A baby’s first year is filled with special occasions. This includes your little one’s first holidays, from Valentine’s Day to Christmas. Halloween is one occasion that many parents look forward to, as nothing is cuter than seeing your baby dressed up in his or her first costume! In addition to the costume factor, you can celebrate the holiday with these ideas that are more sweet than scary.
Cobwebs can look spooky to us, but to a baby, this homemade decoration will look like nothing but soft, fluffy fun. Shred everyday cotton balls into light wisps and spread them about the room – look for the largest size possible for the best result. You can also use cotton batting, separating it into smaller strands and stretching it for a neat cobweb effect. Spider webbing can be used too but cotton is probably the safest material for babies. Just keep your cobwebs spider-free for this first Halloween or you might scare the little one.
Many of us love crafting at this time of year, and babies are no exception. While lots of DIY Halloween crafts are too tricky or messy for small babies, one option would be to paint pumpkins together. Simply buy small pumpkins and non-toxic finger paint. This is also a project that older siblings can get involved with, as toddlers love finger painting as well. Let your baby put their own handprints on pumpkins or orange paper for a fun, themed craft that they’ll be sure to love.
Of course, it wouldn’t be your child’s first Halloween without the costume to celebrate! Your baby may be too small for trick-or-treating, but you can invite friends and family around for a small get-together or just take photos to mark the special occasion. There’s a wide range of options to choose from, whether you prefer funny costumes or something cute like a little vampire or bunny rabbit. A pumpkin costume is always a popular choice for babies. One thing to remember is that safety is very important with under-ones. Make sure the costume is simple and soft, without any dangling bits or small pieces that could be choking hazards.
Healthy sweet treats
We often associate Halloween with candy, which isn’t really an option for babies. However, there are lots of other seasonal treats you can offer to tempt your little one if she’s old enough for solid food. Baked apple or pumpkin slices go down a treat, or you could let your baby enjoy mashed sweet potato for a brightly colored Halloween dinner. If you’re having grownups over to celebrate as well, you can always save the candy for them.
With a combination of cute Halloween crafts, silly decorations, and comfortable costumes, you can make sure that your baby’s first holiday evokes the spirit of the season, without the scary elements.