Things are going swimmingly for this giggly goldfish. His quilted costume, which ends in a generous tail and is worn with an orange snap-bottom T-shirt and leggings, is perfect for a child who is mesmerized by ponds and fish tanks. The enclosed bottom makes it only suitable for babies who aren't yet walking.
As you conjure up disguises for your child this Halloween, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
1. Children should not wear masks, which can obstruct their vision, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
2. If you decide to use makeup as part of your child's disguise, use only nontoxic, hypoallergenic face paints.
3. By law, store-bought costumes must be flame-retardant; if you plan to make your child's costume yourself, use flame-resistant fabrics such as wool felt and polyester.
4. Because our costumes were assembled from household materials, they do not conform to all of the safety requirements that store-bought costumes do; babies wearing them should be supervised by an adult at all times.
5. Make sure all shoes fit properly and that oversize pants and skirts are trimmed so your toddler won't trip over them.
6. If you plan to take your child trick-or-treating after dark, affix reflective tape to everyone's costume and carry a flashlight.