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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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.
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.
Toys and Play
Toddlers will be in awe of just about anything new they lay their hands on. Here are some examples of small toys or fun items that you can add to their Easter Basket that will surely excite them:
Easter is the perfect time to gift your child all the fun toys and games that they will be using as the weather gets warmer. Kids love playing outside, and Easter is the perfect time to replenish their outdoor toys. Easter gift, plus needed outdoor toys? Win/win! Here are some options for outdoor items that your toddler will love:
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Sleep and Comfort
You can never go wrong with sleep and comfort items for little ones. Your babies and toddlers will absolutely love cuddling and using these cute additions to their Easter baskets.
While your toddler may not know a lot about self-care, you know it is so important. Go ahead and instill those values now, by adding some self-care items to your toddlers Easter basket. Your toddler will enjoy each and every one.
Snacks hidden in Easter eggs
You may be trying to stay away from candy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some fun treats inside the Easter eggs! If you are looking for some fun ideas… try one or more below!
- Cheddar bunnies
- Peanut butter mini crackers
Easter Basket Ideas for Babies
If you are running short on time (or ideas!) check out these premade Easter Basket Kits!
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Will you use any of these ideas for your toddler or baby’s Easter basket this year?Have another non candy basket filler I missed? Let me know!