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DIY Baby Costume: Lil’ Old Ladies
I’m not sure there’s anything cuter than babies dressed as little old ladies! We pulled these costumes together within a couple days of Halloween and were shocked that we were able to make all 3 walkers and wigs in just ONE DAY! So I’m sharing this easy step-by-step DIY on how to make your own old lady baby walkers and wigs this Halloween.
Now, I’m not one who ever thought I’d be the type of mom that could sew awesome baby costumes (after all, I’d have to know how to sew in order for that to be true), but putting all this together will probably go down as one of my proudest mom moments!
We couldn’t stop laughing all night and the Halloween costumes were such a huge hit that I wanted to share how we made the entire costume, head to toe!
Baby Walker Instructions
Adding this easy to make baby walker to your old lady baby costume or old lady toddler costume will definitely take it to the next level!
Baby Walker Supplies
1/2 in PVC Pipe (to be cut to dimensions below)
(8) 1/2 in PVC Tees
(4) 1/2 in 90 degree PVC elbows
(4) 1/2 in pvc caps
silver spray paint
1/2 in pipe insulation
(2) tennis balls
saw or pipe cutter
Baby Walker Step-by-Step
STEP 1: CUT PVC PIPE TO DESIRED DIMENSIONS
*We chose the dimensions of the walkers based on a height that would work for all 3 girls (15 months old and 3 years old). If you’re just doing it for a baby or young toddler, you can adjust and make the dimensions a couple inches shorter.
Total Dimensions: 18″ tall x 14″ wide x 12″ deep
You will need to cut the PVC pipe to create the following sizes so that they fit together to make the above dimensions once assembled.
(2) 12 in pieces – for the bars that go across the front
(2) 2.75 in pieces – between the 90 degree elbows and tee joints
(2) 2 in pieces – between the top tee joints
(2) 4.5 in pieces – between the lower crossbar’s tee joint and the bottom tee joint
(2) 2.5 in pieces – between the bottom tee joints and foot caps
(4) 10 in pieces
(2) 12.25 in pieces
(2) 2.5 in pieces – between the bottom tee joints and foot caps
STEP 2: ASSEMBLE PVC PIPES
Plug each piece into the elbows and tees as show in the photo and cap the bottoms. We chose not to glue the pieces together, as they fit really well together and we wanted to be able to take them apart again to store. But actually, its a really tight
STEP 3: SPRAY PAINT
Next, spray paint all the PCV pieces you just cut, along with the (4) PVC elbows, (8) PVC tees, and (2) PVC caps with the silver spray paint and set them to dry overnight.
STEP 4: ADD TENNIS BALLS
We sliced the 2 tennis balls with a cut at the top of each to allow the bottom of the walker to snuggly fit inside.
STEP 5: PLACE PADDING FOR HANDLES
We cut the PVC insulation pads to be ______ in long and just capped them right over the top side pipes to create handlebars and that’s it!
Baby Wig Instructions
Hair colored wig cap
Glue gun (we used a cheap one from the clearance section of our craft store, but I linked the one that seems to be extremely popular on Amazon for you- over 6,000 reviews!)
Cotton balls (we used organic because I planned to re-use the cotton balls but you can use any jumbo cotton ball brand)
STEP 1: PLAN OUT YOUR CAP
Place the wig cap on your baby and mark where you will need to place the cotton balls. This allows you to see where they will lay when stretched out to fit on his/her head.
STEP 2: GLUE COTTON BALLS ON STRATEGICALLY
A few quick tips on glueing the cotton balls:
I didn’t glue cotton balls on the whole cap because we planned to place scarves over their “hair” to complete our old lady look.
You will need to stretch the cap slightly when placing the cotton balls to be sure they are sitting snuggly next to each other. Remember, once you put the cap back on your baby, the nylon will stretch and you don’t want gaps between the cotton balls!
Safety disclaimer: do not glue the cotton balls on the cap while your baby is wearing it… obviously! 😉
I ended up forming rows of cotton balls kind of in the shape of a cone with the widest part being the front of the face and then fading up to just beyond the top of the head. Otherwise, the wig was too wide and didn’t look right with the scarves. I did a row of 5, then a row of 6 or 7, then 5, then 4, then 3 until it hit around the top back of the head. You’ll adjust this based on your own baby’s head shape.
To finish off the look, I added the following:
Some old scarves I had lying around
Baby shoes (we already had these and they worked perfectly for the old lady look)
Our 3 year old wore a bath robe we had gotten her a few months prior, but here’s one of the cheaper but highly rated bath robes on Amazon.
For the babies’ outfits, we had these Ralph Lauren floral dress sets that came with the leggings and cardigans, so that worked perfectly for us. I also found these linked dresses and cardigans that will work for this costume and are easy on the wallet. If those don’t work, Carter’s always has these kinds of cardigan sets.
Toddler glasses (no lenses) we got this multipack because we needed 3 sets of glasses for our girls. We ended up just coloring one of the glasses’ side pieces with a black sharpie to make it all black.
Fake pearls (The girls LOVE these and still like to play dress up with them) for the final touch!
These old lady baby costumes were such a hit!
I don’t know if we will ever beat this Halloween, but I sure am glad we pulled this off! They were the hit of the neighborhood and they were even featured in a Huffington Post Parents article! The girls also thought they looked hilarious and we will remember the sweet giggles of this Halloween forever.
Please tag us on Instagram @themushies and leave your handle below if you recreate the look! We would love to see your little old ladies (or men)!
For a quick run down of the walker assembly, I included a video below.
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"Multilayer look - a way out of any situation": how to dress a child according to the weather
Many parents think about how to dress a newborn and a child over a year old. The pediatrician and the stylist have listed the most convenient and practical items of children's wardrobe that are recommended to have at home. About this in the material "Gazeta. Ru".
How newborns and children perceive the weather
Ekaterina Yakovleva, a pediatrician and author of the Pediatr.Katya Telegram channel about children's health, explained what you need to know to dress your child according to the weather.
“Newborn babies have a higher heat exchange rate than adults and are more prone to overheating, so it's especially important to dress them for the weather. If you feel a temperature of 18-22 degrees is comfortable for staying in a thin jacket or T-shirt, choose clothes for your child the way you would dress yourself,” the doctor explained.
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However, different rules will apply for older children. According to the doctor, in order to understand how to dress a one-year-old child, it is important to take into account the level of physical activity: the child is sitting in a stroller or running on the playground. Based on this, you need to wear more or less layers of clothing.
If parents are going to visit after a walk, you should think over the whole image of the child so that he is not hot in the room and not cold on the street, says personal stylist and image maker Yulia Morekhodova:
“A multi-layered image is a way out of any situation. To make it comfortable for the child to move, it is important to choose the appropriate clothes: pleasant to the body, without prickly labels and chafing seams, and not hindering movement. If we are talking about an outfit for a baby up to a year, slips, bodysuits with short or long sleeves paired with pants, dresses with tights are suitable. Going to the street, of course, you need to warm up: add a fleece and outerwear.”
How to dress your child for a walk in spring
Pediatrician Yakovleva explained how to dress a baby if the spring is cold. In her opinion, a warm jacket and booties are suitable if the adult wears demi-season, not summer shoes.
“It is impossible to determine whether a child is warm or not by the arms, legs and nose. They are always 15 degrees colder than the body. The fact that they are cool is normal, ”the pediatrician warned.
As Yakovleva added, in the cold spring, newborns do not need a demi-season cap under the hood, because there will be no wind in the cradle of the stroller, which means that one hood will be enough.
“Light tights are not the most comfortable clothing for small children. It is better to give preference to a cotton jumpsuit with sleeves and trousers. For older girls, light tights under a skirt are needed as a second layer if the temperature is below +10 degrees,” the doctor added.
At this temperature, parents often wear long-sleeved dresses for newborns and one-year-old girls. However, the outfit is suitable only for a celebration or a photo shoot, but for a walk - this is a bad option.
“On babies, it can lift up and interfere with rest in a stroller. Now, when the thermometer does not rise above 15 degrees, it is better to choose more practical things, such as a demi-season envelope or slip and a demi-season overalls,” explained Morekhodova, the stylist.
How to dress your baby for a walk in the summer
Many parents wonder what they need to know to dress their newborn for the weather in summer. As experts explained, there really is a slight difference with the rules of children's wardrobe in the spring. Despite the fact that rather cold weather has set in on the eve of summer, the child is unlikely to need warm overalls. But when choosing a bodysuit with short sleeves, you should be very careful.
“Pay attention to the fact that we need clothes not only for warmth, but also for protection from sunlight and insects. In sunny weather, it is better to give preference to long-sleeved bodysuits, ”warned pediatrician Yakovleva.
As the pediatrician explained, this measure is due to the fact that children under one year old and older are not recommended to stay in direct sunlight for a long time. According to the doctor, it is very important to check the weather forecast before going for a walk. This is due to the fact that there can be different temperatures in the shade and in the sun.
“Pay attention to precipitation – when it is raining outside, it is better to give preference to waterproof outerwear made of membrane fabric. If it’s warm and raining outside, a thin membrane jacket and trousers or overalls can be put on directly over a T-shirt and shorts,” the pediatrician warned.
The stylist added that a long-sleeved T-shirt is suitable for any season, especially on cold summer days.
“Longsleeve can be worn on its own. This is true for late spring and cool summer days, for example, paired with a denim, windbreaker or raincoat,” Morekhodova concluded.
All summer long she's been spinning cans, and mother-in-law gives them to her friends
We'll have to move the cans from the common garage to our house, otherwise mother-in-law will leave us without stocks for the winter. My husband and I bought a cottage five years ago. However, it was not taken seriously for several years.
Occasionally came for picnics with friends. Somehow there was no desire to plant something, take care of the beds and do other garden work. Our area is quite large.
There is a house, though in a deplorable state, but you can hide in it from the rain. Of the obvious advantages of our dacha, the proximity to the city and the presence of berry bushes and fruit trees.
We almost never harvested them. What fell was collected and distributed to friends. The berries were eaten with the children. In general, we were dacha tourists, as the neighbors called us.
All their gardening processes are well established. As they begin to pore over the beds in the spring, they end in the late autumn. Before, my husband and I all teased them.
Like, real peasants. After work in the evening they rush to the dacha to collect weeds and check the greenhouses. Naive, we did not even suspect that very soon we would join the same country fans.
This winter my husband was laid off from his good job. The company went bankrupt and laid off workers. Severance pay ended almost immediately. No wonder, with such and such prices.
My husband got a new job, but the salary there leaves much to be desired. We thought it over well and decided to come to grips with the dacha. If there is an opportunity to save at least on something, you should use it.
Planted potatoes, cucumbers with tomatoes and everything that goes on the table in autumn. Berries in the middle of summer went to compotes and jam. And what, we ourselves grew up on such delicacies, so let our children eat natural.
In August, my mother and I took out a shabby notebook with Soviet spin recipes. In the 90s, my mother prepared stocks for the winter on it. There are pepper salads, and pickled zucchini, and whatever.
Hands quickly remembered the old habit, and already in our garage there was a nice row of jars with summer harvest. My husband and mother and I were looking forward to how we would eat it all and praise it all in the winter.
After all, there is nothing tastier than food that you have collected and cooked with your own hands. I grew up with these salads myself. And nothing, she grew up healthy and strong. Our children, of course, only snorted at first.
They say, why do parents bother when now you can buy absolutely everything in the store. Any exotic delicacy from dried mango to canned pineapple.
Let them grimacing. They will grow up and then understand how nice it is to save money and eat what is grown on their own. And, by the way, without any nitrates and harmful fertilizers.
I must say that we share a garage with my mother-in-law. More precisely, this is their garage, but they sold their car a long time ago and ceded the premises to us. The mother-in-law herself, it should also be noted, did not take any part in summer cottage work.
In general, according to her, she is far from the earth, although she was born in the village. She says that at one time she dug into the dirt so much that now she doesn’t even want to think about it. We accepted her position and did not persuade her to help us with the beds.
Well, if a person doesn't want it, it's not necessary. She has her own active life. The pensioner either runs around at the rehearsal of the choir, or is engaged in some kind of social work. Of course, we shared the harvest with her.
We'll bring berries, then we'll throw zucchini. Still, a dear person, do not leave her without fresh vegetables. What is sold in stores can hardly be called vegetables, you see. Yes, and expensive.
And then one of these days I come to the garage for a jar of compote. For the first time, the children themselves asked to bring them cherry compote instead of store-bought juice. I went to the garage and froze. The slender rows of our jars with blanks and twists have seriously thinned out. The lock was not broken, that is, no one else came to the garage.
I rushed to call my mother and husband. Maybe one of them moved the jars home? But no. The husband generally said that he had not been in the garage for a week. Mom also disowned unscheduled trips to the garage.
Only the mother-in-law remained among the suspects, because she has the key. The elderly woman did not deny it: "Yes, I took a few jars for my friends. I wanted to please my lonely friends with jam, whom no one helps."
Several jars? Yes, there are more than half there! The mother-in-law, in response, got excited and said that the rest was enough for us. And in general, you need to be kinder to people.
"How could I know that you've completely lost your mind with this dacha and turned into some kind of kurkuly. I should have warned you that even I can't take anything," my husband's mother snapped.