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Halloween Costumes for Your Lil’ Goblin

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Personalized Army Soldier Costume

With Halloween just around the corner, kids (and parents) everywhere are thinking of the perfect costume. But finding that perfect costume is sometimes easier said than done. Balancing creativity, comfort, warmth, and even safety can be challenging, especially with younger kids like I have. To help you and your kids in this quest for the best costume, here are some tips and ideas that may help you out:


Good news is that there will be no need for negotiating with your baby about their costume – trust me, this will change when they get a little older! For me, warmth and comfort were priorities. My daughter spent her first Halloween asleep in her stroller in a bunny bunting passed down to me from my sister-in-law. My son was born a few weeks before Halloween, so I put an orange hat on him and called him a pumpkin as he slept in my ERGObaby Carrier.  Perhaps these were not the most creative ideas, so here are a few others to consider:


Once your little one can walk, the main goal is for the costume to be comfortable and easy to keep on.  Your little one’s favorite character may be a safe way to go, but try to keep it as simple as possible. You want to stay away from toddler costumes that are bulky or that have too many zippers and snaps. Your toddler will probably last a lot longer in a toddler costume that allows a lot of movement and a lot of breathing room.  Check out these:


Your preschooler’s mind is always going.  It amazes me the amount of information they are retaining and their curiosity.  I think this is a good opportunity to dress them as an everyday hero like a policeman or a doctor. They learn a little bit about some noble professions, plus it’s never too early to do some career planning!

To make sure that you have the greatest selection to choose form when it comes to trick-or-treating on Halloween it is important that you start looking for your costume early. Even if you get it early, you can let your little one wear the costume before Halloween to make sure that he or she is used to and likes to wear it. This makes it much easier when Halloween actually comes and your toddler needs to put on the costume.

Hopefully you can use some of these ideas to come up with the perfect costume. Tune back in next week when we discuss ways to trick your kids into sharing their Halloween candy with you.

A holiday that is fun, full of surprises and safe is what you want for your little ones.

10 of Our Favorite Mom Sites!

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Lucky for us, there are tons of resources on the web to help new moms find answers to questions, save time and money, reconnect with the world around us, and have a little bit of fun (dispelling the myth that new moms are not able to have fun).  The only problem is that with the magnitude of sites to sort through, it may seem a bit overwhelming to find ones that are most helpful.  Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite sites, and a little information on them to help you decide if it’s something you might find useful.  Warm up that bookmark manager in your browser, you’re gonna need it!

  • Babycenter. was the first website I subscribed to when I found out I was pregnant … and five years later, I still use it as my go-to site for parenting questions. There is a wealth of information on this site as well as a great community that is monitored to maintain a respectful and relevant forum.  In addition to connecting some amazing people through their many groups, you can also read trusted advice from hundreds of experts, find medical advisory board-approved information and get support at every stage of your child’s development.
  • Macaroni Kid.  Being housebound with a newborn, or just busy with day-to-day activities, it’s great having a go-to site for family-friendly events and activities happening in your community each week.  And Macaroni Kid does just that. Sign up for a free weekly newsletter, and find out what’s happening in your backyard … from movie listings to sport classes to local concerts and parades.
  • What to Expect.  The New York Times bestseller, What to Expect When you are Expecting, is now online!  This interactive companion to the WTE books is home to an exciting, vast, yet close-knit community of one million parents – sounds cozy, doesn’t it!  In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker (the most popular pregnancy app in the world), the WTE Fertility Tracker, the WTE Baby Name Finder, and due this spring, the WTE First Year Tracker (totally could have used this!).
  • The Bump.  Did you plan your wedding using The Knot?  Or refer to The Nest for home buying tips or throwing your first house warming party?  Then check out The Bump, which is from the creators of The Knot and The Nest. The Bump gives first-time parents the lowdown on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and babies with advice, stylish ideas, local resources, and interactive tools – in the same great format as it predecessors.
  • Babble.  Babble’s attempt to “explore the world of parenting on a daily basis with ruthless honestly and humor,” successfully provides parents with exceptional service content and incisive, honest essays about parenting.  From advice to new parents to realistic articles about how life will not slow down once you have your baby, these articles make me laugh, commiserate, and benefit from some tried and true tips!
  • Celebrity Baby Blog. Celebrity Baby Blog is the hottest spot for the latest news on celebrity births, babies, children, moms, style and the things they love … okay, so this may add no real value beyond guilty pleasure, but so much fun none-the-less.
  • A-LIST MOM. This is a free daily e-mail newsletter and website that delivers trendy, useful products and services for babies, tots and moms.  I was hooked after reading about a product to “stop playroom sprawl” … now we can contain my son’s Lego obsession!
  • Cool Mom Picks This is a popular shopping blog for cool products for kids and moms alike.  “Cool picks” include non-mainstream products and services (from peanut butter alternatives to really comfy loafers); they claim to weed out things “that suck.”  Which can save you time, right?  And time is money!
  • Project Nursery. is a leading resource site dedicated to baby’s 1st room and beyond.  Business partners (and moms!) Melisa Fluhr and Pamela Ginocchio started this site help real parents how to take charge of their own design and decorating projects. Get inspired by their constantly updated project gallery or their video “how-tos.”
  • Baby Gizmo.  Mom of three, Hollie Schultz, evolved her fussiness with baby products into an independent product testing and research coalition of moms, pediatrician and child development experts from around the country.  With her video product reviews, it’s even better than going to the store myself – which is hard to do as a new mom!

This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a sampling of some sites we like.  I’m sure you have some other sites you think other moms should know about, so please share them with us.  Add it below or on our facebook comments … we love hearing from you.