This whole “baby in a pumpkin” thing has become something of a tradition for us here in the Day household.
Every year we head to the pumpkin patch early and nab the biggest, plumpest, juiciest-looking pumpkin we can possibly find.
Then we carve it out and take the obligatory photos of our baby in a pumpkin!
I’ve seen quite a few people use smaller pumpkins and cut little holes in the bottom for the baby’s legs, but we don’t do that for several reasons. First, our babies have fat legs and it’s a real challenge to get them in place. I’m not even kidding. They’re seriously very chunky. There’s not a whole lot of thigh gap going on here, and it would be confusing to even figure out the spacing. Aside from that, the babies aren’t particularly fond of it in my experience.
I can’t imagine I’d be too thrilled with a giant squash in between my legs, either.
It’s also nice to be able to carve up the pumpkin into whatever shape you want it in after the baby in a pumpkin photos are taken. Putting two big leg holes in there makes that challenging.
I’ve had a lot of people ask how we preserve the pumpkins until Halloween when we take our photos so early in the season. Honestly, we don’t. Here in San Diego the weather is hot as heck in October and there’s no chance of anything staying fresh. These bad boys start to decompose the instant the knife hits them. There’s no saving them with any concoction of bleach, Vaseline, pumpkin preservative or Spray & Forget. Yes, we’ve tried.
Really, the biggest concern involved in taking photos of a baby in a pumpkin is getting the whole caboodle to stay put. Our little man is 9 months now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he walked off with this as his Halloween costume!
Have you ever tried putting a baby in a pumpkin?