Baby’s First Easter Basket

Well, it’s almost time for Baby D’s last first holiday. Yep, just go ahead and insert “tears flooding down face” emoji here. Easter will be our last first holiday before little man turns one year old.  My, oh, my, how fast the time has flown.

If you know me or have followed me long enough here, you are probably well aware of how much I love the holidays.  Something I get from my momma.  :)  And although Easter isn’t one of my top favorites, I didn’t want to pass up on the opportunity to make it extra special for my baby boy.

So, of course I jumped at the idea of putting together baby’s first Easter basket.  And although I typically would’ve made Baby D’s Easter basket like the one I made here, this year, I decided to be nostalgic.  So, I went up into the attic and dug out the minty green basket that I absolutely adored from my childhood Easters. Yep, you heard it correct. I still have the actual Easter basket from when I was a little girl. Some things are just totally worth holding onto.

Anyways, now that I had the basket pulled out and ready to go, it was time to decide what I would fill it with.  In case you didn’t know, I am big on candy-less Valentines and candy-less stocking stuffers when it comes to children, therefore, it probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that I would feel the same way about an Easter basket. But what goes in a candy-less Easter basket you ask?  I can assure you that you won’t find any of those chubby marshmallow peeps or oversized chocolate bunnies in it.

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Inside baby’s first Easter basket you will find: two books {Duck & Goose: Here Comes the Easter Bunny! and What Makes a Rainbow?}, a bubble wand, a Munchie Mug snack cup, a Zoku frog ice pop mold, and a Hape Walk-A-Long croc.

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As an elementary teacher with a Masters in Reading Education and a true believer that “children are made readers on the laps of their parents,” it should not come as any shock that two books made their way into our Easter basket.  Duck & Goose have become favorite characters in this household. D and I recently discovered them during his first trip to the public library. The board book series has short, simple text paired with absolutely adorable illustrations.  You should check them out if you haven’t ever heard of them.  The other book is a great one too.  It teaches small children about the colors of the rainbow and uses ribbon to illustrate the order of the colors.  Each page you turn adds the next color by ribbon to create a rainbow at the end.  I actually found this book at our local grocery store {HEB}.  I can’t wait to read these with my little man on Sunday!

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These two items are both food related.  I recently learned about the Zoku ice pop molds from a mom group I’m a part of on Facebook.  They come in a variety of characters.  This item will definitely come in handy for our hot summers here in Texas.  The item on the right is a Munchie Mug.  It is a premium quality spill proof snack cup.  It’s design is ingenious and was created by parents who were tired of buying cheap snack cups that never worked.  It features a soft fabric opening that allows little hands to reach in while preventing any extra snacks from spilling out.  I can’t wait to fill it with some of Baby D’s favorite snacks on Easter morning.

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The other two items in D’s basket are a bubble wand and the crocodile pull toy.  I decided to throw in a bubble wand because with the warmer weather, we are bound to be spending more time outdoors. And bubbles make for easy entertainment for little ones.  The Hape Walk-A-Long croc was added to the basket {or outside of the basket} because D had received one in his stocking from Santa at Christmas, but our dog got ahold of it one evening and destroyed it.  So this item was simply a replacement.

A few additional ideas one could put in baby’s first Easter basket are small musical instruments or rattles, homemade sensory discovery bottles, chunky wooden puzzles, small stuffed animals, bath toys, balls, homemade editable play-doh, a new outfit or pajamas, and gear for the pool or beach. The possibilities are endless and none of them result in a sugar rush for baby.

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What goodies do you fill your little one’s basket with?  Please comment below to share your thoughts and ideas.  I always enjoy hearing them!  :)  Hope you have a happy Easter!

Crafting a life homemade,

{courtney}