Guest Post – Dressing Up Your Toddler in a Costume for a Party

Jamie Highland writes articles for My Baby Shower Favors, a site that sells supplies for various events including everything from baby shower favors to Halloween cookies. In this article, Jamie gives some tips on how to choose a costume for your toddler.

Photo Credit: Toddler Totoro

Dressing up your toddler in a costume for Halloween or for a party may sound like a great idea but you will have a lot of thinking to do in advance. Remember that the costume selection and dressing up should be enjoyable both for you and for your child.

Toddlers can be very stubborn, especially when you really want them to do something. Chances are that your little one will resist all of your attempts, kicking and screaming. Knowing how to approach the costume dress up and how to make it fun for your little one is essential for success.

Choose the Right Costume
A costume should be both original and comfortable for your little one. The right idea is essential for the success of your creative attempts. Many parents are even attempting to make their own costumes for parties because this is the best way to achieve originality and to stay away from the mainstream.

Anything that you can imagine can either be purchased or made. Choose soft fabrics and padded elements that increase both the safety and the comfort of your toddler. Some costumes will be very inappropriate for a young child. Take a close look at the instructions and the specifications before making a purchase.

It is also possible to dress up as a family. Find a matching costume for every family member. This decision will bring the cuteness factor up even more.

Try the Costume On!
You should certainly try the costume on before the big day. Waiting until the last minute may result in some unpleasant surprises. Be sure the costume fits properly and looks good.

Turn the costume dressing process into a game. Simply forcing your toddler in this unusual outfit will be inefficient and far from enjoyable. It should be an activity that satisfies both of you. Forcing your toddler to wear a costume simply because you want to be the parent of the cutest kid would be wrong. Instead, find a costume you both enjoy.

Trying the costume on in advance will help you decide whether you need to make some adjustments. It should be comfortable and it should be safe. Refrain from purchasing costumes that have tiny details and ornaments that can be easily detached from the fabric and swallowed.

Be Careful with Masks
A mask can be a cute final addition to your toddler costume but it may present some concerns in terms of safety.

If you want to feel confident and calm, you should probably refrain from purchasing a mask to go with the costume. This way, you can observe the face of your little one and you can make sure that your child is happy and feeling ok.

To make the transformation complete, you can utilize face paint and hair accessories that will contribute even more to the appearance and the cuteness of your toddler. Being creative is the most certain way to impress everyone.

Having fun with toddler costumes is an essential prerequisite for your party success. Come up with a nice idea and try the costume in advance. Make necessary adjustments to increase the safety and the comfort of the costume. Turn the dressing process in a game. A toddler that enjoys the process will be a happy and even cuter child.

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Live Convention – Share Your Convention Photo and Win $100 Cash Coupon

Hello cosplay devotees, are you planning to go to an anime/cosplay convention this summer? If you are, here’s a chance that you may get a $100 Cash Coupon for sending us your photo(s) on the convention.

Our new edition of contest is called “Live Convention”. To be a qualified contestant, you just need to print this contest placard, take a photo with it at the convention, and send it to us together with your infomation. But please make sure to read through the RULES below before you take action!

The contest entries will be held on our blog. Those who have the most facebook likes and Google pluses will win the contest. The prizes are $100 Cash Coupon, $60 Cash Coupon, Any Wig in Our Wig Store, $20 Cash Coupon, etc.

More details can be found in the Rules section below!

Rules:

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1. Time for the Contest: the contest starts on June 8 and will end on August 31 (New York Time).

2. Winners and Prizes

Winners: Those who have the most “Scores” will win the contest. The number of winners depends on the number of the contestants. If there are no more than 10 contestants, there will be only one winner. One additional winner will be added if 10 more contestants join in, i.e.

  1. 1-10 contestants—1 winner
  2. 11-20 contestants–2 winners
  3. 21-30 contestants–3 winners
  4. and so on.

Prizes:

  1. First Prize: $100 Cash Coupon
  2. Second Prize: $60 Cash Coupon
  3. Third Prize: Any Wig in Our Wig Store
  4. Fouth Prize: $20 Cash Coupon
  5. Winners after fouth will all get $20 Cash Coupons.

Note: Cash Coupon can use as equivalent cash when purchasing in our store.

In addition, each contestant will get a $5 cash coupon, which can be used for a $5 discount when purchasing in our costume store.

3. Submissions: submissions are valid among June 8 – August 31. Submissions can only be make by email to miccostume[@]gmail.com. Please send us your anime/cosplay convention photo(s) (see the rules about the photo at the ‘About the photo’ section below), together with your infomation including:

  1. Name/Gender/Nationality
  2. Personal or social sites:
  3. A little introduction about yourself and the convention, like which character were you, when and where was it, what interesting things happened, etc.
  4. More. Actually, you can write anything you want, as long as it’s related to the convention. You can even send us a link of video about the convention. We’ll put whatever you offered into your contest entry.

4. About the photo(s):

  1. At least one photo is required. This photo must feature both you holding our contest placard and the lively convention scene. Make sure we can see your face. ^_^
  2. More photos are appreciated. The contest placard is not required in every photo.
  3. The photo(s) should be at least 500px wide.

5. The voting process:

we’ll make a blog post for every participant at our blog. This blog post will be the contest entry where people can vote for you, via Facebook like and Google Plus. Below are the voting rules:

  1. Each Facebook like or Google Plus will be counted as one score.
  2. In addition, the organizer Miccostumes.com acts as another judge. We will govern some votes and vote for the top 10 contestants. I.e., the best entry (in our opinion) will get additional 20 scores, the second will get 19, third 18, and so on.

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If any problem, send us an email at Miccostume[@]gmail.com, or comment in the post!

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Dear Customers, Post a Review of Miccostumes and Win Reward Points

Dear customers,

We will give away 200 reward points, which can be used as cash for your future orders, once you post your reviews on the following website:

We want to draw your attention that some reviews about us at the above sites are fake. Some “customers” post negative reviews at the sites. But they do not purchase costumes from us. We cannot find either their name or their email in our system. Their email addresses are invalid. In addition, the phone number they offer does not exist either. We advise you not to believe the reviews easily.
We try to see the real reviews from our own customers, no matter the reviews are positive or negative.
After you post your review, please tell us the link of the review and also the email address you used when you placed the order at our site by sending us an email to miccostumes[@]gmail.com. We’ll add the reward points for you after we receive the email.

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Winners of My First Cosplay Announced!

We have 17 participants in this contest.

Facebook: (You may not be able to see the entries because of the privacy policy of FB’s.)
#1 Tana Reklaw
#2 Jackie Hager
#3 Hannah Ichigo Bittle
#4 Hiragana
#5 Arlenn Barba
#6 Ataito Total Votes: 500+, Winner!
#7 Katy

Deviantart:
#1 Achetarin
#2 Jasmine
#3 Kittypetro
#4 Alice
#5 Mixiao
#6 Azurimi 115 Favourites + 73 Comments=188 Votes Winner!
#7 T0ra-Chan
#8 Blake337
#9 FrillsieLacey

Tumblr:
#1 Anna

Winners Announced!
The Contest ended on 31st May. And now we have two winners on Deviantart.com and Facebook.com. The Deviantart.com winner is Azurimi with 115 Favourites + 73 Comments=188 Votes! The Facebook.com winner is Ataito with 500+ votes in total.

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Join CosplayCrossing – Apply for free cosplay costume and wig

What is CosplayCrossing?

Like Bookcrossing, we define CosplayCrossing as “We offer free costume & wig to a cosplayer in a certain area for his/her photo shooting, anime convention, or something like that. And then, the cosplayer passes on the costume/wig to another cosplayer, and so on.”
First Edition of CosplayCrossing in US
Miccostumes.com will provide free cosplay costumes and wigs for cosplayers ( Right now We are planning to begin at US. first) who are planning to join in anime conventions,local cosplay meetup or anything related to cosplay. The “first Cosplayer” will get the free cosplay items from us, then the items will be shipped to “second cosplayer” from the “first cosplayer”, then to next and next…. The last cosplayer will ship back the items to us and we will make the items as the mementos.
The basic instructions is below:

1. We will release each new cosplay items in every quarter.

2. Join in the cosplaycrossing queue.Because the costumes will be made as standard size (s,m,l,xl,plus size).Make sure the costumes fit for your size before you join in the queue. Email us your contacts details to Miccostumes [@] gmail.com, The title of your email should be “ CosplayCrossing.com – Your name”.your contact details should included:

  1. Your Name:
  2. Your Address:
  3. Your email:
  4. Your phone:
  5. Your Facebook/Twitter:
  6. Introduce about youself:

3. When you get the items from us or other cosplayers, you can keep the items as long as one week, then you should ship them to the next cosplayer. We will list every cosplayers contact details in this site (including facebook,twitter,email) except phone number , so please be honest and ship out the items in time. :)

4. If you are in the cosplaycrossing queue, you should cover the shipping cost. We will make sure all items will be shipped from the same country, no international shipping,this will save much shipping cost.

5. Share us your cosplay photos and also maybe the reviews for the cosplay costumes or wigs online.

6. Every cosplayer can have a signature on the blank area of the costume.

7. Keep all the cosplay items good and clean, This is the most important. If there are cosplayer tell us they get the costumes/wigs broken or mess,someone will not get the opportunities to join in CosplayCrossing again.

Our first cosplaycrossing will be launch in the May/June of 2012, will release more details later. So make sure check our site regularly. Feel free to contact us, even if you are not interested in the costume/wig, even if you are not in US. Our following editions of CosplayCrossing will cover more costumes and areas.

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