With Spring officially here, Easter will soon be upon us! Some of our most fond memories with our kiddos involve presenting them with an Easter basket full of goodies – and we know a lot of other parents out there do the same.
So we thought it would be fun to put together a list of some unique, fun, and meaningful Easter gifts to help you build the sweetest Easter basket around!
Heirloom Easter Basket – It all starts with a great basket. It may seem a little silly to put much thought or money into the basket itself, but much like stockings at Christmas, your child will enjoy seeing their special basket year after year! Pottery Barn Kids offers some adorable baskets, with the option to personalize the liner with an embroidered name. Here is a stylish and unisex metal basket that is bound to stand the test of time! If Target is more your thing (hey, we love Target too), then here’s another metal basket that’s super cute – and only five bucks!
Art Supplies – We couldn’t pass up this Easter egg chalk! It’s seriously the cutest thing ever. Indoor art more your thing? Here are some egg stamps and a cool fingerprint art set that’s bound to impress your budding Picasso.
Board Books – Babies, toddlers, and little kids alike all love a good board book! Here’s a sweet, tactile bunny book for babies and toddlers. There’s also this classic for all ages, and this one, too. Any of our Sleepytime Rhymes board books are always a great choice, as they provide the added benefit of sensory learning while teaching various socio-emotional life skills.
Wooden Toys – Wooden toys stand the test of time, and are naturally anti-bacterial, too. We love the intention behind Little Sapling Toys, who plant a tree for every product sold! Our Easter basket picks are their bunny teether, paintable eggs, and woodland animal play set.
All-Natural Bath Goodies – After all the treats and running around hunting for Easter eggs, you can whip up a sweet-smelling bubble bath, throw in a natural rubber bath toy (loving this bunny!) and get your little ones squeaky clean and ready for bedtime! We have the Tubby Sweets Bundle tucked into our kids’ baskets this year, and we fully intend to steal a little for ourselves, too!
Slumberkins, of course! We may be biased, but we think there’s nothing cuter than a cheery Sleepy Peep poking out from your child's Easter basket. If you didn't manage to snag one before they sold out, never fear! Violet Slumber Sloth, Sunkissed Bigfoot, Silken Yeti, or the beautiful Rose Fox are a few other favorites from our Spring Release.
We’d love to see how you’re incorporating Slumberkins into your Easter baskets this year! Tag us and use #SlumberkinsEaster on social media.
We hope these ideas inspire you to put together a more intentional Easter basket for your little ones! But remember – while all this stuff is great – it’s the time spent with YOU that your children will remember for years to come. So take a deep breath, focus on the present, and enjoy the day with your family and loved ones.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if my daughter never had to experience emotional distress and I could just take it away, poof, abracadabra? One of the hardest things by far about being a parent is seeing our children in pain and we could instantly ease it. Seeing them sad, hurt, or at the will of an overpowering feeling like anger or anxiety triggers great discomfort in most parents and causes us to spring into action and employ our favorite “fix it” response.
The truth is, we humans are feeling machines. It’s not realistic to protect our children from emotional pain, or take it away for them. In fact, our attempts to do so may be sending a message that whatever feeling they are experiencing in that moment needs to shift, doesn’t belong or is just plain “wrong”. Maybe we minimize, distract, dismiss, rescue, or punish with the hope that the emotional upset will be short-lived. We may celebrate and encourage positive emotions, while suppressing negative expression of emotions or viewing it as a problem to be solved.
For children just starting school (preschool or kindergarten) or for those heading into a new school environment, the countdown to the first day can cause overwhelming amounts of emotion. Trying to navigate through these unknowns can be tricky, especially for younger kids.
Here are a few ideas to help with a successful transition back-to-school for both you and your little ones...