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Halloween Costume Safety Roundup

by Stephanie Wood


Halloween Costume Safety Roundup

Keep these safety tips, from Atlanta pediatrician and mom of two Julie Segal, M.D., in mind whether you're buying or crafting a creepy costume for baby's first Halloween.

  • Choose flame-resistant fabric.
  • Inspect costumes carefully for choking or strangulation hazards (buttons, rhinestones, strings, antennae) that could come loose.
  • Steer clear of itchy fabrics and appliquès that may irritate sensitive baby skin.
  • If you're going to be outside after dark, both you and your child should wear bright-colored costumes or add reflective tape to your outfits.
  • Finally, skip the face masks; most babies will become annoyed with them. A little nontoxic face paint or a coordinating hat can be just as cute.