So, first costume is for newborns to 3 months, depending on how active your child is. Austin is 1 month and 1 week old in these pictures. Obviously there are some things that make this age unique, for one, he didn't move much more than the average stuffed animal. This meant I didn't have to worry about the costume getting yanked off or having feet sturdy enough for walking. These are made from cardboard I cut out and colored with Sharpie:
You will also need a way to get at the diaper easily and since little bitty babies aren't very coordinated or strong, you don't have to worry about making it hard for him to wiggle out of. The legs are basically leg warmers with attached feet so you don't have to remove any part of the costume to change him. You can actually see this in the video of us dressing him here. There was a hole on the inside ankle of each leg that allowed me to reach up and pull his feet through. Here's how we did it...
Use paper grocery bags to cut patterns. The paper is nice and sturdy and holds up well for pinning.
It also makes good ears. I cut these out of brown paper bags and stitched the fabric to them, and then stitched them on the headpiece. The headpiece was just two half rounds sewn together on top, then lined with a piece of an old pair of pantyhose.
His second Halloween he was a little bit bigger (obviously) and much more opinionated.
|Owls are a hoot, they said|
|The dreaded, man-eating land owl|