Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers and Babies

Easter baskets are a cute way to surprise your little buddy with some sweet gifts & treats. I don’t like to give T too much sugar (or he turns into a hyperactive, moody, whirlwind of destruction) but there are plenty of other cute ways to fill his basket.

Easter Basket Idea

Here are a couple of tasty treats I’m thinking about this year:

  • Annie’s Homegrown Snacks: These are the yummiest little cheddar crackers, graham crackers, cookies, pretzels and fruit snacks you ever did see- all shaped like bunnies, made from organic indregients, and some are even gluten-free! Perfect for a healthy and tasty Easter treat.

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  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: Why not have your kid actually eat some of those Easter eggs that you dyed together?

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  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg: I know it’s candy… but Reese’s are the best, and you can buy just one egg if you want to. Plus, they are soft and easy to chew for someone who might not have all of their molars in yet.

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Something fun to play with:

egg crayons

Peek N Peep Eggs

  • Plush Peter Rabbit: This cute and squeezable stuffed bunny would make a great pal for a boy or a girl.

Peter Rabbit

A book or two:

Ollie's Easter Eggs

Duck & Goose

  • Hatch (Lift-the-Flap Book) by Katie Cox: You lift the flaps to see different baby animals “hatch” out of their eggs. Very fun!

Hatch

  • In My Meadow by Sara Gillingham (Author) & Lorena Siminovich (Illustrator): This book has cute die-cut pages and a bunny finger puppet!

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Something cute to wear:

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Bunny PJ girl

Yellow Bunny PJs girl

Bow Chick PJs

Have a Hoppy Day

Chick PJs Boy

chikc Magnet PJs

Rabbit Frog PJs

Moto Bunny

And maybe another fun little knick-knack or two:

  • Bubbles: Because what would be sweeter than a photo of T dressed up in his Easter Sunday best, running through bubbles on a sunny spring day?
  • Pinwheels: Inexpensive, festive, colorful, and fun to decorate the garden.
  • Light-up bouncy balls: We put a couple of these in his Easter basket last year and he still plays with them every day!

And some ideas of what to put inside of those plastic easter eggs:

  • Stickers
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Hair clips or bows (for a girl)
  • Bow Tie (for a boy)
  • Easter necklaces (T is obsessed with Mardi Gras beads lately, so he’s getting the Easter version in his basket this year.)

Necklaces

And for those of you who have teeny-tiny ones at home, here are some Easter basket ideas for babies:

Bunny Lovey

Baby Boy Bunny PJs

Baby Girl Bunny PJs

Somebunny Loves Me

Bunny Towel

Duckie Towel

Sleep Gowns

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Peter Rabbit Cloth Book

Pat the Bunny

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Carrots

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  • And to put in the plastic Easter eggs:
    • Baby Socks
    • Baby Shoes
    • Headbands
    • Soft Baby Hats
    • Pacifier Clips
    • Pacifiers: I especially love these ones by Ulubulu that come in all sorts of cute colors, have funny expressions you can choose from, or you can personalize with baby’s name.

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What do you plan to include your toddler’s or baby’s Easter basket this year? Share your favorite items with us!

And don’t forget to check out some of our fun Easter crafts and learning activities that you can do with your little one:

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20 Favorite Board Books

20 Favorite Board Books

“Book! Book! Book!” is something we have been hearing around our house a lot lately. Tommy LOVES books, and lately he’s been standing up his crib every night shouting and pointing at his bookshelf because he would much rather be reading books than sleeping.

We read mostly board books because the little rascal is still too tempted to shred or crumple paper. I have had to repair dozens of torn lift-the-flaps and have attempted to reconstruct a few pop-up books. The other day I witnessed him kiss a pop-up shark on the lips and then proceed to rip its head off.

We stick to short stories with fun illustrations, since he doesn’t have the patience to sit through longer picture books with lots of words. We read together every day, and he is even starting to memorize and recite the words to a few of his favorite stories. Rhyming books and songs are great for memorization.

So, in honor of World Book Day today, here’s a round up of 20 of Tommy’s favorite board books! He’s currently 20 months old, but any of these books would be a great pick for any child from birth to age 3.

1. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt: This classic book (originally published in 1940), asks the reader to pat the bunny, smell the flowers, look in the mirror, and lift a tiny blanket to play peek-a-boo, among other things. It is so fun an interactive, and he can’t get enough of it!

Pat the Bunny

2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd: This is another classic (first published in 1947). The sweet, simple story is so calming and perfect for reading at bedtime. He loves to point at the pictures and show me where the different things are, such as the light, red balloon, and cow jumping over the moon. There is also a great version of this story that is a counting book called Goodnight Moon 1 2 3.
Goodnight Moon

3. My World by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd: This was written as a companion book to Goodnight Moon. We like to read this one first to see what the bunny does during the day, and then follow with Goodnight Moon to see how bunny gets ready for bed.

My World

4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: This book teaches about days of the week, food, and the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Eric Carle’s colorful artwork is captivating, and Tommy always cheers when we get to the last page and he sees the big double-page spread illustration of the butterfly.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

5. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle: Another awesome book by Eric Carle. This one teaches colors and animals. There are two more fun books in this series: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?.

Brown Bear Brown Bear What do You See

6. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss: This book was one of my favorites when I was a kid. It teaches all sorts of silly noises like the sounds of thunder and lightning, horse feet, and rain. It’s great for kids who are learning to talk.

Mr Brown Can Moo Can You

7. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman: Another favorite from when I was a kid. This one teaches about different types of transportation, and T loves shouting GO! at the dogs.

Go Dog Go

8. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle (Author) & Jill McElmurry (Illustrator): This story is adorable and the illustrations are great. It teaches a lot of different animal sounds and tells a sweet story about friendship and helping other people.

Little Blue Truck

9. The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton: This is such a unique bedtime story about animals living on a boat who are getting ready for bed. Tommy is obsessed!

The Going to Bed Book

10. Look Who’s Talking! On the Farm by Danny Tepper (Author) & Valeria Petrone (Illustrator): This book is hilarious! There are holes cut into the pages where you can put your mouth when you make the animal sounds. Tommy laughs his head off and I get a kick out of seeing him put his little mouth in the hole and “Wee! Wee! Wee!” like a piggy.

Look Who's Talking on the Farm

11. Jungle Boogie by Sally Crabtree (Author), Roberta Mathieson (Author),  & Patti Jennings (Illustrator): This is a cute rhyming book that has little tabs you can pull to make the animals dance. Adorable!

Jungle Boogie

12. Shake a Leg! (Sesame Street) by Constance Allen (Author) & Maggie Swanson (Illustrator): This book really helped T learn his body parts. It’s like Simon Says- telling the reader to shake a leg, rub your tummy, wiggle your fingers, and so on. Super fun!

Shake a Leg

13. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton: A very entertaining animal sounds book in Sandra Boynton’s fun, original style.

Moo Baa La La La

14. Kisses for Mommy! by Emily Sollinger (Author) & Elizabeth Hathon (Photographer): This book has always been one of T’s favorites. He recites it along with me now. And I love that he gives me lots of kisses every time we read it!

Kisses for Mommy

15. 1,2,3 Count with Me (Sesame Street) by Naomi Kleinberg (Author) & Christopher Moroney (Illustrator): This is his very favorite counting book. Yes, he is obsessed with Sesame Street, but he also loves the fun animals in this book that counts up to ten.

123 Count with Me

16. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert: This is an alphabet book with lovely illustrations of fruits and vegetable from around the world.

Eating the Alphabet

17. How Big is a Pig? by Clare Beaton: This book teaches opposites and the impressive illustrations were made with hand-stitched fabric. T likes to find the pig hiding on every page.

How Big is a Pig

18. Clap Your Hands! (Sesame Street) by Joe Ewers (Illustrator): Another Sesame Street book for my Elmo fanatic. This book has a puppet in the middle that you can make act out a version of the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Tommy likes it best when I sing it in an obnoxiously high-pitched Elmo voice. The illustrations on the interior pages are really fun, too, and feature the other Sesame Street characters acting out the motions to the song.

Clap Your Hands

19. You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis (Author) & Caroline Jayne Church (Illustrator): Another great sing-a-long book for a classic song. The artwork is darling and Tommy loves to sing along to this one. Perfect for bedtime.

You are my Sunshine

20. Baby Beluga by Raffi (Author) & Ashley Wolff (Illustrator): This was my very favorite song as a kid, and Tommy and I are both in love with Ashley Wolff’s beautiful illustrations in this book. Another great one for bedtime.
Baby Beluga

What are some of your favorite books for babies and toddlers? Leave a comment below and let us know what books would be on your list!