Playful, but not overwhelming
As you’re filling up your toddler’s basket, keep in mind the things that make a good gift for a toddler. They should be fun and entertaining, but not overwhelming. Here are some tips to help guide you as you shop:
- Avoid giving too much candy. While it’s fine to include a few chocolate bunnies or fruit snacks, be sure that there aren’t more than one or two pieces of candy in the basket. Remember that toddlers have high energy levels and sweet treats can just make them hyperactive!
- Steer clear of small toys that could pose a choking hazard. It is recommended that any toys given to toddlers be larger than the size of their mouths (which are always bigger than you think!). Also, avoid giving them anything with small parts such as button-sized dolls or tiny cars with wheels that pop off easily.
- Skip live animals like bunnies, chicks, and ducks—they may sound cute, but they are constantly needing attention and will likely end up being messy! If your kiddo is determined to have something fluffy around this Easter season then consider buying a stuffed toy like the ones below instead—they won’t need feeding every day like a real rabbit would require!
Matching “sister” outfits
If you want to dress your baby girl in a matching Easter outfit, that’s an adorable idea!
If you prefer not to go for the same exact two outfits for your girls, consider coordinating instead. You can do this with patterns or colors.
For example, you might choose a floral pattern for each dress—but in different shades of pink. Or maybe you’ll choose one pink tutu-style skirt with a white blouse and leggings, and another solid pastel blue dress.
Gifts that will hold up over time
- Think about the future. Ask yourself, “Will my 2-year-old still be playing with this toy in six months?” A gift that will hold up over time is more valuable than something cheap and flashy.
- Reuse and recycle. If you can find a basket that can be used for other things later (as opposed to a regular Easter basket), even better! Same goes for clothing items: try to find something that your child is likely to wear again, instead of just a one-time outfit for Easter.
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