Awwww…there’s nothing cuter than a Peg Perego baby in costume. Thanks so much to all of you who shared your Halloween photos with us. As our “treat” to you, we’ve put together a few last-minute “tricks” to make this Halloween just perfect for your lil’ pumpkin.
Prep your little one for all the scary surprises. “Thanks to their growing imaginations, toddlers and preschoolers have a hard time separating fact from fantasy, and the pretend world of princesses and superheroes (and skeletons and witches) can seem very real to them,” Heidi Murkoff, the author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, explains on whattoexpect.com. So before you head out, explain just what to expect, from scary decorations to people that pop out to say “boo” to kids (and adults) in spooky costumes.
Dress for safety. Choose a flame-resistant costume, and for tiny treaters, inspect costumes and accessories carefully for choking or strangulation hazards (buttons, rhinestones, strings, etc.). Avoid itchy fabrics and appliques that may irritate baby’s sensitive skin. “After dark, both you and your child should wear bright-colored costumes or add reflective tape to your outfits,” says Atlanta pediatrician (and mom of two) Julie Segal, M.D. on Parenting.com. “Finally, skip the face masks; most babies will become annoyed with them. A little nontoxic face paint or a hat can be just as cute.”
Check those treats. We know it’s hard, but it really is best to have your toddler wait until they get home to dive into their stash of sweets. You need to check the loot first for potential choking hazards. Gum, peanuts, and hard candies top the list, but anything gooey or sticky, like caramel, candy corn, taffy, or marshmallows, poses a threat. And remember, nonedible treats like little balls, plastic rings, and marbles can be choking hazards too. And although tampering is rare, do check all candy for that too.
When the party’s over, hang on to that costume! Organizations like Green Halloween sponsor National Costume Swap Days in local communities across the country each year. Kids get new-to-them costumes, and parents save money and the planet by recycling princess dresses, witches hats, and superhero capes from years past.
From our family to yours, have a happy—and safe—Halloween! And remember, we love seeing pictures of our little Peg Perego fans (especially in costumes!). Be sure to share yours on the Peg Perego USA Facebook wall or email them to email@example.com.
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