Halloween is just as much fun for many parents as it is for children. While older children will have no problem telling you what character from their favorite series they want to be, young children and babies just go with the flow. Really, dressing children up under the age of two is more for the parents and the show for friends and family than for the entertainment of the baby. Whether you have more fun dressing up than your child does, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a costume for a child.
There are two parts to considering mobility when choosing or approving a costume. First, you need to consider how mobile your child is. If you have an infant, than you need a costume which will either allow you to carry him comfortably or one that will not interfere with stroller or car seat restraints.
Crawling babies have different costume needs than newborns or toddlers. Cute costumes like chili peppers or pea-pods are great for young infants, but if your child is crawling they will not like being confined to the sack-like structure of these costumes. Long skirts on princess dresses can get stuck and pull under little knees. If your little one likes to crawl through tight spaces or under furniture, insect or fairy wings can block movement or can cause babies to get stuck.
If you have a walker, you need to consider how long and how far your child can walk. If they are just walking, or get tired quickly, you might need to consider some of the same costume restrictions for strollers and carrying and for younger children. If they are older and capable of walking for the duration of the evening, you need to consider footwear options for the costume. If the costume has built in feet, are the feet simply fabric footies that are not suitable to walking long distances outside or may pose a slipping hazard? If your little princess wants to wear the dress-up plastic heals with her gown, are you going to be able to talk her out of it?