Out of all the holidays I remember growing up, Easter was definitely at the top. I remember all the frilly dresses and the heart-racing competitive egg hunt between my siblings and I. Now having my own littles, I’m excited to create baby’s first Easter basket as well as my older two.
How to Create Baby’s First Easter Basket
Many people get all wrapped up in the excitement of Easter that they buy a ton of candy and forget that babies can’t eat much candy. I don’t blame them, it’s an exciting time. Though, I do let my boys enjoy some sugary treats, I tend to stick more towards brain engaging items. Below are some of my favorite items to include when I create baby’s first Easter basket.
Books are one of the best ways to get little brain power rolling so why not add it to the festivities? There are many bunny themed books out there but I personally enjoy texture books. It stimulates not only their mind but their senses as you read.
Another simple yet effective option is bubbles. They can be small containers, a machine, a large wand, doesn’t matter. Babies and kids alike love bubbles and they are great for sensory play! They get oral, tactical, vestibular, auditory, and proprioception all at once.
Just because baby shouldn’t be loaded up with candy doesn’t mean they don’t get to enjoy some of their favorite treats. I love to sneak in a couple of their favorite snacks when I create baby’s first Easter basket so that they have lots to eat for a treat like their siblings.
Tiny Love Super Mat
Some parents like to add one “big” surprise when they create baby’s first Easter basket. I typically do the same and this year we have opted for the Tiny Love Super Mat. You all know my(& Bodie’s) love for the Tiny Love Gymini and now that he’s older, upgrading him to a mat is the perfect “big” surprise.
So what’s so great about the Super Mat? This sleek mat from the Magical Tales line, helps baby develop with many visual and auditory stimulation aids on the mat. There are several activities baby can do that promote cognitive and motor growth.
For example, in the middle of the mat there is a little “crunchy” flap with a bird behind it. Bodie and I love playing peek-a-boo so this is the perfect little stimulation flap to help with his development. I love that there is a teether connected to the mat as well since his molars are currently starting to make their appearance. I know, sooooo early!
I love that you also don’t have to choose between a cute print and a more development oriented print any longer. Tiny Love’s Super Mat has the contrasting black and white colors with pops of additional colors that offer stimulation for baby all in one cute print.
Bodie has really been snuggling up on stuffed animals lately and loves getting their “kisses” when we are playing. Sometimes he will grab one of Max’s stuffed dogs and relax on the floor with it while listening to his favorite nursery rhymes. Stuffed animals are a great way to teach tiny lessons and help accelerate their sense of touch.
Since they are babies, please make sure your choice doesn’t include small objects like beads or removable parts. The fur of the animal should be short and not easy to pull out as well. Lastly, I would choose one that can be easily washed or tossed once they become dirty.
To wrap it up, when I create baby’s first Easter basket I always include a traditional chocolate bunny. It doesn’t have to be big and solid. I usually find one that is small and hollow so baby can get a couple of tastes before daddy finishes it off.
There are many options out there you can fill your baby’s first Easter basket with but these are just a few things you can add to avoid all the sugary options on the selves today.
What other item should I add to B’s first Easter basket?