Easter Basket Guide: Babies and Toddlers

Easter Basket Guide: Babies and Toddlers

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Easter is only a few weeks away! I cannot believe it! Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. I love spring! Everything is blooming and it’s warming up and we take time to reflect on the new life Christ has given us through His death on the cross and Resurrection. It is also Easter basket time.

While we keep the main focus on Christ’s Resurrection in our home, we did choose to do an Easter basket for our son last year and plan to do one again this year. 

Easter baskets usually conjure up images of piles of candy with a chocolate bunny on top. This is obviously not a good choice for babies and toddlers (or any age really), so what should we put in our little one’s Easter Basket? I have come up with a few options by price point and age.

But first, let’s talk Easter Basket’s themselves. 

No Spend: My son is currently using my old Easter Basket, which is just a plain basket. Any basket you already have at home should work just fine.

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I found these basic baskets* on Amazon that I personally prefer over plastic ones or bags with ears, etc. 

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Pottery Barn Kids has really beautiful Easter Baskets that are usually on sale around Easter. 

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If you want the basket to be part of the gift, Olliella is your choice. They have adorable baskets intended for play. 

“Grass” for the Baskets

It is nice to have something in the baskets for the gifts to rest on, but plastic grass is not my idea of a good option. So, I came up with a couple of my own. 

Swaddle Blanket – What better basket filler than a swaddle blanket for a newborn? Plus, an excuse to buy that cute bunny swaddle* you’ve had your eye on. Ok, that I’ve had my eye on. It is so adorable. 

Play Silks – One play silk or a set of play silks would make great basket fillers for toddlers. They are great for imaginative play. Here is a seller that sells individual real silk play silks*, as well as playsilk sets. Here is a set of three polyester “play scarves”* in Easter colors for a more reasonable price. 

 

Basket Ideas

I am a quality over quantity kind of person and that attitude will be reflected in my recommendations. Personally, I would rather spend the same amount of money on one high-quality item them load a basket full of junk. 

 

Babies

Let’s be honest, your baby is not going to care if they get an Easter Basket, much less what’s in it. My husband reminds me of this regularly. I, in turn, remind him that I don’t care. I still want to make it special. You probably feel the same way. This reminder is included only to guide what you choose to put in the basket. Think of it as a chance to buy something useful that you may not have bought otherwise, a nice-to-have version of a need, or just a need is perfect too.

Soothers

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Bibs Pacifier* – These are the only pacifiers I used for my son (expect the Avent ones very briefly). I love that they are natural rubber, have soft nipples, and are beautiful. Buy them two at a time here* and get Amazon Prime shipping* (Free Trial).

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Bunny Pacifier Holder* –  My nephew had one of these and it was super cute. He even passed it on to his sister.

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Little Giraffe Baby Blankies* – My son received two of these when he was born. They are still on his toddler bed today. Super soft and cuddly. 

 

Teethers

 

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Soft Silicone Fruit Teether Set* – Several brands sell these. I purchased a set for Baby #2 during sales before Christmas, but I am not sure which brand. This brand has the best price/best reviews (at the moment), is a set of five, and each comes with its own carrying case. 

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ZoLi Chubby Gummy Teether* – My son got these for his first Christmas at two months old  and still uses them now at 17 months old. I see that they have another style out now too that is more Easter-y.

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The Teething Egg  – This was in my son’s first Easter Basket (from Grandma). Super cute and Easter themed. It takes a little more dexterity than some of the others, but once he got the hang of it he liked it. He used it for a while, but not as long as the ZoLi teethers that he is still using now. 

 

Toys

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Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders* – My mom gave these to my son for Easter and he thoroughly enjoyed them. He will still occasionally sneak them out of the put-away toys and ask me to put the wrist rattles on him.

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Manhattan Toy Skwish Natural Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy* – My son has had this toy since he was born and it was the very first toy with which he was able to play. He would probably still be playing with it if I hadn’t put up his baby toys after his first birthday party. 

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Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads Wood Rattle* – Another favorite of my son at this age that lasted through his first birthday (and beyond). Also available in natural wood*.

 

Books

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Bunny Roo, I Love You* – This is one of my favorite illustrators. Absolutely beautiful. I found one of her books at a book store in Alaska while visiting my sister. I bought it before I was even pregnant. I now own three of her books. 

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The Secret Garden* – BabyLit Primers are so fun! We have The Jungle Book and will probably keep adding to the collection. What I like about these books is that they are not a dumbed-down version of the real story. They use real quotes from the book to teach numbers, colors, animals, and in The Secret Garden, flowers. It gives children a taste of the real book to hopefully get them excited for the real thing. The Secret Garden is a nice spring pick.

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See, Touch, Feel* – This book was in my son’s first Easter Basket. It is a fun book sensory book for babies that he really enjoyed. I picked this book up at Sam’s Club around Easter for less than it is listed on Amazon right now. 

 

Soft Toys

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Jellycat Bunny Rattle* – Jellycat is a favorite around here. Grammy keeps my son well-stocked in Jellycats and he loves them all. They are so soft and sweet. They also have other colors and animals in this rattle and you can’t go wrong with any Jellycat plush toy.

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Maileg Rattles – Maileg has a collection of rattles too. My son has the Rhino and it (still) lives in my church purse. The rattle is very soft and quiet. He enjoyed chewing on the horn and shaking it around. So adorable. So well made. I love Maileg! I do not get any commission when you make a purchase from my Maileg links, I just love them so much and want you to experience the joy too!

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Maileg My First Bunny – More Maileg of course. Just check it out. So cute!

 

Toddlers 12-24 Months

My son will be 18 months at Easter and I am not going to pretend to be an expert on anything beyond my experience. I am buying and suggesting items I believe would be usable at 12 months and will last him to age 2.

Crayons and Chalk

My son is starting to want to color and I am planning to put crayons and sidewalk chalk in his Easter Basket this year.

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Crayola Palm Grip Crayons – 3 ct.*  

Jumbo Sidewalk Chalk*

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Crayola Palm Grip Crayons – 6ct.*

Egg Shaped Sidewalk Chalk (not much more expensive than the jumbo chalk)

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 Jumbo Toddler Chalk (not eligible for commission)

HoneySticks Beeswax Crayons – They smell like honey! I have debated getting these, but I am not sure this is an area I am ready to splurge on just yet. We will probably start with the Crayola 3 count and teach him to treat them well first.

Don’t forget the drawing paper. Maybe not for the basket, but to have on hand to try out the new art supplies. I am planning to buy a pack of white construction paper* to start. 

Toys

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My First Stacker* – We have other toys by Green Toys, so I know it is a good brand even if we don’t have this specific toy.

Colorful Shapes Puzzle* – My sister gave my son this puzzle for Christmas and he is just starting to figure it out. Very basic and simple, but exactly what you need from a first puzzle.

Blank Wooden Blocks* – Great for open-ended play. 

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Stacking Cups* – These stacking cups are beautiful muted colors and are on my list of possibilities for my son’s Easter Basket.

Chunky Stand Up Puzzle* – My son received this puzzle for Christmas from his Grammy and Grandad. The pieces stand up and my son likes to play with them apart from the puzzle board as well. Very cute. Even has a bunny for Easter. May need a larger Easter Basket for this one (or just put it beside it).

Tegu Magnetic Blocks* – My son has a set of these from Christmas that he enjoys playing with whenever I let him. We have strict rules about playing with them (sitting at his table in the kitchen and they don’t leave the room). The best thing about these (other than being aesthetically pleasing) is that they will grow with him. The sets can all be combined and the builds can get more complex as he grows. This set is small enough for an Easter Basket. 

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Wooden Stacking Tower* – *Note* This is a very small stacking tower (Easter Basket Sized). I don’t want you to be surprised when it arrives. We considered this stacking tower for my son’s first birthday but ended up ordering one on Etsy. We are happy with it, but sometimes I wish I had opted for this one.

Chunky Shapes Puzzle – I have admired Bannor Toys for a while, but have yet to splurge on this brand yet, but hope to soon. Let me live vicariously through you!

Alphabet Blocks – Another Bannor Toys find. They have awesome toys. Check them out!

Books

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Little Blue Truck* – This has been a favorite of my son for a while now, but he is starting to point out and learn the animals and that is fun in a whole new way!

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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site* – One of my son’s absolute favorites these days. I like that it encourages hard work and paints work as a fulfilling, meaningful, and enjoyable part of life. It also teaches the main pieces of construction equipment and their functions. 

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The Jesus Storybook Bible* – This book takes your child through the entire Bible with a focus on God’s love and the Gospel. Every story points to Jesus. What better time than Easter to make this book a part of your collection and routine?

Soft Toys

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Jellycat Bunny* – As stated above, Jellycat is a favorite. They have a huge variety of plush toys that are all wonderfully soft and cuddly. We have many of them and will probably end up with many more over the years. My son really likes stuffed animals. Bunny not for you? Check out the rest of their collection.

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Mouse in a Box – Maileg, of course. Check out all of their bunnies. For older children, check out their rabbits and mice for imaginative play! 

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Safari Friends – Maileg has a wonderful collection of stuffed animals. Amazing quality. My first son has the hippo and we are thinking about the rhino for Baby Boy #2 coming in July!

 

Whew! This is a really long post. Maybe my longest yet. And the most fun. I could do this post all over again and not repeat any specific item!

I hope you found this post useful and were able to complete your shopping for your little bunny. Let me know in the comments!

If you liked my suggestions in this post, you might like my post about Baby Gear

*Pro Tip #1* Coincidentally, many of these items can be found at The Baby Cubby*.

If you are planning to buy several of these toys (over $25), your order will qualify for free shipping. The Baby Cubby* carries Maileg, Bibs Pacifiers, Tegu, Jellycat, Manhattan Toys, and have comparable items to most of my recommendations. You may have more reliable shipping than from Amazon right now.

 *Pro Tip #2* I’ve noticed that Amazon is delaying shipping right now, so go ahead and get your orders in as soon as possible.

If you are having trouble finding what you want on Amazon, try Etsy.com. Make sure when you search, you filter on shops in the US (because of limited shipping time) and check to see how long before the item ships to make sure your item arrives in time. I am looking at some crayons and chalk myself.

Let me know what you end up putting in your child Easter basket!

 

 

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***Updated for Mother’s Day 2020***

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Seriously, a month away! If you are like me, you are just starting to think about gifts for the mothers in your life. I thought I would try to help you with that by making a Mother’s Day Gift Guide of a few of my favorite things that would make great gifts for Mother’s Day. I tried to stick with items that are available through Amazon Prime* (or easy to pick up locally). I mean really, how do we survive without it? If you are not already a member of Amazon Prime, get a 30-Day Free Trial*.

I am a big fan of useful gifts. You will not find any clutter on this list. so, to create this list, I took a look around me and walked through my house to find the items I actually use every day. Items that are actually useful to moms, at least this one.

1. Yeti Cup

Very cold water is so much better to me than cool water. We all know how important water intake is at any stage of life, but particularly when pregnant or nursing. My Yeti cup* has been my constant companion through my journey into motherhood. I have had my big 30oz Yeti Cup* for about 5 years. It is showing a little wear but still serves me well. It is very rarely out of my reach. My husband knows I cannot go to sleep without a fresh cup on my nightstand and he sweetly fixes it for me most nights. Warms my heart.

Yeti was a tough sell for me. I thought it was a big fad, but I was given my cup and am officially a convert. My husband was even more of a skeptic and he takes one of the big 64oz jugs with him every day now too. I have the plain ‘ole silver original cup, but for some reason, it was a lot more expensive on Amazon than the new ones, so this link* takes you to those instead. They also have fancy new lids that close, so you do not pour cold water all over yourself when you drop it (guilty). For the record, I still think the coolers and many of their other products are a bit over the top, but I like the cups and bottles.

A perfect gift for the new mother in your life!

2. A Nice Card

I do not mean a card that is full of sappy words someone else wrote. I mean a thoughtful handwritten card that expresses love and appreciation. Motherhood is hard and words of affirmation are like a healing balm. Tell the moms in your life what they mean to you and how much you appreciate them. That’s better than any gift.

*Pro Tip* I buy all of my cards at TJMAXX. They are around $1.99 and so much nicer than what you will find at the grocery store or really anywhere outside of a true stationary store. 

3. Let’s Talk Coffee

I love coffee. I mean really love coffee. Not like my husband who does not function before a few sips of coffee in the morning, but like I really enjoy coffee and am always up for a cup, but can function without it. It’s the small things in life really. When my husband is home, he makes the coffee. Swoon. It really is my love language. Mamas need coffee. It’s a fact. Below are my favorite coffee things.

French Press

We do french press coffee. We received our Le Creuset French Press* as a wedding gift and it is great. It’s pricey and I am sure you could find a cheaper option that would work just as well. Le Creuset brings me joy. Get mama anything Le Creuset and she will be happy. At least I would be. I’m eyeing the coffee mugs* these days.

Coffee

We drink Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend. I usually buy it mass quantities when it goes on sale. Harris Teeter and Kroger tend to have the best sales regularly. I did find it Buy One Get One Free at Target one time. This is a great last minute gift because you can pick it up at the grocery store and, even if you have to pay full price, it’s pretty reasonable (for a gift).

Coffee Grinder

We grind our beans and it really makes a big difference. We use a basic coffee grinder but are hoping to upgrade to a burr grinder. I have done the research and this coffee grinder by Bodum* is what we will get when we bite the bullet. *Hint Hint, Dear*
Update: I received this coffee grinder for my birthday and we love it!

Electric Kettle

Again, our electric kettle was a wedding gift and we use it every day. Multiple times a day. We use it for coffee, hot tea, and to brew iced tea (sweet tea, as if there is any other kind). I think this is the one we have*. It works great. Over three years and going strong. This is great for a mom. You can flip the switch on your way to getting baby out of bed and when you’re finished nursing, your water is ready for tea or coffee. No obnoxious hissing or boiled off water.

4. Speaking of Tea

I also enjoy a cup of hot tea. I used to work at a tea room and could give you a recommendation based on your or your mother’s preferences (just ask), but here I am just going to tell you my favorite. Simpson and Vail have a collection of teas with literary names. They are so fun. William Shakespeare’s Black Tea Blend* is my personal favorite. It is a black tea with bergamot and flowers and herbs. I recommended it often in the tea room and most people really enjoyed it. I am actually enjoying a cup right now. I like it best with cream and sugar. I spend $10 per tin in the tea room. Amazon sells it for less, but shop local, right?

5. Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

If you know a mother who does not have an Instant Pot*, then you’ve found your gift. I use mine for everything. Wellness Mama even has it on her list of must-have baby items! I sterilize my pumping supplies, make baby food, cook dinner, make yogurt, and a host of other things. I had an evening of pure terror when I thought mine had died (error message, nothing dangerous). It seems to be working fine again, but since then my husband keeps asking if we need a new one. He gets it. If the mother in your life already has an Instant Pot, my must-have accessories are an extra sealing ring*, extra liner*, and glass lid*.

Rapid Fire Round

6. Lunch Date

I think this is I’m doing with my mother. Lunch at our favorite lunch spot with my grandma. The best gift is quality time.

7. Potted Plant

Last year, I gave my mother a potted orchid. It is currently blooming again. The gift that keeps on giving.

8. Fresh Flowers

There is nothing quite like having fresh flowers in the house. Every time I see them they make me smile. Just me?

Extra Mile

9. Wine Subscription

My husband and I did this for about six months before we got pregnant and it was a lot of fun. I succeeded in finding a red wine my husband will actually drink and we bought a case that should last the rest of our lives. There are many options for wine subscription services, but we used Winc* at the recommendation of a friend. By the way, the red wine was the 2016 Chop Shop Cabernet Sauvignon. It pairs really well with red meat. *Note* In order to cancel this subscription, at least when I did it, you have to talk to a customer service representative. You can use the chat feature, so it is not too much of a pain, but heads up.

I am surprised that a year later my list is still pretty solid. All I really needed to update was that we have the coffee grinder and we love it. Every product or gift idea on here has stood the test of time (you know, a whole entire year). 

If my gift ideas resonate with you, you might also like my Baby Must-Haves and Pregnancy Must Haves

What are you getting the mothers in your life for Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments!

 

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