Ever since I was a little girl, I have absolutely LOVED having a reason to get dressed up — silly, fancy, festive, or otherwise. For as long as I can remember, I have never been one to shy away from a themed costume party, and Halloween is always one of my favorite times of year because dressing-up excuses are at their peak.
As you can imagine, for someone who loves dressing up, having little ones threw me into a giddy whirlwind of excitement. I couldn’t wait to come up with the perfect costume for my little guy for his very first Halloween. OK, let’s be honest, there were actually five costumes…one for each Halloween-related event we attended. I know. I have a problem. Moving on…
Because I clearly consider baby costuming to be a sort of parenting sport, I’ve considered a lot of things when it comes to choosing the perfect one, and I thought they might be worth sharing since Halloween is right around the corner!
Here are my five tips for choosing your little one’s first Halloween costume:
1. Consider comfort.
Babies, in general, do not possess a high tolerance for being dressed in fussy things, so when in doubt, keep it simple. Something like this Jack Jack costume (from Incredibles) is a good option because it’s just one piece. Easy peasy. If your baby doesn’t end up loving the mask, you can always ditch it and spike any hair your baby might have into a similar style. It’s important to be flexible when it comes to baby costumes.
2. Think about the weather.
If you live somewhere where the weather is warmer, you might be able to get away with a costume like this Mike Wazowski one for your little one without adding any tights or a shirt underneath, but if you live somewhere that is decidedly chillier come October, you can always incorporate extra layers as needed. With a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of leggings under that Wazowski number, your little one would be set. Or better yet, this adorable Lilo & Stitch costume would work great as well!
3. Make siblings part of the act.
If your little one has a sibling, the costume options get instantly cuter, because: coordinating costumes. I can’t resist the cuteness of sibling-themed costumes. My little ones have been Minnie and Mickey, Fern & Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web, and Anna and Olaf from Frozen. The options are endless! If I had two boys (or if I could convince my daughter to be Buzz Lightyear) I would totally go for a Woody and Buzz costume combo!
4. Don’t shy away from a little fanciness.
Halloween is the time to pull out all the stops and bring a little fancy — and there are plenty of sweet, frilly Disney Princess options in the Disney Baby Halloween Costume Shop!
5. When in doubt, stick to the classics.
It can be tempting to reinvent the wheel and come up with a first costume that is truly unique, but sometimes a classic character is the most memorable, such as Marie (from The Aristocats) or Dumbo. The classics can make for a first costume you’ll never forget!
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