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Baby’s First Halloween: Stress Free Tips and Tricks

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As a parent, there are few things more exciting than Baby’s first Halloween.

Because honestly, who doesn’t want to dress their little chubster in that awesome cupcake outfit from Pottery Barn? Or that ladybug costume or that Yoda outfit.

But if you’re a planner, Baby’s first Halloween can easily go from sweet to stressful. We can spend hours pouring over costumes, snacks, and activities to give our babies the best Halloween imaginable. Before we know it we’re so consumed with the idea of the perfect Halloween we forget to enjoy the moment with our little ones.

Don’t want this to happen to you? Look below for some of our best Baby’s first Halloween tips and tricks for a Halloween that both you and your baby can enjoy.

Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Halloween

Who knew Halloween gifts were a thing? Not me until about my third kid in. My daughter came home very upset that the Leprechauns had not left a present for her on St. Patricks Day. Apparently, they did for the rest of the class…whoops! The good news is, babies are simple. We don’t think sweet little Abby is going to expect a real Harry Potter wand at only 6 months old.

So what are appropriate gifts for Baby’s first Halloween? This My First Pumpkin Play Set is absolutely adorable for little tikes that love to snuggle something soft. These monster squeakers would be perfect for your little noisemaker in the making.

Not your baby’s thing?  You can never go wrong with a Halloween-themed book to keep your baby entertained while expanding their growing mind.

Baby’s first Halloween treats

Food is one of the most important aspects of any holiday. Why should Halloween be any different? But what if you don’t want your baby getting a candy-filled sugar rush on their first Halloween? Don’t worry. You are not alone. There are plenty of alternatives to give your child a festive Halloween feast.

Some candy-free treats include:

A quick online search will reveal much more!

What to do for baby’s first Halloween?

Baby’s first Halloween activities don’t have to involve trick-or-treating. Many communities offer family-friendly Halloween events for parents who don’t feel up to roaming the streets with their kids.

What if community events and crowds aren’t your cups of tea? You can always host a small Halloween gathering with friends and family with games such as bobbing for apples, pumpkin memory, and ghost bowling. Or you can mix the company altogether and plan a family fun night in with Halloween-themed movies and snacks.

Baby’s first Halloween basket

So you want to go out trick-or-treating, but don’t want little Sally to have to use a grocery sack to collect her candy? Good news! There are Halloween baskets available for every budget. Local retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target carry a variety of baskets for kids, as does Pottery Barn.

Want to get a little more creative? Come up with a basket based on your child’s costume.

Baby’s First Halloween Costume

Halloween costumes for babies have come so far over the years, it’s not all pumpkins and bunnies anymore! Over the last decade, one thing is for certain–the only limit to Halloween costumes nowadays is the imagination.

Our 5 Favorite Baby Girl First Halloween Costume Ideas

Don’t want to go all out this Halloween, but still want to be festive? This Witch Please baby girl first Halloween onesie is perfect for the lazy mom in all of us.

Our 5 Favorite Baby Boy First Halloween Costume Ideas

And just as with your baby girl, Etsy also has you covered if you are searching for a baby boy first Halloween onesie. Nightmare Before Christmas, anyone? Yes, please!

Baby’s first Halloween picture ideas

You’ve got the costume, you found the bag, and now it’s time to make sure you remember this moment forever. Why go for a boring snapshot of your baby sitting on the couch? Instead, you can take it a step further and make your picture match your baby’s first Halloween costume. For example, you can find a rock wall to place Humpty Dumpty on. Or if you’re tropical you can place your little mermaid on the beach.

The best thing about pictures like this is you can make them work no matter what mood your baby is in: Is your little lobster upset? Get a snapshot of you trying to place him in a pot!

Is your little candy corn asleep? Place him in a bowl of candy to help him blend in.

You can even take photos with sleeping babies a step further and create a whole scene based on their costume. Check out what a creative mom did with her little witch in the picture below.

Have you decided to not have a costume for baby’s first Halloween? You can still get a Baby’s first Halloween picture by placing them in a pumpkin you’ve carved out. Just make sure to keep the baby wipes handy.

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Plus, here are some more ideas for a stress-free Halloween for your baby:

Just Remember

  • Go early. Does your baby normally go to bed at 7:30 every night? You don’t have to break your routine to have fun. Just plan things around your baby’s schedule. It will make life easier for both of you.
  • Get creative! Halloween does not have to be a budget-buster. Between your local craft and thrift stores and a little elbow grease, you can make just about anything happen.
  • Don’t stress. When it comes down to it, your baby probably isn’t going to remember their first Halloween. Anything you do is more for you than anyone else. Have fun, relax, and enjoy it.

Baby’s first Halloween is a special, magical time. You can make it as simple or extravagant as you want. But, as with much of parenting, a calm, and happy mama makes for a calm and happy baby.

Give yourself a break and just have fun!


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