How to Buy Quality Children’s Clothing on a Budget

How to Buy Quality Children’s Clothing on a Budget

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If you have read just about any other post I have written then you know how important quality is to me when it comes to buying decisions. Baby clothing, and now toddler clothing, is no different. There is no comparison between cheap children’s clothes and well-made, quality children’s clothing; the feel, the wear, and the longevity just cannot compare. Unfortunately, my budget does not allow me to buy high-end baby clothes as freely as I would like. However, I have found ways to outfit my child in quality children’s clothing on a budget. Keep reading to find out how.

Why buy quality children’s clothing?

Let me count the ways. 

1. You will have to buy a lot less. 

High-quality children’s clothing lasts a lot longer and holds up a lot better than inferior brands. This means you will have to buy less and can pass along more to younger siblings (or resale). 

2. Comfort

You know how soft and sweet baby clothes are when you first get them, right? Swoon! So, soft and cuddly and wonderful. Then you wash it and suddenly that super soft baby outfit is rough and scratchy. That doesn’t happen when you buy high-quality baby clothing. They are still soft wash after wash. 

3. Joy

It really is the simple things in life. There is value in feeling good about the clothing you put on your children. Yes, dressing my child in well-made clothing brings me joy. Just me?

4. Style

I am not super into fashion by any means, but I do like the style and cuts of higher-end brands over traditional or budget brands. A more tailored cut makes a big difference, especially for my skinny guy.

Sold on buying quality clothing for your child? Great! Now let me tell you how to afford it. 

I use three main methods to purchase children’s clothing: In-person Consignment Sales, Resale Apps, and Shopping Sales/Clearance.

In-Person Consignment Sales

I am fortunate enough to live right in between two cities that each have very large consignment sales twice a year. There is a good chance you can find these types of sales in your area as well. 

Consignment sales are great places to find great deals on high-end baby items; clothing and gear. Some of my favorite outfits for my son have come from these sales. 

Pros: Great prices, no shipping costs, able to inspect an item before purchase, usually very organized, and no waiting for the mail.

Cons: You have to guess what size your child will be through the next few months and stock up, crowded, have to “play the game”, filter through a lot of junk to find the gems, long check out lines, and makes for a long day.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use Facebook to find consignment sales in your area.
  • Join the Facebook group of any sales you find to stay up to date on when the sale will be.
  • When the sale gets closer, pay attention to the instructions on Facebook Group. See if any early shopping days apply to you (New mom, new grandparent and guest, etc.). Some sales will let you in early on opening day if you bring canned goods to donate.
  • Go to the sale twice: Opening day for the best selection and one of the last days when they usually discount everything 50% or more.
  • Try to go without your child/children if possible. It makes it easier to maneuver and you can stay focused. If you must take your child, opt for a baby carrier over a stroller for easier maneuverability.
  • Only take in a shopping bag and a wallet. This is all most sales allow, so plan for it.
  • Make a list of what you need and prioritize. When you get inside, go to the top priority items first and work your way down your list, even if it isn’t the most logical way to navigate the space. 
  • Look for “Boutique Brands” sections to find higher-end baby items, but check through all the clothing too and you usually find some gems. 
  • Once you start buying quality children’s clothing, you start to learn to tell what is quality just by feel and can find some great items from unknown-to-you brands. I’ve found a few items I love and went to buy more from those brands and found out that they were very high-end brands that just weren’t on my radar. 

A Note on Consignment Stores

I’m not going to lie, I’m not a huge fan of consignment stores. The only ones we have around are Once Upon A Child and the organization or lack thereof makes me a little crazy. I have found some good brands in their 10 for $10 onesie bins, but it took a lot of digging. I usually only go to consignment stores if I am already in the area and/or need something specific and can’t wait. It is probably worth checking out the consignment stores in your area. I know that some are better than others. 

Resale Apps

What do I do in between consignment sales? Resale apps! Kidizen*, Mercari*, and Poshmark are my three go-to apps for quality children’s clothing. They each have their little quirks, which I will break down for you, but I have used all three to buy great high-end baby clothing.

Kidizen

Kidizen* is by far my favorite. It is the only one that is dedicated to children (and some for mama). Children’s clothing is the main focus and they do it well. The community is much different too. Mothers selling used baby clothing to other mothers. Most shops are just selling their own children’s outgrown clothing and are not trying to make a living selling online. This makes the atmosphere supportive and understanding. 

Pros: Supportive community, available whenever, a great activity for insomnia, great selection, usually free shipping, and good deals.

Cons: Potentially time-consuming and addictive and sometimes shipping times can be longer than you’d like.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you see an item you like, add it to your cart. This sends a notification to the seller and asks them if they would like to make you an offer.
  • If you add an item to your cart, go to that seller’s profile and see what else they are selling that you may be interested in as well. Most shops have a discount if you buy more than one item and sellers will usually give you a better offer on multiple items.
  • Unless it is something you wouldn’t be ok missing out on, leave an item in your cart for at least 24 hours to give the seller a chance to make you an offer. 
  • Create filters for each child to make filtering search results quick and easy. 
  • Make a filter of your favorite brands. You will have to adjust the filter for each child (or make a favorite brand’s filter for each child). This allows you to see what’s out there from the brands you love without having a specific item in mind. Just go to “Shop”, choose Boy, Girl, or Baby, and then filter using your Favorite Brands filter. 
  • Set your filters for your child’s current size and next size or two up. 
  • Set up notifications or make sure you check your app daily once you’ve added items to your cart. Offers are only good for 24 hours. 

Referral Offer: $5 off your first purchase if you use this link.*

Poshmark

My second favorite, by a long shot. I have scored some great deals though. I always start my search with Kidizen* and if I can’t find what I’m looking for then I go to Poshmark or Mercari. 

The way you get good deals on Poshmark is the long game. Instead of adding an item to your cart, like Kidizen, you like/heart an item. This allows the seller to send offers to anyone who has liked an item. This means more competition for an item, but you can get some good deals this way. The downside is it can take a while for those offers to come in. My child has grown out of the size before an offer has come back on an item I had liked. 

The other way to get a deal on Poshmark is by making offers. If there is an item that you want that is outside of your price range, make an offer. The worst that can happen is they ignore your offer. I got an amazing deal on a Filson tote bag that I used as a diaper bag for my first son this way. The seller can counter-offer as well. 

Pros: You’re able to easily search by brand, Poshmark is mostly high-quality items, your recent searches are saved and pop up when you click in the search box, and you can get good deals. 

Cons: Sellers can be slow with offers, set (high) shipping costs (although you can get a shipping discount with an offer), I don’t think their filtering works properly, and not as child/mom focused.

Tips/Tricks

  • Like/heart anything and everything that catches your eye.
  • Don’t be afraid to make offers on items you particularly want.
  • Check back frequently or set up notifications so you don’t miss an offer.
  • Accept an offer quickly because it likely didn’t go to just you. I have missed out on some good deals this way.
  • Be mindful of shipping costs. I tend to forget about Poshmark’s set shipping costs when evaluating a price.

Referral Offer: Get $10 when you sign up with my invite code. Invite Code*: SOWEN08

Mercari

Like Poshmark, Mecari* has its uses but isn’t my favorite. The main time I use Mercari is when I am looking for a very specific product. Mercari lets you set up Saved Searches. You can search for an item, set your filters, and then toggle the option to save search. Then whenever you go into your app you can go to your saved searches and see what’s new for that search. You do not have to re-search and re-filter constantly. 

Mercari* uses likes/hearts like Poshmark. This allows sellers to send you, and anyone else who liked the item, to send you offers and alerts you to any price changes to the item. 

I get the best results when I make offers on products, again like Poshmark. 

The community on Mercari* leaves a little to be desired. My husband bought an iPhone from a seller claiming it was in great condition. By the time we were able to get it set up and working, we were out of the window to be able to do anything about it. It was (and still is) very glitchy. He can’t answer phone calls sometimes and his keyboard freaks out regularly. Super frustrating. 

I bought a pair of shoes for my son and, again, it took me too long to figure out that they were two different sizes and the time for getting a refund had passed. I messaged the seller anyway and she fessed up to having bought them on Mercari and thinking her son’s feet were just weird and reselling them.

Pros: Saved searches, you can find just about anything on Mercari* (not just children’s clothes), easy to navigate the app, and good deals.

Cons: Less than desirable community, lots of “professional” sellers, a limited amount of time to report problems, and they send a lot of emails.

Tips/Tricks

  • Thoroughly inspect your products inside the window of being able to return it and get a refund.
  • Don’t be afraid to make offers.
  • Like anything and everything that catches your eye.
  • Turn on notifications or check your app regularly for offers.
  • Set up saved searches and check back periodically for new matches.

Referral Offer: $10 off your first purchase when you use my link*.

Sales/Clearance

The last and most rare way I buy high-end children’s clothing is direct from the company when they have a good sale. Signing up for a company’s email newsletter and following them on Facebook/Instagram are the best ways of knowing when a good sale is going on. It also a great way to tempt yourself to spend money you don’t want to spend. The best sales are extra percent off clearance. That is when I find the best deals. 

Pros: New products, you know what you’re getting, returnable, exactly what you want, fun, satisfying, and you get at least one more generation of wear out of the item.

Cons: Temptation to buy more than you would otherwise, taunting, lots of emails, and Free shipping thresholds encourage extra spending.

Tips/Tricks

  • Use a “junk” email address. I’ve been doing this for about 15 years now. I use one email address for email newsletters/signups/non-personal emails. Anything that is not a personal email goes to one email account. I still check it every day, but personal emails don’t get buried in junk emails and it keeps my personal email account cleaner. I highly recommend this method.
  •  Always do a quick Google search for a coupon code before making a purchase.
  • Do a quick search on Kidizen, Mercari, and Poshmark to make sure you can’t get a better deal on the items from there first.
  • Pay attention to sales cycles. You will learn what time a year each company runs their big sales and what is a good deal and what’s not.

Does all of this sound like way too much work for you and you would rather just pay the money?

Then I have an option for you!

 I haven’t been able to try it myself though, but I am counting down the days until my son is wearing 2T clothing so I can give it a try. 

Stitch Fix Kids

While I am not a regular subscriber to Stitch Fix*, I will do an occasional Fix for myself. If you want to find unique high-end clothing pieces for your child without spending the time seeking it out, Stitch Fix Kids* will do the work for you and send you a box of clothing items. Try them on your child, purchase what you like, and send back what you don’t. There is a styling fee that is applied to any purchase you make. If you do try it, let me know what you think in the comments below?

Referral Offer: Use my link and get $25 off your first box*.

Well, there you have it. How to buy high-end children’s clothing on a budget. It seems like a lot of work, but it is actually just a few minutes here and there. 

Happy shopping!

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Are you tired of tripping over your toddler’s toys? Does your toddler have toys he never plays with because there isn’t enough time to play with them all? Does clutter make you crazy? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, you’ve come to the right place. I was you just a few weeks ago. I was fed up with my toddler’s room always being messy and being too overwhelming to straighten up before bed each night. The solution: toy rotation. Keep reading for the what, why, and how. Toy rotation has made nightly pickups a breeze and because it is simpler, my toddler even helps. It won’t be long before he will be doing it by himself. If you are looking for a solution to the mess, keep reading!

The What

What is toy rotation? Toy rotation is a system where you divide your child’s toys into different sets that are roughly the same mix of types of toys (more on how to do this later). You then rotate these sets out so your child only has access to one set at a time. The number of sets and the frequency of rotation is all dependent on the number of toys you own, your available space, and your personal clutter threshold (a term coined by Dana K. White). If you have a low clutter threshold or small space you will want more sets that you rotate more frequently. Conversely, if you have a larger space or a higher clutter threshold, you can have fewer sets and only rotate once a week.

The Why

What are the advantages of toy rotation? Let me list them for you. 

  1. Less day to day clutter. Fewer toys available means that there are fewer toys to get spread around and fewer toys to clean         up. It’s just basic math.

      

  2. You don’t have to purge your toy collection of the toys you and your child love. For me, I couldn’t bring myself to           
        permanently take away toys my child enjoyed playing with or those with which I want him to play.

      

  3. Toy rotation allows your child more time and attention to be able to play with each toy more intentionally. Before I started toy rotation, my son was never that interested in 
        puzzles. He preferred all the toys with wheels. Now that we have one puzzle in each of his two sets, he has started taking an interest in the puzzles. He plays with each toy 
        longer and works his way through the toys more fully than he did when they were all out at one time.

     

  4. Open spaces are great for play. It is so much easier to play when there is open floor space. This is a lot more possible when
        there are fewer toys out at a time.

     

  5. A simple toy system makes it easier for your toddler to maintain his or her own space. If you can’t clean it up in less than 5
        minutes it’s too much. 

Ok, time to talk about the process. 

The How

This will be a multi-step process that will end with a simple toy rotation and storage system that will simplify your life and save your sanity. 

Step 1: Pack away (or get rid of) toys that are no longer age-appropriate.

If you have younger children or are planning to have more children it will prolong the life of the toy if you store them away until the next child is ready for them instead of leaving it in rotation until then. Even though my son could technically still play with some of the baby toys, he had more than enough toys that were more developmentally appropriate. I did this sorting and storing right after his first birthday when there was a huge influx of toys. 

If you are finished having children, this can be a bit more difficult. I can see how it would be hard to part with the baby toys. Do the best you can. 

Step 2: Get rid of the toys that you don’t like. 

We all have toys in our collection that were given to our children by well-meaning friends and family that we just don’t love. That’s ok. Most of the time it’s ok to let those things go.

I do recognize that some people would get their feelings hurt. My solution to this is to have one basket of toys that you pull out when other children come over to play. Any toys that fall into this category can go in this basket until you can pass them along. 

Do try to limit yourself to one basket. If your basket gets full, prioritize and get rid of what doesn’t fit. 

Step 3: Evaluate your goals, space, clutter threshold, and your child’s abilities. 

What are your goals? 

Think through what you are hoping to get out of toy rotation and how that might affect your system. 

Least amount of clutter? More time for each toy? Go with more sets and rotate more often. 

Less clutter? Simple system? Go with fewer sets and rotate less often. 

How much space do you have to store toys and to play with toys?

If the area in which your child plays is very small, more sets and more frequent rotation would help keep this small area under control. 

If you have a larger area for play you can do fewer sets and less frequent rotations. 

You also have to evaluate your storage space. How much room do you have to store your toy sets? You want the off-rotation toys to be stored out of sight of your child if at all possible. 

What is your personal clutter threshold and what is your child’s clutter threshold?

Meaning how many toys are you personally able to keep organized (Check out this podcast for a more in-depth discussion)? This will be individual to each person and may require some tweaking in the first few weeks. Keep reducing the number of toys in each set, by creating new sets, until it is doable to keep the toys organized and cleaned up each evening. 

Step 4. Determine how many sets you need and how often you will rotate. 

Using what you learned in step 3, decide how you are going separate and rotate the toys.

For us, two sets, rotated weekly, works very well. 

Step 5: Create your sets. 

Ideally, this would be done when your child is not around. It’s not impossible to do with a toddler, I managed, but it would go a lot faster and easier if you had time alone. It took me less than an hour to get this done even with my toddler “helper”. 

Pull out all of your child’s toys and sort them by type. This is subjective, of course, so use your knowledge of your child and your preferences. 

I sorted my son’s toys by Playmobil, tractors, pull toys, animal toys, creative play, musical instruments, puzzles, shape sorter/ring stacker, and blocks. 

Next, I thought about which toys my son typically plays with together. I tried to keep those toys within the same set. Other than that, I went pile by pile and divided them up into two sets. 

It is important not to have an “A” team and a “B” team. Make sure that each set has an equal number of favorite toys. This was the hardest part for me. 

If your child has one or two toys that he/she can’t live without, it is ok to keep them out all the time. Just try to limit the number of toys that fit in this category. 

Once you have created your sets, it’s time to figure out how to display and store them. 

Step 6: Store all but one set out of sight of your child. 

If your child is still young, there will likely be no need to explain what is happening. It is always nice to treat your child like a human being, but before a certain age, they won’t even miss the toys that are stored. If they are old enough to understand what is happening then, of course, explain it to them and get them to be involved in creating the sets.

Make sure they are stored in an opaque box/bin/etc or behind a closed door they don’t access. If they catch a glimpse, they are likely going to want to get their hands on them.

Make sure if you have more than two sets that each set is stored in its own container to make switching sets simple and easy. You don’t want to have to re-sort the toys every time you want to switch them.

My son had six bins that fit on a shelf. I moved the shelf into a recently emptied closet and I pull out three bins at a time and put them under the edge of his bed. The three off rotation bins stay in the closet on the shelf. This has made rotation super easy. I just pull out the three bins from the closet and put the three that were out back on the shelf. 

I understand that this bin/shelf system won’t work for everyone, so you will have to find what works best for your home and family. A simple storage tote would work just fine. Baskets would also work well. You can probably find something you already own to make this work for you. 

Step 7: Set out the currently in rotation toys. 

I recommend a simple system for having toys available to your child. One or more open-top containers (bins, baskets, etc.) make it really easy for young toddlers to not only access the toys but also put them away more easily. 

When I put my son’s toys away in his three bins, I organize them by type across the bins, but if he is helping, I just let him put them wherever he wants.

I do use smaller boxes that fit in the bins for small items like his Tegu block set. He can open and close it on his own and is usually pretty good about putting them away when he is finished playing with them (with prompting). 

The key is that your child can operate/manage/access anything that is used to store his/her toys. This allows them to be able to independently access their toys and put them away. The whole key here is to create a system that is easy for your child to maintain.

Step 8: Make adjustments as needed. 

 This system is very flexible. You can tweak it until you get just the right system down. Trust you instincts and what you know of yourself and your child.

Initially, I left one of my son’s toys out all the time (one he would ask for by name when it was in the other room and out of sight). After a few weeks of toy rotation, I decided to see what would happen if I put it away. Nothing happened. He hasn’t asked for it or anything. He plays with the toys that are available and hasn’t thought about the other ones. However, he does excited when I rotate the toys.

The takeaway for you is don’t be afraid to switch it up and experiment. 

We have determined your goals. If what you are doing is not accomplishing your goals step back and look for ways to adjust to make it work. 

Conclusion

Toy rotation is a great method to keep toddler toys under control, instill good habits in your children, and maintain your sanity. 

If you decide to give toy rotation a try, let me know how it goes in the comments below!

 

Additional note:

If keeping the clutter in your home under control is a struggle for you like it is for me, I highly recommend Dana K. White’s book Decluttering at the Speed of Life*. She teaches her method of decluttering that allows you to make progress, even when you only have a couple minutes, without making a bigger mess, and only making progress. She also has a blog and a podcast where she covers her cleaning and decluttering tips, which are great for motivation, but her book is really the best way to get a succinct overview of her method. You would have to listen to/read a lot of content to get the same information that is concisely presented in her book. I think I read it in 1-2 days. It is available as a book, audiobook, and ebook. This is not a sponsored post, I just found her book* extremely helpful and want to share it with you.

 

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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. 

Spend

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

Splurge

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).

Spend

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

Splurge

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. 

Spend

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.

Splurge

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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