Here in the Fire Family, we know a thing or two about firefighter costumes. We’ve had play fire helmets since before BigBrother was born. We have one full costume, five different helmets and a special “air pack slash water hose” that would squirt water if I was silly enough to alert BigBrother to this fact or fill it myself. We know what firefighters are supposed to look like and, as such, we feel pretty confident to pick what we think are the Best Firefighter Costumes of 2008.
First up (and these won’t ever be in best-to-worst order or anything) this week is the Deluxe Fireman costume at Princess Time Toys (which doesn’t have just girl costumes). Complete with helmet, jacket and pants, it’s just a great number for your firefighter wannabe. We like the Maltese Cross on the breast and the general design. (Of note: you need your own boots/shoes.) Also great: the price! It is currently on sale for $24.29. Even better? My guess is that your future firefighter won’t wear this one just once. This is a costume that can be brought out for imaginative play, over and over again. Until it is grown out of, of course! (And I’ve worked with the owner of the store in the past. You are guaranteed great customer service!)
And, as I mentioned that you need your own shoes or boots for that costume, I thought I’d feature my favorite costume fire boots this first week. The Western Chief Toddler or Little Kid “FDUSA” rainboot is sure to be a crowd pleaser. And fun for your little one to jump into puddles. Some great things about this particular pair of boots: 1) Well, they’re cute! 2) A skid-resistant outsole for all of that puddle jumping. 3) Easy to maneuver handles for pulling on. 4) “Moisture absorbing cotton lining” can only mean good things after a whole day of puddle jumping and/or fighting (imaginary) fires. 5) Did I mention that these are cute? Also, they come in a wide range of sizes. My “toddler/preschooler” has big feet for his age. He’s already sporting between a 9 and a 10… and these come in sizes from 8 Toddler through size 4 Big Kid. So, you’ve got a wide range of sizes to pick from as your child grows. Keep the next size in the closet so you never have any “MY FIREBOOTS DON’T FIT” drama. I know you know what I’m talking about. The price isn’t the best ($26.99-$29.95) until you remember that they are an actual rainboot and, as such, if you live in an uber-rainy area, you can get your money’s worth out of this buy.
And, for the wee-bitty set who want to be firefighters, these are a must buy. (Or make if you’re crafty. I am not. So I rely on etsy.) That’s right. Hand knit firefighter booties. Complete with the pull up handles. I cannot get over the cute of these particular boots. I have a severe love of homemade things. Possibly because I can’t make homemade things. My creativity ends with words. As such, I love to buy creative things that others make so that I look like I am, by association, creative. All the same, if you know a firefighter family expecting a baby around Halloween (or, really, at all), those would be the most adorable little gift. Or, if you’re a man reading this blog, they would make a very manly, macho and tough gift that any firefighter would be proud to give. Either way.
I think those three things make for a great start to the series. Series? Oh yeah!
On Mondays through October 27, 2008, I will be highlighting the best of the best when it comes to firefighter costumes and accessories for your children (and maybe even for you). I will also have one post that includes the Worst of the Worst when it comes to firefighter costumes. If you are a company with a costume you’d like me to review, please hit me up via the contact form. Otherwise, I’m just picking what I like (and don’t) online.