Your baby’s first Halloween is such an exciting time! Today we are sharing 10 tips to make your little one’s first Halloween as stress-free and low key as possible.
Halloween can be overwhelming for your baby. Many parents will begin searching the internet days before Halloween, looking for ways to calm their anxiety, anticipating a night of little horrors that will end in total exhaustion.
Learn from parents who have experienced a Halloween night with a one-year-old and have lived to tell about it!
It’s all about knowing the forecast and being prepared! Go with the flow of the night and your baby.
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Here are 10 tips to take the spooky stress out of your baby’s first Halloween:
1. Choose a simple costume.
It is OK to go super low key. The simpler the first year the better. Make it as easy to get on and off as possible. Diaper issues can happen at a moment’s notice.
The costume that was OK at home can be a no go at the grandparent’s house. Be prepared. Bring a cute pair of Halloween pajamas with you.
They can double as a costume. Make sure the costume is warm enough, consider packing a jacket or sweatshirt too. Don’t forget extra diapers and wipes!
2. Pick out a really cute costume.
Keep tip #1 in mind, simple, but go for it when it comes to cute! This is your costume year mom! It may be the only one where your child doesn’t fight your choice.
You can find some really cute costumes here: Baby Halloween Costumes (Amazon)
If you really have your heart set on something that looks more like a “costume” than an outfit you are in luck! There are so many adorable baby costumes available!
If you want both super cute and unique Etsy is the place to go. Some of these baby Halloween costumes are the cutest things I have ever seen!
I’m head over heels for this cute little Ladybug costume! It is simple, affordable, and best of all unique! I really like the long pants and that the bodysuit has long sleeves.
3. Take lots of pictures.
Make sure your phone and/or camera battery are fully charged. Babies grow so quickly, you’ll cherish the photos you take when they are little, so take lots. It’s your baby’s first Halloween, so take some pictures before even leaving the house if you are going trick or treating or to see friends or family.
Your baby’s mood can change rapidly, a happy baby at home can be an unhappy baby as soon as you head out the door. A good camera is a must with a baby.
You won’t go wrong with getting a really good camera. The camera I use for my kid pics and for our blogs is the Nikon D 3300. I have had the camera for 2 years now and still love it and use it every day.
The model has been upgraded, but they still sell the D 3300 and I think it is an excellent value. Phone cameras have become almost as good, but I still feel having a good digital camera is a necessity to capture truly magical childhood memories. You can check the price on Amazon.
I love my Nikon, as you can probably tell! But if I was going to buy a less expensive camera that took beautiful photos, it would this one!
Image credit: Maternity Comfort Solutions
4. Host an early Halloween Gathering at your house.
Invite all your friends over with their cute babies in costume for a little “party” at your place.
Kill two birds with one stone and invite the grandparents and your halfway to a quiet night of Netflix and leftover Halloween candy.
Snacks for the kiddos and moms, a little Halloween music, and some spooky decorations and your good to go! We’ve got you covered with ideas:
Image Credit: Maternity Comfort Solutions
5. If you do trick or treat, go early or go to a local “Trunk or Treat” event.
Go Trick or treating early. Beat the mobs of neighborhoods kids.
On your baby’s first Halloween, consider going to visit relatives or the grandparents as an alternative.
They will be just as excited for your baby’s first Halloween as you are! Go to places you feel comfortable. Check to see if your city offers early trick or treat hours.
Some cities and towns are moving trick or treat to designated weekend nights and specific hours. We have noticed that “Trunk or Treat” has become increasingly popular in several of our local communities.
Trunk or treat is often put on by churches or schools and is a safer alternative than going door to door in the dark on Halloween night. Families park in the church, school or a community parking lot, decorate the back of car or truck with a theme and kid’s go trick or treating from trunk to trunk.
6. Don’t Stress.
Things may not go as planned. It’s OK. You may have a sleeping baby or a fussy baby.
Your little one may not want to wear his or her costume. Just remember in a few years they will totally be into Halloween and all the festivities.
Relax and have fun! Take the pressure off and do a before Halloween photoshoot in the costume you choose. That way on Halloween if things don’t quite go as planned no worries, you have cute pics for the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who will be looking for Halloween pics of your little one.
7. Start a Holiday reading basket for bed-time storytelling.
Halloween leads us right into the Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holiday season. Your baby’s first Halloween is the perfect time to start a reading basket.
Fill the basket with seasonal books you can read before bedtime. A couple of books our kids have loved over the years are below:
8. Use a lightweight stroller if you go trick or treating.
We live in a very family-friendly neighborhood with lots and lots of kiddos. So Halloween is crazy! The one thing we often will see when it is a baby’s first Halloween, are exhausted parents carrying their fussy baby in the dark.
Don’t do it. Make baby’s first Halloween as stress-free as possible for yourselves.
Here are several more great deals on lightweight strollers.
9. Visit a pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin
Picking out a pumpkin is a great family tradition to start with your baby! If you go in the late afternoon remember to bring a jacket for your little one, fall nights can cool down quickly!
Photo: Maternity Comfort Solutions
Older babies will really enjoy playing with the pumpkins and a fun (non-messy) activity is to make a pumpkin guts sensory bag for them to touch and feel.
You can see a pumpkin sensory bag we made in the post below (Scroll to #4):
10. Netflix and stay home.
Whether you head out for an early trick or treat or never make it out the door, plan to celebrate at home. Passing out candy on your baby’s first Halloween, with your baby in costume is a fun alternative to trick or treat. Consider making it a date night. Enjoy a spooky movie and relax after the baby Halloween festivities.
The most important tip of all is to have fun and be safe!
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