OK, it’s time to ‘fess up.
Have you ever dressed up your baby as a bunny? Ever squeezed them into an adorable monkey suit or drawn whiskers on them with a Sharpie while they slept?*
As parents, we seem to have a growing obsession with dressing up our kids as animals. Chubby babies and toddlers are adorable enough at the best of times but add in costumes, face paints and funny ears and it’s all just too darn cute.
Retailers have seized upon this fetish of course and it’s possible to get just about any animal theme that takes your fancy. For less than $40 you can even dress your baby as a lobster, courtesy of Annie’s Costumes.
Feeling the chill this winter? Never fear – animal hats are here! You can keep your toddler’s head toasty and make them look like a bear, all at the same time.
We are not in a position to judge of course – we are all about the animals with our toddler towels. Our Cuddlemoos come complete with tiny cow horns and our Snuggle Monkey even has a tail. It doesn’t get much cuter than a toddler with a tail.
But what is it about tiny people dressed as animals that sends our hearts and tummies all a flutter? We wouldn’t actually want a live monkey wreaking havoc in the bathroom, drinking the organic body wash and drawing on the tiles with toothpaste, so why is it so cute to play dress-up with our little ones?
On the flip side of course, there are lots of people who like dressing up their animals as people. There is nothing quite as adorable as a guinea pig in a hat.
*That one might just be me.
By Jo Middleton aka Slummy single mummy