Pretty soon there will be goblins and ghouls roaming around the streets trying to scare up something good and tasty to eat. The doorbells will be ringing and kids singing “trick or treat” and naturally we give them treats. This year is a very special one for some parents. It is a year of firsts with their baby. This is his/her first Halloween and you want it to be special (even if the baby won’t remember it there will always be scrapbooks to pull out later to show him or her).
Here is a list of ten tips to help make it a safe and fun Halloween (in no particular order):
- Make sure that there are no little parts to the costume that can be ingested. Yes dressing the baby up has a princess is adorable but do not give her a crown or something extra that she can eat or hurt herself with. A little boy might look awesome has a football player but do not put a helmet on that will cover his face and possibly smother him. A costume with just basics will go a long way. Extras are great but wait until they are older. Keep the stroller clear of anything extra.
- Sure it is cute to take the baby out and get candy but keep in mind the age. Is it really appropriate for him or her to have candy? What type of candy? Do not let the baby eat hard candy-it is so easy to choke on. Use basic common sense before giving anything to your baby. If anything let the older kids have the candy or give it away. The experience of spending time with your baby doing a tradition should be rewarding enough if the child is too young.
- I know this is a common sense tip but I am still going to mention it-do not leave the stroller at any time. If you go to the mall or in the neighborhood, keep an eye on the baby at all times. Not only can your baby get kidnapped but sometimes strangers will give them things not meaning harm (ex: candy) and you want to watch the baby at all times.
- Pictures: I know that you want to remember this moment for a long time (and bring out the pictures when your son/daughters date show up). Take tons. Make sure the battery is ready in the digital camera. After all, how often do you have a first Halloween? Scrap book layout: http://www.mycraftbook.com/Babys_First_Halloween_Scrapbook_Layout.asp
- Instead of taking the baby out trick or treating, why not have him or her help you hand out candy. The baby can still dress up but just help out.
- Have a party or go to a party with your baby dressed up. The baby will get a lot of attention and you will both have fun. More ideas: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/babysfirsthalloween.htm
- Picking out a costume is a hard choice, after all you will only have a few years of getting this choice before you baby is old enough to tell you what he or she wants to be. However, do not choose something that is not appropriate for your child. Do not dress the baby up has a playboy bunny-yes it is cute to some but just wrong. Some costume ideas that are great: http://www.halloweenexpress.com/baby-infant-c-32.html
- Keep in mind that this can be a very scary experience for your baby. They might be faced with people that just frighten them. Scholastic has a great article that helps with getting the baby over some of the scary parts that might be overwhelming: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=511
- Go trick or treating during daylight hours. Some babies are afraid of the dark and that is ok. Do not take them out and stress them if they do not like the darkness.
- Have fun! Here is an article that will help with choosing costumes: http://www.parenting.com/activity-parties-article/Activities-Parties/-/Halloween-Costume-Safety-Roundup. Take it seriously, because you want your precious baby to be around for many more holidays.