What happened to old school Halloween costumes? You know the ones where you reach in your closet and come up with whatever you can to be something? Isn't that part of the fun?
Well according to those expensive Halloween stores, no! You must buy expensive.
Expensive costumes, we have those! Usually I purchase them second hand ... but you know what happened? We went to an early trick-or-treat event and my kid saw another boy in a garbage truck costume. He looked at me and said, "Mamma I want that one!" I went up to the mom and complimented her. I mentioned that my son told me he wanted one, her response, "Yeah, good luck!" Rude!
Anyway, I spent the next morning looking at garbage trucks online. My kiddo wanted a recycle truck so I found a picture he liked and went to work in my garage. The whole thing took me about 2 hours and it is made from boxes we had set to go in the recycle bin and some paint I had hanging around the house. So here goes:
2 Cardboard boxes
1. Paint the cardboard boxes in the desired base color.
2. Fold the side in and hot glue them down for extra strength.
3. Cut the second box to fit over the first box. This will create the front end of the truck. Hot glue that on to the main box.
4. With left over pieces from second box, cut 4 wheels and paint black. Hot glue these on to the truck.
5. Paint your final designs.
6. Let dry.
7. Use suspenders to attach truck to kiddo.
YAY! RECYCLING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FOR RECYCLE TRUCK HALLOWEEN FUN!
Oh the dreaded giving up pacifiers and bottles. There is that magical age that our mothers, doctors, friends, and strangers on the street tell us we are supposed to get our kids off of bottles and pacifiers. I hear stories of poor kids screaming through the day and night and poor parents hearts wrenching for doing what they think they have to do to make their child give up a bottle or pacifier. Well I am not doing that to mine!
Look, every bit of research I have found shows that the only problem with the bottle is if you are giving it to them with juice or milk - you could rot those baby teeth (which are going to fall out anyway). My recently 3 year old drinks only water in his bottle ... that is all. Problem solved.
I remember in 3rd grade a couple of the "popular" kids brought bottles to school because they had a younger brother or sister. It actually started a bizarre 3rd grade bottle craze in my school, I was begging my mom to get one for me. Ok so I doubt that is normal and most likely my kid is not going to want other kids to see him drink from a bottle when he is 8 or 9, but it isn't like I would rat him out to other kids. And when he gets old enough to succumb to peer pressure or get made fun of for having a bottle we could switch him to this kind:
Wow! Can you believe there is a market for these weird bottles which look like replacement bottles for grown ups? So all you people sucking the nipples of these drink bottles to get your hydration … maybe your mom should have let you have a pacifier or bottle a little longer too!
Ok but back to being less snarky, why do we really care? Is it because people will judge us if we let our kid drink out of a bottle or suck on a pacifier longer than the “They” people out there tell us? I have so many more things on the top of my list, like teaching empathy and kindness to my kiddos … who cares about a bottle?
Have any of you all let your little one keep a bottle or paci longer than “They” say you should?
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