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Breastfeeding Friendly Halloween Costumes

Breastfeeding friendly Halloween Costume
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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.

Breastfeeding friendly Halloween Costume
Breastfeeding friendly Sorceress costume
Breastfeeding friendly witch costume
Cruella de Vil costume at Asda
Zip front fleece ladies bat costume
Classic Witch nursing dress costume

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!

Breastfeeding friendly Ghostbusters dress up

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???!

Batwings top

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!

Gothic  dress
Skull print shirt dress

Or throw on this great skull print cardigan:

Skull chiffon front cardigan

 

Have a look at all these and more in the new Breastfeeding Fancy Dress section.

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Halloween Costumes for Babies

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Toddler Skeleton OnesieI 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:

Baby Fairy Costume

Fairy Costume, £17.99
Baby Leopard Costume

Leopard Costume, £24.99
Baby Cat Costume

Cat Onesie, £12
Baby Bee Costume

Bee Dress, £18
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Guest Post: Top Tips for a Musical Halloween for Preschoolers

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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.

Toddler HalloweenIt’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.

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Halloween Spooky Scribes with George at Asda

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George at Asda invited us to take part in their “Spooky Scribes” Short Story Challenge. Small one is only three, but she was so excited by the idea of having to do some “homework” and being paid in Halloween costumes and facepaints, that we thought we’d give it a go. As it turns out she weaves a good, if slightly surreal yarn…

Judeenunna the Scary Fairy

This is Judeenunna. She lives in the forest on her own. Judeenunna likes to eat Weetabix and vicworia, which is made with chuckanuckabuch. She doesn’t have any friends but she does have two cousins. She is a scary fairy and she huffs and puffs and huffs and puffs for Glasgow. We have to scream and run away from her.

At night Judeenunna will be in the garden. She is scratching and punching and eating insects and the snails will be eaten so they don’t bite us. When the naughty animals scratch and punch, she kicks the animals until they go away because they have to be eaten and they can’t eat the vegetables. They have to run away from her.

Judeenunna is lonely because everyone runs away but she is really a good nunna, because she looks after the garden. We can invite her to Christmas and to Halloween and my birthday and she can be our friend.

By Jenny, age 3

The story with the most comments wins a prize so please do leave a comment below if you liked “Judeenunna the Scary Fairy”. I don’t think small will win, but it will make her day to know that big people have read her story on their computers.

Small chose a Light Up Witch Halloween Costume from the girls costume range and a lime green Long Sleeved Monster Top from the boys range for Judeenunna to wear (warm layers and sleeves are a must for all self-respecting scary fairies). She accessorised with purple wellies, purple gloves and stripy tights – just perfect for running around in the rain eating snails and insects!

Obviously small one isn’t quite old enough to write her story down yet so I had to act as scribe, but this is all her own work. Her big sister, the curly one (12), was also inspired to join in, and drew Judeenunna’s cousin for us. I’ll upload a clip of small telling the story later!

Disclosure: Each child taking part in the Spooky Scribes Challenge received a Halloween costume, some pens, face paints and vouchers to help them write their scary Halloween story. The final stories will be turned into books for them to keep. It’s a great way to start storytelling with child of all ages and we’ve loved taking part!

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7 Great Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers

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Halloween is a great excuse for dressing little ones up. If you’ve been invited to a party, these are my 7 favourite Halloween costumes for little ones this year:

Baby Bat Halloween Costume
Baby bat, 19.99
Pumpkin Fairy Halloween Costume
Pumpkin fairy, £16.99
Lucy Locket Pirate Baby Costume
Baby Pirate, £21.99
Baby Dragon Halloween Costume
Baby Dragon, £19.49
Pea in a Pod Baby Costume
Pea in a pod, £12.50
Baby Darth Vader Halloween Costume
Baby Darth Vader, £16.89
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