The idea of filling a baby's first Easter basket might seem daunting at first, but it can truly be a simple and enjoyable activity. Easter baskets do not have to contain the traditional jelly beans or other small candies that are no-nos for babies in order to be festive. It’s all about thinking outside the box, or the basket as the case may be.
Traditional plastic Easter grass poses a hazard to babies. Use crumpled up tissue paper in pastel colors as an alternative. Find a decorative basket that you can repurpose to hold some of Baby’s small items in the future. Ribbon and cellophane, while pretty to look at, also pose hazards to small babies and should be left off the first Easter basket.
A stuffed bunny, chick, or lamb is perfect for a baby’s first Easter basket. Make sure there are no buttons or other small parts that could be chewed off. Chunky board books in Easter or spring themes are lovely gifts and can withstand teething babies. Include a copy of Peter Rabbit or The Velveteen Rabbit. Toys such as rattles, keys, or teething rings are classics. There is sure to be a variety of Easter or spring-themed baby toys available – the difficulty will be in picking just one or two! A CD of soothing lullabies or lively playtime music would be a nice touch.
Include jars of baby food carrots, string beans, lamb, chicken, or whatever you can find that closely resembles what the rest of the family will be eating. Include a small box of teething biscuits, Goldfish crackers, or any of the goodies in the baby aisle at the supermarket. No Easter basket would be complete without a chocolate Easter bunny, even if it just gets chewed on (or Mom or Dad eats it). A real hard-boiled Easter egg is a fun addition as it is a soft food on Baby’s teeth and gums.
A myriad of spring and Easter related fashions will crop up just in time to put your basket together. Bibs, socks, booties, and onesies would all be great ways to make sure Baby is Easter-fabulous. For baby girls, hair accessories or a little bonnet are adorable ideas. For a baby boy, how cute would a little tie or cap be?
Who doesn’t love the smell of a freshly washed baby? Bottles of baby-friendly lotion, shampoo, bubble bath, body wash, and powder would be appreciated by baby and adults alike. Depending on the age of the baby, a new pacifier (binky, nuk, soother), bottle and/or sippy cup is a must. Older babies would appreciate a brand-new baby spoon or fork. Let your imagination run wild and the trick will be fitting all your wonderful ideas into one basket.