twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Halloween Costumes Are Cruel to Babies

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Is dressing tiny, defenseless babies in costumes cruel and unusual punishment? Andrea of "Bedtimes Are for Suckers" thinks so.

whoppiekid.jpg

Andrea of "Bedtimes Are for Suckers": The thought of cruelty towards an innocent child is something mothers can't even get their heads around. Babies are helpless, defenseless, adorable creatures. Yet every Halloween, hapless parents force infants to wear ridiculous costumes for their own amusement.

Several years ago, Martha Stewart featured a segment showcasing multiple babies dressed as a Thanksgiving dinner -- including a turkey and various pies. Each entree looked barely 4 or 5 months old. One little baby was fast asleep in her "apple pie" getup when Martha, unfazed, exclaimed, "She just loves her costume!!" Actually, I believe that kid was exercising her first defense mechanism: "Maybe this is all a terrible dream, and if I go to sleep, it will all just go away -- and this woman's voice is grating on my last nerve."


Most of my friends did and do dress up their infants in Halloween costumes, and were appalled that I didn't -- as if I'm some sort of holiday killjoy because I didn't bend my baby into a formfitting pea-pod number just for my own selfish photo op. When the photos inevitably show up in my e-mail, I always feel sorry for the babies. They usually look so beaten down or pissed off or both.

But hey, if a baby ASKS to be in a costume, it's totally different. If your 2-month-old says, "Please, Mom, I'd like to be shoved into a felt taco shell for Halloween!" then by all means go for it. (BTW, if your newborn is talking to you, your kid's a raving genius and you can ditch Halloween altogether -- and immediately get on the talk-show circuit.)

I made a deal with my baby: Until she understood exactly what a costume was and requested to be in one, I would never force her into playing dress-up. My daughter is now almost 4 and she WANTS to be a princess for Halloween -- and by gum, that's what she's going to be. It's her choice, and I honor it.

anne-geddes.jpg

Whose idea was this Halloween trend of dressing up kids fresh from the womb? The blame, I surmise, falls upon Anne Geddes, the Queen of Cruelty to Babies. For years, Ms. Geddes has been using babies for fun and tons of profit. Geddes' website has the curious tagline "Protect, Nurture and Love." Really? How is it nurturing to shove a newborn into a fake flowerpot and stick a cloth flower on her head? How is it any different from dressing up a senile grandparent as a clown without their consent? Babies can't answer for themselves, and we didn't bring them into the world as dress-up dolls. At least I didn't.

Want a truly adorable costume for a baby? Dress them up as ... a baby. It's easy and soooooo cheap. Plus, there's nothing cuter.

Read more from Andrea at "Bedtimes Are for Suckers"


next: Must-See Tonight: 'School Pride' on NBC
216 comments so far | Post a comment now
FJK March 5, 2011, 7:23 PM

I’m guessing this article was written as a way to get attention and to publicize the author’s name.

While I’m not an Anne Geddes fan she sure is popular and calling her “Queen of Cruelty” is outrageous. The author could have stated her mind without making slanderous comments about others. However perhaps that was the point- to be outrageous for a bigger public reaction.

hearing loss solutions March 6, 2011, 7:42 AM

Wow! Thank you! I constantly needed to write on my site something like that. Can I take a part of your post to my website?

Rhinoplasty March 6, 2011, 1:13 PM

excellent issues altogether, you just won brand new reader. What might you recommend about your publish that you made some days ago? Any positive?

Leslee Aharon March 7, 2011, 9:45 AM

I am not so smart to be proficient to concoct top stuff like you do but I am trying to pay it back so hoepfully this will put upon you a idiotic grin or make you sniggle or at the very least give you a thought for the day? : Error: Problem exists between keyboard and chair.

charlotte web designer March 7, 2011, 11:24 AM

I don’t even know the way I stopped up right here, however I thought this publish used to be good. I don’t understand who you’re however definitely you’re going to a famous blogger in case you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

social media firm March 7, 2011, 2:54 PM

F*ckin’ tremendous issues here. I’m very glad to see your post. Thank you so much and i am looking ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

cream cheese fruit dip March 8, 2011, 9:27 AM

Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

shower curtains March 8, 2011, 10:56 PM

That is really fascinating, You are an excessively professional blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to in quest of more of your fantastic post. Additionally, I have shared your site in my social networks!

Bad Credit Home Equity Loan March 9, 2011, 12:20 AM

Someone essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to create this particular publish incredible. Wonderful job!

mortgage broker March 9, 2011, 3:38 AM

Thanks for making the sincere effort to talk about this. I think very robust about it and would like to learn more. If it’s OK, as you acquire extra in depth knowledge, would you thoughts adding extra articles very similar to this one with additional information? It could be extremely useful and useful for me and my friends.

iphone accessories March 9, 2011, 4:26 AM

Cheers for taking the time to keep this little corner on the internet updated, I operate a internet site myself and its hard work to get some time to keep it running!

vimax March 9, 2011, 9:10 AM

This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. this is very nice one and gives indepth information. thanks for this nice article

2 girls 1 cup March 9, 2011, 1:18 PM

Good site! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

podstawy produkcji zwierzęcej March 9, 2011, 7:33 PM

There are some attention-grabbing closing dates on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There may be some validity however I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish extra! Added to FeedBurner as well

vimax March 10, 2011, 5:40 AM

This is a really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever saw.Thanks for posting this informative article.

Albert Mada March 10, 2011, 4:57 PM

Your place is valuable for me. Thanks!….

sterownik pompy man March 10, 2011, 5:06 PM

Would you be interested in exchanging links?

live sex March 10, 2011, 8:07 PM

This page appears to get a good ammount of visitors. How do you advertise it? It offers a nice individual twist on things. I guess having something authentic or substantial to talk about is the most important thing.

Homes for sale in Madison South March 11, 2011, 4:31 AM

Is it alright to put part of this on my personal weblog if perhaps I submit a reference point to this web site?

Homes for sale in Riverfront March 11, 2011, 4:32 AM

Im getting a javascript error, is anyone else?


Back to top >>
advertisement