Apr 16, 2014

Filling a Toddlers Easter Basket: Dairy Free Style

Last year we celebrated the twins first Easter and got them a few great little Christian books to start their collection, but the boys were too young to celebrate Easter traditions. They enjoyed watching their cousins look for eggs, hanging out with their grandparents and great-grandparents and being with family. But, basically it was just another day in the life of a 3 month old baby.
For all of the pictures of Easter last year look here.
It's incredible to look back and see how those newborn rompers just swallowed them. 
They were so so small!
This year, I have two walking little toddlers who will really love Easter eggs. One of their very very favorite toys are shaky eggs (bought from Isis Parenting when they were still in business but similar to this), so I feel fairly sure that picking up and shaking Easter Eggs in an egg hunt will be fun for them. I'm not as sure they will care what goes inside though!  (EDIT: We went to the boys first Easter Egg Hunt and they loved it! For all the details, great pictures, and an adorable hunting video, check out this post.)

Two happy boys wearing bunny ears in Target.
Just like my parents did for me, I plan to give them each empty Easter baskets on Easter morning and sending them searching for all of their Easter goodies. We will be hiding more than just eggs though! I have started planning what treats they will get, and have to say it isn't easy.
The boys aren't old enough for jelly beans and other small candy. And really, due to Davy's dairy allergy, most candies are out completely. I started looking at the Easter basket items at Target and everything was either chocolate (dairy-tainted, delicious, chocolate), sugary, or the non-edibles weren't age appropriate for babies (toddlers? When do babies become toddlers?) who still put everything in their mouths. So I had to look a bit harder and take advantage of the awesomeness that it is the Internet (not hard for me with my Amazon and Etsy addictions!) but I found some really great Easter Basket items, some I have already bought while others I am considering!
[one] The dollar spot at Target is full of great little Easter gems, but many aren't age appropriate so I had to be careful. I found a few great things though! The boys are absolutely loving the water table they got for their birthday (that we finally assembled and put outside last week now that's it's springy and warm!) and just laugh and laugh as they splash and dump water all over each other and me. I just know that these splash balls ($1 for a two pack at Target but very similar to this splash football on Amazon (same brand even)) will be popular. The other thing I found in the dollar spot are these adorable sidewalk chalks in little Easter holders. I have talked to multiple moms whose children started using sidewalk chalk around 14/15 months so this should be great. I'm hoping the little holders stop them from getting quite as much chalk dust everywhere. I have a feeling it won't really help. (Good thing they can go clean up by dumping water out of the water table!) I bought these in a pack with two pieces of chalk and one holder at Target, but Alex Toys sells this similar chalk with holders (but it isn't Easter themed). Also from the Target dollar spot I picked up two pairs of cute bunny ears (pictured on two adorable baby models above) for the boys monthly photo (how are they almost 15 months?!?).
[two] I just love these crocheted Easter Egg rattles from etsy and can't wait to see the boys play with them. They love their shaky eggs so very much that I just know these will be popular! Cute crochet work. Bells. Rattles. How can I go wrong? (In fact, the boys found them a few days ago and loved playing with them! I had to rehide them so they can come out for Easter baskets though.)
[three] A long the same lines as chalk above, I bought the boys their first set of markers and a pad of giant paper. I plan to tape the paper down on the dining room table in front of their high chairs and let them color away!
[four] When the boys and I play outside, they love watching the wind blow decorative little pinwheels. The only ones I own were bought years ago as d├ęcor for a party we hosted and have seen better days. So for Easter the boys will each get a high quality plastic pinwheels made by Seedling. I saw these little gems at a local Dallas boutique but you can order them from Amazon right from your couch.
[five] My boys love to put things in and out of containers. So I couldn't pass up this adorable egg sorter from Tomy. Eggs that cheep and have adorable little faces. How can you go wrong?
[six] Another great place to look for Easter trinkets: the party aisle! I found these cute wooden clappers and these large sized bouncy balls both by Spritz and on clearance at Target. Perfect!
[seven] It wouldn't be Easter without a few food items. And eggs to fill! My boys will be getting Go Go Squeeze Applesauces and eggs filled with Cheerios, Happy Baby Puffs (they are dairy free!), Annie's Graham Cracker Bunnies, and animal crackers. They also really really love fruit so I can't resist adding a brightly colored orange or two to the hunting grounds!
[eight] We are HUGE book people around here. Right now the boys very favorite book is Dear Zoo because they love lifting the flaps. For Easter, I bought Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs? and they are already loving it. I also like Easter with its great touch and feel pages and right now on Amazon it is less than $3 with free prime shipping. Can't beat that! Last year the boys got the Little Lion Bible and not only does it look great on a shelf, it has great bible stories. Easter board books are pretty popular and easy to find (heck even my grocery store has them!) and reading to your baby is so incredibly important!
[nine] Every stylish Easter Egg hunter needs the right clothes. The boys have adorable smocked Easter Jon Jons to wear to church on Easter morning. I can't find them online and they need ironed so I can't snap a picture. Sorry! It is most similar to this one from Vive Le Fete. I also seriously considered getting something less Eastery and more re-wearable like this seersucker set from Mud Pie, but I wasn't sure the boys would have an occasion to wear that again before they outgrew it.  We also got monogrammed Easter shirts from Etsy that the boys will wear to their Easter Egg hunt and in their bunny pictures. (EDIT: The boys haven't had their bunny pictures yet, but we have worn our shirts for the Easter Egg Hunt and they are as cute as cute can be. Look here for the pictures.) I bought them from Tres Bien Boutique which is owned by a local Lake Highlands mom. I love a good monogram and I love to shop local. So these are obviously perfect!
[ten] And of course, every tot needs an Easter basket to collect all of their goodies in. I grew up with traditional baskets every year. My mom owned lots of baskets (like this one) and one of them was "my" Easter basket every year. (And then it went back onto my moms basket hangers. None were ever really mine.) I really thought I wanted to use an actual basket for the boys and then buy a cute monogrammed liner (like this one). The more I look on etsy, the more I'm drawn to the cloth bags like this, this, or this. I also love some of the more neutral burlap bags. And it seems like they could be useful all year round for toy storage. I personally love this, this, and this. Sadly, this year I'm not ordering personalized baskets for the boys this year. I don't want to choose something and then not be able to find a coordinate for baby three next year, so I am holding off on baskets and will buy all three at once next year.  Instead I put my DIY hate on.  I bought two basic metal buckets from Target and will add the boys names myself.  (EDIT: See the finished product here. And of course you can see the buckets in action on my hunt post.)
What goes in your Easter baskets? Any great ideas for one year olds? What are the Easter traditions in your family?

(Inspiration for post from blog posts here and here)

And joining in the Easter Basket Blog Hop here.


  1. We've done grapes, goldfish, and fruit snacks in eggs! Also, money when they stop putting things in their mouths. :-) We randomly have Elmo Easter baskets, but I frequently use sand buckets, because we can always use more of those!
    I'm a big fan of the dollar aisle, and also Party City's favor section. One year we found really cute parachuting bunnies there! Oh, and stickers are always good when they get older.
    Books: we love Ollie's Easter Eggs by Olivier Dunrea, and I'm excited to get God Gave Us Easter this year!
    Enjoy your Easter!

  2. I do love me some Jon Jons! And those crocheted Easter Egg rattles from etsy are an awesome find. I'm sure the boys will love them!

  3. Visiting from the link up. Those items are all so adorable. I love the crocheted egg shakers!!! Adorable!

  4. Oh my goodness are they PRECIOUS!!! :)