doing.
  • It’s great if the costume is machine washable, although for more advanced infant costumes that can be hard to find.
  • Check if you can change diapers without taking the whole infant costume off.
  • Think through if you are likely to use the costume in a warm or a cool place and buy an appropriate costume.
  • If you’re not sure if your baby is going to accept the costume i) try it at home for a while first and ii) bring alternative clothing that you think suits the party.
  • If you think a costume is really to overdo things, consider a cute bodysuit, bib or pacifier with a theme at least.
  • And for YOU mom – remember to choose a costume that won’t scare your baby and preferably one that is reasonably easy to breastfeed in (if you do).
  • Want to match with your baby? Try the Incredibles, Popeye with family (if dad wants to join in), maybe some characters from Winnie the Pooh or Flintstones. Or just dress up as a queen and little prince or princess. Or if you want to be a little bit scary why not a mom devil and a baby devil (but cute ones)?

For more inspiration, check the baby costumes below, available from Amazon. :-) There are some really creative, cute and funs ones to either buy, of course, MAKE if you are the creative type. And if you have ideas on baby costumes or- even better – pictures, please, please share below!

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    Emily Bendler

    My son picked out our family’s costumes months ago before my daughter was born. Luckily what he picked for her comes in a onesie!