What to Put in Your Toddler’s Easter Basket Besides Candy

by | Apr 9, 2019

Easter is such a great time of year. The weather is getting warmer, flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping! Spring just puts me in a better mood! It’s also time to get those Easter baskets ready for your children.

On Easter this year, I will have a 21 month old girl and a 6 month old boy. I put together their Easter baskets based on current interests, skills, and abilities.

My toddler loves to color, use stickers, throw balls, cuddle her stuffed animals, and explore anything new she can get her hands on. My infant loves toys he can easily grasp, teethers, music, and bright colors. They are still a bit young to understand the meaning of Easter baskets and even gifts, but I still wanted to make their day special.

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Here are some fun, unique ideas for toys and non-candy alternatives to put in your child's Easter basket. These are great for babies and toddlers.

Choosing candy alternatives

I don’t like giving my children candy. My oldest daughter is 21 months and although she pretty much eats everything right now, I’d like to hold off on sweets as long as I possibly can. Of course she’ll always have it at a birthday party, special occasion, or even as a last-resort bribe. However, I like to limit it to those specific times. I figure, if she doesn’t know what she’s missing, she won’t miss it!

Now with all these recent holidays that drive revenue through sugary snacks, it’s getting harder and harder to limit it. Easter is a time when businesses advertise chocolate, candy, and sweets.

Here are some fun, unique ideas for toys and non-candy alternatives to put in your child's Easter basket. These are great for babies and toddlers.

You can’t walk into a grocery or department store the month before Easter without being greeted with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, or brightly colored jellybeans. This tactic will surely grab your child’s attention. After all, what toddler isn’t going to scream for the life sized chocolate bunny on display?

When making my children’s Easter basket, I would rather not put any candy in it. So I’ve come up with some Easter Basket alternatives to give my toddler instead of straight sugar.

Here are some ideas that toddlers LOVE if you’re also opting for a no-sugar Easter basket this holiday season.

Here are some fun, unique ideas for toys and non-candy alternatives to put in your child's Easter basket. These are great for babies and toddlers.
What’s in my 20 month old girl’s basket

Toys and Play

Here are some fun, unique ideas for toys and non-candy alternatives to put in your child's Easter basket. These are great for babies and toddlers.
Here are some fun, unique ideas for toys and non-candy alternatives to put in your child's Easter basket. These are great for babies and toddlers.
What’s in my 6 month old boy’s basket

Outdoor Play

Here are some fun, unique ideas for toys and non-candy alternatives to put in your child's Easter basket. These are great for babies and toddlers.

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Sleep

  • Blanket
  • Lovey/Stuffed animal

Self-care

Here are some fun, unique ideas for toys and non-candy alternatives to put in your child's Easter basket. These are great for babies and toddlers.
  • New toothbrush
  • Sippy cups
  • Utensils
  • Fun straws
  • Measuring spoons
  • Teether

Snacks hidden in Easter eggs

Here are some fun, unique ideas for toys and non-candy alternatives to put in your child's Easter basket. These are great for babies and toddlers.
  • Goldfish
  • Cheddar bunnies
  • Cheerios
  • Puffs
  • Peanut butter mini crackers
  • Cereal

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