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6 Game of Thrones Halloween Costumes for Your Unsuspecting Baby

Let’s be honest, We have a very small window – from birth until about 2 years – to impose costume influence over our kids.

Parents! Fans of Westeros! The time is now.
Seize your waning opportunity to transform your baby, toddler, or even the two of you into one of your favorite Game Of Thrones scenes. We’ve assembled some inspiration below to get you started.

The Bear and the Maiden Fair

( Brienne )

Re-create the fight scene between Brienne and the Bear (S:3, E:10) with this fancy pink dress paired with this faux fur vest. Tuck a stuffed teddy and sword into their carrier or stroller to complete the look.

Alternative Mommy & baby Idea

Deck yourself out as Brienne in a similar outfit as above, and dress your tot as your furry adversary in this cute bear costume.

 

Game Of The Porcelain Throne

( Tywin’s Death Scene )

Tyrion kills Tywin while he’s sitting on the john in S:4, E:10. While this wasn’t the kind of heroic demise that Tywin would have liked, it makes for a pretty comical costume.

Create a fake arrow wound

Remove and discard the lower part of the arrow by cutting the dowel three inches below the end of the feathers. Use a hot glue gun to attach a large button flush to the end of the dowel (where you just cut). Put the button through one of the buttonholes of the vest – so the button is hidden in the vest, and the feathered end is sticking straight out.

This shirt resembles Tywin’s night shirt, and a pair of nude or pink leggings will help complete the pants-less look.

 

 

Battle of the Bastards

( John, Locks-of-Love, Snow )

Not feeling very DIY-y this year? Well, this costume from Target pretty much has you covered. Bonus points if your little one has some surfer-dude (or dudette) thing going on because no John Snow is complete without those beautiful flowing locks.

 

Daenerys and Her Dragon

There are times when life can be a real son-of-a-gun, and then there are times when it smiles down and presents us with costumes that make kids looks like they’re riding a dragon. Thank you, life!

Transform your daughter into Daenerys with this long-sleeved white dress,  Rapunzel wig (hairstyle DIY here), and then use silver spray paint to turn this dragon toy into a necklace.

Alternative baby & mommy idea

Dress yourself as Daenerys and dress your kid as a dragon in this one piece costume.

 

Burning Down The House

( Cersei’s Revenge )

Season six wrapped up with the fiery explosion at Baelor’s Sept, and Cersei’s rise to the throne. Use this armor-look-alike dress, mini tiara, spray painted toy shoulder pads, and wildfire candy collector to recreate this memorable episode.

 

Baby-snatching White Walker

Are you a fan of scary costumes? Do you also have a very new baby that’s too young to be afraid of a terrifying mask? Well, then, this parent and baby costume might just be for you. Dress yourself as a White Walker, and then simply wrap your baby in a brown blanket and carry him around with you for the night.

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When you become a parent for the first time, there is an undeniably steep learning curve. Add to that the struggle of sorting through fact and fiction when it comes to advice and—whew—it's enough to make you more tired than you already are with that newborn in the house.

Just like those childhood games of telephone when one statement would get twisted by the time it was told a dozen times, there are many parenting misconceptions that still tend to get traction. This is especially true with myths about bottle-feeding—something that the majority of parents will do during their baby's infancy, either exclusively or occasionally.

Here's what you really need to know about bottle-feeding facts versus fiction.

1. Myth: Babies are fine taking any bottle

Not all bottles are created equally. Many parents experience anxiety when it seems their infant rejects all bottles, which is especially nerve wracking if a breastfeeding mom is preparing to return to work. However, it's often a matter of giving the baby some time to warm up to the new feeding method, says Katie Ferraro, a registered dietician, infant feeding specialist and associate professor of nutrition at the University of California San Francisco graduate School of Nursing.

"For mothers returning to work, if you're breastfeeding but trying to transition to bottle[s], try to give yourself a two- to four-week trial window to experiment with bottle feeding," says Ferraro.

2. Myth: You either use breast milk or formula

So often, the question of whether a parent is using formula or breastfeeding is presented exclusively as one or the other. In reality, many babies are combo-fed—meaning they have formula sometimes, breast milk other times.

The advantage with mixed feeding is the babies still get the benefits of breast milk while parents can ensure the overall nutritional and caloric needs are met through formula, says Ferraro.

3. Myth: Cleaning bottles is a lot of work

For parents looking for simplification in their lives (meaning, all of us), cleaning bottles day after day can sound daunting. But, really, it doesn't require much more effort than you are already used to doing with the dishes each night: With bottles that are safe for the top rack of the dishwasher, cleaning them is as easy as letting the machine work for you.

For added confidence in the sanitization, Dr. Brown's offers an incredibly helpful microwavable steam sterilizer that effectively kills all household bacteria on up to four bottles at a time. (Not to mention it can also be used on pacifiers, sippy cups and more.)

4. Myth: Bottle-feeding causes colic

One of the leading theories on what causes colic is indigestion, which can be caused by baby getting air bubbles while bottle feeding. However, Dr. Brown's bottles are the only bottles in the market that are actually clinically proven to reduce colic thanks to an ingenious internal vent system that eliminates negative pressure and air bubbles.

5. Myth: Bottles are all you can use for the first year

By the time your baby is six months old (way to go!), they may be ready to begin using a sippy cup. Explains Ferraro, "Even though they don't need water or additional liquids at this point, it is a feeding milestone that helps promote independent eating and even speech development."

With a complete line of products to see you from newborn feeding to solo sippy cups, Dr. Brown's does its part to make these new transitions less daunting. And, for new parents, that truly is priceless.

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Jessica Simpson celebrated her baby shower this weekend (after getting a cupping treatment for her very swollen pregnancy feet) and her theme and IG captions have fans thinking this was not just a shower, but a baby name announcement as well.

Simpson (who is expecting her third child with former NFL player Eric Johnson) captioned two photos of her shower as "💚 Birdie's Nest 💚". The photographs show Simpson and her family standing under a neon sign spelling out the same thing.

While Simpson didn't explicitly state that she was naming her child Birdie, the numerous references to the name in her shower photos and IG stories have the internet convinced that she's picking the same name Busy Philips chose for her now 10-year-old daughter.

The name Birdie isn't in the top 1000 baby names according to the Social Security Administration, but It has been seeing a resurgence in recent years, according to name nerds and trend watchers.

"Birdie feels like a sassy but sweet, down-to-earth yet unusual name," Pamela Redmond Satran of Nameberry told Town and Country back in 2017. "It's also just old enough to be right on time."

Simpson's older kids are called Maxwell and Ace, which both have a vintage feel, so if Birdie really is her choice, the three old-school names make a nice sibling set.

Whether Birdie is the official name or just a cute nickname Simpson is playing around with, we get the appeal and bet she can't wait for her little one to arrive (and her feet to go back to normal!)

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As if we needed another reason to shop at Target, our favorite store is offering some great deals for mamas who need products for baby. Mom life can be expensive and we love any chance at saving a few bucks. If you need to stock up on baby care items, like diapers and wipes, now is the time.

Right now, if you spend $100 on select diapers, wipes, formula, you'll get a $20 gift card with pickup or Target Restock. Other purchases will get you $5 gift cards during this promotion:

  • $20 gift card when you spend $100 or more on select diapers, wipes, formula, and food items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock
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  • $5 gift card when you buy 3 select feminine care items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock

All of these promotions will only run through 11:59 pm PT on Saturday, January 19, 2019 so make sure to stock up before they're gone!

Because the deals only apply to select products and certain colors, just be sure to read the fine print before checking out.

Target's website notes the "offer is valid using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock when available".

The gift cards will be delivered after you have picked up your order or your Target Restock order has shipped.

We won't tell anyone if you use those gift cards exclusively for yourself. 😉 So, get to shopping, mama!

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