One of the most popular gift items that Moms and dads always look for during the Holiday season or for no particular reason at all is a baby costume. There is nothing more enjoyable to do than dressing up your young child in his or her favourite character. Be it Mickey or Minnie Mouse, Pooh Bear of Piglet, or any other lovable children’s playful characters, dressing up young children in their infant costumes can be a real joy to do.
For us, even before we start looking into the future, we must choose the right baby costumes for our kids first. As always, it is important that we choose those that are of high quality and, of course, truly reflect the personal characteristics of our children. For that, we are proud to present to you our list of the top 25 baby costumes you can dress your infant with this 2017.
Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Top Baby Costumes
There are several costumes for kids out there. But not all of them meet the mark. Some costumes are not made with amazing detail and care.
The costumes on our list are perfect for family pictures and to wear on any occasion. Some of our costumes can be worn in cooler climates, and others in warmer climates.
Baby costumes such as the panda costume and the giraffe costume help keep babies warm. They are made well because babies can move around comfortably and at the same time remain in their strollers warm and toasty.
Other costumes like the little tiger costume and the chefs costume are designed with thin fabric material. They keep babies comfortable in cooler climates and they make babies look incredibly cute.
All the costumes on our list are safe for babies. These costumes have wiggle room for them to roll around with and they help encourage dress up play at an early age. Dress up play is always a fun and rewarding experience. As babies grow up, dress up play helps them develop socialization skills, language skills, recognition skills and cognitive skills.
What are monsters?
Some of our oldest stories speak of monsters. Gilgamesh, Hercules, Beowulf and countless others became legends by overcoming the seemingly impossible. We judge these and other heroes by the enemies they vanquish instead of the faults they have.
Monsters are especially dangerous because they represent parts of ourselves that we cannot understand or control. These beings reside in an ancient and primal part of our minds. The form we fear says more about who we are as people and societies than anything else.
Monsters often follow rules that make them difficult to identify or dispatch. They prey upon us, consuming everything that makes us who we are. The most dangerous ones hide in plain sight or are created when we try to fulfill power fantasies.
How are new monsters created?
Monsters are the result of mistakes or malice. When mankind forgets its place or tries to cheat the rules of society the inevitable result is the appearance of monsters. Some actions simply draw predators while others pollute or twist the natural order of things.
It can be helpful to think of heroes as the socially acceptable response to the presence of monsters. But as societal customs and norms change, old heroes can become new villains. New ideas represented as heroes and gods subvert and dominate old ideas and fears.
The most important part of a monster is its weakness. This is the way that humanity can claim control over the anarchic powers of the world. Weaknesses allow us to feel confident that we are actually in control of the world. Weaknesses can be a bit like a roadmap to redemption in the eyes of the society at large (or the writer’s idea of it).
What are some popular monsters?
This immortal humanoid roams the night drinking the blood of its victims. Originally appearing in Romania, the vampire has been around for a long time. As such it has gone through several distinct variations over the centuries. Piercing the monsters heart with a stake is the most common way to dispatch this terror.
The oldest reference to vampyres talks of rolling bags of blood that would break into homes and consume people. In order to protect against such attacks, people were advised to plant thorny plants around their homes. Later literary versions like those of Lord Byron (John William Polidori) implied these beings were travelers and romantics.
Modern versions of the vampire take two main forms: the grotesque and the sensual. The grotesque version focuses on the consumption of human blood and often employs a bestial nature. Movies like Fright Night (1985) and 30 Days of Night (2010) show the animalistic hunger of the vampire myth. The sensual vampire experience is best represented in Interview With The Vampire (1994) or the Twilight Saga (2008-10).
Several people have been diagnosed with a rare hair disorder called hypertrichosis (also called werewolf disease) where abnormally thick hair covers the entire body including the face. Although this disorder can happen anywhere in the world, the legend of the werewolf as a monster is native to central Europe.
After being bitten by a carrier of lycanthropy, a normal person becomes this monster. The human transforms under the light of a full moon into a wolf-like beast. Driven by bloodlust and every negative element of wolves, the transformed human preys upon their community until changing back (completely unaware of the violent rampage) into a person once the moon wanes.
This monster is as much a victim of their condition as a perpetrator of their crimes. The fact that they remain human most of the time and revert back to ‘standard’ periodically make disposing of this monster ethically squishy. But silver is the established weakness of this mythical beast although it is immune to anything that isn’t silver.
There was a time when nobody knew how to read the writings of the ancient Egyptians. During the 19th century, the mysterious and obviously advanced works of archaic craftsmen from a land in the process of being colonized was intriguing. It wasn’t until the Rosetta Stone was discovered that scholars were able to decipher their extensive writings.
The mummy monster is the reanimated corpse of an ancient Egyptian king we call a pharaoh. Animated by magic and capable of consuming pieces of people to regenerate itself. This can take the form of spiritual energy, life force or even possessing their physical body. There is often a talisman or spell in the Book of the Dead to send the terrorizing monster back to the afterlife.
As western audiences discovered the ancient mysteries of Africa, magical stories and monsters abounded. Victorian era readers were drawn to the mystery and magic that seemed to surround anything from Egypt. The eternal life promised to pharaohs was especially provocative mixed with the incredible wealth buried with the dead and morbid curiosity combined to create a perfect storm of elements for Jane Webb to combine in 1827 and captivate audiences into the modern day.
This monstrous denizen of the forest is a massive hair-covered humanoid. Ranging between 7 and 9 feet tall, the forest dwelling primitive has been reported across the northern continent and is believed to be very skittish. So far, there is no conclusive evidence that the this creature is real although several massive footprints (hence the name) have been found over the years.
The Bigfoot is known by several other names and versions of this creature have been sighted across the globe. Some of the alternative names for this elusive being include Sasquatch, Yeti, Skunk Bear to name only a few. The beast is often seen by hunters and others who are well versed with identifying native wildlife, making sightings more believable.
The Wildman of the Forest is elusive but strong and covered with fur. Capable of destroying large trees and reported to have attacked people on rare occasions, the Squatch normally flees human contact. Said to be omnivorous and possessing at least human level intelligence, this may be the “missing link” to our evolutionary past.
Flying saucers, little green men, the Grays, these are all parts of the alien menace. This monster first became popular with the rise of rocketry and the dawn of spaceflight. These extra terrestrial visitors are said to have inspired (if not directly created) everything from math to the pyramids (despite ample evidence it was a bunch of people across time).
These visitors come for a variety of reasons but one thing is certain; they are in charge. A technological race, aliens are capable of bypassing every law of physics and fooling every sensor available to humanity. In addition, they often abduct and perform tests on humans in the same manner humans test on wild animals.
Humanity has developed a few ways to combat the alien threat. Tin hats protect against mind control and the most advanced predators still fall prey to good old bullets, if you can hit them that is. Force fields, tractor beams and shadowy government organizations make dealing with these invaders especially difficult. But since the threat is mainly tech based, humans often turn the aliens weapons against them.
Practitioners of witchcraft are said to cast spells and hexes while manipulating the forces of nature and other planes of existence. The practice is one of the oldest forms of medicine and religion and is still practiced by many people today. Witches are often seen as evil women but they can be good as well as men.
The Spanish Inquisition and the Salem Witch Trials are the best known examples of people systematically exterminating witches but they also give us the best examples of what these creatures were supposed to be. They supposedly hid within normal society and worked to subvert the will of God, often through dreams and visions. They also have a vast knowledge of potions and poisons with all kinds of fantastical and mundane uses.
The Wiccan religion is one of the best known modern branches of witchcraft but there are many varieties including the voodoo practitioners of Haiti. The fear of these religious practitioners is especially prevalent in underdeveloped areas but even Hollywood stars like Jimmy Page and Gabrielle Anwar count themselves as true believers.
Sailors have seen these water maidens since at least the times of Jason and the Aragonites. Possessing a woman’s body and a fish’s tail, Capable of drawing men into the water (and their deaths) with their songs and beauty. Sailors across the world have reported seeing these slippery seductresses.
Modern versions include males in the rank of file of merpeople as mermen and groups are collectively known as merfolk. Many examples of these mythical creatures can be found from the early to mid 20th century from traveling carnivals and freak shows although so far all have been fake.
Disney popularized mermaids for generations with their animated tale full of friendly characters and fun songs. Today, most mermaids are seen as benevolent or romantic instead of terrifying. They still seek out and seduce desirable humans to become lovers but engage in less murder and more kissing.
A monster based on predominantly religious fears, Demons are the reason behind all suffering in existence, just denizens of another plane of existence or somewhere in between. They represent the suffering that many medieval scribes and religious scholars saw in the world. Monks created vast lexicons describing the complex relationships and rules that govern their behavior.
According to legend, demons were created when God cast his eldest angel called Lucifer and his armies out of heaven after a great war. God created a new domain to house the traitorous forces of heaven called Hell. The fallen angel was renamed Satan and God gave him and his kin the power to tempt humanity out of exaltation.
Demons often offer deals in exchange for souls with the use of contracts. The story 1000 Arabian Nights describes a demon known as a Djinn or genie that grants wishes if certain conditions are met. A key part of all demon interactions is that people never get what they expected and it always ends badly for the person, even if it is what they asked for.
The Scandinavian monsters have been around since old Nordic times. They inhabit unpopulated areas and tend to be solitary. Their strong bodies do not wither with old age but they remain dim-witted and slow. But no matter where the troll is or what it looks like, it is unhelpful and overall loathsome.
The Old English poem of Beowulf describes a troll called Grendel that invades a kings mead hall and kills everyone. The troll was immune to all weapons raised against it and terrorizes the countryside for years. Only the hero Beowulf is able to defeat the monster by ripping its arm off, bashing in its ears and chasing it back to its lair.
Ancient trolls lived in caves, or under bridges and beset passersby. Modern day trolls live on the internet and remain as unpleasant as ever. They leave nasty comments and engage in every abusive behavior possible which is why people began associating them with the ancient villains.
Created by the indigenous peoples of Canada, the wendigo is the result of cannibalism. It serves as a cautionary tale to people regularly faced with starvation during the winter months. Death from starvation seems a light sentence compared to the curse of living as a wendigo.
Legend tells of a tribesman who consumed human flesh under the light of a full moon. His form morphed and became as monstrous as the hunger for flesh that consumed him. Horns sprouted from his head and his fingers and toes grew to unbelievable lengths.
Anyone can fall prey to the spirit of the wendigo during the long nights of winter. but once a person becomes a wendigo they can never return to normal. They remain compelled to periodically consume the flesh of others by the spirit of the wendigo until they eventually die.
What Determined the Top Baby Costumes in Our List
Choosing the top 25 baby costumes is like choosing the top 10 t-shirts or the top 10 dresses of all time. It’s that daunting simply because our baby fashion sense may not actually be commensurate to what you consider as fashionable for babies. Nevertheless, we did our very best to help determine which among the tens of thousands of infant costume designs and styles can be considered as truly belonging to our list of the top 25.
So, we tasked our ever-reliable team of researchers to scour the internet and online retailers and baby clothing manufacturers of products that can be shortlisted into our theme. Each of these clothes were examined for their design inspiration as well as the safety of their workmanship. Since the primary users of these types of clothing are babies, safety is a paramount concern. We don’t want any buttons or any other clothing accessory which babies might accidentally swallow. We know for a fact how proficient very young babies are in putting everything they can grab into their mouths. This can result to airway obstruction or choking. Now we clearly don’t want that to happen to our precious tikes, would we?
But even careful examination of these infant clothes is not enough. We also had to look at the reputation as well as the credibility of the baby clothing company. This is important as it often speaks of the values the company has about making infants and children’s products. Additionally, we had to read through the various feedbacks and reviews provided by Moms and Dads and other customers who have already bought the baby costume and have tried it on their babies. This way, we can also help other parents make the correct decision.
It was never easy coming up with the top 25 baby costumes. There is always the element of personal preferences. Nevertheless, we are strongly encouraged by the fact that a lot of parents do give these baby costumes to their own children.
Babies, Their Development, and the Role of Baby Costumes
The first year of life is marked with a lot of remarkable baby achievements. From their psychomotor to their cognitive, emotional, and social development, there simply are a lot of things that can provide parents all the right reasons to be proud of their respective children.
For starters, the psychomotor development of babies in the first year of life is simply phenomenal. At first they are totally dependent on Mom and Dad for their mobility. They need to be carried off their cribs and onto their play mats. By the time they reach the second month, they will already be attempting to lift their heads while they are on their tummies. They are also able to follow objects that pass along their field of vision. Over time, they gradually develop the skills, the strength, and the control needed to erect their torsos over extended periods. Before you know it, your baby will already be sitting up firmly on his or her butt, with legs spread wide apart to give him or her the much-needed stability. This is the ideal position for taking pictures of your baby in his or her favorite baby costume. Give him or her another month of two and your baby will already be standing up. First by holding onto furniture and other objects before he or she will stand up independently on his or her own. This is now the perfect time for those portrait shots with your infant’s favorite clothing or costume.
Another aspect of child picture-taking is their ability to smile. Social smile among babies typically occur around the 4th and 6th weeks of life especially when your baby has grown familiar with your face as well as that of other persons caring for him or her. The other point that needs to be fully understood is that the first month of your infant’s life should be filled with a lot of fond memories, love, care, compassion, and trust so that your infant will be able to immediately associate these wonderful feelings to your face. This is the basic building block of a baby’s social smile. So, when you do take pictures of your child in his or her favorite cartoon character suit, you can actually help your kid smile for the camera providing you with all the more reasons to cherish such wonderful moments.
Of course, your child won’t realize it yet but this moment will serve as the key to reigniting his or her childhood memories once your kid has already grown up. It will bring fond memories and will try to recall as much he or she can about the time the picture was taken. And this can be an excellent conversation piece either between you and your child or your child and his or her friends. Whatever the case, such pictures will surely play a role in the enhancement of your child’s emotional balance, self-esteem, and confidence in himself or herself.
The value of infant pictures cannot be overstated especially today where almost everyone can take a snapshot of almost anyone and anything. The problem with snapping a picture is that it may not really convey the best message for that particular scene. As such, if you went out of your way to really purchase a good costume for your infant, would you not want the photo to be taken by a professional infant photographer? Or would you rather trust your instincts and just snap away with your smartphone’s mediocre camera? What do you think your child will say when he or she grows up and he or she sees the picture you’ve taken? Would it not be a lot nicer, too to have it professionally taken so you can frame it and hang it on your living room wall or even in the wall of your child’s bedroom?
Baby costumes are special clothes for very special occasions. These are not usually worn on a daily basis. As such, if you are really going to invest in a high quality infant suit or costume, then you must also be prepared to take a more professional approach to the photo.
The Bottom Line
Baby costumes are excellent tools for taking wonderful memories of your children while they are still in infancy. It can also be one of the best gift ideas you can ever give to a baby shower event. However you want to look at it, infant costumes are excellent gift suggestions no matter what the occasion. With our list of the top 10 baby costumes, we are hopeful you feel more confident about which suit to buy for your kid this holiday season.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there benefits for kids wearing costumes?
A: Playing dress up is an important part of growing up for kids. It helps with their creative play by coming up with stories and acting them out. They can pretend to be other children which helps them experiment on different ideas and personalities. It strengthens relationships and establishes gender roles. They’ll also learn how to become better communicators as they play.
Q: What do kids learn through dress up play?
A: As children play they are also exercising. They work on their physical dexterity by developing physical strength as they connect with their character. They practice using their gross motor skills my using large muscles to push vehicles or cast a line like fishermen. They improve their social skills as they start playing cooperatively with other children. They also start learning about skills and different career jobs while they play as doctors, cops, chefs, etc.
Q: What else can kids learn through dress up play?
A: Kids learn empathy because they are putting themselves in other people’s shoes when they play dress-up. Their vocabulary improves as they try to fill in roles. Their cognitive skills become stimulated by higher levels of thinking. They want to engage in dramatic play by recalling what they’ve seen. They recall mom washing dishes so they will pretend to wash dishes just like their mother. They also become better decision makers as they start to hand out roles to each other. Like who is going to be the nurse and who is going to be the patients.
Q: What do kids learn from dress-up?
A: Playing dress-up teaches kids skills that they’ll use as the years come. As kids dress up they are practicing using zippers and buttons. They are also arranging clothing, strengthening their language skills and social skills. Kids are practicing their negotiation skills and storytelling skills. When kids pick up a wooden block and pretend it is a phone, they are learning to think symbolically. And learning to thing symbolically is a precursor to reading, writing and math.
Q: Why wear a costume for Halloween?
A: For sheer enjoyment. Costumes are not hurting anyone, and going out on Halloween is supposed to be a fun experience the whole family can enjoy. Families and friends help each other dress up, take several pictures, candy hunt and then party afterwards. The real question is, why not wear a costume for Halloween?
Q: What do costumes do for people?
A: Costumes can be transformative, and the sillier the better. It gives people the ability to express a part of themselves that is generally muted. Costumes can be worn any time of the year. It is also an opportunity to be creative and perform in group events like the Renaissance fair, school plays, Halloween, Birthday parties, and more. Wearing costumes is playful and fun and can create long lasting friendships. Costume wearing is contagious, it inspires others to join in on the fun.