Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Creating Easter Baskets for Babies

By: Rae A. Costa

Although babies won't grasp the meaning of Easter, they'll still enjoy receiving their very own Easter basket. Personalized gifts are a great way to show someone you love and care about them. With Easter fast approaching, now is a good time to start making a basket for that special little one in your life.

  • Choose baskets that can be used long after Easter. Brightly colored baskets that can be used to store toys or other baby items will be much appreciated. If you want to buy a basket specific for Easter, make sure it's made from a plush material so it can be held and chewed on without causing injury.
  • Include books with colorful pictures and personalized with the baby's name. Think about books beyond their current age level, so they'll be able to enjoy them as they grow. Classics, such as Winnie the Pooh or Charlotte's Web are perfect additions to any child's book collection.
  • Line baskets with a cashmere or fleece blanket or embroidered quilt instead of straw or plastic grass which can be a choking hazard.
  • Include soft and cuddly stuffed animals or dolls the baby will enjoy snuggling and holding as he or she grows.
  • Mobiles, teething rings, rattles, age appropriate toys, or play mats are great additions to the baby's Easter basket. Choose items that are visually and mentally stimulating.
  • Clothes printed with little bunnies or ducks can be worn not just at Easter, but year round. Include bibs, rompers, pajamas, booties, or a beanie with an Easter design.
  • Bath toys and other items, such as hooded duck towels or natural soaps and shampoos can be included in the basket as well.
  • Create memories to put in your basket. Make a picture frame celebrating baby's 1st Easter. Include a baby journal to record baby's milestones. Personalize a photo album or scrapbook for important baby pictures. Create a CD with your favorite bedtime stories and lullabies.
  • Other items which might be perfect for your basket could include pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups, or even diapers.
  • Make a personalized piece of baby jewelry like a bracelet or anklet. Make a matching one for Mom or Dad too!
  • Avoid sugary sweets. Natural foods, teething wafers or biscuits are a much better choice than candy.
  • Of course include something for Mom or Dad, such as a gift certificate, gourmet coffee, a babysitting coupon, or a chocolate Easter bunny.

With any gift personalization makes it that much more special. Spend an extra moment choosing or making gifts to suit the baby they're being given. Mommy or Daddy will surely appreciate your effort and thoughtfulness.

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