Easter Basket Ideas for Babies and Toddlers That Are Fun, Cheap, and Healthy

Coming up with Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers can be challenging.

I love holidays and Easter is no exception. But it seems like each year, I scramble to find Easter gifts for my kids.

Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlersI make the task more difficult for myself since I try to stick with things that are not candy, not junk, and not expensive.

We try to be pretty healthy so I try to avoid a bunch of sweets in the house. It has definitely taken some creativity to figure out healthy Easter basket ideas for toddlers.

We also already seem to have tons of toys all over the place, so I don’t want to add too much to the chaos. Honestly, I prefer to get things that I know they need, know they will use, or are educational.

Finally, we live on one income and I can’t go busting my budget on Easter so I have to find deals.

That said, I’ve been able to successfully fill their Easter baskets with fun and affordable goodies.

So here is my list of the best Easter basket ideas for toddlers and babies:

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Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers

The Easter Basket

Ok, the actual Easter basket seems like logical place to start.

Does your family use the same baskets or get new baskets each year?

Personalized Easter baskets are so adorable and much more cost effective if you re-use the same basket from year to year. Amazon has some very cute personalized Easter baskets like the Embroidered Plush Blue Bunny Personalized Easter Basket.

I also love the idea of using an alternative “basket” instead. A sand bucket, rain boots, tote bag, wagon, dump truck, hat, or kiddie pool could work in place of the basket.

Also, consider getting creative with where the Easter baskets are placed. At Jo’s house, the Easter bunny leaves them in each kid’s bed. When we spend the holiday with my cousins, the Easter Bunny hides the baskets and leaves a map.

Now, what to put in the Easter baskets…


Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers

Easter Basket Ideas for Babies

Teether toys – this Carrot Teether is supper super cute and Easter-y. You also can’t go wrong with Teether Keys likes these.

Pacifiers – If your baby loves the pacifier, it’s a great time to stock up on some extras. You can never have enough of them around anyway. My second would only take the WubbaNub type which make adorable Easter basket fillers.

Pacifier clips


Baby Food Pouches

Rattles – The Easter bunny brought my little one this Adora-birdie Activity Rattle last year and he still plays with it all the time.


Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers


Water bottle

Happy Easter Coloring Book 


Markers – I prefer the Crayola Color Wonder Markers to keep every surface in my house from being colored, but be sure to get some Color Wonder paper to go with them.

Paint – I *love* these paint sticks, so much neater than traditional paint and just as fun!

Fun Easter Stickers


Character Band-Aids – Mine are obsessed with these PAW Patrol Band-Aids.

Sidewalk Chalk

Water Wow! Activity Pads

Flash cards

Toy cars/trains – Also many hot wheels cars can fit inside Easter eggs

Magnetic Letters

Bubble Bath – We love the Alaffia Everyday Shea Bubble Bath because it’s natural, supports fair-trade, and smells amazing.

Bathtub Fingerpaint

Bathtub Markers


Photo album


Color Matching Egg Set – The Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set make fun Easter gifts for toddlers and are great for color and number recognition and matching skills. If you’re interested in more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) toys for toddlers, check out our list of the best 20 here.




Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers

More Easter Basket Ideas for Babies and Toddlers


Stuffed animal

Bath toys

Bibs – The Bumkins SuperBibs are my absolute favorite bibs.

Sippy Cups – I love these Take & Toss cups for everyday use.

Toothbrush – This banana toothbrush is perfect for babies.

Washcloth – my kids love these Terrycloth Animal Puppet Bath Mitts.


Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers

Easter Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

I love reading so I pretty much always make sure that I include a book in any gift and books make perfect Easter basket fillers.

Though the book doesn’t necessarily have to be Easter themed, here are a few of my favorite Easter books for babies and toddlers:

Llama Llama Easter Egg

The llama llama board books are short and sweet and great for little ones.


Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? A Lift-the-Flap Book

Don’t all little kids love books with flaps? I know mine do.


Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give…)

We love all of the Mouse books (If you give a Mouse a Cookie), and have all of the holiday books as well. My toddler loves to find the eggs on each page while practicing counting.


Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers

Easter Clothes for Babies and Toddlers

I like to put a clothing item in the Easter Basket. Whether it’s a funny t-shirt or nice Easter dress clothes, it fills the basket nicely and is something I know that they will use.

For instance, I always get a special outfit for their first holiday.

Baby’s First Easter Outfit


Easter T-shirts


Easter Pajamas


Easter Socks  


Bunny Ears

The clothing doesn’t have to follow the Easter theme. Sometimes, I’ve given clothes that I know they will need as the weather warms in spring and summer.

Swim Suit




Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers

Easter Eggs for Babies and Toddlers

The Easter Egg Hunt is such a fun tradition for toddler and older babies. Its adorable to watch them as they find eggs. But it can be a challenge to fill the eggs if you don’t want to use candy.

If you’re wondering what to put in Easter eggs for babies and toddler, here are some ideas for candy alternatives:

Superfood Puffs



Yogurt melts

Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies or Goldfish crackers

Nothing – yes, it’s a total cop out, but for older babies and young toddlers just picking up the eggs is fun enough. We have lots of egg hunts leading up to Easter and even for weeks afterwards with just empty eggs and they love it.

Happy Easter 2019!

I’d love to hear from other moms! What other fun Easter basket filler ideas have you come up with for your babies and toddlers?

Fun and original Easter basket ideas for babies and toddlers





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Hey, I’m Rachel.

I have three awesome sons and an amazing husband. I left my professional career to be a stay-at-home-mom and love it. Since then I spend most of my time chasing my wild boys and trying to keep the house from looking like a complete disaster.

Occasionally, I get to read a cheesy romance novel, attempt crafty things, or binge Netflix. But when I’m not doing that, you can find me here trying to help you figure out the easiest ways to feed your family, live on one income, or make some of the millions of decisions moms tackle every day.

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