My daughter, affectionately known as Baby J, was all of 4 months old when she had her first Easter. That didn’t matter though, I still wanted her to have an Easter basket. It seemed like a rite that had the observed. The only problem, however, was that I could not for the life of me figure out what to put in an Easter basket for a newborn!
Now, I still have vivid memories of making special Easter basket requests growing up. Like the time I insisted that I HAD to have a hair crimper only to use it once, burn my hair, and never use it again. And yes, I tried it out on Easter Sunday before church. So my hair looked… well, pretty pitiful.
All that is to say though, that a newborn can’t yet make Easter basket requests. So where does that leave you?
Here is a look at J’s basket:
The first thing was the basket itself. I wanted her to have a basket that could be used for a long time and was far more durable than the woven plastic ones you typically see at the drugstore. I went with this one from hellosweetmae, an Etsy shop out of Australia. The product description 100% includes the dimensions, but sometimes I am a ding-dong and don’t read as closely as I should. Case in point. It is an adorable basket with lots of cute bunnies on it, but I couldn’t fit anything else inside it. Luckily, we’ll get a couple of years’ use out of it because it will hold several eggs, making it great for a toddler’s egg hunt. So it was not a total wash. Obviously, I don’t recommend going with this particular basket, but a durable Easter basket would be a great starting point.
Then, there were the two classic board books: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Runaway Bunny. I loved Peter Rabbit as a child but couldn’t remember reading The Runaway Bunny. Do any of you like this book? If so, please let me know. As I was reading it to J, I couldn’t help but think that the Mother Bunny was rather oppressive.
Next, there was a Jellycat Hoppity Bunny. Man, I just love Jellycat stuffed animals. J has already amassed quite a collection. Please note though that Amazon has this marked incorrectly, saying that it is suitable from birth. The actual tag on the bunny says from 1+ years of age because of the fur. J got to play with it for all of fifteen minutes (while under supervision) and she had fur all over the place. So Mr. Hoppity is taking a nap in a toy box until she is older.
And last but not least, there were two headbands from the Etsy shop, Free Threads. I have been obsessed with these headbands since J was born. Obsessed, I tell you! They look so good on and stretch so well. I was pretty devastated when she decided to close her shop. Luckily, you can find similar headbands here.
So that was J’s very first Easter basket. Did she honestly care about any of it? No, but I enjoyed putting it together for her, and I am hoping one day she will ask me about Mr. Hoppity or her Easter basket. Then I can tell her that they were from her very Easter basket, and she will know that she was loved before she could understand it enough to appreciate it.
Now I want to hear from you, Mama! What Easter basket ideas are you using?
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