Founded in 2006 by Australian native Raegan Moya-Jones, Aden & Anais (A+A) introduced the first muslin swaddle blanket to the United States.
Halloween is almost upon us, and that means cute costumes for babies! Trick-or-treating, however, can be overwhelming for both you and your baby. Depending on when you go out, the sidewalks could be empty or full of ghosts and ghouls. Don’t expect to be out too long, and don’t expect a large haul of candy—which your little one shouldn’t have much of in the first place. Here are some tips to have a successful, fun, and adorable experience.
Choose a Weather-Appropriate Costume
Choose a costume based on your area’s weather. If it’s typically brisk and chilly in October in your area, a fleece costume that covers their entire body plus a hood might be appropriate. If it’s warmer, you might be able to get away with a onesie and pants. Either way, it’s a good idea to bring a receiving blanket. As a bonus, the blanket can be incorporated into the costume, such as a cape.
Avoid Masks and Accessories
Masks can make it hard for babies to breathe, so it’s best to avoid any costume that requires a mask. If you use paint, make sure it’s safe for use on skin. Don’t bother with accessories, especially with babies who haven’t mastered grabbing and holding for long periods. Even if they can, they might tend to swing the accessory around.
Decide Between Carrying, Walking, or Using a Stroller
Depending on your baby’s age, you have up to three options. One is to carry your baby the entire time, which might be the only option if your baby is very young. In this case, avoid costumes with tails and wings as these can make carrying your baby difficult. If your baby is walking, you can help them around, but don’t count on them walking too long before they get tired. Finally, you can use a stroller, and even think up creative ways to incorporate it into your baby’s costume.
Costumes can be scary for young children who aren’t fully aware of what’s going on. Try on the costume a few times before Halloween to get your baby used to it, so they won’t immediately start crying as you’re trying to head out for trick-or-treating.
Plan a Route
Plan your route beforehand. If your baby is too young to have candy, consider only going to friends and neighbors who will enjoy seeing your baby in their costume, keeping the route simple and short. For older babies, you can start to lengthen the route, but know they will still wear out after a while, especially close to bedtime.
Have a Full Tummy
Unless you want a screaming, “hangry” baby, it’s best to feed them before you head out. Keep them full and content, and you will have a pleasant experience. Just be sure to have burp cloths with you just in case they spit up. If you have a strict timeline for Halloween, consider an aden + anais burpy bib, which you can use as a bib for feeding and protecting the costume. Then, unsnap the burpy bib and throw it over your shoulder as a burp cloth and you’ll be ready to head out for trick-or-treating.
About aden + anais
aden + anais has been offering practical, cute, and versatile baby essentials for both new and seasoned parents since 2006. They’re well-known for their signature cotton muslin baby blankets, which are favorites of parents and gift-givers alike. The super-soft blankets are highly versatile, doubling as everything from stroller covers to swaddles, and from changing pads to burp cloths. aden + anais focuses on comfort, simplicity, and style when it comes to developing products, and safety above all. Their effortlessly stylish high-quality offerings include burp cloths, swaddles, baby bibs, blankets, and more. aden + anais has the perfect products for you and your baby.
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