- One of our volunteers had a great idea of buying a dog costume and attaching it to the back of a buckle carrier!
- You could also take a dog or baby/toddler costume and thread the waist and shoulder straps of a mei tai through the leg and arm holes, but with this option you'd want to make sure that it did not affect the support or function of the carrier in any way.
- Or you could just buy a fun hat or cape for baby that coordinates with your outfit!
As always, we want to emphasize the importance of safe babywearing, so we've compiled some tips to keep your babywearing costume safe and fun:
- Always make sure you're following safe babywearing practices when wearing your baby. Keep them nice and high, close enough to kiss, supported, and make sure their airways are open with their faces unobstructed.
- When creating the costume, keep in mind that baby will need to get in and out of the carrier for diaper changes, feedings, etc.
- Take care not to damage the integrity of the carrier if attaching your costume to it.
- If you plan on wearing your baby forward-facing-out, keep in mind that they can get overstimulated facing out, so you may want to face out for shorter periods, provide breaks for baby, turn them around and carry them tummy-to-tummy if they start getting fussy.
- If your baby or toddler is wearing their costume and you're wearing them, you'll want to make sure that you can get a good fit with your carrier. The added bulk of the costume can make it a bit trickier to get a good supportive and high carry.
Happy babywearing and Happy Halloween!
Lauren Moore, VBE