The list author says: "You (& mama) don't want them chomping down on a giant chocolate bunny. U need alternatives kids view as treats, but not sweets. Think "consumable". Get food items @ stores in single quantities. (R Us/Target)
Non-edible items? Think spring/summer, parks, camping, beach, playing in yard: SPF swim clothes, life jackets, swim diapers, sand toys. Buckets make great baskets (as do lined wicker baskets-mom can later store books & such). Toddlers luv bath play. Bath toys can also be used w/ water tables & kiddie pools). Sunscreen (thinkbaby a top non toxic brand) & bug protection. I like Badger Bug Balm & Lafe's organic Baby insect repellant.
Books, dvds, "For the Kids" a music CD. Rain boots/shoes. Tights. Sock shoes/skidders perfect @ this age. Sippy cups-I like gerber graduates & sip n smile, toddler dishware & utensils. Toys w/ buttons like parents' gadgets: cameras, remotes, phones, etc.
Bigger toys? Water/sand table, sand box, slide, teeter totter, kiddie pool, sprinkler, rocking/bouncing toys, crawl tunnels (luv connectable ones by pacific play-the see me & tickle me), scootster cars (radio flyer bump ones are ADORABLE!), tricycles, small table & chairs or child picnic bench table.
Tired of Bunnies? LeapFrog Violet & Scout R excellent. Kids fascinated he/she knows their name. (PC/MAC requirements)
Sentimental: Kids luv photos of selves. Photo book/blocks. See Snapfish for ideas-create story for them about the 2 of U using your photos. DVD slideshow (or movie)w/ music.
Mom a 1st time mom? Give list of places nearby, w/ addresses & phone#s, to take kids. Parks, museums, kid friendly restaurants. Be a superhero: include coupon 4 babysitting (put date on it 4-6 wks out-they R new parents they won't have plans)
Large pieces of green cellophane instead of grass-babies LOVE sound! Fun age, once you start making your basket, hard part will be stopping."
"TREAT FOR MOMS AND TOTS: I use Plum organics or Happy Baby pouches; they cost less, but for Easter can U resist Peter Rabbit? Kids luv 'em, like a smoothie. Parents love the mess free, spoon free feeding on the go. Not to mention FAST. No jars to break & resealable if they don't finish it. (Give w/ pullover towel bibs.)"
"BUNNY SHAPED CRACKERS. Keep hungry whiners at bay between meals. Easter Twist on Fishy Crackers. Grahams or Cheddar crackers. INCLUDE A SNACK TRAP and mom will love you even more than she already does. For older kids 3+ consider Annie's Berry Patch bunny shaped fruit snacks. (Target brand cheddar crackers are shaped like little chicks)"
"BUNNY SHAPED PASTA! Most kids luv macaroni & cheese and mom will appreciate having one less meal to have to plan. Did I mention BUNNY SHAPED PASTA?! Pretty much any Annie's products will work because of the bunny packaging."
"Can fill plastic Easter Eggs w/ Puffs so they rattle (or Cheerios). Different varieties available. Plum Organics also has a nice selection.
Find cute reusable shopping bags (like ones covered in Strawberries) and use those instead of baskets. Fred Meyer always has cute selection and often 50%. End up being same price as gift bags and don't just get tossed away."
If you really want true sweets--many little Debbie snacks are soft and easy to chew. They are individually wrapped so you don't have to give them entire box. Grandpa gives my boys an oatmeal creme cookie to share as a rare treat. Everything in moderation. Can also bake your own soft sugar cookies, decorate and wrap in food grade cellophane."
"SOME kids like these. A crunchy way to get some veggies without going to McGregor's garden. If baby won't eat, dad will.
Don't discount fresh fruit. My boys scream w/ delight if they see a banana. Pears, oranges & avocados also tots consider "treats." They love mangoes & papayas--look great in basket & don't get a lot of due to the price."
"Every Story Whispers His Name. This version includes a CD. For car rides & when they are older & want to listen & read on their own. Many board books that have Jesus centered Easter. "Things I See at Easter", "The Story of Easter" "On Easter Sunday" "What is Easter?" "An Easter Gift for Me" "My Good Shepherd""
"Kids find bubbles magical at this age. Gymboree also has great bubbles that are great for indoors and last FOREVER.
For more pint size flashing fun consider a flashing spiky sensory ball (make sure it's @ least the 4" size). Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is also a good choice (if they don't already have ones by this age)"
"CELEBRATE WINDY SPRING. Delightful. They love to watch the wind blow these (or even when they are people powered too)
Kids love simplicity. Playsilks (love sarah's silks small rainbow) great fun for toddlers. The toy my boys are fighting over now is an empty toilet paper roll. If you're artistic, paint a few to look like animals in non toxic paint & watch the free fun."
"super simple, inexpensive joy that my boys go NUTS over--seeing/hearing it expand. Love me to connect ends & wear w/ pride like a medal. Another little toy that is small on price but big on amusement are LED Changing Pattern Spinner Wands."
"Get ready for summer fun. Great for trips to the beach or just the backyard sand box (or sand table). For kids Age 3 and older there are Alphabet molds to write in the sand. Many different kinds available--this is a good starter set."
"EASTER EGGS. Kids love to discover things and set them in place--just what this toy provides. Like a first puzzle with sounds and even various emotions. Parents always seem surprised tots like this toy so much."
"Bunny theme? Giant interlocking bunnies. (linking, pulling apart, stacking are skills they're working on--shape sorters are popular w/ 1 yr olds, I like the elephant infantino jumbo shape sorter & the classic tupperware sorter the shapes don't fall out when they try to put them in a different side like many wooden ones."
"Gardening season is at hand. Baby's love to link these in a circle and wear their bug Lei with pride. I don't know why there is 9 instead of an even 10, but whatever. (fisher price has vehicle shaped ones and such) It's hard to go wrong with the B. line of toys--the hellophone, the alphaberry, the weeeee-mote control cars, etc."
"Since they can't eat a chocolate bunny they can hug a chocolate scented one instead. This one particularly is strawberry scented, but if you search online you can find chocolate scented ones. (and blueberry and peach on ebay) Great for smell sensory."
"Toddlers can relate to this Curious little Monkey.
(if you know your lil' one has a fisher price piggy bank or playskool busy ball popper/activity toy you can order extra coins on amazon or extra balls for them on playskool's website. Curious monkeys have a way of losing these pieces under kitchen appliances & other black holes)"
"A lot of plush Peter Rabbits, but this one is actually manufactured with children under two in mind. (The lubies are cute too as are jellycat plush animals. And any of the Peter Rabbit books would be a sure Easter delight."
"For your little lamb. Again more plush than I can list. (F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for life brand has a cute set of monkey, bunny, frog, chick 5" each) For younger babies there Gund Baby has a cute Jesus loves me lamb crib toy that is plush and baby can pull to hear song."
"A part of you can always be with them. All things bright and beautiful all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all. (Hallmark also Thank You God for Everything, but any recordable book would be a treasured gift)"
"Great Age for Little People. If you're doing a large basket/gifts then the Noah's Ark little people would be a great gift too. (Any little people set would do) There are a couple Little People lift the flap Spring and Easter books you could buy with this too."
"Each page strings a ribbon until a complete rainbow is made. There is a small pocket size and a larger board size. The mini Magic color books look neat too. The kids pull a tab to color in the animals. "Easter Egg Hunt" a Razzle Dazzle board book, or lift the flap "where are baby's Easter Eggs?" by Karen Katz are also good choices."
"Great age that loves stacking things. They like to find things that are similar and bang them together. These can also be used in the bath or with a water table for some fun water "effects". Book "Slow & Steady Get me Ready"--cheap educational fun w/ household items or any toddler play book."
"Neat Series of Busy Animals. Children love real photos. Bunny Board Books in general would be fitting: "Quiet Bunny," "Snuggle Bunnies" "Bunny's Noisy Book" "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" "Curious George and the Bunny" "Fluffy Bunny Soft to Touch Book" "I Spy Little Bunnies" "That's Not My Bunny, It's Tail is Too Fluffy""
"You can find these cheaper than this link--hard to find so around $15+, they have an entire series including: animals, shapes & colors, things that go, #s and counting. The ones that are not hard to find go for about $10. (They love touch & feel anything--the books are great too"
"Simple 2 piece first puzzles. Various Themes. Gift cards make great basket stuffers. This puzzle with season pass to the zoo, aquarium, or children's museum. Also tickets to bouncy playland type center?"
"Great for spring. Toddlers and Babies LOVE glove puppets. (finger puppets too) Rainmakers are also fascinating at this age--perfect for spring, but I'd get something larger than the 16" if over 12 months)"
"This would look adorable with a little basket sitting in it. Kids are too small for grown up furniture, but they are no longer happy on the floor. They really like having furniture that is just their size. This brand has cute frog one too and other sweet designs (& furniture)"