With Easter, many parents shop for Easter candy and toys for their children's Easter baskets. With toddlers, it is especially important to remember safety first.
Easter Candy & Toys
Some candy, even which marketed for children, can be a serious choking hazard. Many inexpensive toys that are made for stuffers for baskets are also choking hazards. They often come apart easily and contain small parts.
Many items will be labeled as appropriate for ages three and up. With toddlers, it is up to the parents to find age appropriate candy and toys for their children's Easter baskets.
Age Appropriate Items
Here are some of the items that are considered appropriate for toddlers:
- Coloring book and toddler crayons
- Toddler story books
- Animal crackers
- Plush bunny or duck
- Bubbles (Bubble solution with bubble wand)
- Finger paints
- Lollipops (The kind with the safety ring as the stick)
The important thing to remember is that candy-filled toys and cute containers usually hold small, hard candies which toddlers can choke on. Closely examine the container and the candy itself if you purchase this type of item for your toddler's basket.
Additionally, the basket itself should be toddler friendly. Some straw baskets can break apart and leave small pieces of straw that your toddler could put in their mouth. The straw may also break off with sharp edges that could hurt your child.