Parents love to buy carnival costumes for children. In fact, it is impossible to resist the sympathy and sweetness of a small child in disguise, even with a costume made for good or with a simple headdress.
The occasions to disguise children during the year can be varied: Carnival, Halloween, a theme party, school plays, village performances. Obviously, especially during the carnival, parents and children are inclined to choose the most original and nice type of costume, but perhaps it would be good to give the highest priority to the safety and comfort of the dress rather than style.
Children’s carnival costumes: buying guide
If you want or need to disguise your child for Carnival or any other occasion, there are two possibilities:
- or create a homemade costume with your own hands
- or buy a pre-made masquerade costume
Create a diy costume it is certainly more demanding and requires a minimum of dexterity, but it is the most suitable choice if you want to decide for yourself the model, the measures, the fabric and what other material to use to do it. With DIY you can also save money, but this is not always a rule.
Buy a costume ready-made, on the other hand, is the recommended choice if you do not have time or if you are not suited for manual jobs. You can find many carnival costumes on the market for both babies and older children, but sometimes it happens that you have to be satisfied with the model, size and material with which it is made.
What to disguise children from?
The choice of the theme of the costume it’s always very personal.
If the carnival dress is intended for a very young child you can indulge yourself with ideas because it still has no say in the matter and you can enjoy it disguised as you like (animal or fruit themes are the most popular for newborns).
If, on the other hand, the costume is for an older child, you can direct it towards costumes consistent with your lifestyle, but do not impose your tastes, unless it is an impractical costume and in that case try to find a compromise. Kids have their heroes, their favorite characters and dressing up as their idols will make them have a lot of fun.
Which aspects of a costume deserve the most attention?
However, the theme of the costume is not the only important thing to consider. When purchasing the costume or fabric, these are the things to pay attention to:
1. Quality and type of fabric
Many carnival costumes are not made with high quality fabrics. For example, make sure that the dress is soft and breathable. Babies don’t like clothes that are too stiff or uncomfortable, and babies and toddlers’ skin is sensitive and can heat up quickly, so pay attention to the fabric it is made of.
And if you have the opportunity to sew the sun costume, then you will have no problem making it with the fabric of your choice. To help you, here is a → list of shops where to buy the most suitable fabric and here where to find → patterns for carnival costumes.
However, always consider where the masked party will take place. If it’s indoors, buy a light fabric swimsuit to prevent the baby from sweating (a cotton swimsuit is best if you can find it). If it is outdoors, fleece, felt or various furs they are warm and soft fabrics but, better to know, they are synthetic.
2. Simplicity of the model
Carnival costumes for children It is true that they are beautiful when they are imaginative and cheerful, but for children (and also for mothers) the simpler the costume, the better. This is because babies need to be free to move, jump and play, and mothers need to feel comfortable getting their clothes on and off quickly without needing an engineering degree.
For babies and small children, for example, the best costumes are those in the shape of a onesie or with press studs for legs and crotch. The openings from the bottom and especially the tear-off are always the best even for a quick diaper change.
3.Comfort of dress
A comfortable carnival dress it is a dress in which the child does not feel constrained or limited in his movements and does not experience various kinds of discomfort such as heat, cold, itching but also discomfort or shame. Babies should be happy to wear their dress and if they feel uncomfortable they will start crying or sulking. Therefore, keep in mind that:
- some children don’t like hats, headbands, so don’t push them to wear them even if the costume provides for it;
- face masks can be irritating to the skin as well as make walking difficult and cause balance problems. Better to complete the costume with a nice make-up on the face, obviously with colors suitable for the skin. For example, I found them here → Color set for children’s make-up
- buttons, zippers, velcro and other applications can be in annoying positions. Make sure they are not close to children’s skin.
4. Safe Parts and Accessories
Children’s masquerade costumes are often accompanied by decorative applications and various accessories. Make sure they are not dangerous for your children. For example:
- Could the laces, rubber bands or ribbons tighten around the baby’s neck?
- Are there any decorations and accessories on the costume that are badly attached?
- Are there any applications or parts of accessories that can become detached and cause suffocation if swallowed by small children?
- Does the costume have hems that children can easily trip over?
5. The right size
Consider well the age of the little one and compare it with the costume size it is the best thing to choose a suitable carnival dress. Usually in the description of the costume there are age ranges and the size of the dress in height and width, so please make sure the size is right for your child. Generally it is preferred to take a costume that is slightly larger, either because the children may have to wear the costume with a few more garments underneath, or because the parents want to be able to use it for the following year as well. My advice, however, is not to overdo the size. Having to wear a costume that is too large and bulky is really annoying and awkward.
I just have to wish you a lot of fun and suggest you take a look to our section dedicated to the CARNIVAL in case you need to ideas and suggestions to buy or sew clothes for small children, older children and for the whole family.