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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:

Babies

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:

Toddlers

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:

Preschoolers

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.

How to Personalize Your Baby’s Nursery

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

One of the best ways to make your baby’s nursery feel welcoming is to find ways to personalize it.  I am a huge fan of cute wooden letters on the wall, but I wanted to find out other unique ways of personalizing my daughter’s nursery (without going over the top).  Here’s what I found:

  • Personalized ceramics.  For all three children, a dear friend sent us adorable personalized stoneware from Hadley Pottery … which are great at mealtime (when your little one eventually gets teeth), but also as decor in the bedroom.  And I must say, these have survived 2 moves and really stand the test of time (and clumsiness).
  • Artwork.  Check out this fanciful painting that can be personalized by the artist for an elegant touch.  Another idea is to choose a canvas that relates to the theme of the nursery – such as sports, safari, or animals  – and have the artist incorporate your baby’s name.  This safari canvas can be personalized for your little explorer.
  • Blankets and Decorative Pillows.  A fun way to personalize a room, embroider the name or initials on blankets or decorative pillows (not to be placed in a crib). Monograms on blankets and accent pillows make a sweet statement.
  • Photos. A picture tells a thousand words, so what better way to create a special place than with pictures of your little one as they come home from the hospital, sit on grandma’s lap, or get a first hug from big brother.  Mix in black-and-white childhood photos of relatives to add in some family history.
  • Family keepsakes.  Not sure what to do with the box of your old childhood mementos?  Pick out your favorite toys, books, or photos and display them on a shelf (out of reach from the little ones of course).
  • Rugs.  These border rugs with initial are the perfect finishing touch for your baby’s nursery.
  • Piggy Banks.  A personalized ceramic piggy bank is cute and educational (teach the value of saving early).

These are the tip of the iceberg when personalizing your baby’s nursery.  There are many more ideas you can find, not only on our site here, but also other sites such as Polkadots & Moonbeams and Sweet Remembrances.  Don’t forget to plan ahead, though. Keep in mind that your baby will outgrow his crib and interests, so you will want to be able to keep some of his personalized belongings as keepsakes.