- Fuzzy Stuffed Bunny – My two criteria for selecting a stuffed friend for my infant daughter are safety and softness. I selected this soft white rabbit for LG because it’s safe for ages six months and up (all of the facial features are embroidered on, so there are no choking hazards). Her brother received a brown plush bunny for his first Easter, and two years later “Bunny” is still LB’s favorite pal. “Bunny” is one of the best investments we’ve made as parents, and our only regret is not buying a duplicate when we had the chance. (It’s really too bad that we never know which stuffed buddies will be in long-term rotation for our kiddos, because “Bunny” only has a few more washes in her.)
- Jumbo Knob Puzzle – We love Melissa & Doug products, and already have a few of these knob puzzles from when LB was a baby. They’re always a big hit and will remain a relevant toy for your kids as they grow. Safe for twelve months and up.
- Hide N Squeak Eggs – These are awesome! LB’s preschool has a set and the kids all love to match the colors and shapes. The egg shells come apart to reveal a colorful egg underneath (and when pressed, they squeak). Each egg has a unique shape on the bottom that fits into that shape in the egg carton. Safe for twelve months and up.
- Silicone Teether – I’ve seen several silicone teething jewelry companies pop up over the past few years, and I already have a Jelly Strands Bleckley Baby Teething Necklace that LG loves to nibble on. But when I saw these adorable owl teethers from Chompy Chic Chewlery, I couldn’t resist.
- Happy Baby Organic Yogis – Because edible goodies are often a basket-stuffing staple, and options are limited for our littlest family members. When your baby is starting to crawl, she can enjoy these melt-in-your-mouth fruit and yogurt snacks. Our daughter will be almost one for her first Easter, and she already loves these (and will often squeal with excitement when she sees me reach into the pouch to get some for her).
Indestructibles – These little books are great for babies! They claim to be 100% baby proof, and we’ve definitely found that to be true. We have about a dozen of these, and LG loves to chew on, drool on, and otherwise attempt to destroy these colorful books. They are the only books we let her play with ‘on her own’, because we know she can’t bite off a chunk when we’re not looking (like often happens with board books).
Bicycle Helmet – We recently learned about the ‘Easter Basket Bike Helmet‘ program available from our local hospital. They sell helmets filled with candy and a stuffed toy for $20. I thought it was such a great idea that we plan to get one for the kids each year.
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