Easter Baskets for toddlers and babies don’t need to be complicated – but they can be fun! Here are some of the best Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers that are inexpensive and useful.
Holidays are so much fun, especially when you have children. My favorite childhood memories involve holidays, and the simple, yet significant, things my parents did to make them special.
Last year, Easter was the first major holiday we got to spend with Jack. Granted, he was only a month old, so I’m sure he was just kind of confused about what we were doing, but it was still fun. Since he was so small, we obviously couldn’t give him chocolate or other sweet treats, so we filled his basket with just a few useful items that we had to buy anyways. We did buy chocolate and hide them in eggs, but we ate those!
This year, I think Jack might enjoy Easter a little bit more, even though he still can’t quite understand why we celebrate Easter.
I still think he’s too young to get sweets in his basket (and he can’t have them anyway) so I’ve tried to brainstorm some easy and inexpensive ideas for things we can put in his Easter basket.
Obviously, Easter isn’t just about egg hunts and Easter baskets, but I still think it’s fun to do. Here are some of the ideas I have come up with for what to fill a baby or toddler’s Easter basket.
I’ve added more ideas, so there’s more than the original 22 promised in the title. Most of these can be purchased on Amazon, but if you want some even more inexpensive ideas, be sure to check out this post about Dollar Tree Easter Basket stuffers.
This post was originally posted in 2013; updated in 2020.
Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers
I think babies and toddlers alike can enjoy bubbles. When Jack was just a few months old, we started blowing bubbles with him and he was fascinated by them.
Now, he loves trying to pop them. My favorite bubbles are these Licensed Bubbles from the Dollar Tree (seriously THE BEST) but most stores sell them relatively inexpensively. (We also love these bubbles, though these glove-a-bubbles intrigue me!)
My sister, Kristalyn, suggested these. For a toddler that is just starting to scribble and color, these are such a fun idea! So long as your little one doesn’t like to eat crayons (as we discovered Jack does.)
We have a few quiet books for Church. They keep Jack’s attention pretty well, which is nice. There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest to make your own, or you can find some on Amazon or Etsy. My friend, Kristina, sells some super cute quiet books on Etsy — be sure to check them out. Jack’s favorite is a photo book I made of all our family members (tutorial at this link).
Book About Easter
We’ve recently become kind of obsessed with My Busy Books. They are large, board books, that come with little figurines. Jack has the ones for Thomas the Train and Cars, and we recently bought my niece the one for Doc McStuffins. There are tons of different themes
Other Board Books
Don’t feel like everything has to be Easter themed. Any board book would be a fun addition to an Easter basket. I often see cute ones on sale at Target and Walmart, or even a thrift store. We LOVE the “Never Touch a …” series!
Playdough (and maybe some playdough tools)
Finger puppets – family set and animal set
Flashlight – Car’s Flashlight (better for older toddlers), Spin and learn Flashlight, Firefly Flashlight
Jack is really starting to love playing with cars (he even makes a vroom sound) and these would fit perfectly in a basket. We really like these stacking cars from Melissa and Doug. These ones look perfect for toddlers as well.
Small Stuffed Animal
We picked up these cute, stackable boats in Target’s (yes, I’m obsessed with Target) dollar section. You could also get bath crayons (also available at the Dollar Tree,) which make for easy and fun bath time fun.
Rubber duckies are also a fun choice. One of Jack’s favorite toys is a mini duck he got when his blood was drawn (Amazon has tons of these, in just about every theme you could think of).
Jack has a few of these, and they are so fun. Babies will love them because they can easily hold them, and toddlers can throw them easily because they are so lightweight. We love the Oball Rattle the best. Other lightweight balls are a good idea as well.
We love this Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes that I got on sale before Jack was born. He’s responded to it since he was a few weeks old, and still thinks it is a lot of fun.
Thomas the Tank Engine Mini Figurines (Jack has these, and they are his favorite!)
(Some of the sets are more expensive but come with a ton of cute ones – consider splitting with a friend or family member!)
How adorable are these turban knotted headbands? Of course, any headbands would do! But I think these are extra cute.
If you are going to buy a new Easter outfit, why not make it part of the basket? I think Target has some of the cutest outfits this time of the year. That’s where we’ve gotten both of Jack’s Easter outfits!
I’m a big fan of Carter’s though. They always have the cutest outfits!
It’s hopefully starting to look like spring where you live, and just about time to trade in the nice, warm footie pajamas for some more lightweight ones.
If you have a Binky-Baby, take this as an opportunity to give them more pacifiers. Jack has seriously been obsessed with his Wubbanub binky since he was born, and it would be fun to get a bunny or duck one for Easter!
This is an item that Jack got in his first Easter basket. We were so tired of losing his pacifiers when they fell out of his mouth (who knew a pacifier could fall so fast?!) so this was a definite must for his basket. Here is a nice and simple one!
We also really LOVE this silicone bead teething pacifier holders. They don’t get dirty as easily, and they are great for teething babies.
It’s a tool to make perfect bite-size pieces of food for your kiddo. You can get ones in different shapes. I’ve heard rave reviews about this, and I think it’s genius!
Target has the CUTEST themed sippy cups with straws. We got Jack a Santa Claus one for Christmas, and it’s his favorite cup (mainly because of the straw.) They currently have duck and bunny ones, and you better believe we got one for his basket. This Easter-themed sippy cup is kind of fun.
However, if you don’t care if the cup is easter themed, I always recommend Miracle 360. They are the best.
I’m all about killing two birds with one stone. If you need something for your child, why not make it a part of their Easter basket? Jack loves his just to play with!
Combs/Brush (or if your child has long hair, these mini wet hair brush are AMAZING!)
If you are wanting to have an Easter Egg hunt, but don’t want to load your child up on sweets, there are a lot of other ideas. Because Jack loves puffs, that is what is going in his Easter eggs this year. I know he will be so excited to open the eggs up and find his favorite treat inside. Some other alternatives include:
- Colored Goldfish or Annie’s Bunny Snacks
- Yogurt Drops
- Teddy Grahams
- Fruit snacks
- Magic milk straws