If you’ve been invited to a Halloween party, this is about the time you start panicking about what exactly you can wear, especially if your options are limited by the need for boob access. The good news is that if you’re a nursing mum planning to buy a costume off the shelf there is plenty of choice.
Here are a few of my favourite breastfeeding friendly Halloween costumes so far.
Anything with “Sexy…” in the name is probably a good bet for breastfeeding access… don’t rule these out just because you’re lacking body confidence. The mini length costumes are perfect with leggings!
I have slightly fallen in love with this “batwing” top. The neck should be stretchy enough to feed in so it’s very practical… Surely I could wear it for more than Halloween???!
If you would rather spend your budget on something you’re going to wear more than once, why not treat yourself to one of these slightly spooky breastfeeding friendly dresses!
Or throw on this great skull print cardigan:
Have a look at all these and more in the new Breastfeeding Fancy Dress section.
It seems that Black Friday has really arrived in the UK this year, with just about everybody sending out special offers to tempt us to buy. Here’s my lowdown on some of the best deals.
Amazon started the Black Friday trend in the UK and they’re still leading the way with new offers going live every 10 minutes. Check out their deals page and set your alarm to grab a bargain before they run out! To give you a taster, here are my favourites from their upcoming deals:
Up to 30% off at M&S until 1st December 2014
25% off everything at Warehouse until 1st December 2014 with code “CYBER25”
Up to 50% off at Urban Outfitters until 1st December 2014
20% off selected John Lewis Winter Fashion. Some good deals on kids snowsuits and adult accessories.
Up to 40% off brands at House of Fraser
Homewares & Gifts
Up to 40% off brands at House of Fraser
20% off all full price and sale items at Anthropologie
20% off plus free delivery over £50 at the White Company with code “AE602”
20% off at Paperchase with code “PAPERTREAT20”. Ends 1st December 2014.
Black Friday weekend at the Entertainer – huge discounts with more Daily Deals to follow up to the 13th December 2014. Top deals are:
– InterAction Roar ‘n’ React Boris Tyrannosaurus: Was £29.99 Now £14.99
Most of the offers are only last a few days (or even hours!). Check out our full list of retailer offers and voucher codes.
I know it’s early, but having noticed that a couple of my favourite Halloween Costumes have already started to sell out, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite baby costumes while I still can.
Asda always has a good range – if you fancy the gorgeous skeleton onesie pictured right, get in quick – it’s already out of stock in age 5-6!
Here are a few more cute costumes that will still leave little ones with room to wriggle about:
As a family with some serious age gaps (kids aged 4, 13 and 20…), the struggle to get the balance right at Halloween really resonates with me – small one has always loved “painting faces” but is petrified of masks and any costume that hides the face – she’s as scared of a giant Hello Kitty as her sister’s latex wolf mask!
If you’re in the same situation, here are some great tips from Caroline Crabbe at Jo Jingles for Halloween parties which won’t scare the living daylights out of them.
It’s that time of year again, blood-curdling terror, potions and spells and jaw-dropping costumes which are enough to spook even the bravest of little soldiers…
But amidst the excitement of pumpkin-carving and bobbing apples, it is easy to overlook the fact that for some children, Halloween can be a little scary. This is certainly the case for the toddler/preschool community – who are old enough to understand fear but too young to distinguish between fiction and reality. But when you have older siblings who may be only too happy to indulge in trick or treating, it’s worth popping a few ideas in your back pocket to ensure your toddler has fun in a not-so-frightening way. Better still, if the party is designed for older children keep the little ones distracted or out of the picture altogether.
But if you want to celebrate Halloween with your toddler, music is particularly important in helping young children to express moods and feelings so it can play a huge part in your Halloween party.
Avoid the musical ‘fear factor’ – When playing games like musical statues: play music which is light-hearted and fun. Try sticking with tradition like ‘Little Miss Muffett’ or ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ – spiders and dragons give the element of Halloween but without the fear factor.
Monstrous music: have a go at making your own Halloween musical instruments and then play them along to a song. A crisp tube and a handful of rice make a great shaker and saucepan lids make great cymbals. Whatever you do, decorate the outside with stickers of stars and moons, cats and bats (light-hearted and fun images).
Actions speak louder than words: Singing songs that include actions will help with your child’s coordination and balance as well and their sense of self-confidence. Try songs like ‘Dingle, Dangle Scarecrow’ it has actions and the scarecrow element gives you a softer Halloween theme. You could even get creative and change the words of some traditional nursery rhymes to use a familiar tune that younger children can relate to but with a Halloween theme!
Put on a show: Another nice idea is to make scary/fun finger puppets out of felt and pieces of wool or string and anything else you can find. Then you could stage a finger puppet dancing contest where each child wears their puppet while dancing to the music.
Getting everyone moving: Some ideas for interactive fun are to play a traditional song and see how many Halloween actions you can do: such as ‘Boo hands’ get the children stretch their hands as far as they can saying “boo!!” or ‘spiders-tapping fingers’ and make them do this on a table/floor or ‘Ghost flying’ have each child hold their arms out and ‘fly’ like a ghost.
A nice end: You could always create a ‘last game’ of the day by getting all of the children to ‘shake the spooky out of themselves’ – dance to a song shaking your arms and legs so you have got rid of all of the Halloween spooks!
Jo Jingles provides music, singing and movement experience classes for babies and pre-school children nationwide.