Report: Forcing Costumes on Babies Can Ruin Purim


xmas-purim-costumes-smallPurim is a happy and joyous occasion for Jews, but forcing babies and small children to masquerade in unwanted costumes can cause them trauma, according to psychologist Shlomit Kanotopsky.

“Parents who buy costumes for babies often do it for themselves,” says the psychologist, who works at the Ziv Hospital, located in Tzefas. She suggests parents be especially sensitive to children’s fears and trauma that can develop by wearing unwanted costumes, which parents sometimes insist on to justify what often is an expensive purchase.

While adults and older children know Purim as a happy occasion and enjoy masquerading, but many little children cry and suffer from trauma during the holiday, says Kanotopsky. She explains that changing identities is not always good for little children, who are in the process of developing their own identities and need a stable environment. “It is important not to force children to dress up,” according to Kanotopsky, who suggests that parents help get their children acquainted with a costume several days ahead of time and then “let the children play with it” without dressing up.

Read the full report at Arutz Shevah.

{Arutz Shevah/Yair Israel}


  1. The photo portraying your article does not suit your website. It’s bad enough that there are parents who do not know that this costume represents yoshke and his cronies, there’s no reason for you to display it.

    Simchas Purim

  2. Breathing causes death if we get too used to it and then don’t have it. This is a silly article. Can’t parents make some decisions on their own?

  3. it doesn’t represents yoshke and his cronies.
    it’s a silly mishugas like uncle sam.
    no need to get all bent out of shape.

  4. Report: Babies can ruin Purim Costumes!

    A notable professor with nothing else to do has decided that babies who drink while driving can vomit and ruin their purim costumes. Parents are warned to avoid this as it may lead to a shidduch problem.

  5. It also causes trauma to little children when they see their father (or other adults) senselessly drunk, falling on the floor and vomiting.

  6. the hole purim story is about god hidding from the yiddin then revealing himself at the end, thats the same for costumes on purim, the parents dress up the kids get nervious where their father is then he takes of his mask and the feel relaxed when its their father. this lady is talking stupidity

  7. I have one word to say to that psychologist (and this comes from a mother, bubby and preschool teacher),
    “Chill!” 🙂

  8. I am fourty years old and I have an identity crisis because I was dressed as a Japanese baby one year and a bear the next followed by a Rebbe on the third. Man am I confused. I sit with my gartel for hours in the zoo snapping pictures of Chinese babys. I wish my mother would have had this knowlege! Folks this is real!!!
    My son is still tramautized from his Askan costume that he wore last year!

  9. If the costume is comfortable, the baby won’t know the difference from regular clothing. I personally see nothing wrong with it and think it’s cute. I’ve always dressed up my babies and they were fine. They grew up without any lasting trauma from it.

  10. that picture had the mother in it too, they must have photo shopped her out, too funny! btw, I don’t think that santa has anything to do with yoshke just related to the same holiday.